Press Release Monologue Theatre Performance “Women Seize the Night”


Commemorating International Women’s Day
Jakarta – Aceh – Bandung

To commemorate International Women’s Day – March 8 – 2008, Institut Ungu and Yayasan Pitaloka are presenting a monologue theatre performance entitled ”Women Seize the Night” written by Rieke Diah Pitaloka and Faiza Mardzoeki, who are also the producers. The two writers have poured their restlessness and discontent about the position of women in Indonesia into these monologues scripts providing three different perspectives: that of a member of parliament, a sex worker and a housewife. They discuss love, home, sex, politics and power.

The monologues will be performed by three actors experienced on stage and in film: Rieke Diah Pitaloka, Niniek L. Karim and Ria Irawan. They have been rehearsing now for a full two months to present their monologues which are picked with criticisms, coloured by humour and also moments that will move you.
They will be asking us all to reflect upon what is happening to Indonesian women and the real political situation of the country.

“Women Seize the Night” will be performed in three locations, Jakarta, Bandung and Banda Aceh. The Jakarta performances have been confirmed for 8-9 Maret 2008 in the Graha Bhakti Budaya-Taman Ismail Marzuki. Aceh, 24 March and Bandung 28-29 March 2008.

The perfoemances are being directed by Zuki a.k.a. Kill The DJ, a young director from Jogjakarta who has just finished as dramarturg for the Sarimin Monologue by Butet Kertarejasa. Zuki is also a hip hop singer who likes to “hip hop” beautiful poems. The performance will use a minimalist performance, integrating video presentations, which too will speak with vividness, into the stage performace. The videography is being designed by Chandra Hutagaol, music and vocal design by Yoseph Herman Susilo and lighting by Aziz Dying.

“Women Seize the Night” is fully supported by the Pusat Kesenian Jakarta Taman Ismail Marzuki, the Embassy of Finland and HIVOS. Corporate sponsors include The Body Shop, Jarum Pro Art, Red Pepper and P.T. Danone. Galery Cemara, Praxis and Voice of Human Rights are aoso supporting this activity. Media partners are Femina, Radio Utan Kayu (KBR 68H) and The Jakarta Post.

We thank all those organisations above and the many others who have helped with their hard work, enthusiasm, ideas and financial and other material support.

Let us all commemorate International Women’s Day creatively, critically and with beauty.

So don’t forget to come and watch “Women Seize the Night” !

Jakarta, 18 February 2008

Irina Dayasih
Publicity Manager
Telp. and Fax: 021-8304531; HP: 08128362711

Vivi Widyawati
Production Manager
HP: 08158946404