Summary

This project focuses on contemporary cultural performances in Indonesia – theatre and music, film, digital and video arts – produced in new formats, venues and arts events. Such performances emphasise local, grassroots identity and community, while also connecting through new electronic media with dispersed virtual audiences and international cultural flows.

The workshop will explore expressions of the local and global and understandings of ‘community’ in varied performance formats and sites in different regions of Indonesia. It will assess how performances reflect post-Suharto political changes, and how they are shaped by transnational cultural flows and concern for creating community amidst the fluidity of modern life.

One outcome of the workshop will be enhanced knowledge of how identity is understood and conveyed in different regions of Indonesia, and in what ways, ‘Indonesian-ness’ is expressed. Another will be highlighting Indonesia’s participation in international performance networks and cultural flows.

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