Atilah Soeryadjaya, Benny Adrianto, Fajar Satriadi, Ghea Panggabean, Happy Salma, Era Soekamto, Otti Jamalus, Petty Elliott.
Atilah Soeryadjaya is a theater producer, dancer, director, and a choreographer. She is also Javanese royalty through her grandfather, Mangkunegara VII of Surakarta (Solo), Central Java. During the recent UK Art and Cultural Trip, Atilah and her team presented a version of her Matah
Ati, which has been staged across Indonesia, including the at the Mangkunegaran Palace in Solo. The UK performance, led by dancer Fajar Satriadi, told a story of love, power and struggle that dates to the 18th century. “We wanted to present a more recent work , but due to time constrains that affected our production process, we decided to present Matah
Ati,” Atilah said. “In a limited time frame, we had to prepare a performing arts piece that combined a scene from Matah Ati with a wayang beber shadow puppet show, a collaboration between diatonic and pentatonic music, as well as fashion shows for the Iwan Tirta Private Collection and Ghea Panggabean.” Atilah said she was grateful to work with a disciplined and motivated team of professionals. “All the team members involved in this are doing their best to comply with the high UK standards for cultural shows applied in England in an attempt to give our best to Indonesia.” To adjust the performance to the tastes of an international audience, Atilah said she modified the piece to make it contemporary without sacrificing its traditional roots. “We combined [Indonesian] pentatonic music with the diatonic [popular in the West], while adding a touch of modern design to the traditional dresses presented in the fashion show that was held in conjunction with our performance piece in order to come up with a holistic arts concept for the London audience.” Atilah said she considered the UK trip to be a very positive project that could introduce Indonesian arts and culture to a broader international public. “This is a very vital moment for us to present the amazing richness inherent in our design, cuisine as well as performing arts tradition,” Atilah said in an email. “I hope that this kind of event does not happen only once in a while. I hope this project can serve as the beginning of an international cultural collaboration that will spark many dialogues to give birth to new arts and cultural forms that can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life.”