GELAR presents a variety of performing arts productions featuring the best works of Indonesian top artists, both at home and abroad. It has a wide range of production from classical art, folk art (traditional), to the popular and contemporary-art based on tradition. As producer, Gelar emphasizes the importance of preliminary research as an absolute requirement in the development of stage production. This also includes creativity in mapping segmentation and market targeting. Therefore Gelar's productions can be appreciated and enjoyed by children to general public.

GELAR presents Indonesian performing art Internationally through many of the world's arts presenter. We work with many partners (producers, promoters, theater venues, art and cultural centers, museums, educational institutional) around the world to bring high quality Indonesian performing artworks to international public.

  • Blacius Subono’s Karna Tanding

Production management for international touring of “Karna Tanding” - a collaboration of wayang, music and choreography led by Blacius Subono. Performed at The Royal Tropical Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands and Festival Musica de Populi in Florence, Italy.

  • Tembang Sunda Ida Widawati

In association with Anmaro Performing Arts - Europe, Gelar supports international touring for traditional Sundanese music group led by Ida Widawati, in International Music Festival in Netherlands. Performed at Amsterdam and Utrecht, Netherlands, Antwerp and Brussels, Belgium.

  • Saidjah en Adinda

In association with Anmaro Performing Arts – Europe for World Music and Theatre Festival, Gelar supports international touring and production management in Indonesia. Featuring some of the prominent Indonesian traditional performing artists such as Miroto, S. Kardjono, Susilo and Blacius Subono. Performance in Netherlands have been responded enthusiastically by public. Performed at Amstelveen, Amsterdam, Antwerpen, Breda, Denbosch, Denhaag, Drachten, Eindhoven, Enschede, Hasselt, Goes, Hoorn, Leeuwarden, Leiden, Maastricht, Middelburg, Rotterdam, Sittard, Tilburg, Utrecht, Zaandam.

  • Topeng Indramayu Mimi Rasinah

Gelar in association with Asian Music Circuit (AMC) - England, have toured the legendary Indramayu traditional mask dance master, Rasinah (77), in several cities in England including London, Bristol, Devon, and Glasgow. These performances have been responded enthusiastically by the communities. Performances were followed with workshops and discussions.

Some of GELAR’s productions are presented to local audience. We produce entertaining performances for general public, as well as tailor made production commissioned by corporate.

  • Semata Wayang featuring Wayang Ukur & Wayang Sandosa

“Semata Wayang” is a production which features avant-garde wayang (shadow puppetry) performances, Wayang Ukur and Wayang Sandosa. Wayang Ukur was created by Ki Sukasman, a shadow puppet designer, who has spent most of his life designing shadow puppets in Yogyakarta, Java. His concept is unique for its wayang design and lighting design. Wayang Ukur collaborates shadow puppets with dancers, multi puppeteers (dalang), multi screens, and an excellent visual arts in all aspects. Wayang Sandosa is a creation of several dalang (shadow puppeteers) of Academy of Performing Arts (ISI) in Surakarta, Central Java. Its uniqueness lies in the collaboration of many puppeteers in performing the show. With a giant screen, these dalangs performs attractively by standing up, playing different characters.

  • Four Hand Concert - 2002

Indonesian classical pianist Ary Sutedja and Japanese pianist Miwako Fukuchi performed Tchaikovsky’s  “Sleeping Beauty” in collaboration with traditional wayang, performed by Nanang Hape, one of the young and talented shadow puppeteers in Jakarta. The story was visualized through shadow puppets.

  • Mozart Concert - 2003

Featuring Tembang Tengahan by Bina Musika Ensemble

Bina Musika is one of the pioneering music school in Indonesia. Originally owned by the government, Bina Musika has branches throughout Indonesia. The Ministry for Culture and Tourism decided to hand over Bina Musika to private sector to be managed professionally. As consultant for Bina Musika, Gelar designed its program planning.

  • Saat-Saat Berbagi - 2003

Commemorating the National Children’s Day 2003, Bina Musika held a children concert entitled “Saat-saat Berbagi” (the Moments of Sharing), paying tribute to the great Indonesian children song composers such as AT. Mahmud, Ibu Soed,  pak Kasoer. All compositions were played by the children orchestra. This program was aired on TV7.

  • Daeng Udjo Angklung Concert

Gelar was assigned to produce the entertainment program which represents Indonesia. To implement the program, Gelar presented a blend of traditional and modern music Angklung Orchestra of the legendary Mang Udjo were combined with Elfa’s Children Choir. These program brought tremendous excitement from the entrepreneurs and CEOs of attending companies. To celebrate the achievements of entrepreneurs, Ernst & Young in 1986 launched The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) Program in the United States. The program has now become truly global and is held in over 30 countries across five continents. EOY is recognized as among the most prestigious business achievement awards.

  • Retrospeksi IwanTirta (RIT) I – 2004

Iwan Tirta, leading batik designer in Indonesia, displayed his antique private collections of classical batiks. Intead of using models to display his collection, nine classical Javanese dancers performed the Bedhaya Pangkur (staged by Sulistyo Tirtokusumo), one of Keraton Surakarta’s royal court-dance, using the dress that Iwan Tirta had reconstructed according to the original costume design during the reign of King Pakubuwono VIII in the 18th century. William Wongso, expert in Indonesian gastronomy, had served the Javanese royal court recipes during the colonial era, as a feast to all the guests. The Pakubuwono Residence is a property company which has tremendous concerns in preserving Indonesian arts and culture.

