Aryati Artist Talk

On 17 March 2022 the casts and crew of Aryati sat down together with Azhari from Soy&Zine to discuss the whole process of making Aryati. From the birth of the idea, turning it into script, composing the music, to the execution of the theatre piece.

Aryati is a contemporary theatre piece that juxtaposes the life of Aryati, a woman from the village of Tugu, and the development of Keroncong music against the backdrop of Indonesian history. The work depicts the decolonization process of keroncong music from 1920 to 1990, from a colonial product to a claimed indigenous cultural heritage. The piece was initiated by the artist collective Soydivision.

Concept, direction, music : Ariel William Orah
Dramaturgy, performance : Umi Maisaroh
Dance, performance : Ardian Hartono
Production, music : Bilawa Ade Respati
Music, sound design : Bintang Manira Manik
Lighting design : Nindya Nareswari
Stage & Technics : Ghaliz Filkhair Hariz
Video, visual, installation : Rizki Resa Utama
Illustration & Graphic : Cindy Putri Rahardjo

Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, With the support of PSR, Neuhäute e.V., Uferstudios GmbH, and Haus der Indonesischen Kulturen (Rumah Budaya Indonesia) Berlin.

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