The Papermoon Puppet Theater is Indonesia’s most well-known contemporary puppet theater based in Yogyakarta. The Retrofuturisten are an independent theater and puppet collectives from Berlin, whose members came together in 2011 during their studies at the renowned Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art.
As part of the “German Season”, they teamed up to develop a co-production that focuses on the topic of “borders”. Over the course of one year, the artists met in Indonesia and Germany for exchanges about culture, politics and religion, but also about the different theater and puppet traditions in their respective countries.
They approached the topic “borders” as a cultural, linguistic, geographical, religious as well as ideological phenomenon. When and why are borders drawn, where do these borders get blurry, where do people fight for borders and why are borders so crucial for establishing an identity? The result of the research process was “Senlima” (Esperanto: without borders), a fascinating co-production that combined the handwritings of both artist groups.
This project was initiated and funded by the Goethe-Institut Indonesien and the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art, with the support of the Salihara and the Universitas Gadjah Mada. Performances were held in Yogyakarta, in Jakarta as well as in Germany and international festivals.