  • Krakatau Concert at EOY - 2004

Gelar was assigned to produce the entertainment program which represents Indonesia. To meet these standards, Gelar recommend highly reputable Indonesian artists whose major achievement have made prominent contribution to Indonesia both in national and international level. Krakatau, one of the most prominent music group, brought a progressive and unique sound that produced by traditional Sundanese gamelan and high tech electronic instruments.

  • NERA in Concert - 2005

Nera is one amongst Indonesian pop group bands which explores creative approaches to present their music to younger, new listeners. Nera’s uniqueness lies upon in its lyrics, which uses Floresese (east Indonesia) as its main language. Presented in a very popular way, Nera’s musical concept has been influenced by the rich percussive traditions of Indonesia. Gilang Ramadhan, Indonesia’s most prominent drummer and percussionist - founder of the group – has studied percussive traditions throughout Indonesia. One of his ambition is to popularize music that are rooted from local traditions to younger generations. Nera are Gilang Ramadhan (drums/percussions), Donny Suhendra (electric guitar), Krisna Prameswara (keyboards), Adi Darmawan (bass), and Ivan Nestorman (vocal).

  • Djimat meet Gunarsa - 2005

Bisnis Indonesia celebrated its 20th anniversary with a presentation of Topeng Pajegan (traditional mask dance) of Bali performed by the most prominent mask dancer, I Made Djimat. The maestro was accompanied by I Gusti Kompyang Raka of LKB Saraswati as music director. In this special occasion, a painting auction by the maestro painter Nyoman Gunarsa was held as a donation for the Bali bombing victims October 2005.

  • Gelar Wayang Kebangsaan - 2006

The National Secretariat of Wayang Indonesia commisioned to program Gelar Wayang Kebangsaan which was held simultaneously with the closing night of the SENA WANGI congress in 2006. On this occasion Ki dalang Enthus Susmono performed shadow puppet play taken from Mahabharata epic.

  • Ki Manteb at Nusantara Heritage - 2006

Nusantara Heritage is a special event held at Dharmawangsa Hotel, consist of night market and shadow puppet performance. A variety of Javanese culinary delights were served for all the guests. In this occasion, Ki Manteb Soedharsono performed ‘Dewa Ruci’, in 60 minutes duration.

The tradition dates back as far as the tenth century when it originated in the Red River delta area of northern Vietnam. The puppets are built out of wood and the shows are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers to control them. Gelar was appointed by National Secretariat for Wayang Indonesia to develop a program featuring this puppet art.

  • Tandhing Gendhing – 2006, 2007 & 2008

"Tandhing Gendhing", or "A Battle of Wits" - is performed in "Iwan Tirta in Retrospect II" at Dharmawangsa Hotel. The work of classical Javanese dance opera is directed by Wasi Bantolo as choreographer, while the composition of music and libretto is done by karawitan maestro and puppeteer, Blacius Subono, artistic arrangement was done directly by the late batik maestro Iwan Tirta, assisted by Haryono Haryo Guritno, KRAy. Maktal Dirdjodiningrat, KRT. Hartoyo and Kumoratih Kushardjanto. This performance was derived from the concept of classical Javanese musical or langendriyan opera that brought the contemporary re-interpretation of the epic Mahabharata, specifically Bharatayudha. All dancers are also vocalists. The dance movements was of Surakarta style ornamented with symbolic values through its dance movements. The main artistic element in this opera was the costumes mainly the batik. Tandhing Gendhing had been setting new trend among the upper class Jakarta whereas for the first time, a classic traditional opera was sold out with a ticket price of Rp. 1,000,000,- per person.

    • Premiere Tandhing Gendhing dan Srimpi Anglir Mendhung – 2006: After 3 years of preparation, the premiere presentation was at Grand Ballroom Dharmawangsa Hotel. This stage was opened with the appearance of Srimpi Anglir Mendhung.
    • Tandhing Gendhing Tour – 2007 feat. Srimpi Moncar at Solo: Presented at Teater Kecil ISI, Surakarta. This classical opera featured Srimpi Moncar created by KGPAA Mangkunegoro VII as an opening act.
    • Tandhing Gendhing Tour – 2007 feat. Srimpi Ludiro Madu at Surabaya: Presented at Gedung Teater Cak Durasim, Surabaya. This classical opera featured Srimpi Ludiramadu created by Pakubuwono as an opening act.
    • Tandhing Gendhing Tour – 2007 feat. Srimpi Tameng Gito at Jakarta: Presented at Graha Bhakti Budaya, Jakarta. This classical opera featured Srimpi Tameng Gito created by Pakubuwono as an opening act.
    • Tandhing Gendhing Tour – 2007 feat. Bedhaya Rimbe at Cirebon: In Cirebon, Tandhing Gendhing featured a special appearance from the dancers of Kanoman Cirebon who brought the excerpt of Bedhaya Rimbe Prang Panah. This Bedhaya is a contemplative court-dance repertoire originally three hours long. This dance is rarely performed outside the Kanoman palace. It was last performed in 1968 at Taman Ismail Marzuki Jakarta.
    • Tandhing Gendhing Tour – 2007 at Pekalongan: Tandhing Gendhing appearance in Pekalongan is part of Pekalongan Batik Party 2007 held in an antique house, Rumah Jawatan Kota Pekalongan.
    • Tandhing Gendhing Tour – 2008 at Griya Jenggala, Jakarta: Griya Jenggala ends the entire tour series of Tandhing Gendhing.
  • Manteb Meet Nartosabdho - 2007

Another phenomenal stage where two masters of shadow puppetry meet in one stage. Ki Manteb Soedharsono is a disciple of the late Ki Nartosabdho. Both are maestros of Indonesian performing arts particularly in wayang puppetry. Ki Narto Sabdho who had died long ago was remarkably revived by Manteb Soedharsono on stage at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta.

