THE AGE OF BONES
The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang) is an Australian-Indonesian co-production about an Indonesian boy, Ikan, who goes fishing one day and fails to return.
Assuming the worst, his parents hire a legendary seafarer to look for his corpse. He finds nothing. The Age of Bones traces what happened to Ikan – from the day he left to his eventual imprisonment in Australia and his fight to return home. Darwin writer Sandra Thibodeaux was inspired by the real-life stories of around 60 Indonesian boys who were jailed in Australia for working on refugee boats. The Age of Bones is mostly set under the ocean in an underwater court, a fantastical piece realized through shadow puppets, video and music.
A collaboration between Satu Bulan (Australia) and Teater Satu (Indonesia)
Produced by Sandra Thibodeaux and Performing Lines in association with Browns Mart
Co-directed by Iswadi Pratama and Alex Galeazzi
Translated by Kadek Krishna Adidharma
Sound design by Panos Couros
Costume design by Imas Sobariah
Puppetry by Wayan Sira and Made Gunanta
Digital design by Mic Gruchy The Age of Bones is supported by the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre
Melbourne for Asia TOPA Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments