From 2017 – 2018, Rani P Collaborations will be developing Surat-Surat (Letters).
This is a performance inspired by love letters exchanged between the grandparents of lead artist Rani Pramesti.
This project is supported by Arts House’s CultureLAB and will be developed between Indonesia and Australia.
Co-presented by Metro Arts and Next Wave.
Sedih is Bahasa Indonesia for ‘sadness’. Sunno is ‘to listen’ in Fijian Hindi. Sedih // Sunno is a gentle invitation to listen to sadness.
Four artists accompany you through treasured heirlooms to reveal hidden family legacies. Collections of Indonesian Batik form intimate spaces in which to listen, as memories filter through a richly woven encounter with ritual, music and movement.
Rani sharing the story behind Sedih // Sunno, a gentle invitation to listen to sadness.
In 2013, under the mentorship of theatre maker, Chi Vu, and the support of the Emerging Cultural Leaders program at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Rani Pramesti began the creation of Chinese Whispers: a performance installation that investigated mass racial and gender-based violence that erupted across five major capital cities in Indonesia in 1998.
Pairs of audiences embarked on a gentle and meditative journey through an enveloping world of white fabrics as they listened to Rani Pramesti’s story of coming to Australia following this violence. The experience culminated in a conversation with an actor, whose role was simply to sit and listen to audience’s responses after they had been exposed to at times harrowing accounts of mass violence.
Chinese Whispers was supported by the Creative Victoria and University of Melbourne Faculty of VCAMCM Graduate Mentorship Scholarship and won Best Live Art as well as Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice Awards at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014.
Thank you Rani for bringing Chinese Whispers to Melbourne. You have taught me to: Accept. Bite the bullet. Challenge.
"A finely pitched and gently powerful piece that creates a much-needed space of contemplation of issues of race, difference, violence and universality of humanness."
"What struck me the most was your realisation through your journey that ‘we cannot heal what we will not face’, as reconciliation can only occur when we confront the terrors of the past."