Puppeteers perform in Jakarta

On 24-25 February will Teater Studio in Jakarta host Sweden’s famous puppeteer, professor Michael Meschke, who along with artists from Folkteatern in Gävle will perform a puppet adaptation of The Little Prince by the French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
     Michael Meschke began touring the world performing puppet theatre shows in the 1970’s. He visited Jakarta as early as 1975. February 2004 he performed a puppet version of Ramayana in Bangkok.
     In 2003, Sweden’s leading theatre director, Peter Oskarson, invited Michael Meschke to create a new version of this classical example of European children’s theatre at its best, with the company of the Folkteatern, county of Gävleborg, Sweden.
     The Jakarta performance is presented by the Embassy of Sweden, in collaboration with the Embassy of France and the French Cultural Center.
     Professor Meschke, who was named ‘Honorary Dalang’ during his visit in Jakarta in 1975, together with the artists will also be conducting a workshop at Teater Studio, on Friday 25 February.
     The Swedish puppet theatre performance is sponsored by PT Ericsson Indonesia, PT Tetra Pak Stainless Equipment, PT Luxindo Raya, Volvo – PT Central Mobilindo, PT SKF Indonesia and PT BMOlsson Indonesia.
     After Jakarta, the theatre travels to Kuala Lumpur where performances of The Little Prince will be held at Panggung Bandaraya theatre between 2 and 6 March.
     Sweden´s Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, along with Alliance Francaise de Kuala Lumpur and Theatre Masakini, arranges the event in Malaysia. Main co-sponsors are ABB, Hotel Equatorial, Tetra Pak and Volvo Malaysia.

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