A new mystical dance-drama by the name of The Heron & the Fish (by artist in Residence Evan Silver) will take to the stage in what has been promised to be a beautiful new twist of theatre on the island. The first show will be held in Teater Beji, Bali Purnati Center for the Arts (17 June, @5.30pm) and also in Wantilan Water Garden, Agung Rai Museum of Art Resort (18 June, @5.30pm).
The Heron & the Fish is a contemporary theatrical adaptation based on the folk tale from Central Java. The story follows a harebrained tyrant who stirs up fraudulent fantasies and age-old resentments against the outliers among us, it’s no mystery why this tale resonates so profoundly across borders. In times like these, it’s more importan than ever to tell stories that help us resist our basest tendencies to give into the fears and resentments that divide and destroy us.
The old folk tale will be brought to life by a dynamic ensemble of artists. it stars Anwari (Madura), Willy Heramus (Borneo), Sandrayati Fay (Philippines) and the children of Batuan village (Bali). The show also features puppets designed by Marmar Herayukti (Bali), a mask carved by the director (United States), and live music performed by Agustian Supriatna (Lampung), Rizal Abdulhadi (West Java), and Budali (Madura). The show is stage managed by Nuy Darmadjaja (Jakarta).
Evan Silver has been living in Bali for 10 months on a Henry Luce Scholarship with artist residencies at Rumah Sanur Creative Hub and the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts. A recent graduate of Brown University with additional training from Drama Centre London, the Yale School of Drama, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company, his multidisciplinary work explores themes of human constancy and variation across time and place, largely drawing inspiration from folklore and mythology. While in Bali, he has studied traditional Balinese performing arts, including topeng masked dance with I Gusti Ngurah Windia (Carangsari), mask-carving with Ida Bagus Alit (Lodtunduh), and wayang kulit shadow puppetry with I Wayan Wija (Peliatan). His experiences in Indonesia have deeply impacted his creative practice as a theater-maker, and he hopes this transformation will be evident in this new production.
The team represents a wide cross-section of Indonesia. The Crab is played by Anwari, a sublimely talented dancer and Founder of the Padepokan Seni Madura Center for the Arts. The Heron is played by Willy Heramus from Pontianak, West Kalimantan. Willy is a former dance student of ISI Yogyakarta and now performs traditional and contemporary dance regularly at the Bali Nusa Dua Theatre. Sandrayati Fay, who is co-writing the music, will play the Narrator. Sandra is a singer-songwriter with Filipino/Irish- American roots raised on the islands of Bali and Java. The Fish will be played by the children of Batuan village in Sukawati, Gianyar. Gifted Balinese puppet and visual artist Marmar Herayukti has been featured in The Jakarta Globe for his work creating eco-friendly ogoh-ogoh puppets in Denpasar. Budali is a traditional gendang percussionist from Madura island, and Agustian Supriatna a renowned bansuri flautist and visual artist based in Ubud. Rizal Abdulhadi is a gifted multi-instrumentalist who has designed and constructed many of his own instruments. Stage manager Nuy Darmadjaja has extensive experience in creative management and journalism, and is also a published poet.
Performances will take place in the Wantilan Water Garden at the ARMA Resort (Ubud) as part of their ARMA Cultural xChange Program. There will be special opening Rangda Dance by Gung Tut. Audience members are invited to join for conversation after each performance.
These performances are brought to you by Yayasan Bali Purnati, the Agung Rai Museum of Art and Rumah Sanur.
For more information please contact:
Nuy Darmadjaja | +62 812 94646257 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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