Staging will visualize chanted text performed by chorus
“I La Galigo,” a new stage work helmed by Robert Wilson, will bow at Lincoln Center Festival on July 13.
Staging, inspired by the centuries-old epic poem “Sureq Galigo” (“Galigo Manuscripts”) of Indonesia’s Bugis people, will be a visualization of chanted text performed by a small chorus of male and female voices. English supertitles will provide translation.
In all, 50 Indonesian performers will take the stage, including dancers and acrobats. Musicians will flank one side of the stage, while a Bissu priest observes on the other, chanting periodically.
Longer than the Hindu “Mahabharata,” the “Sureq Galigo” details the creation of Earth, its inhabitants and the first six generations of mankind.
In addition to Wilson (“Einstein on the Beach”), American filmmaker Rhoda Grauer, Indonesian musician Rahayu Supanggah and Indonesian dancer Restu Kusumaningrum are the principal collaborators on “I LaGaligo.”