  • Santiswaran Concert at Jenggala – 2007

Santiswaran may be defined as a Javanese cultural product inspired by Islam. The old term of this kind of music, gendhing terbangan is derived from the dominant instrument which is frame-drum (terbang / rebana). Santiswaran was developed by artist of Surakarta Palace at Central java during the reign of Pakubuwono IV and Pakubuwono V. On October 2007, for the first time in Jakarta, Santiswaran troupe led by Waluyo Sastrosukarno, was staged in a limited audience at Griya Jenggala.

  • The Mask By The Maestro - 2008

One of endangered traditional dances in Indonesia is the Mask Dance. Three of the oldest mask dances of Indonesia are Kedok Tiga (Betawi), Pajegan (Bali) and Kelana (Java). Mask dances were chosen to be performed at Bimasena as these dances are slowly dissapearing, even in the region of origin, and need regeneration for it to become of interest again for the younger generation. Part of the proceeds of performance will be submitted to support dance institute of these particular dances to be attractive for young dancers. At this program, guest will be invited to taste culinary specialties from Betawi, Bali and Java, the regions where these mask dances originate from.

        • Topeng Kedok Tiga & Topeng Jantuk: Mask performance in native Betawi traditional performing arts consists of dancing, musical aspect and visual arts. The mask dancer would perform three characters symbolized by the masks accompanied by traditional musical instruments such as rebab, kecrek, kulanter, ketuk, gendang, gong, bende, as well as vocalists. This mask dance were popularly known as “Topeng Cisalak”, which originated in Depok, a suburb of Jakarta, around 1918 by its masters: Djioen and Mak Inang. Its uniqueness lies upon the cultural influences of Chinese and Sundanese traditions. Today, Topeng Betawi is considered highly rare and nearly in its extinction. Re-generation of Topeng Betawi dancers has been very poor, since lack of government support. Topeng Kedok Tiga Betawi is performed by Kartini, the only surviving traditional Betawi mask dancer in Jakarta.
        • Topeng Klono Sewandono: Throughout Java, there are many versions of “Topeng Klana” mask dance which was derived from the Panji tales. From aristocratic to grass-root societies, Topeng Klana has been very popular. From Yogyakarta, Mangkunegaran and Kasunanan Palace court-style, to proletarian styles of east Java such as Topeng Jabung Malang, and Reog Ponorogo. The “Topeng Klana” mask dance that will be performed at the Bimasena Club is of Yogyakarta Palace style, in which considered as highly rare and almost in extinction. However, Yogyakarta style of Topeng Klana is considered to be one of the most in its authenticity among others. At the Bimasena Club, the Topeng Klana dance had been re-composed by the performing arts maestro, Bagong Kussudiarjo. Topeng Wayang Klana at the Bimasena Club will be performed by Lantip Kuswala Daya, one of prominent mask dancer in Yogyakarta, who has learned Yogyakarta dance style directly from the late maestro, RM Sasminta.
        • Topeng Pajegan: Mask as a form of art expression has been popularly used in traditional Balinese culture through its performing arts. The existence of this mask dance is highly-related to Hinduism religious rites which blends harmoniously in the society. “Topeng Pajegan” is a unique mask performing arts which requires the most qualities from its performer. No ordinary mask dancer could perform this type of mask performance. “Topeng Pajegan” is performed by a single mask dancer which has excellent abilities to dance and act. The dancer performs five characteristics symbolizes by each mask, representing the cycle of life. Topeng Pajegan at the Bimasena Club will be performed by I Made Djimat, a mask dance maestro, the only son of Ni Ketut Cenik, the late Balinese maestro dancer of Joged Pingitan.
  • Tribute to Ismail Marzuki - 2009

Ismail Marzuki is an all time favorite and one of the most productive Indonesian composers. His compositions have become Indonesian classics and played from generations to generations. During the colonial war, Ismail Marzuki played an important role through his patriotic songs. Until then, he had composed more than 200 popular compositions for various genres of music. Artists involved in this Tribute concert are Tohpati Big Band, Kris Biantoro, Gatot Sunjoto, Andien, Baim, Rieka Roslan, Rio Febrian and Farah Di.

  • Ngadi Busana - 2009

The relationship between Batik and Dance can not be separated from one another. In the Javanese arts even more so. Batik is not merely a costume that will embellish a choreography. But more than that, it became a soul in every form of dance. In order to open the exhibition Adi Wastraprema 2009, the process of wearing a the royal cloth was exhibited by a classical Javanese clothing experts.

  • Gendari – (Jakarta & Solo) 2009

“Gendari” is one of the major works of Elly D. Luthan as choreographer. This work received a warm welcome from the public art and cultural media at the time. This work is partially danced by non-professional dancers and supported by professional dancers and musicians including the court-dance expert Sulistyo Tirtokusumo and national actor Slamet Rahardjo. Supported by Blacius Subono as composer and Dedy Luthan as artistic director. Gendari at that time was performed at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, and two months later danced at the Grand Theater of ISI Solo in a series of Dies Natalis ISI Solo.

  • Didi AGP 999 Meditation Concert - 2009

For the first time a meditation music concert was held. This production is driven by electronic musician Didi AGP who is now intensely researching sounds, vibrations and frequencies for meditation and healing purposes through music. In its appearance, Didi AGP combines sounds produced from digital music instruments with various instruments of tradition such as gender, rebab, rindik, kendang, saluang, serunai, bansi and so on. Didi AGP also features Epi Martison, Nanang Hape, Ammir AGP and Yuyun. This performance was held at Teater Salihara.

