This is a place

Where the sharpest fangs are in chain

This is a place

Where the light shines on people bid

This is a market

For people with guts

People come for the 3 super rare items, a vitality recipe from the past, a tiger statue from a thug, and a ring with blue sapphire stone. They will bid the best price to get that rare item they wanted to have. There are so many rumors about these items that all that stuff reflecting powers and tragedy simultaneously. Who would get those items?

This visual theatre brings about the performativity of political othering that remains the central form of how human being operates in everyday life either in a high level politics or in a high tensed grass root intrigue. The othering—in that sense—manifest in the body of representation, narrative, and myth that often being nurtured through political power.  Through othering, one group is represented as the conveyor of good virtue, while the other is the evil. Yet, at a certain degree, the subject of othering embodies a picture of ambiguity and ambivalence: half evil and half angel. The grand narratives, however, are created through power relations, often times, the imbalanced ones.

We explore that kind of power relation through diverse signification that symbolise either clear-cut picture of othering or rather blurred ones.  Tiger in this performance is depicted as ‘a living form that being told as tacky with power, symbol of fear, tragedy, myth as well as mysterious.’ Their existences have always been contingent and depend upon the regime of knowledge they are defined by throughout centuries. Meanwhile, the nature of plurality in Indonesia entails the politics of othering to the discriminated ones. We represent one ethnic that has always been in ambiguous political position. They, in this archipelago, are sometime deemed the tiger of the civilisation; yet looked down as the symbol of tragedy. We pack these narratives into video mapping, script, theatrical act, music, shadows, and puppet.

A visual artist, Iyok Suntari created 3 installations from radio, gramophones, unused circuit, and light bulb for his lover in the past. In the middle of the completion of his work, Iyok collapsed and died in a night when his gastritis became worse. The works were abandoned, until a group of young artists found the dusty and abandoned installations. They also found Iyok’s notebook and from that notebook these young artist got the inspiration to continue Iyok’s works. By using those 3 installations, the audience will follow the stories of Iyok’s past love story. In the middle of the play the ghost of Iyok Suntari appear to commemorate the dusty love story.

While You’re Away try to deliver a story about remembering and journey. The play uses the old Indonesian music from the 60’s – 80’s era and some old tunes to captivate the tone of sonic experience from the past. The shadow puppet becomes the medium to depict the past, while the video mapping is the depiction of the memory that still linger.