[Ended] Indonesia Kontemporer 2014 (18 October 2014)

Ikon 2014-programIndonesia Kontemporer 2014

When? Saturday 18th October 2014, 11.00 AM -7.00 PM
Where? SOAS University of London, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG


Puppet Show

The Worm that Squirmed
Puppet theatre for ages 5 and over/families

A contemporary show for children or adults alike. Indonesian rod puppets tell of a squirmy worm that causes chaos wherever he goes. Using little spoken language, this visual feast of farce crosses cultural borders in crazy pursuit of the worm. Where is he now? Watch out everybody!This show prides itself on the use of very little spoken language, relying mainly on physical movement, cross-cultural humour and its exciting musical score combined with live sound effects. Some shadow sequences are included in the original theatre version, but an outdoor version (with no shadow sequences) is also available for outdoors or spaces with no blackout. It is suitable for all children but also particularly appropriate for those who have difficulties hearing or understanding English. The story illustrates that violence gets us nowhere. (

Saman Dance

Saman Dance is one of the most popular dances in Indonesia, which comes from Aceh, North Sumatera. The dance is characterized by its fast-paced rhythm and common harmony between dancers. The dance is done by a group of people forming a line accompanied by a music player. A short song (which leads to a short dance) can last for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Saman of PPI London will perform the dance in Indonesia Kontemporer 2014. The uniqueness of Saman Dance would attract more residents in London.

Jagat Gamelan

Jagat’s performance in 2014 will again be directed by Manuel Jimenez, who recently helped Arsenal football team to have a taste of playing gamelan instruments. Jagat was originally made of up to 12 youths living in South East London. Interest in joining Jagat has increased recently and we now have members as young as 9 and as senior as…. over  50. The good news is that you will be able to see the new members performing at IKON 2013. So, not only will youths participate but players who are both younger and older will demonstrate their skills especially for you.  As usual Jagat Gamelan will perform pure traditional Balinese gamelan with a fast tempo. It is a pleasure to bring back Jagat and to introduce our new members. I hope you will enjoy the show! (


tales of waria

“Tales of Waria”
Director: Kathy Huang
57 mins

18 years+
At a time when transgender communities around the world are largely ignored or misrepresented in the media, the 60-minute documentary video Tales of the Waria intimately explores how one such community confronts issues of love, family, and faith. Traveling to Indonesia, the world’s most populated Muslim country, the film trains its lens on the warias, biological men who who identify as women and are a surprisingly visible presence in a culture normally associated with strict gender divides. Interweaving the stories of several warias who make extraordinary sacrifices for love, Tales of the Waria creates a moving and unexpected portrait of a community that dares to live differently from the norm, despite what consequences may await them.

untuk rena

“Untuk Rena”
Director: Riri Reza
105 mins
All ages

Eleven years old girl, Rena, lives in ‘Rumah Matahari’ (House of Sun) since she was a baby. Rumah Matahari is a peaceful and full of fun orphanage. There in the orphanage where about 30 children live, Rena has younger ‘brothers and sisters’ she deeply protects. She makes trouble whenever a married couple comes to adopt one of them.
When the holy month Ramadhan approaches, comes a mysterious guest, Yudha, to Rumah Matahari. Rena assumes that Uncle Yudha will take away one of her brothers and sisters. It makes her very worried. Therefore she asks them to be suspicious to Uncle Yudha. However, Yudha keeps coming on every weekend and it slowly makes them closer. The atmosphere in Rumah Matahari starts to change. Rena suddenly fells that she has some kind of ties with Uncle Yuda without knowing why.

Elizabeth Pisani

She eats dog for dinner and also takes tea with the dead and argues with local politicians about corruption and idleness. It’s the result of a “just say yes” rule she adopted for 2012, when she travelled 23,000 kilometres by boat, bus and motorbike through Indonesia. It’s a country that has fascinated and maddened her since she first lived there over two decades ago. Her bookIndonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation, is a clear-eyed, though not unsympathetic, portrait of a complex and contradictory land.
In her day job Elizabeth studies risky behaviour (when not engaging in it herself). She has a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and other degrees in Classical Chinese and Medical Demography. In a previous life, she was a political correspondent for Reuters and The Economist, covering stock markets, revolutions, and the messy end to the occupation of Tiananmen Square.
She has lived in a dozen countries and can flirt at a bar in several languages, including Indonesian. Her first book The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS argued that the fight against HIV was derailed because institutional interests trumped the facts and common sense.

Rod Puppet making

Wayang Golek of Sunda
by Indigo Moon Theatre

Workshops making simple rod puppets based on Wayang Golek, traditional rod puppets of Sunda, West Java, are available with a demonstration of how these colourful characters move.

