Introduction: Performance in contemporary Indonesia - Surveying the scene

Barbara Hatley

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This book explores the format and meanings of performance - theatre, along with music, dance and video arts - created and staged today in Indonesia. Performance events have long been central to the life of Indonesian societies in displaying power, affirming social relations and celebrating shared values, while also providing space for social and political critique. To what extent are they continuing to perform these roles in the early years of the twenty-first century? How do they illuminate and contribute to their social contexts? How has the transition from the centralized, authoritarian Suharto regime to a more decentralized, open political system, as global information and cultural influence flows in through the liberalized mass media, impacted upon the domain of performance? In late June 2010 a group of academics, cultural activists and theatre practitioners gathered together in Yogyakarta, on the campus of Sanata Dharma University, to explore these issues. This volume reflects the ideas they presented and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerforming Contemporary Indonesia: Celebrating Identity, Constructing Community
EditorsBarbara Hatley, Brett Hough
Place of PublicationLeiden The Netherlands
Pages1 - 21
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9789004282414
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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