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Monolog LIAR vol.06: DOCTOR



Saturday, 10 December 2016, 8pm
Kedai Kebun Forum level 2

Tickets are priced at 15000 IDR

Contact forumkedaikebun@gmail.com or +6285725809139 to book your tickets

The performance will be carried out in English with Indonesian Surtitle


Illya Sumanto is a herbalist who has performed around the world with powerful female poets to heal through spoken word poetry and theatre. She conducted a series of lectures on poetry and witchcraft at The Cooler Lumpur Festival (Malaysia), ASEAN literary Festival (Jakarta), and in Ubud, Bali. Most recently, she was pronounced the Champion of Ubud Writers Readers Festival Poetry Slam 2016. As a poet activist who uses art to inspire children to become agents of social change, Illya received special award from the Education Faculty of University of Malaya for her achievements and contributions to the field of education.


A few albino men have already been killed for their body parts that are believed to have potent properties, which confer wealth and good luck.
Who is to be blamed?
The woman who’s obsessed about cleaning her black cat’s litter box?
Or the doctor who writes poetry as a solution to a patient’s constipation problems?

DOCTOR is a solo spoken word theatre performance that animates Illya Sumanto’s journey to becoming an herbalist. As a woman, she figured it is her obligation to reclaim Earth’s glory, the mothers who glorify it, and their stories.
Minang = Mak Inang (Guardian, baby sitter, protector, mother)
A granddaughter of an herbwitch and a Minang descendant herself,
Illya seeks to explore her role as a protector of nature’s dying wisdom.

About Liar:

Long time ago, we thought, everyone can act, because we lie all the time. However, we came to realisation, that a man doesn’t need to act in order to present a great performance. All you need is sincerity. Thus, this initiative is here.
liar, can be read in English as someone who lies, or can be read in Indonesian as wild and not following any rules. We offer you the freedom to interpret this word.

liar, is an initiative to present routine performances every three months, where we invite people to tell and listen to stories in their position as a true human being.

When a person is being put in front of public to tell his story, he will be in such an uncertain position. The storyteller wouldn’t know how will the public respond to him. On the other hand, when audience sit to watch someone telling his story, the audience is in such uncertainty where they do not know how will the story turn out. However, most of the time, we choose to numb this state of unknowing in us and kill our emotion.

The most common case is that the storyteller will then over-act, trying to create a persona on stage to run away from this uncertainty, while the audience will cover up their fragile state by coming to the performance with a whole load of expectation and prediction, and when the performance doesn’t deliver their expectation, they feel betrayed.

Every creation process is a form of uncertainty. We never know if this process will actually produce something, but we stay on track and execute this process. Because we believe, if we succeed, we succeed with pride, and even if we fail, we fail gloriously.

Why do we have to hide behind all these lies, when uncertainty is something, which presence is of utmost importance in our lives?
Human-to-human connection has always been started with uncertainty. When we give in to uncertainty, it will present us with an opportunity to trust, in return. liar invites all of us to give in to the uncertainty and grasp the chance to trust.

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