The distinguished Indonesian playwright and theatre and film director Garin Nugroho’s production The Planet – A Lament is built around a 14-part choir singing an evocative song cycle. The composition, rooted in elements of traditional Melanesian music, is based on research by the Papuan composer and soloist Septina Rosalina Layan.
Garin Nugroho uses Layan’s composition, film elements and dynamic dance sequences to tell the story of the world being created anew in the Indonesian archipelago following a devastating environmental disaster. He says: »We will present these environmental issues in the form of a lament: in memory of the victims of past disasters, but also as an expression of cautious optimism and collective feeling.«
With: Mazmur Chorale, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (Chor); Serraimere Boogie, Paul Amandus Dwaa, Heinbertho J. B. D. Koirewoa, Pricillia Elisabeth Monica, Rianto (Tanz); Komposition und Sologesang: Septina Rosalina Layan
Production: Garin Workshop & Turning World Production
Co-production: Theater der Welt Düsseldorf 2020, Asia TOPA, Arts Centre Melbourne und Holland Festival