SIFA 2019

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Suzuki Company of Toga & Purnati Indonesia (Japan/Indonesia)

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  • 17 May & 18 May 2019
    Fri, 8pm
    Sat, 3pm & 8pm
  • Victoria Theatre
  • $40*, $60

    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors
    Limited student front row tickets at $10

  • 1h 15m, no intermission

  • Performed in Batak, Japanese, Javanese, Madurese, Manado, Mandarin, Sundanese, Rejang with English surtitles
  • Advisory: Some violence

    This programme is eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant Subsidy.

    All Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost. Schools may use no more than 40% of the total annual grant on overseas programme.

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Suzuki Company of Toga & Purnati Indonesia (Japan/Indonesia)

From the hands of visionary director Tadashi Suzuki comes a masterful, cross-cultural adaptation of Greek tragedy, The Bacchae, featuring an impressive cast of Indonesian, Japanese and Chinese actors.

Written near the end of his life, The Bacchae has been hailed as one of Athenian playwright Euripides’ greatest dramas. Dionysus – the God of wine – unleashes his plot to punish Pentheus, King of Thebes, for denying Dionysus’s divinity. Madness ensues as Dionysus lures Pentheus to his death, torn to pieces by feverish worshippers, including his own mother, Agave. 

One of the most revered voices in theatre today, Suzuki is an eloquent interpreter of Greek tragedy for the contemporary stage. In a unique collaboration with art production house Purnati IndonesiaSuzuki continues to break new ground as he re-envisions this ancient conflict of madness and reason through an intriguing Pan-Asian lens.

Dionysus will showcase costumes by Indonesian designer Auguste Soesastro and Suzuki himself, along with a musical score featuring Indonesian instruments composed by Takada Midori.

Following several years of intense training in Suzuki's world-renowned acting method, Dionysus' impressive cast of Indonesian, Japanese and Chinese actors are set to dominate the stage with their potent (fierce, intense, keen) presence.

Produced by The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Suzuki Company of Toga and Purnati Indonesia. 

(Photo courtesy of Purnati Indonesia (2018))
(Photo by Dian P. Susilaradeya)


“Uniting the classical -Japanese as well as Greek - with modern performance techniques, Mr. Suzuki is a pioneer in creating his own kinetic theatrical idiom.” - The New York Times

“One of the world's most revered theater directors, Suzuki is also a seminal thinker and practitioner whose work has had a profound influence on theater worldwide.”  - Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki

“… Suzuki is an important theorist about performance"  - Chekhov International Theatre Festival

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