Project Adviser - Maria Darmaningsih
Born in Jakarta in 1956, Maria Darmaningsih is one of the leading traditional and contemporary dancers from Indonesia who has worked with many acclaimed contemporary Indonesian choreographers, including Sardono W. Kusumo and Sulistyo Tirtokusumo. Her dance training began with Central Javanese Royal Court traditional dance at the age of 6, followed by a degree in Bachelors of Dance from Indonesia Arts Institute Yogyakarta (ISI) where she later deepened her techniques in contemporary dance. Maria is a professor and Assistant Dean for External Cooperation at the Faculty of Performing Arts at the Jakarta Institute of the Arts (IKJ). She is also a co-founder and currently serving as Director of the Indonesian Dance Festival – Jakarta’s international contemporary dance festival.
Costume Designer - Jocelyn Dimaya
Jocelyn Dimaya is an artist whose work includes costume design, sculpture, performative objects, and community engagements. Jocelyn is especially interested in how her art can promote cultural diversity, community building, and social change.
Composer - Sean Hayward
Sean Hayward is a composer and performer based in Los Angeles. Although he focuses on classical guitar, he also performs regularly on electric and fretless guitars. His music is a reflection of his wide ranging interests, which include Javanese gamelan, process music, Balkan folk music, contemporary classical guitar, extreme metal, and ancient tuning systems. Hayward is currently a doctoral candidate in the Performer-Composer program at California Institute of the Arts. Aside from performing as a soloist, Hayward performs regularly as one half of the guitar-violin duo, Duo Meranti, an ongoing collaboration with composer-violinist, Chrysanthe Tan. Hayward is also the leader and founder of the experimental Indonesian music collective, Gamelan Suara Baru.
Puppet Artist - Miranda Kahn
Miranda Kahn is a paper artist, actress and puppeteer, with a special focus on shadow puppetry. She has been inspired by companies such as Manual Cinema, who reinvigorate the ancient art of shadow puppetry with the spirit and movement of current film aesthetic, as well as artists like Kara Walker whose work demands an audience be present, involved, and to question their preconceptions.
Video Content Designer - Narae Kim
Narae Kim is a visual artist and an experimenter who creates multimedia art works and designs spaces for live performance and installation. Her recent works address the relation of memory, dreams, existence, and images. She is an MFA candidate at California Institute of the Arts, and holds a BFA in Space Design and a BA in Psychology from Ewha University, Korea. She was born and raised in Seoul, Korea.
Scenic Designer – Carlo Maghirang
Most recent notable productions include Still/Restless by Rosanna Gamson at the REDCAT, Associate Scene Designer for the premier of St. Joan of Arc: Into the Fire by David Byrne at the Public Theatre, NY, and Ocean of Milk, a performance installation presented at the Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic. Carlo is a California transplant from the Philippines working in installation/sculpture, event, film, and theatrical design, specializing in creating kinetic spaces.
Stage/Production Manager - Brenna Wells
Brenna Wells is a BFA 2 Stage Manager at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She has worked on many productions at CalArts including She Kills Monsters, Top Dog/Under Dog, House of Gold, Salome, and Medea. She's also produced a web series and several other small theater pieces. She's excited to be working with such a diverse team on such a culturally centered project.