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Posted: 07 Nov 2011
Djarum Apresiasi Budaya presents Java War 1825-0000 -

Opera Diponegoro Java War 1825-0000 a performance by Sardono W. Kusumo is being held to mark the annSuamiof the princes birth on Nov. 11, 2011, supported by Djarum Apresiasi Budaya (Djarum Culture Appreciation). The show will be presented over three days from to 13 at Jakarta Theater Taman Ismail Marzuki.

The title implies that the Diponegoro war is not only a personal war initiated by Prince Diponegoro in protest over violations committed by the Dutch colonialists, but a war between humanity and wider violations. The war extends throughout Java, Indonesia and ultimately across the globe. The war is not limited to the Java War of 1825-1830, but until the infinite time of 0000. This clearly implies a never ending war.

Sardono W. Kusumos masterpieces focus on never ending cultural migration or change, starting from Somgito Poncasona, Cok Tarian Rina, Dongeng dari Dirah, Hutan Plostik, Hutan Merintih, Passage Through the Gong and Awal Metamorfosis. Now, Opera Diponegoro has wider room for artistic expression with additional choreography and music

"This is a very interesting and unique opera. Although the Diponegoro war was a bloody war, in this opera, the war is presented artistically without departing from the historical message. Beautiful choreography and cultural nuances are found in each scene. This opera is worth watching for the public, as through it we come to know our history andthe people who built this country," said Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation program director Renitasari.

The Java War 1825-0000 will be performed Peter Carey, the writer of The Power of Prophecy Prince Dipanagoro and The End of An Old Order in java 1785-1855 (2008). He will discuss the 7x14 meter painting Penangkapan Diponegoro (The Arrest of Diponegoro) by Raden Saleh which serves as the background for the show.

The appearance of Peter Carey and Raden Saleh is to tell the people that history does not stop after it is written. It keeps moving in every direction-not only backwards, but also to the side and to the front.

Sardono not only presents a Javanese theme song, but also presents Requiem bv Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to highlight the tragic story of Diponegoro. Surprisingly, he also uses the grandeur of Wagner - that was once used in the bombing scene of

Francis Ford Coppola film Apocalypse Now - to highlight the desire to live amid the smell of death that is apparent in the Diponegoro arrest scene by de Kock.

The show will be enlivened by Happy Salma as Diva Mabuk (Orun* Diva), presenting a special monolog in a tense scene before the Dutch East indies soldiers kidnap Diponegoro. It will also be enlivened by Iwan Fals as a narrator and mastermind.

In some scenes, Sardono also presents dancers with koteka as Papuans and the Dayak people. He wants to show the audience more of Indonesia other than just Java.

"Through this opera, I want to convey that the best battle against any oppression can only be done with cultural resistance. Thats why we need some sort of cultural pilgrimage. And I do not wa/it to be the choreographer in Java War 1825-0000,

but more like a cultural thinkers who uses the show (especially dance) as a medium to express virtues," said Sardono.

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