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Contemporary and traditional, male and female in Garasi's Waktu Batu


Hatley, BL, Contemporary and traditional, male and female in Garasi's Waktu Batu, Indonesia and the Malay World, 35, (101) pp. 93-106. ISSN 1363-9811 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Teater Garasiís monumental performance project Waktu Batu (Stone time) appeared in a context of alienation from Javanese cultural tradition produced by the fall of the Suharto regime. Modern theatre groups had previously used familiar Javanese images to simultaneously criticise the authorities and celebrate local cultural identity. Waktu Batu, by contrast, engages with Javanese history and myth in an abstract, fragmented multi-layered stage idiom, said to express the confusion of young Javanese living amidst a mixture of age-old myths and global cultural influences. Reviewing these performances as theatrical events and as reflections on contemporary social experience, I suggest additional resonances, including, importantly, changing gender relations and the power of women.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Waktu Batu, Stone time, Indonesia, Java, theatre, history, myth, gender relations
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Gender studies
Research Field:Gender relations
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The performing arts
UTAS Author:Hatley, BL (Professor Barbara Hatley)
ID Code:50726
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Asian Languages and Studies
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2013-03-19
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