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​The "wedding box" in the center of the scene. On the stage of traditional Indonesian instruments are mixed with contemporary sounds . The heavy costumes of the dancers will draw the flow. Strong and lightweight. The energy is made ​​and renewed. Sakti harmony of Heaven  is the title of the performance-sight with which he re-founded the hall of the Art Theatre, adjacent to the Milan Triennale . You create and recreate the lotus flowers etched in fabrics that cut the air: they are the symbols that repeat the tradition but that design has stylized, splattered, simplified. As the feminine energy are not seen, are perceived. And Shakti, the Sanskrit word, means the ' energy of creation that is the basis of every fertile change . The feminine energy.

"From tonight (for three nights) fifteen tickets will be offered to readers and readers of Ventisettesimaora (reservations to this mail: )."

The idea (to bring the Ventisettesimaora at the Teatro dell'Arte) was born last Saturday. I was practically hypnotized by the powerful audio-visual column of Ryoji Ikeda , composer / performer Japanese images in black and white that they were running at hundreds of frames per second. Its technology (sound and picture) and my perception ran the same run. In a battle between innovation and my ability (human) to take it. Experience in which every sense was involved. Or if you want, a crossingover of languages ​​, says Franco Laera, one of the founders - Today-ri-founder of what was the Teatro dell'Arte in Milan: the crossroads of various arts, as he meant Giovanni Muzio, designing in 1933 the entire Palace of Art .

When I told my colleagues in the newsroom, including ghignetti (the usual snob ...) I was invited to get down with the feet on the ground because they do not go to the Assago Forum, Latin music and dance ... I go there too (sometimes ), also in Caroponte and last summer I was even in Macau. But I try not to miss even those attempts of experimentation, arts and languages ​​on which my almost sixty love to compete ...

Laera told me the sense of the new location of the Art Theatre and the program will create a cortocirquito from October between theater, music and dance with the applied arts, architecture and design, and with digital technologies and image mail. Experimentation and innovation, which is the spirit that moves the Ventisettesimaora.

Last night I was in the tests. Nine performers with traditional instruments, sound plots on which six dancers move from Palembang, South Sumatra in the city that was the seat of the Court of Srivijaya, a kingdom that flourished from the eighth to the thirteenth century.

"What you see and hear is the energy that pervades the actions and people. The continuous renewal and the arts are an expression in which the renewal takes place. And research is its path. " He told me Restu Mansari , director of the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts. Talk to Restu has convinced me that, although late, could groped. Write for three nights and some of us will be guests.

Sakti is a ritual that opens the new course of the Art Theatre. 

'll say talk about innovation and invite us to a show of tradition?

"I have lived and live, like my mother, observing the rules of tradition," he said Restu, little lady, mother of twins, musician, actress, dancer, choreographer who has also worked in the Galigo , the work of Bob Wilson where acting, dancing, music, costumes, lighting and transparencies swooped on the viewer but not telling an epic buttandogliela in the skin.

"We dress with batik, make offerings to the gods. It is part of the daily ritual of Indonesian culture. At the same time, however, go to the movies, concerts of Western music. Even my mother. We do so many things related to contemporary. We carry on our skin are signs of our past but we do not stop it from being extended towards the contemporary civilization. And the future. "

I enjoyed chatting with Restu and Franco. I liked the talk of cutting-edge contemporary and draw on the past . A speech unusual in our world. "The avant-garde fusion that binds experiences that are intellectual, physical, aesthetic and creative ... But they are also community experiences," he said Laera. "It is not the text or reason as in the Eurocentric culture. But the connection between the arts and life. Making cutting-edge means this. " Certainly there are concepts on which so much theater (The Living, for example) was compared in the seventies. But, in fact, it is always worth to start from a piece of the past.

The Supanggah Gamelan Orchestra with the dances of the Court of Sriwijaya are the "moment". But the theater and in particular its architecture, its stage, its lesser-known corners become the "spectacle" of the preview .

The public is invited to follow a path in which to explore and experiment with new forms of theater and at the same time a different way to live the experience of the viewer. Even the room that welcomes the public has been transformed. Everyone can decide whether to watch the show live, standing, or sitting on the floor or on the chairs in the balcony , or getting involved with the rhythm of the performance. Before we get to the stage you pass through the dressing rooms and corridors. Two installations (see the gallery).  ellipsis And here we are in the audience when it came natural to me sit on the floor. 

The Ottoman influences taxiing in the drums of the islands of the north. From Java metallophones, silofoni and gamelan gong tradition, snap in the melodies of the Batak of Sumatra, hundreds of kilometers away. The gestures of the dances are reconstructed from the bas-reliefs of the temples (the research work done by Restu)

"This renewal is passed in the centuries through religious changes, from Buddhism to Islam to the contemporary culture that, although it is not always connected to religion, it is with a sense of community." This is the art Indonesian, one of the five pillars of the foundation of the nation.

Forget the folklore and revenue in contemporary art.   Rahayu Supanggah is a great teacher of Indonesian music. Professor of ethnomusicology and composition, is also a musician, composer, performer, engaged in the creation and testing of new musical genres . In Indonesia has been labeled as the "pioneer rebel." He has written music for Peter Brook and the Kronos Quartet.