  • 25 Juta Honda Launching  - 2009

Commemorating its 25,000,000th production, Astra Honda Motor held an exposure and launch of 25,000,000 Honda Vario at its factory in Cikarang. Gelar were assigned to develop a program in Cikarang factory that mobilize at least 100 factory workers to make an opening dance, a dance taking the idioms of Aceh, Sunda and Minangkabau and then accompanying motorcycle products to 25,000,000 in the factory.

  • The Mask 2009 - 2009

In association with Bimasena Mine and Energy Society, Gelar showcases the art of endangered mask traditions.

        • Topeng Priangan: Priangan mask dance originated from West Java. Technically this mask art is only developed on the campus of ISI Bandung for conservation, Risyani Nurjaman is one of the researchers who conduct continuous research related to Topeng Priangan.
        • Topeng Hudoq: There are two types of Hudoq Mask located in the Dayak tribe, Kalimantan. First is Hudoq dance which until now developed in the Dayak Benuaq tribe. This dance is still used for the purposes of various events and traditional ceremonies. The second is Hudoq Kita dance from the Dayak Kenyah tribe. Hudoq Kita practically have never been danced again because this dance is very dependent on the existence of forests.
  • Didi AGP 12:12 Concert at BBJ - 2009

As a continuation on his previous success, Didi AGP performed a meditation music concert in Bentara Budaya Jakarta. In addition to the musicians who have supported before, Didi AGP also featured poetries that come from prayer text from various religions.

  • Ananda Sukarlan LIBERTAS Concert - 2010

In collaboration with Yayasan Musik Sastra Indonesia, Gelar held a classical music concert hosted by an Indonesian pianist, Ananda Sukarlan. In this production are Ananda Sukarlan, Aning Katamsi, Joseph Kristanto, Indra Listyanto, Jakarta String Ensemble, Elizabeth Ashford, ITB Choir, Paragita UI Choir and dancers from choreographer Chendra Panatan. This performance took place at Graha Bhakti Budaya TIM.

  • Paregreg - 2010

Paregreg is inspired from the late history of Majapahit. The work of Elly D. Luthan (choreographer) and Joko W. Porong (composer), was performed by Paguyuban Pencinta Seni Jawa Timuran, a community which supports endangered performing arts such as ludruk.

  • Boma - 2010

Gelar produced a theaterplay which re-interpret Mahabharata epic within contemporary context. Featuring Blacius Subono, Elly Luthan and Sulistyo Tirtokusumo, this production tells the story of a king named Bomanarakasura. This production is done in cooperation with Kusuma Budaya Foundation to support the education of homeless children. Boma was performed twice in Gedung Kesenian Jakarta and Gedung Kautaman Jakarta Theater.

  • Wayang Betawi at Pameran Wayang Bentara Budaya Jakarta - 2010

Bentara Budaya Jakarta in 2011 held an exhibition showing its wayang collections to the public. Gelar supported the wayang performances during the exhibition. Ki Dalang Sukar Pulung is a puppeteer who performs shadow puppet performances in eastern Jakarta area. Wayang Betawi itself is very unique. Appearing later at the time of the attack of Sultan Agung to Batavia, this puppet then grew up along with the growth of Betawi people in Jakarta. This puppet uses old Sundanese language, accompanied by Sundanese instruments and Gambang Kromong. It uses Javanese-style shadow puppets.

  • Ki Dwi Adi Nugroho & Ki Manteb Soedahrsono at Pameran Wayang Bentara Budaya Jakarta - 2010

Wayang Kulit Surakarta style is very popular in Java society. Especially in urban areas such as Jakarta, the presence of Surakarta style shadow puppet performance can cure their love and longing for their hometown. On this occasion, two shadow puppet performance were presented by Ki Dwi Adi Nugroho in short duration. Meanwhile, the maestro Ki Manteb Soedharsono performed all-night long duration.

  • The Mask 2010

In its third year, Gelar with Bimasena Mines and Energy Society brought endangered mask traditions to an exclusive public in Jakarta. Deddy Luthan was again appointed as the curator of the program and chose two very exotic mask art.

    • Toping Toping Simalungun: Toping-Toping is a mask tradition that is usually performed to entertain a family who is mourning for death. Anton Sitepu and the Simalungun community brought this endangered mask dance to Jakarta.
    • Topeng Madura: Madura mask is usually performed along with the commemoration of harvest period. Mask art that brings the story of Mahabharata is usually held all night long in the form of theater show.
  • Didi AGP 11:11:11 - 2011

On November 11, Gelar produced an electronic music concert featuring two highly influential electronic musicians, Didi AGP and Andy Ayunir. The concert featured various numbers of electronic music works showcased under the stars of the Planetarium Jakarta.

  • Kunokini Reinkarnasi Concert - 2011

Kunokini is one among few music groups that explores typical percussive sounds of Indonesia. Based on their first album titled Reincarnation, Kunokini performed in a concert held at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta.

  • Pendekar Kelana - 2011

Pendekar Kelana is a non-verbal theater which attractions are taken from the techniques / moves from martial arts of Merpati Putih style. The main course of this performance is the demonstration of power in the style of Merpati Putih. The choreography also played an important role in this performance, in which the moves and techniques will be 'moved' within the composition of motion - on a traditional basis, which takes the essence of motion from martial art moves. Director and choreography by Atin Kisam, assisted by Yuli Bhimawan and Wiwiek HW. The composition of urban music was composed by Joko W. Porong. This stage is a comedy involving large audience.

  • Malahayati - 2012

This performance is especially designed with a theme of Aceh. Its form was inspired by Seudati, Rampai Aceh, Ratoh, Didong, and its literary traditions. This performance is choreographed by Suryani, music by Armen, guest stars present in this performance are Gerry Puraatmadja and Ayudia Bing Slamet.

  • Knights of the Golden Empress - 2013

"Knights of the Golden Empress" - premiered on July 4, 2013. Along with the performing arts program, the kingdom-style banquet program of the island of Java. In this program, the production of "Knights of the Golden Empress" is also directed by choreographer Elly D. Luthan, while the musical compositions and libretto are also performed by karawitan maestro, Rahayu Supanggah. This production at that time using the costumes provided by Iwan Tirta Private Collection. 

  • Ketoprak Keris Nagasasra - 2014

Nogososro & Sabuk Inten is a classic Javanese silat story written by SH Mintardja in the form of a serial book. The richness of the storyline, many unique characters, as well as the closeness of this story to the history and myth of Java makes it famous among fans of martial arts. The story is then adapted into theatrical martial arts format based on ketoprak performances. A special choreography was made for both duel and mass action scenes. Music accompaniment is a composition produced from Javanese gamelan. In this performance, the performers will feature martial arts moves of Merpati Putih which will be performed through action fighting action, acrobatic action and strength attraction.


We invite our viewers to experience 'performing on-stage' with artists and traditional artists in a production. This experience will make them keep updated with the latest information related to the development of Indonesian performing arts. This audience development program is also a charity program that collaborates with several social institutions.

  1. Audience On-Stage

Starting in 2006, GELAR developed a program which involves the audience on a performing arts stage. The audience performance is one of the community-based performances featuring amateur art lovers as volunteers supporting the event. These volunteers were originally art-viewers with very diverse backgrounds - from private executives, professionals to high-ranking officials. Gelar offers an experience to these art-viewers to be on stage just like a show performed by professional artists as they usually see. They participate actively as dancers, musicians, or behind-the-scenes workers who help raise public appreciation to support the sustainability of traditional arts. This act is also a medium for charity to help others from supporting victims of natural disaster, donate to cure diseases, support education through foster-parents movements, etc. Although performed by amateurs, Gelar ensures the quality of performing arts production is well-maintained as a result of being supported by creators and professional art-workers who qualifies in the world of performing arts in Indonesia.

        • Sudhamala - 2006: Gelar was commissioned by the Mataram Heritage Foundation in association with Kusuma Budaya, to produce a Charity Night presenting the Wayang Wong theatre performed by the descendants of the 4 palaces in Java with a story about the rites to keep away from misfortunes (“Sudhamala”). The profit of this event were fully donated to support rehabilitation projects of Mataram heritage. Mataram Heritage Foundation was established as a response to the earthquake tragedy in Yogyakarta and Central Java in 2006. The main objective is to support the rehabilitation of Mataram heritage – which presently divided into Kasunanan Surakarta, Kasultanan Yogyakarta, Pura Mangkunegaran and Pura Pakualaman that were ruined because of the earthquake.
        • Damarwulan Menakjingga – 2007: Gelar assists Kusuma Budaya Foundation – an art & culture community, to produce a Charity Night (together with Thalassaemia Foundation) presenting a colossal dance theatre performance. The story was taken from the history of Majapahit Empire.
        • Pandawa Dadu – 2010: This performance is a community performance where Gelar supports ITB Alumni Forum class of 1973 (Fortuga). In this production Gelar took Ki Slamet Gundono and staged a collaboration in the form of Suket Wayang. The performance at the National Museum is part of Fortuga's anniversary event.
        • Ramayana 1 – 2011 & 2012: The dance theatre entitled Ramayana, is an event that explores traditional drama with a story taken from Ramayana epic manuscript. This production involved community players ranging from dancers, musicians to stage workers. They are a combination of several community of art enthusiasts, community college alumni, members and alumni dance studio, professional artists and of course the activists of karawitan art. From this diverse background opens the possibility to create a more open cultural show. The first stage of Ramayana took a form of wayang opera while the second time in 2012, Ramayana was presented in the form of ballet.
        • Baratayuda – 2015: This program is an activity of friends of Gelar community who has been involved in Gelar’s program since 2007. This event was aimed to introduce Indonesian cultural assets to younger generation while preserving, developing and maintaining the continuity of traditional arts . This play was directed by Bram Kushardjanto assisted by Yuli Bhimawan, Mochamad Wahyudi, Sentot Bambang Gunawan, Sentot Erwin and Rury Avianti. Music by Blacius Subono and the original script by Pitoyo Amrih.
        • Kridha Hambeksa – 2016: Kridha Hambeksa is a dance performance program that presents classical Javanese dance compositions. The program aims to provide space for creativity in traditional art and culture in order to survive in the urban life of Jakarta through a variety of fun activities. This event then inspired the establishment of an art community called Kridha Hambeksa.
  1. Inviting the audience to see live performances at its original place

Not every cultural performances and events can be brought to proscenium stage. Therefore, GELAR developed a program that brings the audience to enjoy authentic live performance at its place of origin. Indeed, this program became an exciting travel experience that connects the visitors with local communities through its performing arts to culinary traditions. Initiated in 2007, this program became a sustainable travel which later known as Cultural Trip Series.

  1. Children Program

In 2011, Gelar started to develop new program aiming at younger audience.

