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PerformanceThe Smiling Old Women
Crossing Text: Between Mystery and Mystical

In October 2023, the world premiere of The Smiling Old Women will take place at Bentara Budaya Jakarta in Jakarta. This production is the final product of Crossing Text: Between Mystery and Mystical, a long-term international co-production project Theatre Company shelf has been working on with a Jakarta-based theatre company Lab Teater Ciputat (led by Bambang Prihadi), and it is co-produced and co-directed by the two companies.

Produced by Theater Company shelf and Lab Teater Ciputat

Based on Rintrik by Danarto and Sotoba Komachi by Yukio Mishima

Directed by Bambang Prihadi and Yasuhito Yano


Ale Utsman
Ari Sumitro
Bangkit Sanjaya
Holifah Wira
Mako Mitsuhashi
Shoichi Ayada
Sir Ilham Jambak
Takashi Okito
Yova Tri Wahyuni
Yuko Kawabuchi

Production Staff / Crew

  • Interpreter
    Nico Dian Ferdinand
  • Dramaturg and Researcher
    Rosida Erowati
  • Stage Designer
    Riky Oet
  • Multimedia / Lighting Designer
    Aji Sangiaji
  • Lighting Designer
    Tsuruyo Noritake
  • Music Composer, Performer and Sound Designer
    Muhammad Ramdhani
  • Videographer and Photographer
    Dio Ihkamuddin
  • Costume Designer
    Hilmia Murtaqia Sama
  • Wardrobe and Makeup Assistants
    Safa Naz Tasya
    Farida Maesar
  • Stage Director
  • Producers
    Wulan Pusposari
    Yasuhito Yano
  • Social Media and PR Manager
    Ennike Setianingrum
  • PR and Advertising Graphic Designer
    Nur Alfi Hafzhaniyah
  • Production Assistants
    Haelkal Julianto
    Meilisna Maulina
    Robiatul Adawiyah
  • Supported by
    Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Arts Council Tokyo
    The Saison Foundation
    The Indian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (in as part of the program “Dana Indonesiana”)
  • Production Planning by
    Theatre Company shelf
    Lab Teater Ciputat

Project Overview - Crossing Text: Between Mystery and Mystical

Crossing Text: Between Mystery and Mystical Is a long-term international co-production project led by Yasuhito Yano, Head and Director of Theatre Company shelf and Bambang Prihadi, Head and Director of Lab Teatre Ciputat, a Jakarta-based theatre company. In the first stage of the project, the two theatre companies exchanged one literary text from each country (namely Sotoba Komachi by Yukio Mishima and Rintrik by Danarto) for each company to create a stage production of the respective exchanged text. The goal of this initial stage of the project was to eventually weave together a brand-new co-production based on their experiences of producing each production in the first stage, with the use of the methodology called “CROSSING TEXT”. The purpose of this endeavour is not only to simply produce a new work, but also to document, both in forms of writing and visual assets, the results of this international collaboration as well as individual experiences of participants gained through the process of producing the new work, and share them widely with the public in order to showcase new ways of working on international co-productions and the values and meanings of international co-productions, and further, to suggest new ways of co-existing in this evolving international and multicultural society.

The Japan Foundation Asia Center |Grant & Fellowship Program

Arts Council Tokyo|Fiscal Year 2020 Creation Grant [Long-Term Grants]

About The Smiling Old Women

In this project, “Mystery” in the project title is defined as “a mystery; what humans cannot comprehend, things that are above humans’ comprehension”, and “Mystical” in the title is defined as “something closer to a religion; something that’s made up of things that humans think about and believe in”. Rintrik by Danarto and Sotoba Komachi by Yukio Mishima both have an old woman in their stories (namely Rintrik in Rintrik and Komachi in Sotoba Komachi). With that in mind, we have chosen some themes of this project, namely the mystery, holiness, and religiousness (in relation to the act of believing) of these old women.
In the creative process, through a series of creative discussions conducted both remotely and in person, we discussed what it means to be a woman in society, what it means to age (and its values), and when humans smile (“specifically, for example, if Rintrik and Komachi were to smile, what would be the occasion/trigger of it?”), in order to produce the new work.
This production is a more deepened rendition of the first work-in-progress production we presented as a test in December 2022 as well as the second work-in-progress production at Morishita Studio showcased in June 2023, and it seeks more “actual” and stronger expressions. It is the final “work-in-progress” presentation/production before it’s brought to Jakarta in December 2023 for the world premier of the finished production. [World Premiere]


Thursday, October 12, 2023 - Saturday, October 14, 2023
at 7:30pm

Show Runtime

Approx. 90 minutes


Bentara Budaya Jakarta
Jl. Palmerah Sel. No.17, RT.4/RW.2, Gelora, Kecamatan Tanah Abang, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10270, Indonesia


An approx. 7-minute walk from Palmerah Station, accessible by Rangkasbitung Line.

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