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Contemporary Indonesian theatre and Javanese tradition


Hatley, B, Contemporary Indonesian theatre and Javanese tradition, Traditions Redirecting the Present: Shards of Memory and Instances of Globalization in Modern Indonesian Cultural Productions Since Independence ( 1945-2015), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, J van der Putten, M Arnez, EP Wieringa, and A Graf (ed), New Castle, UK, pp. 201-227. ISBN 978-1-4438-8993-3 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2017 Jan van der Putten, Monika Arnez, Edwin P. Wieringa, Arndt Graf and contributors

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A woman preparing dinner in a humble village home repeatedly tells her son to bathe before he eats, as he dawdles and talks back. Finally, the boy sets out for the river but reports that the stream has dried up, transformed into a battlefield, that of the great Bharatayudha war that concludes the Mahabharata epic. A four-armed goddess appears, holding a grenade, arrow, pistol, and sword, and urges her child to fight fiercely, without mercy. At another site, in a contemporary airport lounge, passengers carrying suitcases rush past women performing traditional Javanese dance movements; huge shadows of both are projected on a screen behind them, along with images of jet planes traversing the sky.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:theatre, indonesia, productions
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Hatley, B (Professor Barbara Hatley)
ID Code:116125
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-05-02
Last Modified:2018-05-07

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