        • Ramayana 1 – 2011 dan Ramayana 2 – 2012: In 2011, this performance involves 150 students of elementary school students, in addition to the older dancers. This performance is also a charity show, where 30% of the proceeds were donated to the education of elementary school children through Foster Parents National Movement. In 2012, this Ramayana stage is repeated again and received remarks from more children participants.
        • Ketoprak Anak-Anak Cindelaras  - 2015: Supported by Indonesia's leading financial institution, Gelar produce a children's traditional drama (ketoprak) aimed at campaigning for financial literacy from an early age. In this series of performances almost all role in ketoprak is played by children. Instead of being the target of the campaign, these children performers would be agents to deliver the messages. The ketoprak drama takes the folk tale entitled Cindelaras and had been staged for three times during the period of 2015 and 2016.


Cultural Trip is a series of community-based traveling program initiated by GELAR since 2007. This community development program is especially created for those who enjoy unique authentic cultural activities, particularly rarely seen performing arts, endangered cultures, rituals and closer connections with local communities in different parts of Indonesia – right in its origin, performed by native communities.

The idea came out from the challenging facts in staging authentic traditional performing arts to urban audience. Most of these performing arts were staged in a proscenium stage which were common in performing art venues today. Inevitably, many forms of Indonesian traditional performing arts would lost its meanings and become alienated from its cultural context when taken out from its original environment. Staging these indigenous traditional performing arts would require site-specific venue uniquely suitable for each performance. Why not in its original place as well?

GELAR Cultural Trip series adopts the concept of sustainable tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place - its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents (Geotourism Study, 2002). This program is supported by several leading media such as National Geographic Traveler, Digital Camera, Media Indonesia, Tamasya Magazine, Suara Pembaruan, Jakarta Globe, Kompas and Female Radio.

Let's get to know and explore Indonesia in a new exciting way!
To get to know Indonesia in various perspectives, Cultural Trip is divided into several themes:


Getting to know a city and its daily life.

Explore the legacy of kingdoms in Indonesia and become part of the royal rituals.

Explore unique and dynamic cultures of coastal communities throughout Indonesian archipelago.

Getting to know native communities in remote areas.

Explore rarely seen mask traditions throughout Indonesia in its place of origin. Enjoy mask performance and meet local maestros.

Tracking down the ancient to colonial spice trade in Southeast Asia, which had generated inter-cultural understanding among various people who came from many distant places.

Reveal the story of local hand-woven textile art at its central points throughout Indonesia.

Reveal the story of hand-drawn textile art at its central points throughout Indonesia. Discover the stories and philosophies behind batik in its place of origin.

Get to know the local culture through a culinary tradition of a place.

Discovering life at the border line.

Understanding local culture through the ritual traditions and beliefs of local communities.

Tracing remains of past civilization through archaeological and historical sites.

Enjoy an experience with the whole family while getting to know the history and local culture through different /unique activities.

As part of the efforts to present Indonesia to a wider society, GELAR is eager in participating in various festivals that promotes Indonesia. In addition to initiating and managing several cultural festivals in a national scale, Gelar also develops several forums, from cultural dialogues to performing arts marketing forum.

Other service diversification developed by GELAR is the Production Management, Festival Management, Forum and Multi-activities event. This program accelerates appreciation as well as emergence of creative works that arise from various performances and other works of art.

  • Pekan Wayang Indonesia - Festival 1999

Pekan Wayang Indonesia is a regular wayang festival which is held every 5 years since 1964. This event includes visual arts exhibition, performing arts live shows, series of workshops and discussions. After more than 30 years, National Secretariat of Wayang Indonesia would like to have younger audience. Meanwhile, wayang arts does not appeal to younger generations. Gelar was commissioned to design and develop campaign programs to promote Wayang arts and introduce it to a wider public, without leaving its loyal enthusiasts. As a result, about 10,000 people visited the event for 5 days. This big event were supported by Gudang Garam, Texmaco, Semen Gresik, Pupuk Sriwijaya, Credit Suisse, Pura Barutama, RCTI, Indosiar, Hard Rock Group and many more.

  • Festival Wayang Nasional Surabaya - 2005

For the first time, the National Secretariat of Wayang Indonesia with the support of Gelar held a puppetry competition in Indonesia involving professional dalangs in Indonesia. Preliminary rounds were held in each region, while the final was held in Surabaya.

  • World of Wayang Festival 2011

WOW! 2011 or World of Wayang Festival is a multi-activity event that presents a variety of Indonesian puppetry especially wayang arts. Starting from the traditional art form to comics, t-shirts and so on. This festival program is designed to arouse the interest of the younger generation.

GELAR provides added value in the form of creative content development as well as creating discussion forums and exhibitions that open wider space for public appreciation through knowledge-sharing.

  • Indonesia Performing Arts Mart 2004

IPAM (Indonesia Performing Arts Mart) is an annual art forum organized in the form of a market, in which global Art Managers, Art Directors, Performing Arts Center Director, Promoters, Agents, Producers, Performing Artists and Culture Scholars interact in various modes and activities with prominent as well as up-and-coming Indonesian Performing Artists. Discussions, and performances are conducted in a way that allow participants to share experience and more importantly shape the contemporary trends of today's performing arts. Indonesia Performing Arts Mart (IPAM) is a concept that was initiated by The Ministry for Culture & Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, in response to Indonesia performing arts’ potentials in the global performing arts scene. The Ministry for Culture and Tourism commissioned Gelar to develop the program as the Organizing Committee of IPAM. In the development, Gelar was supported by ANMARO Performing Arts, based in Europe. IPAM 2004 was attended by international presenters and participants from Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Germany, England, USA, Australia, Cambodia, Singapore, and Japan.

