Opening Holland Festival 2020

A healing lament in the wake of a natural disaster

The Planet – A Lament

Garin Nugroho

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“Usually, politically and socially admirable films fall short of the mark in the aesthetics department. They are praised more for their good intentions… Marlon Riggs has created that rarest of birds— a brilliant, innovative work of art that delivers a knock-out political punch.” — Vito Russo, The Advocate

A man is the sole survivor of a destructive tsunami. He carries an egg that he’s trying to find a way to hatch. With his new piece The Planet – A Lament, the Indonesian director Garin Nugroho (previously at the festival with Setan Jawa, 2017) tells an affecting story about creation, based on a Papuan myth, against the background of a natural disaster. For this project, which features a 15-voice choir, dancers and film, Nugroho has teamed up with a cast from Indonesian Papua and Nusa Tenggara Timur, and an artistic team from across the Indonesian archipelago and Australia. The Planet – A Lament is a healing ritual that mourns a lost world while also offering hope for those left behind.


The work of the Indonesian director Garin Nugroho (1961, Yogyakarta) is characterised by a multitude of styles and genres. Among other things, Nugroho has made short films, documentaries, feature films,

film essays, and children’s films, but his work also encompasses musical theatre, installation, art, and painting. His visual art was shown at exhibitions for the Louis Vuitton Gallery in Paris, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, and the National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta. He also writes columns and reviews for the Indonesian newspaper Kompas  and has published books on Indonesian art, television, and cinema.

Nugroho’s films are praised internationally and were featured, among others, at film festivals from Cannes to Berlin. The Tropenmuseum Amsterdam commissioned him to adapt his film Opera Jawa (shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2007) into a musical theatre piece. His recent film Memories of My Body premiered at the Venice film festival in 2018 and received various awards, including those for best film at the Festival des 3 Continents (Nantes) and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Nugroho made his debut at the Holland Festival with Setan Jawa in 2017.

Nugroho has received various awards, such as the Cultural Ambassador Award bestowed on him by the Sultan of Yogyakarta. He furthermore won the Indonesian President Habibie Culture Award and the Italian Stella d’Atelerie Cavalerie award. In 2016, the French minister of culture appointed him Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.



Garin Nugroho
music, solo vocals
Septina Rosalina Layan
Michael Kantor
set, costume
Anna Tregloan
Iskandar K. Loedin
Mazmur Chorale, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara
dance, creation
Serraimere Boogie, Rianto, Heinbertho J. B. D. Koirewoa (Douglas), Pricillia EM Rumbiak (Elis), Paul Amandus Dwaa (Becham)
choreography dance
Joy Alpuerto Ritter
assistant director
Otniel Tasman
Taufik Adam, Nursalim Yadi Anugerah

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