Esplanade Presents | Pesta Raya An Esplanade Commission Samsara – A Cine-Orchestra by Garin Nugroho (Indonesia)

10 May 2024 (Fri)

$28.00 - $70.00

Esplanade Presents | Pesta Raya An Esplanade Commission Samsara – A Cine-Orchestra by Garin Nugroho (Indonesia)

10 May 2024 (Fri)

Date and Time

10 May 2024 : 20:00 - 21:20

Location / Links

Esplanade Concert Hall

$28.00 - $70.00


Event Details

What is one willing to give up in to fulfil their insatiable desires?  

Following the internationally acclaimed Setan Jawa—which premiered in 2017 to a sold-out crowd at Esplanade—respected Indonesian director Garin Nugroho returns for the world premiere of Samsara, a stunning cinematic experience that marries film with live music. 

Samsara follows the story a man from an impoverished family who is rejected by the wealthy parents of the woman he loves. He strikes a bargain with the Monkey King, performing a dark ritual to gain wealth but in the process, curses his wife and child into suffering.  Rooted in Indonesian mysticism, this is a universal narrative about the insatiable hunger to be what one is not, and the boundaries one is prepared to breach to realise this.  

Like its predecessor Setan Jawa, Samsara is a “cine-concert” that draws from German black-and-white films from the 1920s as well as wayang kulit (traditional Indonesian shadow puppetry). While the former featured an evocative silent film accompanied by live gamelan music and a Western classical orchestra, Samsara forgoes the orchestra for vibrant, live electronic music. The production marries this electronic soundscape with traditional Balinese performance elements like the gamelan orchestra, traditional dance, masks and wayang kulit. The film and live performance stars two Asia-Pacific luminaries of the stage and screen, Indonesian film actor Ario Bayu and Indonesian-Australian dancer Juliet Widyasari Burnett.  

Under the bold visionary eye of Garin Nugroho and the exceptional work of a powerhouse creative team, Samsara promises to be a bold and memorable cinematic experience, seamlessly bringing together the art forms, nuances, and traditions of Indonesia’s past and present. 

Production Credits 
Lead Actors: Ario Bayu & Juliet Widyasari Burnett 
Supporting Actors: Gus Bang Sada, Valentine Payen-Wicaksono, Siko Setyanto, I Wayan Wira Kusuma, Aryani Willems & Cok Sawitri 

Director: Garin Nugroho  
Music Composer: Wayan Sudirana & Gabber Modus Operandi  
Musicians: Gabber Modus Operandi & Gamelan Yuganada   

A commission by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay 
Produced by Cineria Films, Garin Workshop & Lynx Films 
With the support of Ministry of Culture, Research and Technology Republic of Indonesia and Yayasan Puri Kauhan Ubud 

Producer: Gita Fara & Aldo Swastia  
Executive Producer: Ario Bayu & Rob O’Hare  
Supervising Producer: Jala Adolphus    
Choreographer: Ida Ayu Wayan Arya Satyani  
Cinematographer: Batara Goempar   
Costume Designer: Retno Ratih Damayanti   
Production Designer: Vida Sylvia    
Stage Designer: Iskandar Loedin 
Sound Recordist and Designer: Trisno  
Editor: Beck  
Co-producers: Rai Pendet, Batara Goempar   
Line Producer: Ineke Bajalaras

Admission Rule

Admission Rules of Esplanade:
Rating/Age Limit
- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
- Infants in arms or children below the age of 13 shall not be admitted.
- Children aged 13 years and above must purchase ticket for admission.

Late Admission Advisory
- You are strongly advised to arrive before the performance start time.
- Latecomers will not be admitted once the performance has begun. There will be no re-admission for this performance.
- Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance.

Photography/Video Recording Rules
- No unauthorised photography, video and audio recording is allowed for this event.
- Please note that photographs and videos of patrons may be taken at this event for use in our archival and publicity material.

Help Us Keep Everyone Safe
- Strictly no food & beverage allowed in the performance venues.
- Stay at home if you're unwell.

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