  • Indonesia Performing Arts Mart 2005

IPAM (Indonesia Performing Arts Mart) is an annual art forum organized in the form of a market, in which global Art Managers, Art Directors, Performing Arts Center Director, Promoters, Agents, Producers, Performing Artists and Culture Scholars interact in various modes and activities with prominent as well as up-and-coming Indonesian Performing Artists. Discussions, and performances are conducted in a way that allow participants to share experience and more importantly shape the contemporary trends of today's performing arts. Indonesia Performing Arts Mart (IPAM) is a concept that was initiated by The Ministry for Culture & Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, in response to Indonesia performing arts’ potentials in the global performing arts scene. The Ministry for Culture and Tourism commissioned Gelar to develop the program as the Organizing Committee of IPAM. In the development, Gelar was supported by ANMARO Performing Arts, based in Europe. In IPAM 2005, GELAR was supported by Kelola Foundation and The Society of Indonesian Performing Arts (MSPI). IPAM 2005 Advisory Board members were: I Wayan Dibia, Rahayu Supanggah, Sal Murgiyanto, Amna S. Kusumo, Saini KM. IPAM 2005 was attended by international presenters and participants from South Africa, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, USA, Australia, Korea, Singapore, and Japan.

  • Royal Dinner - 2013

"Royal Dinner" is a program initiated by Berita Satu Media Holdings. The idea is to create a dinner that presents the masterpiece of Indonesian flavor through the royal heritage. Gelar developed a concept that featured the unique gastronomy of six kingdoms in the land of Java that is Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace, Sultanate Hadiningrat Palace, Keraton Kasepuhan Cirebon, Kanoman Cirebon Palace, Puri Mangkunegaran and Pakualaman Castle. This royal cuisine was then reinterpreted by Executive Chef The Dharmawangsa.

  • Museum Week 2015: Jalur Rempah

The Jakarta Post through Yayasan Bina Museum Indonesia has created an event called Museum Week since 2013. In 2015, the foundation wanted a thematic program for Museum Week in 2015. Gelar proposed 'Spice Route' whereas it had previously been used as one of Gelar's Cultural Trip theme. 'Jalur Rempah' or 'Spice Route' was then implemented as the theme for Museum Week 2015 held at the National Museum. Gelar was involved in the program and content development as well as initiating various discussion, and community-based activities which gain remarkable enthusiasm from the visitors.

  • Pameran Batik Pantai Utara Jawa - 2016

With the support of Yayasan Bina Museum Indonesia, Gelar gathered with batik artisans community of the north coast of Java (Lasem, Juwana, Kudus, Brebes, Tegal, Cirebon, Indramayu and Jakarta) to carry out an exhibition and knowledge-sharing through workshops and talkshows.

  • Pameran “Kita Austronesia” - 2016

For more than a week, Indonesian National Centre for Archaeological Research entrusted the preparation, planning and implementation of Austronesian exhibition production to Gelar. The exhibition was held in conjunction with International Symposium on Austronesian Diaspora held in Bali. This prestigious event was attended by experts and researchers from all over the world.

  • Festival Sriwijaya 2016

Gelar was commissioned by Department of Tourism and Culture of South Sumatra Province to develop an exhibition program on Sriwijaya. The exhibition was in conjunction with the annual Sriwijaya Festival in Benteng Kuto Besak Palembang area. On developing the exhibition, Gelar collaborated with Jaringan Masyarakat Negeri Rempah in managing its content up to the production. Various discussions and workshops were also held to strengthen the exhibition.

  • Festival Kopi Al Munawar - 2016

Gelar supported the Tourism and Culture Office of South Sumatera Province in developing infographic exhibition informing the history and development of coffee industry in South Sumatra.

GELAR utilizes digital technology as a means of creative innovation. The resulting production is presented in digital format to facilitate documentation and advanced research.

Home Entertainment is one of GELAR's initial production. Instead of documenting art performances, Gelar brought traditional art performances directly in the grip of the audience. Utilizing the latest digital technology, Gelar started with making VCDs, produced television programs, and currently producing serials on the internet or now better known as the web series.

  • DEWA RUCI - VCD Ki Manteb Soedharsono

Featuring the master of classical Javanese shadow puppetry, Ki Manteb Soedharsono “Dewa Ruci” is produced as a new format of classical wayang (shadow puppet) performance with cinematographic approaches. Without reducing its content (which used to be performed traditionally in 8 hours), this performance was designed into a 60 minutes presentation with English / Indonesian subtitling. This VCD has attract wayang enthusiasts, and had been marketed internationally. “Dewa Ruci” is a prototype of Wayang performance designed for TV viewers.

  • KALASINEMA – 2000 -2001

“Kalasinema” is a traditional shadow puppet performance with cinematographic approach, which 90% picture taken from the shadow sides. Duration 90 minutes, with Indonesian subtitles. Featuring popular puppet masters. Aired on ANTV. Prototype of “Kalasinema” had been aired for 2 episodes on RCTI for special occasions.

