Sunday, November 20, 2022


by Andrew Periale

All you want is a tool that connects you to the web, and you may see all of the occasions at this yr’s PESTA BONEKA (worldwide puppet pageant). 

Pesta Boneka is a biennial puppet pageant produced by Yogyakarta’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre beneath the course of Maria Tri Sulistyani (Ria). It had its seventh outing earlier this month, however for the primary time, the pageant was fully on-line. Puppeteers from 25 international locations participated and by the top of the pageant over 6000 individuals from 64 international locations had logged on. Though the pageant ended on October 11, you may nonetheless see all of the occasions of the pageant on-line FOR FREE till November 11

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 The web site may be very effectively organized and simple to navigate. On the schedule web page, you may pull up every day’s occasions, from which you’ll hyperlink to every exercise. Every day begins with two transient segments of a collection known as “When Puppeteers Cook dinner.” In every one, a puppeteer from someplace on the earth prepares a dish. The movies are entertaining and mouthwatering, with the precise recipes printed under. Does that appear unusual? When you’ve ever been to a puppet pageant (and I presume most of you will have), then you realize that the most effective half is sharing meals with fellow artists. Papermoon has discovered a approach that we will try this – even on-line. Sensible.

After the cooking lesson, you would possibly wish to sit in on one of many panel discussions, like “Collaborating Earlier than and After the Pandemic.,” or “Puppetry and Ecology.”

Later, you can also make a studio go to. I haven’t been to all of them but, however what a beautiful alternative to spend time with an artist in their very own workshop, see how they create their puppets, and listen to about their challenges and triumphs. I actually loved seeing Bernd Ogrodnik in his studio in Iceland – a grasp who has labored tirelessly at his craft, and who has thought deeply about life.

There are a number of performances day by day. Loads of selection right here, however one quickly learns that these are usually not strange YouTube movies. As soon as began, you can’t quick ahead, or skip to the following video. These are run like a pageant efficiency. Members of Papermoon introduce each bit (in English and Indonesian) after which the present begins, and also you sit via the complete efficiency. It’s respectful to the performers and makes one really feel part of one thing introduced in real-time. There’s a synopsis of the work and an organization profile under every video — very useful for the exhibits with spoken textual content.

I significantly loved Karena Kita Bahagia by the corporate Wayang Hip Hop. This was a superb demonstration of the way in which that wayang continues to adapt to the occasions, whereas nonetheless sustaining conventional tropes. Once more, I’ve not but seen all of the performances, however wished you to have as a lot time as doable to go to the pageant earlier than the recordings are taking down on November 11. The theme of the pageant is “A Sip of Pleasure,” so go pour your self a giant cup as quickly as you may!

And thanks, Papermoon Puppet Theater for sharing your pageant with the world.



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