The movement of people from one place to another has led us to new encounters. Being in a foreign place, meeting people with different cultures and habits turned out to be the trigger to the birth of new works.
But how do you collaborate these days when the world is still in lockdown? Artists from the United States, Indonesia, Hawaii, South Korea, the Philippines, and Malaysia will share stories about their collaborative process to continue to produce new works despite the pandemic, which they will present virtually at Pesta Boneka #7.
The Brother’s Campur
Since 2012, the founding members of The Brother’s ?ampur, puppeteer Putu Rekayasa, theatre artist Sam Jay Gold, ethnomusicologist Ian Coss, and art scholar Panji Wilimantara, have presented their original work rooted in traditional Wayang Kulit to the Indonesian and US audience.
Among their highlighted works include their original production at the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar and Bulfest in Buleleng, a month-long collaboration, and a new show with Swarthmore University, as well as performances at Smith College, Brown University, The University of Richmond, and Barnard College. Like most Balinese puppet shows, The Brother's Campur puts on a show that is not only informative and inspiring, but also entertaining - blending sacred lore with jokes, slapstick romantic scenes, and innovative traditions.
Bonnie Kim, is a puppet artist and teaching artist based on Hawaii Island. Her passion for puppetry has led her to study and create various types of puppetry work. Her puppetry works have been presented in Hawaii, mainland US, Germany, Spain, Italy, Norway, Czech Republic, Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia. She has also done numerous collaborative multidisciplinary projects with other artists in different places. As a teaching artist, she has taught drama, puppetry, masks, creative movement, and recycled art to children and adults for many arts organizations and schools. Currently, she is a teaching artist with Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts for its Artists in the Schools Program.
Nam-Reyoung Kim is a haegeum (traditional Korean string instrument) performer. She won first place in the Traditional Korean Music Award at Ji Young Hee Traditional Music Competition in 2015. She is the founder and director of NAMU: REYOUNG, a non-profit arts company in Korea, mainly focusing on producing traditional Korean music, art events, and programs. The company strives to develop various projects to break out from the boundaries of traditional performing arts as well as to explore multidisciplinary collaborations.
PRODJX ARTIST COMMUNITY (PH, MY, ID)
Prodjx Artist Community is an interdisciplinary collective and space-based in Project 4, Quezon City, Philippines, with a network in the Asia Pacific region. The collective integrates art, research, education, and community engagement & development into various collaborative artworks and initiatives. The common thread that binds them together is their interest in participatory arts, research practices, and the environment.