August 29, 2014. Friday, 8pm
Esplanade Concert Hall
An Enchanting gamelan odyssey with music direction by Rahayu Supanggah and artistic direction Restu KusumaningrumSakti, derived from Sanskrit, refers to energy and strength, and at the same time, indicates a notion of change and liberation. Contemporary Indonesian landscape sees more than 700 living languages, yet in most of these, sakti seems to translate consistently into a strong creative energy, both divine and indestructible, and contains the capacity for achievements.
It is with this thought of innovation that this performance was conceived. The music for Sakti is inspired largely from an interpretation and re-arrangement of the song Gending Sriwijaya, a song of South Sumatran origin with a colourful history. Performed by a gamelan ensemble supported with a number of instruments, the production explores the notion of how traditions came to be through the amalgamation of cultural elements inherent in the Nusantara (Malay Archipelago).
In his first full-length presentation in Singapore, world-renowned gamelan composer Rahayu Supanggah, together with an orchestra of musicians from across the Malay archipelago, brings you a mesmerising evening of compositions and rearrangements inspired by the reign of the Srivijayan empire in the region from the 7-9 century. Sakti premiered at the Spoleto Festival, Italy in 2013 as a 20-min music and dance performance. It combines distinct musical styles from Java and Sumatra into a full-scale concert, accompanied by dances hailing from Palembang, South Sumatra.
(1 hour, no intermission)
Thanks to Bank Nasional Indonesia for its support.
This production is supported by Kementerian Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif Republik Indonesia (Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of The Republic of Indonesia).
Produced by The Bali Purnati Center for the Arts, Indonesia in collaboration with Change Performing Arts, Milan
Management: Bumi Purnati Indonesia
Co-produced by Teatro dell’Arte Milan and Spoleto festival
A glimpse of Sakti