Deleted Scenes in SEA

A collaboration by Bangkok International Performing Arts Festival and Indonesian Dramatic Playreading Festival (IDRF).

Featured Performance for Virtual Performing Asia of eKomunidad Asia Performance Festival organised by Komunidad X and Japan Foundation Manila.


Deleted Scenes in SEA

Presented by BIPAM in association with Indonesian Dramatic Playreading Festival (IDRF)

Excerpts from 3 performances of Southeast Asia – never before seen due to censorship – will be read out loud in a foreign tongue as a public performance for the first time here.

BIPAM in association with Indonesian Dramatic Playreading Festival (IDRF) presents a play reading of censored parts in 3 plays from 3 countries, whether it is caused by government sanction or self-censorship:

“INSURGENCY”, is one of the 10 scenes (the first scene) in the banned play.

“SMEGMA” by Elangovan, Singapore. His three works have been banned because of their sensitive content and this is one of them.

“Suksesi” by Nano Riantiarno, Indonesia. It was written in 1990 and was banned after ten performances.

“History Class” written by Prajak Kongkirati for the project “What We Talk About When We Don’t Talk About the Elephant in the Room” by Wichaya Artamat, Thailand, where the entire scene was opted out, leaving behind only a small modified part by the director that looked nothing like the original.

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Siree Riewpaiboon (Thailand)
TAKEDA Yuko (Japan)
Micah Pinto (Philippines)

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eKomunidad Asia Performance Festival: Bridging Artists, Audiences, and Performances in Asia

There’s nothing to stop creation, even at the face of an ongoing global pandemic. The limitations set by the pandemic proved to go beyond as hurdles but as opportunities to generate new ways of co-creating, gathering, and exchanging together.

This 2021, The Japan Foundation, Manila together with Komunidad X launches eKomunidad Asia Performance Festival, a 3-year multi-platform performance initiative for development of new transfield co-creations, for online presentation of works from Asia, and for the continuing education of artists and audiences in Asia.

The hybrid festival of performance-makers will be hosted on the website that will run from November 5 to November 20, 2021. The website will feature an option to access the site in English and Japanese language.

Featuring the works and interviews of contemporary Asian artists and collectives such as: Uleb Nieto & Layeta Bucoy (Philippines), Kongsi KL (Malaysia), Teater Garasi (Indonesia), among others. With exhibition works from the Tokyo Festival Farm, Bangkok International Performing Art Meeting, Indonesian Dramatic Playreading Festival plus many more!

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