Historical-Inspired Culinary Theatre, Children Workshop & Food Tasting

A 30-minute culinary theater that will delight children, families and young adults alike, served with a sprinkle of drama and a spoonful of humor –inspired by the historic accounts of the Babad Giyanti and the ancient culinary recipes of the Serat Mumule and Serat Centhini from the Javanese Literary Renaissance period of the 18th and 19th century.

Play Synopsis

Jantisari, Central Java, 13 February 1755. The sleepy hamlet and its peaceful inhabitants, east of Surakarta, are about to be upended by pomp and circumstances!

None more so than Nyai Lurah and Centhini. The retired village chef and her trusty assistant are charged with preparing the royal banquet in honour of king Susuhunan Pakubuwono III and the Prince Mangkubumi, his uncle and pretender to the crown.

The devious Dutch East India Company has finally convinced the two rivals to set aside hostilities, end the nine long years of civil war that nearly destroyed Java, and divide the once-powerful Mataram kingdom in two.

Pakubuwono III gets to keep his throne in Surakarta while Mangkubumi can crown himself Sultan of Yogyakarta. For their cunning, the Dutch gets to control the northern coastal areas.

But the deaths of tens of thousands of farmers, fishermen and traders has left much of the fertile lands and live-stocks in ruins, posing a formidable challenge to Nyai Lurah and Centhini –and one that is about to get even more testing with the interference of the spy Raden Bagus, a young scribe who covets promotion as royal poet in the newly-established court of Yogyakarta.

Will the chefs manage to concoct the perfect feast to help the embattled monarchs savor their fragile peace? Or will Raden Bagus’ clumsy attempts ends up brewing yet another storm?

A curated evening of historical-inspired theatre, children workshop, and culinary delights

Make a journey back in time to one of the most dramatic turning points in the history of the archipelago –presented as Indonesia’s first-ever culinary theatre, spiced with Teater Koma’s renown comedic skills, and served alongside the fragrant delights of ancient cuisines prepared live by real chefs from the Kasunanan Surakarta royal kitchen!

Then, join us for a workshop making your own pincuk from banana leafs –and presto, use it to dine on our authentic 200-year old keraton recipe. The perfect dinner to end the perfect evening!

JILF and the National Museum of Indonesia is proud to present the first-ever children culinary theatre –brought to you by dapoerdongeng and Teater Koma, the team behind AkhirPekan@MuseumNasional, a weekend educational storytelling program which has mesmerized over 23,000 young and adult audiences since first launched at the National Museum in 2013.

Scheduled activities at JILF, Arena Ruang Sastra, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Saturday, 24 August 2019

19:15-20:00: historical theatre, Spicing the Sea, Salting the Mountain
20:00-20:30: workshop pincuk-making & culinary tasting of royal dishes from the Sultanate of Mataram

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24 August 2019


18:30 - 19:15


Plaza Teater Besar, Taman Ismail Marzuki
Jl. Cikini Raya No. 73 Jakarta Pusat


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