Long ago, there used to be a valley known for its beauty. A number of young couples and travellers visited the valley to witness the beauty in the past, but now it has turned into a place where young lovers come to throw away their new-born babies - even 20 or 30 babies a day. One day, an old, blind woman Rintrik appeared in the valley and started living there, and she kept burying the babies that had been thrown away even on rainy days and during a storm. Villagers, who at first were afraid of her, eventually learned to have respect for her.
One night, one young man comes to Rintrik with a baby in his arms, asking her to bury the baby. Later, there appear a young girl who is the mother of the baby and a hunter who is the father of the girl...
Danarto is a writer that deals with Mysticism, whose roots are in the spiritual ideology of Kejawen, the Javanese indigenous religion with mixed values from Hinduism, Animism, and Islam. Yano, Artistic Director of Theatre Company shelf started by interpreting/translating the text written by this author whose social, cultural, and religious contexts and values are completely different from his own. Yano endeavours to explore the possibility of mutual understanding and the depictions of life and death, and women in Asian Literature through theatre production. This production is planned as the first phase of a long-term international co-production project between Tokyo and Jakarta: The Crossing Text: Between “Mystery” and “Mystical”. While Theatre Company shelf tackles Rintrik by Danarto, his creative partner Bambang Prihadi from the Lab Teater Ciputat will be presenting their production of Sotoba Komachi originally written by Yukio Mishima.
I want to make a drastic change to the setting of Rintrik by bringing the story to a contemporary city. By contrasting the original novel’s vision of this unkempt land and field with the chaos of the city and its loneliness, In the new setting of highly disinfected contemporary city space, I want to highlight/exaggerate the old woman Rintrik’s body covered with dirt and soot, and the peculiar holiness and purity it has. It is very difficult for me to understand the ideology of Islam or that of Monotheism. However, I believe that the Animism elements of Kejawen can help me understand Danarto’s idea of God. I would like to present the story of this novel filled with the ideas of Mysticism, as an allegory for those living in this troublesome contemporary society to help them find how to survive these difficult times.
Written by Danarto
Translated by Yoko Yamashita
Directed by Yasuhito Yano
Yuko Kawabuchi, Takashi Okito, Shoichi Ayada, Yuhei Yokota
The 8th Gallery （CLASKA, Gakugei-Daigaku）
1-3-18, Chuo-Cho, Meguro-ku, Tokyo ／ tel. 03-3719-8121 Venue Map
10-minute walk from Tokyu Toyoko Line Gakugei-Daigaku Station East Exit
1-minute walk from Tokyu Bus Stop Shimizu, accessible from JR Yamanote Line Meguro Station West Exit
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There is going to be an open sympodium online organized with the creative members from the Jakarta Team.
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