Cre­ative smarts

Ati­lah So­eryad­jaya, Benny Adrianto, Fa­jar Sa­tri­adi, Ghea Pang­gabean, Happy Salma, Era Soekamto, Otti Ja­malus, Petty El­liott.

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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.”

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