Based on the eponymous Bugis Epic PoemMusic by Rahayu SupanggahCostumes by Joachim HerzogPremiered on March 12, 2004 at the Esplanade Theaters on the Bay, Singapore
I like working with an epic of this scale because the memory of the heroes is still present in the people of the village. It is a surreal world but yet it is real. The eyes and the hands of the performers become a concrete translation–with the colours, the sounds, the whispers, the perfumes–of the mystery and the divine. It is sensuality and beauty. There are very modern themes in the myth but the spectacle is mainly about the explosion of creativity. It is images, dance and music. The words are few: they are in the chant of the Bissu priest, the one who holds the secrets of the oral tradition of Sureq Galigo which guides the events between the sky and the earth.