We would like to inform you that one of the programs in the 2013 Salihara Literary Biennale, Social Circus Workshop Pancatantra: Circus and Tales, that was planned to take place at the Studio Tari, Anjung Salihara, Thursday-Saturday, October 24-26, 2013, has been cancelled.
What is perhaps most interesting is that the love evident in the storyline is not strongest between Nyoman and Ngurah who didn’t share any scenes together and is only evident in letters and conversations between other characters but between Nyoman and Gusti Biang.
“You crawl on earth, but we crawl on you. You are our mother earth.” Thus spoke Silphidae, Necrophini, and Kafer, three insects to the live audience, who would, in another situation, say not living, be their source of food and nourishment.
And with “Uwuh Seni” (“Rubbish Art”) at Salihara, we’re presented with work that is inescapably linked to the man’s specific cultural roots. Left, right, up or down — there are well over a thousand small works — the oeuvre is resolutely and confidently Javanese: drawing inspiration from the great trio of Hendra Gunawan, Affandi and Sudjojono as well his own remarkable collection of masks, lanterns and local artefacts.
Attired mostly in black, hundreds of youths had gathered to enjoy the spark of freedom both in ideas and in reality. There were no cliches, as in the soap operas. There was no nonsense, as in the situation comedies. There was no fear of hell or torture nor a senseless hope for paradise the day after. There was no sphere for those with dreadful voices to impose their insensible faith.
An orchestral performance led by one of Indonesia’s best jazz musicians. A Javanese wayang (shadow puppet) show based on a Greek play. A tango ensemble from the Netherlands. A music performance from a Spain-based multi-instrumentalist. Dance performances from Finland and Canada. A documentary theater from Australia.