Contributor

by marten.schmidt on 

April 9, 2018
Take the Stage! Tell Your Story! - The Story
photogrid_1522736450232.jpg

Good Day, Language Enthusiasts!

On Sunday, 25 March 2018, Polyglot Indonesia Jakarta Chapter set all its eyes on six young theatre performers in commemoration of the World Theatre Day! You’re on the wrong track if you associate “Romeo and Juliet” or – even worse – the US TV show “Glee” – with everything that’s theatrically connoted! In this meetup we went beyond theatrical clichés and exposed personal stories of real actors; we showcased our very own performance!

Our 60 participants filled our venue, Hoshino Tea Time, to its maximum capacity. Full house, people! - even though we would have wanted to have Reza Rahardian with us, we were very proud to offer Polyglot Indonesia Jakarta Chapter’s very own theatre squad! Our theatre formation consisted of our beloved language coordinators and contributors: Upika, Fajar, Ria Heriani, Miguel, and Jehian who came together two weeks before the meetup to rehearse two theatrical piece written by Marten, our contributor who studied theatre and literature in university, wrote the script, and took care of the meetup.

After welcoming all participants, Upika, Ria Heriani, and Miguel took them on a tour through the world of theatre. The three of them divided the participants into three groups and guided them to several spots around the Sunken Plaza, Menara BTPN. At each spot a little story about one of the many aspects of theatre was revealed. With as much theatrical flair as possible, our theare squad told stories in which the participants were able to learn the connection between Shakespeare and Jakarta, to how modern Indonesian theatre mirror its society.

Having gained snippets of knowledge on Shakespeare and Wayang, all participants relaxed and stretched their legs, marking the end of the tour. The afternoon continued with a special performance by Polyglot Indonesia Jakarta Chapter’s theatre group. They performed their theatrical pieces which they have been rehearsing intensively priorto the meetup: our very own version of Romeo & Juliette! Nothing classical, nothing cliché-esque. Our version of Romeo & Juliette takes place in Jakarta, where Romeo incidentally comes across an eye-catching tourist from Banten – Juliette. But the rush of the love on first sight isn’t mutual as Juliette is already promised to another guy in Verona, Italy. Not wanting to see Romeo heartbroken, Juliette introduces him to someone who you could decently call an erotic epiphany for every man.

Accompanied by a big applause, Polyglot Indonesia Jakarta Chapter’s theatre group performed a second piece: a contemporary text dedicated to Jakarta and everyone who lives in the city. In an ensemble performance, the said text took up energy, strength, and realness and turned it into a statement. Eventually the theatre performance of Upika, Fajar, Ria Heriani, Miguel, and Jehian was honored with a standing ovation as many participants were also completely new to this style of theatrical performance: strong, united, genuine, and honest – apart from dramatic gestures and Indonesian heroic epoch. (Read the text in my other article!)

Then the meetup continued with discussion and presentation. Our 60 participants were divided into several language tables of their choice and asked to discuss about the theatre tradition of country of their language table. During this meet up, we opened the English Table, French Table, German Table, Italian Table, Dutch Table, Hindi Table, Mandarin Chinese Table, Japanese Table, Korean Table, and Spanish Table. After the discussion time was up, representatives from each table took turns to share their findings.

All in all, Polyglot Indonesia Jakarta Chapter’s meetup on 25 March 2018 was an interesting one! Hopefully we have incited sparks of interest among our participants about modern theatre! Big thanks to Upika, Fajar, Ria Heriani, Miguel, and Jehian for their great performances – this is definitely worth to be showcased on other occasions too! Special thanks to Hoshino Tea Time and Menara BTPN for the great venue! Hope to see you again on another meetup! (For the photo documentation, please check our Facebook fanpage album)

About the author

21-years-old Marten was born and raised in Austria, where he works as a playwright and actor. Since 2017 he lives in Jakarta, where he explores his intercultural roots.

Content you may like

Dunia telah berkembang sedemikian...

Ketupat atau kupat adalah hidangan...

Menurut pengalaman studi saya, ada...

When the moon hits your eye like a big...
Good Day, Language Enthusiasts!...
lobalisasi menjadi sebuah fenomena yang...
Polyglot Indonesia is present at the...
Polyglot Indonesia is present at the...

I am Jakarta.
I am no utopia....

Around the world in one hour with...

Good Day, Language Enthusiasts!...

lobalisasi menjadi sebuah fenomena yang...
Polyglot Indonesia is present at the...
TEASER PING 2016
In the honour of the Indonesian...