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Contemporary and traditional, male and female in Garasi's Waktu Baku


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Hatley, BL 2007 , 'Contemporary and traditional, male and female in Garasi's Waktu Baku' , Indonesia and the Malay World, vol. 35, no. 101 , pp. 93-106 , doi: 10.1080/13639810701233920.

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Teater Garasi’s monumental performance project Waktu Batu (Stone time) appeared in a
context of alienation from Javanese cultural tradition produced by the fall of the Suharto
regime. Modern theatre groups had previously used familiar Javanese images to simultaneously
criticise the authorities and celebrate local cultural identity. Waktu Batu, by contrast, engages
with Javanese history and myth in an abstract, fragmented multi-layered stage idiom, said to
express the confusion of young Javanese living amidst a mixture of age-old myths and global
cultural influences. Reviewing these performances as theatrical events and as reflections on contemporary
social experience, I suggest additional resonances, including, importantly, changing
gender relations and the power of women.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hatley, BL
Journal or Publication Title: Indonesia and the Malay World
Publisher: Routledge Journals
ISSN: 1363-9811
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/13639810701233920
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