Monday, October 24, 2005

Story Brainstorming

After reading all three performance scripts, I realized that I need very simple stories to express the cultural traditions happening in that present time. For e.g, In the performance of 'Irawan's Wedding' there's a scene of when Arjuna sends his own son'r wife home to Kingdom Dwarawati after his son failed to be punctual at his presence. This scenario shows how important a man needs to obey his father even sometime leaving his personal life behind.

My goal is to have a message in the story that no matter how strong the western globalization forces are attacking Indonesia, they could change the people's lifestyle but their values should remain the same.

To create a story I asked myself this question: What about the western culture that is harmful to Indonesian Traditional culture?

The 'Ind-glish'

The use of English words in Indonesian languange now are getting more common. Especially with the use of computer and technology, Indonesian has become more familiar with the English words used in computer applications and use it on their daily base situation as well. On the other hand the western movies and music also bring a strong influence into the Indonesian language. People uses 'thank you' instead of 'terimakasih', 'sorry' instead of 'maaf' and many more. The knowledge of English as an international language is good but it is harmful in a way that it has been adapted much into the authentic Indonesian language. Unfortunetaly many of the Indonesians especially the ones live in the big cities use english words within their conversation as part of 'a high-end lifestyle' even a lot of times they would pronounced it wrongly. As language represents origin also the cultural history of somebody it is should not be something to be proud of to speak the 'Ind-glish' language.

Brand-minded

Because of the high social discepancies happening in Indonesia and also the high rate of Western currency to trade in, people see the 'western branded' elements as superior. Mc Donalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken are taken as special venues to celebrate or to go on a date. Wearing western labels including the middle class ones means status for most people especially if you can afford the designer's ones. Indonesians need to realize the riches of style of their own country and the uniqueness of its own. Then, they will realize that global brands are in fact generalization of the specials.

Santa Claus and The Roman gods

In an established country like The United States, holidays are celebrated merryly with themes and icons. The tourist attraction places in Europe are decorated with western classical sculpture and paintings, often uses Roman gods for their inspirations. Again since abroad vacation is a luxury for most people in Indonesia, the ones tasted the western often think that by celebrating the holidays with certain decorations, decorating their house with classical statues will make people think of them as superior or have higher taste in the society. Just if these people would recognize the potential of the beauty of Indonesian culture and make that as an element to show off.


Story Idea #1: At one point of time, there are two brothers of a good Indonesian family. One of the brother goes after a girl. This girl is very westernized in the way she talks and carries herself. She does not respect the boy's family custom and the older brother notices that. The older brother tried to tell the younger brother about how he feels about this girl and the younger brother still go after the girl. Finally there is an incident where the younger brother fianlly realizes that this girls' values are very diffrent and she doesn't keep her Indonesian culture very much, so he end up letting her go.

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