Reading Centhini:Suluk Tambangraras v.03 will be staged for Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival this coming 8october, 7pm at Pendopo Ambarukmo (between ambarukmo plaza and hotel ambarukmo)
This time, the show will be presented in a new version, more compact script, new songs, new point of view and featuring HaSoe SE.
See you all at the show!
Reading Centhini: NGGON (place/ownership)
Premiered at Bazaar Art Jakarta 2016
My deepest gratitude to Bazaar Art Jakarta, Vivi Yip, Rifky Effendi, Ragil Andi Irawan, Hananda Hutami Putri, Lintang Radittya, Endro Gusmoro, Kasan Kurdi, Oki Kurniawan and Pinto NH
Okay this is an unofficial publicity poster that i did myself.
So… Upcoming show!
Basically this show is about building a house, following traditional Javanese calculation based on Serat Centhini and Primbon Betaljemur Adammakna.
Other than performance, I will be exhibiting my installation and video of this performance. (They are for sale, so please buy lol)
Ok here’s the write up about Reading Centhini: NGGON (place/ownership)
In the western concept of a home, is a place of beginning and returning, a place of relationships, of collective memories and sense of belonging. For some, home is a mythical concept of desire; a place of no return.
In Javanese, “nggon” could mean a place, a home, or ownership.
Mentioning the word home, indeed, evoke many interpretation geographically, politically, emotionally, economically, artistically, culturally and so on. However, one thing for sure, home means “selamat” (safety).
The Javanese are told to ask only for “selamat” to be granted upon them when they pray. Selamat, a humble request, yet it embraces everything that we need in both life and afterlife. Selamat in life means we have enough for ourselves, we have enough to give to others and we have the wisdom to respond to anything that comes our way.
Javanese homes are very personal. The measurement for the building is based on the owner’s body part, such as length of arm, length of sole, length of fingers stretched out and so on, according to the owner’s “weton”(javanese zodiac) and goals in life.
A home is not only a part of your self-definition; it is you.
Building a home is a lifelong battle. It is a shelter for the rest of your life, a shelter in which you feel comfortable and safe. The architecture and the process of building a home, for the javanese, is more than just for the physical usage. It is a symbol of harmony between human and its environment, it is a metaphor of our life path. A home is built from the bottom to the top, just like our lives. Building a home is a symbol of living up our own path to eventually be the ultimate human being, a stage where we have achieved harmony with ourselves and our surrounding, and eventually our “roh” (soul) is unified with our physical body in all our actions.
Building a home is a dance, in which our body becomes an architecture; a home is “rasa” (taste/feeling) and awareness that has taken a form. And this is what makes a traditional javanese home-building different from the current practice of buying a ready-made house: the “rasa” is missing from today’s practice. After all, your home is you; it is your “rasa” and awareness that has taken a physical form, which in turn gives you safety and comfort.
Hey friends!! I will be restaging Reading Centhini: Suluk Tambangraras at Galeri Indonesia Kaya this coming 21 May 2016, 3pm jakarta time.
You can reserve tickets starting 14/15 may through http://www.indonesiakaya.com just click on the calendar. The show is free of charge, you only need to reserve tickets!
If you live outside jakarta, or overseas, or simply can’t make it on that day, don’t worry! There will be livestreaming from the same website, http://www.indonesiakaya.com
See you thereeee (both offline and online)!!
P.s there will be english subtitle for both live show and live streaming!
Just to update some upcoming shows….
8 may 2016.. Reading Centhini: Margana at Selomangleng cave, kediri (short performance)
21 may 2016.. restaging Reading Centhini: Suluk Tambangraras at Galeri Indonesia Kaya (there will be live streaming as well)
4 June 2016.. Reading Centhini: Unfinished Buddha at vihara Dhama Sundara (short performance)
Let’s read Centhini again!
Ok time to recap on the show. This is gonna be a long post, so bear with me.
Well, between 10-13 february 2016, I presented this series of event, Reading Centhini: Bukan Cinta Satu Malam.
It was quite an ambitious one, I guess. 4 different stories, 4 venues, 4 consecutive days. Practically it was 4 events combined in one. Don’t ask me how I did it. It consisted of months of headaches, sleeplessness, stress, emails, whatsapp chats, facebook posts, instagram posts and tonnes of help from dear friends. What can I do without my dear friends.
Really really big thankyou to all the venues, sponsors, crews, additional actor, kind people who let me use their gadgets and helped me to press buttons and greet the audience.
Basically, Reading Centhini: Bukan Cinta Satu Malam was under the theme of LOVE, thus the dates are close to valentine’s day. Tacky enough. And when we see the titles……. #massudahmas, GeGaNa- gelisah galau merana, Icik Icik Ahum and Basah Basah Basah…. even more tacky. Yeaps, they are popular dangdut jargons. There were many questions before, during and after the show regarding few things such as the titles, the songs used, the format of the performance itself and many more. Let me explain few things here in detail.
The last question. This came from one audience on the last day, which I think is the best question. Why do you give such suggestive titles with sexual connotations while your content is spirituality?
There are 2 answers for this:
Well I guess that’s all for now. Thank you for reading! You can watch videos from Reading Centhini: Bukan Cinta Satu Malam in the “performances” tab in the menu bar.
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