Penjelajahan Orang Utan (Adventure of the Orangutan) was a permaculture street theatre project created in collaboration with Yayasan Permakultur Kalimantan in May & June of 2016. Our aim was to inspire local villagers from Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, to take action towards sustainability through fun and celebratory theatre. Using a mixture of community engagement, performance workshops, and making sessions, 4 Australian artists (Shani Moffat, Matina Moutzouris, Mitchell Reese, and Frederika Paembonan) worked with staff from Yayasan Permakultur Kalimantan to create an inspired series of performances with the local community. These then toured villages throughout the region, as well as the main city of Palangka Raya. Highlights included working with children from each village we performed in – sometimes with all the kids from that village joining us in the show!
This project was very generously funded and supported by the Australian Indonesian Institute, the Australian Ministry of the Arts Catalyst Program, and many crowd-funding supporters. For further details about our adventures in Indonesia, see our project website: www.orang-utan.com.au
All puppets for the project were masterminded by Matina Moutzouris,
and created with the wonderful community in Kalimantan. Thanks Matina!