Puppets give history a voice in the 4th Asean Puppetry Festival
A puppet play about the dark days of the 1965 anti-Communist purges in Indonesia will be one of the headlining acts in the upcoming Asean Puppetry Festival, which will run from Nov 2 to 10.
Indonesia's Papermoon Puppet Theatre will stage Mwathirika, a haunting non-verbal performance about a small family and their neighbours, whose lives are turned upside down. The show recalls the hundreds of thousands who were killed and imprisoned during those tragic years.
Papermoon's founder and artistic director, Maria "Ria" Tri Sulistyani, 30, tells The Straits Times: "The story of Mwathirika is basically about the history of loss, and the loss of history."
She adds: "Many of Papermoon's audiences are young people, and many of them have never heard about this history. That was a big thing. It was like a slap on many people's faces - it was only 40 years ago, and this really happened."