6 Jul 2013
Jakarta's 486th anniversary, celebrated with the colossal musical Ariah, performed on a massive stage at the National Monument (Monas) compound in Central Jakarta.
The dance musical Ariah, delivered an energizing artistic performance spectacular blaze and glaze.
The cornucopia of Betawi arts was presented to the audience on a very contemporary and modern plate, mixed with orchestra ensemble, lighting techniques, stage special effects, video mapping, fireworks and extravagant stage design. Ariah boasted a massive 72-meter wide stage, comprising three different levels at the heights of 3, 7 and 10 meters.The lower two levels had their own steep reclining parts sloping between 15 and 35 degrees on the sides and a three-sided pyramid in the middle
Blazing life onto the stage were three massive lighting and video projectors, two of which stood either side of the stage, around 20 meters high. The video projection also used almost two-thirds of the 132-meter Monas obelisk as a screen.
Ariah is based on a Betawi (native Jakarta) legend of an emancipated woman who was also a significant figure in the Tambun farmers' rebellion against Dutch rule in 1869, when Jakarta was still known as Batavia. The historical Ariah is said to have been a poor girl who fell victim to abuse and died while defending herself in Ancol.
Ariah is the second production by director and scriptwriter Atilah Soeryadjaya, who won praise for her first work Matah Ati, an epic contemporary Javanese play. In Ariah, Atilah collaborated again with her Matah Ati team, which included artistic and stage director Jay Subyakto, assistant director Fajar Satriadi, stage manager Inet Leimena and choreographers Daryono S. Kar and Eko Supendi.
Ariah radiated with energy when all of its 200 dancers graced the stage in animated lighting, moving to the dynamic music played by strong orchestra under the direction of Erwin Gutawa.