ETA: Inquiries in Theatre and Performance and DarahRouge
Strung up, bodies hanging, pain pushing through flesh, DarahRouge and ETA bring to stage Sophocle’s classic, ANTIGONE. ANTIGONE will staged in conjunction with a seminar on “The Body in the Arts and Contemporary Culture” featuring Dr. Feriyal Aslam (independent scholar and Pakistani classical dancer), Dr, Anton Kurmelev (State Linguistic Uiversity, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia), Dr, Saraswati Dewi (University of Indonesia), and Afrizal Malna (Jakarta Arts Council), organized by the English Studies, Universitas Padjadjaran (Unpad).
A play rich in philosophy and political wisdom that has resonated with audiences for over a thousand years, is still able to find relevance in contemporary issues facing a globalised world. It speaks of elections, fundamentalism, the rule of man versus the rule of law, and the splitting and joining of God and state as well as gender issues. The text is dense with meaning on multiple levels. “It is hard to believe a writer can pack so much meaning and social commentary into a single script,” K. Dewantoro says.
The story begins with Antigone vowing to go against the will of the all powerful Creon and resolving to bury her brother Polynieces whom Creon has declared is not allowed to be buried. Not only is it assumed that only man could have buried Polynieces but that anyone who questions the state and the rules is clearly a traitor.
It is a powerful vehicle of social commentary on the slippery slide to tyranny, intolerance and inflexibility; and the dangers of state and god seen as one. It also holds a mirror up to society and questions the role of women and their inherent yet undervalued strength to pull off full man’s task. It questions the ego.
Ari Adipurwawidjana , a lecturer in English studies, leads the collaboration between Darahrouge artist K. Dewantoro, Russian visiting professor Anton Kurmelev, and members of ETA: Inquiries in Theatre and Performance to create a striking boxed in timeless world of metallic edges where bodies fall through space against the weight of their own egos and the politics of the world they embodied. The characters Creon and Antigone are literally caged in. Beginning in 1987 with performance with various groups, Ari Adipurwawidjana’s performance work in the last four years has been intensified by his research interest in postcolonial studies and cultural materialism in which the body and its relations with time and place are sites of meaning and socio-political significance.His most recent project with ETA is the performance of “Over The Waste Land now?”—a postdramatic piece—at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, as a part of an on-going program of the Jakarta Arts Council.
K. Dewantoro is a Bandung based actress who has performed and trained internationally. She has presented workshops and performances all over Indonesia and also in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia. Her training in theater has taken her to work and study under masters in Bali, Sumantra, India, Japan and in Europe including I Ketut Tutur, I Made Siji, I Made Jimat, Sanjucta Panigrahi, Kasturi Pattanaik, Phillip Zarilli, Roberta Carerri, Julia Varley, Kozanna Lucca, Richard Gough and Gede Aniksdaal. Theater for her has been a serious hobby for over 26 years.
Anton Kurmelev, a professor of American studies, has been brought out by the Russian and English Studies programmes as a part of visiting professor scheme to teach Russian language and literature as well as drama and American literature. He too has a passionate hobby for theater having grown up in his town’s repertoire theater with his mother who is one of the most renowned costume designers of Russian theater. From the age of nine he hasbeen performing professionally. Even as a lecturer specialist in Tennessee Williams, he continues to perform as well as direct theater for young people.
Lestari Manngong is a lecturer in English at Unpad, who teaches drama and literature. Her research interests focus on issues of gender and sexuality in colonial and post-colonial contexts. She has been pushing for the inclusion of performative activities as an integral part of academic activities in the arts and humanities. Her search for knowledge and an understanding of the perofrmative bodya nd the connection between perofmrative worka bd academic studies sees her regualrlay participating in regular internatioanl workshops held with practitioners form australia, Singapore and Indoensia ( Melati Suryodarma) as well as conferences overseas.
Performed in English.
Indonesian Version Coming soon
Director/Set Design: Ari Adipurwawidjana
Costume Designer: Lestari Manggong
Mask Concept: K. Dewantoro
Mask Design and construction: Poetra Noesantara
Stagecraft and Lighting Design: Alwin F.Wallidaeny
Documentation: Dhini Yulietta Sari
Publicity Management: DarahRouge
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