Using easily available mainly recycled materials, participants can construct and operate a simple rod puppet which can breathe like a traditional wayang golek puppet. Depending on time they might create and perform a story, or in short workshops at least learn how to present their character and make them move.

Booking is on first time first serve basis at
Place is limited to 30 participants

Gamelan Lila Cita

Meaning ‘amusement of the heart’ or ‘happiness’, this gamelan group was founded in 1992 by Andy Channing.

Many of the members have studied in Bali and it is the only group in Britain that regularly performs a wide range of traditional and contemporary Balinese music. The group has played throughout the UK and abroad, including performances at Fondacion la Caixa in Barcelona, St James’s Palace, Royal Opera House and Glastonbury Festival. Lila Cita were the first group from the UK to perform at the prestigious Bali Arts Festival in July 2006. Their CD, Lovers of Beauty, was recorded on the beautiful gamelan semar pegulingan. They based at SOAS. (

Gita Gutawa and Papua Dancers

Soprano singer, artist and songwriter, Gita Gutawa, who is currently doing her study in Birmingham – UK will also perform at Indonesia Kontemporer 2014. The presence of Gita Gutawa as an Indonesian star will increase the enthusiasm of both Indonesians and UK residents in London. Furthermore, Londoners can learn more about Indonesian music and also promote Indonesian music in a global scale.

Especially for IKON 2014, Gita will be accompanied by Papua Dancers.  This dance performance that is originated from the eastern side of Indonesia will attract many attentions from UK residents in particular due to its uniqueness.

Segara Madu

This duet is a gendér wayang group based at SOAS, directed and taught by Nick Gray. Nick lectures on music at SOAS. He studied gendér wayang for several years with I Wayan Loceng in Sukawati, a village in south Bali famed for its shadow puppetry and the complexity of its gendér style. Two of us will be performing: Paula Friar and Nick Gray. Gender wayang is the name given to a small quartet of bronze metallophones, used in Bali to accompany the shadow play (wayang kulit), a sacred drama based on stories from ancient Indian epics. It also serves as a ritual ensemble playing for life-cycle ceremonies, temple festivals, purification rituals and cremations as part of Bali’s rich Hindu heritage. The playing technique in this miniature gamelan ensemble is very demanding, as players must damp the ringing notes with their wrists while executing high-speed figuration that interlocks between the instruments. Bamboo resonating tubes beneath the keys give the sound a unique resonance. The performance in IKON 2014 will include pieces from the Sukawati shadow play and ritual repertoire as well as from Tenganan in east Bali.

Talks on Wayang

organised by the Anglo-Indonesian Society

Matthew Isaac Cohen
Matthew Isaac Cohen is a scholar of Indonesian performing arts and puppet theatres around the world. His research examines tradition in modernity, the emergence of new artistic forms and practices in culturally complex sites,  representations of alterity and transnational performances. An American by birth, he studied wayang kulit in the puppetry department of the conservatoire Institut Seni Indonesia Surakarta in Indonesia, received a PhD in anthropology from Yale University, was a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies in The Netherlands and taught at the University of Glasgow before joining Royal Holloway in 2005. He has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, a visiting scholar at Sanata Dharma University in Indonesia and a fellow-in-residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He performs wayang kulit internationally under the company banner Kanda Buwana, and in 2009, he was honoured to receive the royal title Kyai Ngabehi from the royal court of Kacirebonan (Cirebon, Indonesia) for ‘great and consistent attention to the culture of Indonesia, particularly in the field of traditional puppetry.’

Dr Alessandra Lopez y Royo
Alessandra is a SOAS graduate. She was Reader in Visual Culture at the University of Roehampton from 2007 to 2013. She has a PhD from SOAS in Art and Archaeology, with a thesis on dance iconography, temple art and Indian influence in ancient Southeast Asia, following which she worked on an embodied reconstruction of dance movements from sculptural representation with a number of Indian and Indonesian choreographers. This initial interest in archaeological approaches to dance performance (archaeochoreology) led her to explore dance and performance heritage and its construction, mediatization and representation, as also dance and performance documentation, the interface of visual arts and dance making and photography of performance, especially dance. Alessandra maintains a research relationship with SOAS, having been Research Associate of the Centre for Media and Film Studies since 2004 and  was involved in the screening of Indonesian films at SOAS through Indofilm, a project by Wadah, the Indonesian Community Association of the UK, dedicated to the promotion of Indonesian cinema in the UK with the support of the Indonesian Embassy.



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