    • Kalasinema – Gathutkaca Gugat - 2000
    • Kalasinema – Kumbakarna Gugur - 2000
    • Kalasinema – Srikandi - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Ciptaning - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Rubuhan - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Alap Alapan Sukeksi - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Gandamana Tundung - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Rama Tundung - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Aswatama Nglandak - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Kunthi Pilih - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Babat Alas Mertani - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Suryatmaja Surtikanthi - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Durna Gugur - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Palguna Palgunadi - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Gunung Tunon - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Subali Gugur - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Sumantri - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Emban Kramadaya - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Wiratha Parwa - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Kangsa Lena - 2001
    • Kalasinema – Ranjapan - 2001
  • Sudut Kota & Cerita Kota – 2000-2003

“Sudut Kota” is an edutainment program which contains unique information of local Indonesian culture, communicated in a popular manner. This program is especially designed for younger generations, which aims to introduce and encourage appreciation to the colorful cultures in Indonesia. This program was responded positively by the audience for its presenter’s direct involvement in local communities. Presented by Rudi Gelapan, and broadcasted on ANTV for 52 episodes. Following the next year, “Sudut Kota” was broadcasted by GARUDA TV Netherlands dan CAKRA TV Semarang.“Cerita Kota” is a continuation of “Sudut Kota”, which was responded positively by the audience. Presented by Rudi Gelapan. Broadcasted on ANTV. 

  • Cempala – 2001

Gelar was the program consultant for “Cempala”, a TV talk show program designed for The National Secretariat for Wayang Indonesia (SENA WANGI – Sekretariat Nasional Pewayangan Indonesia). The talk show uses Wayang as a media to discuss current issues. Presented by Soedarko Prawiroyudho, broadcasted on TVRI. 

  • Keliling Betawi – 2007

“Keliling Betawi” is a mini serial consists of 3 episodes traveling program, specifically aimed to promote Jakarta. Aiming at younger urban generation, the objective was to educate the audience all about Jakarta including its culture, lifestyle and history. The program was produced to commemorate the anniversary of Jakarta. Presented by Olivia Zalianty and broadcasted on Lativi.

On several occasions, GELAR supported several productions from various art groups by documenting their works.

  • Kunthi Pinilih – 2001

"Kunthi Pinilih" is a production of Deddy Luthan Dance Company. Choreographed by Elly D. Luthan and accompaniment composed by Blacius Subono. Gelar documented this production before it was staged at Het Muziek Theater Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • Gendari & Anggrek Hitam- 2002

In association with Deddy Luthan Dance Company, Gelar played a role in the production management and media relations of “Gendari”, a dance choreography of Elly D. Luthan with a background of classical Javanese dance traditions and “Ketika Anggrek Hitam Berbunga”, a dance choreography of Deddy Luthan which was a composition with a background of East Kalimantan traditions, featuring native traditional West Kutai dancers and musicians.

  • Pyongyang Children Arts Troupe – 2004

Gelar supported a friendship program between The Republic of Indonesia and North Korea, featuring Pyongyang Children Art Troupe. This cultural mission was broadcasted on Metro TV.

Starting in 2017, GELAR began to explore film production and is preparing a script taken from Wayang episodes.

GELAR plays an active role to preserve Indonesian culture through discussions and educational programs to help realize a vision of enhancing public appreciation and facilitating the sustainability of traditional arts.

  • Dokumentasi Busana Jawi – 2004

This documentation project is in association with Iwan Tirta, leading batik designer in Indonesia, which also featured R.Ay. Maktal Dirdjodiningrat (90 years old), expert of Surakarta royal court dresses.

  • Dokumentasi Bedhaya & Srimpi – 2004, 2011, 2017

Bedhaya and Srimpi documentation is a dance conservation project where the reconstruction was done gradually with the support of experts and choreographers, including classical court-dance expert Sulistyo Tirtokusumo and Michi Tomioka. Costumes reconstruction was done by Iwan Tirta, Indonesia's leading batik designer. Currently, the audiovisual documentation of "Bedhaya Pangkur" and "Srimpi Sukarsih" has been completed, as well as music accompaniment of "Srimpi Anglir Mendhung", "Srimpi Tameng Gito" and "Bedhaya Duradasih". We will take 11 more dance videos to complete this project.

  • Revitalisasi Sasando, Cepung & Wayang Wong – 2005

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism commissioned Gelar and MSPI (The Society of Indonesian Performing Arts) to do a preliminary study of traditional performing arts which are presumed to be endangered. Those were cepung (Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara), sasando (Rote, East Nusa Tenggara) and wayang wong (Central Java). The objective of this project is to present these performing arts in wider communities and gain public opinion and inputs.

Cepung, is an oral tradition of West Nusa Tenggara whom a storyteller was accompanied by five people who are both musicians and actors. Sasando, is a unique musical instrument made of leaves from East Nusa Tenggara. And Wayang Wong, is a traditional wayang dance theater from Central Java.

In the last 5 years we have developed several special projects. We create multi-activity programs that integrate the various activities in

  • Jalur Rempah

Spice trade in the Southeast Asian archipelago left a significant traces of civilization in the form of relics of historical sites, cultural rites, and gave birth to a variety of cultural products that are inspired by its abundant natural resources. It appeared that in the past, people from different nations gathered to the archipelago not only for trading, but rather to build a civilization.

  • Showcase Indonesia

Showcase Indonesia is an performing art program organized in the form of a market, in which global Art Managers, Art Directors, Performing Arts Center Director, Promoters, Agents, Producers, Performing Artists and Culture Scholars interact in various modes and activities with prominent as well as up-and-coming Indonesian Performing Artists. This exciting program is conducted in a way that allows performing arts business society to share experience and more importantly shape the contemporary trends of today's performing arts.

  • World WIde Wayang

Since 2003 UNESCO has proclaimed Wayang Indonesia as the Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Since then, the world has acknowledged Wayang as a masterpiece of world civilization. We respond this world recognition through an integrated program that combines the art of puppetry with various programs such as literature, visual arts, design, new media, motion pictures, games and various other public activities. We make wayang as a source of inspiration for the creators

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