Ine Aya’  - Suara Samar Rimba

27 August 2022

Teater Besar Jakarta
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Ine Aya’ - Suara Samar Rimba

Ine Aya’  - Suara Samar Rimba


Balaan Tumaan Ensemble & World Opera Lab

Kayan art meets the European opera  in a new performance about the forest


Ine Aya’ – Suara Samar Rimba is a new opera about the deforestation in Kalimantan. It is a unique new creation, about the tree of life and its protectress Ine Aya’. Ine Aya’ is inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the Kayan culture, specifically the epic the Takna Lawe’, and the European opera the Ring des Nibelungen. Ine Aya’ tells a gripping story, that reaches across cultures, and inspires us to change our attitude toward nature. 


In the opera, the tree of life symbolizes the nature of Kalimantan. The mythological tree grows in the center of the world. The Kayans call the tree Kayo' Aya', according to Northern Europeans the tree is called Yggdrasil. Ine Aya' is the Kayan goddess who protects this tree of life until a god comes from the West; Wotan. He wants the knowledge and the power of the tree. She punishes him and makes the branches and trunk grow with him until he is imprisoned. Because of the struggle, the tree slowly dies. Younger generations are trying to protect the tree from more outside attacks. Will the tree be completely destroyed? Or, can we heal the tree, and start over?


Tour-dates :

Datah Diaan Village, Mendalam 19 August 2022 18:00 WIB

PCC Pontianak 22-23 August 2022 19:30 WIB

Teater Besar Jakarta 27 August 2022 20:00 WIB

Entrance is free – reservation at


By Nursalim Yadi Anugerah & Miranda Lakerveld

with artists from Holland, US, Thailand, Iran and Kalimantan

A production by: World Opera Lab & Balaan Tumaan Ensemble 

Supported by: Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia, Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN),

Indonesia Kaya, Erasmushuis, Dutch Embassy in Jakarta, Fonds Podiumkunsten, FEDORA, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Gieskes Strijbis foundation, Dutch Culture & Holland Festival 

Jalan Cikini Raya No. 73, Cikini, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat 10330