Arts Centre Melbourne presented

The Planet – A Lament

Garin Nugroho

World Premiere

Co-Commissioned by Asia TOPA, Theater der Welt (Germany) and Holland Festival

Indonesia / Australia

A new myth for complex times, The Planet – A Lament was conceived by visionary Indonesian film director, Garin Nugroho, in response to experiencing 2004's devastating tsunami in Aceh, north-west Sumatra.

With its focus on Melanesian culture and performed by a cast of 28, the production incorporates film by Nugroho - and a stunning design by Anna Tregloan - music and live dance to tell the story of a community rocked by environmental catastrophe. A lone survivor remains on earth tasked to carry an egg of new beginning to give birth to new life on earth.

The Planet – A Lament's narrative is driven by ten original laments by Papuan composer, Septina Layan and performed live by Lavan with the Mazmur Chorale who are based in Kupang, West Timor.

"We are grieving together with the hope of renewal" – Theatre People


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Presenting partner
  • Singapore Airlines
Supporting partners
  • MLC Life Insurance
  • University of Melbourne
Supported By
  • Australia Indonesia Institute
  • Playking Foundation