'Cabaret Chairil,' one of a series of performances during 'Jalan Tikus,' a mini festival by Teater Garasi to celebrate the launch of its new studio. (Photo courtesy of Kelirdotnet/Yennu Ariendra)

Teater Garasi Launches New Studio in Yogyakarta With Week-Long Mini Festival


JANUARY 18, 2018

Jakarta. Yogyakarta-based theater troupe Teater Garasi launched its newly renovated studio in Bantul by holding a week-long series of events called "Jalan Tikus" on Jan. 14-21, according to a statement.

Formed in 1993, Teater Garasi is known for its experimental body of work. Its achievements include receiving the Prince Claus Fund in 2013 and performing in Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival in 2015.

Jalan Tikus comprises performances across disciplines from theater to literature and public discussions.

Artists and communities from Yogyakarta, Solo (Central Java), Jakarta and Bandung (West Java) take part in the diverse programs.

The mini festival kicked off on Sunday (14/01) with "Cabaret Chairil," a smorgasbord of experimental performances that challenged the audience with avant-garde concepts including Dadaism and Futurism.

One of the performances was "Gedruk Topeng Ireng," a dance by the Nitiprayan village art community.

On Monday, actor and author Gunawan Maryanto launched his new poetry book, "Kembang Sepasang (Flowers)." Fellow poets Joko Pinurbo and Shohifur Ridho’i were there to discuss it.

That was followed by a screening of short films, mostly dark comedies, and a discussion led by film critic Suluh Pamuji.

In between all the art events, a free yoga session with instructor Lusia Cahyani was held on Tuesday morning.

"Open Lab" — where artists showed works in progress to the public and get feedback — was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, and will have its last session on Friday.

Gunawan, musician Paksi Raras Alit, theater researcher Akbar Yumni and choreographer Fitri Setyaningsih are among the presenters.

After a series of appearances in Bali and Jakarta, writer Intan Paramaditha will also launch her new novel "Gentayangan" (Wandering) in Yogyakara on Thursday.

Art curator Alia Swastika, Teater Garasi's artistic director Yudi Ahmad Tajudin and musicians Leilani "Frau" Hermiasih, Ugoran Prasad — Intan's partner — and Yennu Ariendra will join the book launch.

On the same day, there will be a session called "What’s Your Story Today." It is similar to Open Lab, but focuses on experiments in sound production.

Jalan Tikus will conclude on Saturday with a concert by operatic pop band Melancholic Bitch, featuring Ugoran on vocals.

All events are free except Saturday's concert, which costs Rp 53,100 ($4) per person. More information is available on Teater Garasi’s official website.