Candoco Dance Company, Face In ©

Photography by Hugo Glendinning

Friday 12 October 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018

Inspired by a visit to the Unlimited Festival in the UK, Festival Bebas Batas is Indonesia’s first festival of its kind, a celebration of brilliant art by disabled people.

Comprising visual art and music, theatre and dance, films, talks and workshops, plus creative public interventions, Festival Bebas Batas creates a platform for the creativity of disabled people - and an opportunity to change some perceptions too.

For this first edition, the festival welcomes international partners, including seven different artists and groups from the UK.

12 October 2018, 7pm - Festival Opening with Candoco (UK)

13 - 14 October 2018, 2.30-10pm - Festival Bebas Batas Showcase Weekend: Theatre, Dance, Music, and more at Galeri Nasional Indonesia: featuring Sofar Sounds Jakarta

14 October 2018, 7-10am - Festival Bebas Batas at Car Free Day on Jl. M.H. Thamrin

12 - 29 October 2018 - Festival Bebas Batas continues with exhibition, installations, film screenings, and talks

Candoco (UK) x Ballet.ID (ID) x Candodance (ID) x Ananda Sukarlan (ID)

12-14 October 2018, at Galeri Nasional

One of the world’s great dance companies: Candoco have been creating world-class productions with disabled and non-disabled dancers for more than 25 years.

The full company performs in Indonesia for the first time, as well as working with disabled and non-disabled Indonesian dancers to create a brand new work especially for Festival Bebas Batas, performed live with legendary pianist Ananda Sukarlan. 

Candoco (UK) presents: 

Face In by Yasmeen Godder (UK) 

A sensual and disturbing ode to intimacy and imagination, expressed through striking images interwoven with daring and uninhibited dance, set to an urban indie score.

You and I Know by Arlene Phillips (UK)

A romantic duet told through a series of vignettes set across time, an exploration of how we fall in and out of love, over and over again.

The Fish Police (UK)

13 October 2018 at Galeri Nasional

Combining upbeat surreal pop imagery with glitchy beats, The Fish Police (UK) have created a unique blend of Electronic Afro Punk. The Fish Police (UK) are produced by leading inclusive arts organisation, Heart n Soul (UK), and are heavily informed by their frontman and lead guitarist’s autism.

Barbara Lisicki (UK) X Teater Tujuh (ID)

13-14 October 2018 at Galeri Nasional

Barbara Lisicki (UK) is a leader in UK disability arts - an activist and stand-up comedian. She works with Teater Tujuh (ID), Jakarta’s first deaf theatre company, to devise a brand new theatre performance. 

Co-commissioned by DaDaFest

Aaron Williamson (UK) X Jakarta Barrier Free Tourism (ID)

14 October 2018, at Car Free Day

Aaron Williamson (UK) collaborates with Jakarta Barrier-Free Tourism (ID) to create a live public performance, highlighting the unacknowledged barriers faced by people living with disabilities, in a world designed for everyone else but themselves. 

Co-commissioned by DaDaFest

Deaf Rave (UK) X PonYourTone (ID)

14 & 21 October 2018, at Galeri Nasional

Deaf Rave (UK), founded by Troi Lee (better known as DJ Chinaman) have been putting on rave nights across the UK since 2003. They work with Jakarta dance music collective PonYourTone to bring the first ever deaf rave to the city. 

It’s designed for deaf and hearing-impaired ravers - but everyone is welcome to join the party.

Co-commissioned by DaDaFest

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UK/Indonesia 2016-18