Speakers: Ari Pahala Hutabarat (Bandang Lampung) & Benny Yohanes (Bandung)
We discuss recent developments in the Indonesian theater scene that seems to diverge toward either of these two extreme poles: realist or non-realist. If realist theater emphasizes upon acting, then non-realist theater is more concerned with the actor’s exploration of the body. Leading on from this fact, we wonder if non-realist theater is indeed supported by a critical and expansive reading of the available theater repertoire? How will theater arts and the practice of acting develop in the future? We will discuss all of these and more alongside Ari Pahala Hutabarat and Benny Yohanes, seasoned theater-workers from Indonesia.