File puptcrit/puptcrit.0602, message 321

Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 09:53:24 -0800
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] puptcrit Digest, Vol 16, Issue 27

Regarding the response of puppeteers in Indonesia to current rioting, 
I was recently interviewed by the Jakarta Post (the main English 
language newspaper).  They were doing an article on Asep Sunandar, a 
dalang and friend of mine who had come out against the rioting and 
name-calling in his puppet shows.  I got the impression from the 
reporter that he was rather exceptional in this stance, and that many 
artists were laying low rather than engaging with the issue (but of 
course, this was a Jakarta based person so she may not be a reliable 
source for what is really going on).  I merely pointed out that I had 
seen Asep and his family take on routinely big and messy political 
issues and always try to address them with common sense that 
protected the little people.  What is going on in Indonesia as in our 
own country is a use of fear and hate to divide and gain political 
power.  Religion, there and here, is often being used in modes which 
are unethical. It is nice to see that puppeteers can rise above the 
fray and deliver sense with a sense of humor.


Kathy Foley
Professor, Theatre Arts

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Theater Arts Center
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