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A New Ballet About Love, Betrayal and Abuse

Communicating A Social Issue of Abusive Relationship Through A

Dance Show, KINTSUGI

‘The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places’
- Ernest Hemingway -

Jakarta, Indonesia
27 April, 2019

KINTSUGI will be playing at Teater Kecil, Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) on May 23, 2019 at 7 PM.
KINTSUGI will be the first production of Elhaq Latief Production bringing one of the social issues;
violence in a relationship. After the performance, there will be a discussion of the issue with
Mariana Amiruddin, a representative from Komisi Nasional Anti Kekerasan Terhadap Perempuan
(National Comission on Violence Against Women) and Soraya Salim, a psychologist from

KINTSUGI, a three-movement ballet tells a story of a young teenage girl, The Girl who falls in love
with a troubled teenage boy, The Boy and ends up in a toxic relationship. Lack of commitment and
betrayal leads to the physical and mental abuse in which the young girl experiences. The reason
why they choose this issue as the main topic is because of the number of cases of violence
towards women, especially in dating, has rapidly increased up to 1,528 cases according to 2018
Annual Record of State Ministry of Women Empowerment. In addition, Central Bureau of Statistic
(BPS); a non-departmental government institute of Indonesian that is responsible for conducting
statistical surveys, says in 2017 one out of three women aged 15-64 experiences a physical
violence or sexual abuse by their partner.

‘The word KINTSUGI has become such an inspiration to produce this show. KINTSUGI is a
Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or
platinum' said Elhaq Latief, Director and Choreographer of KINTSUGI. ‘The philosophy behind it is
that it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something in
disguise. The flaw is seen, which add to its beauty’ He added. ‘There are so many cases of
violence in relationships, yet we’re unaware. As once a victim, I feel that we all need to speak up
and realise that this is not okay’.
The production is directed and choreographed by Elhaq Latief. The Girl will played by Nadhira
Nasution, while The Boy will be played by Elhaq Latief himself. There are total of 40 people
working for the production, with 20 people as dancers.

The production is supported by Djarum Foundation Bakti Budaya, London School of Public
Relations and BYS Cosmetics. They are also partnered up with National Commission on Violence
Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), Jakarta Performing Arts Community (JPAC), 100%
MANUSIA, Bhineka Cipta Setara, Cerita Beda Hak Sama, Magdalene dan LSPR Television.

For more information please contact:

Elhaq Latief