Arts Centre Melbourne presents

The Planet – A Lament


Garin Nugroho
World Premiere
Indonesia / Australia

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Experience the world premiere from visionary director Garin Nugroho.

Indonesian playwright, theatre and film director Garin Nugroho’s The Planet — A Lament is an extraordinary new work featuring wild dance and striking film, set to an evocative song cycle from a 14-voice choir.

In collaboration with Australian theatre luminaries Michael Kantor (Artistic Director 2005-10, Malthouse Theatre) and Helpmann Award winning designer Anna Tregloan, Planet tells the story of the world being created anew in the Indonesian archipelago following a devastating environmental disaster.

The composition, rooted in elements of traditional Melanesian music, is based on research by the Papuan composer and soloist Septina Rosalina Layan. Nugroho collaborates with composers, visual artists and choreographers from Indonesian and Australia to concoct a new myth that speaks to our complex times.

"There has been so much change we have not had a chance to rethink … A loss brings not only sadness but also a new beginning." Garin Nugroho. Read the full article here.

Download The Planet - A Lament program

Saturday 22 February

Following the performance, Garin Nugroho engages in a post-show conversation with Mr Allaster Cox, Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission to Indonesia based at the Australian Embassy Jakarta. Free to attend.


  • Wheelchair access
  • Companion Card
  • Assistive hearing
Performance images by Graham Crouch

The Planet – A Lament has been co-commissioned by Asia TOPA, Arts Centre Melbourne and Teater der Welt. This activity received grant funding from the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is supported by the Sidney Myer Fund, Playking Foundation and Garin Workshop.
Supported By
  • Australia Indonesia Institute
  • Playking Foundation