Islands commemorates the 350th anniversary of the 1667 Treaty of Breda, in which the Dutch ceded Manhattan to the English in exchange for the tiny spice island of Rhun, now part of Indonesia's Banda archipelago. Using music, dance, puppetry, and documentary texts, the play explores the treaty's legacy of colonialism and the relationship between Indonesia and the United States.
Islands will also be performed in New York on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 4pm at the Indonesian Consulate, located at 5 East 68th Street. Admission to this New York performance is free.
Featuring guest artists Dinny Aletheiani, Nyoman Catra Ph.D. '05, Novirela Minangsari, and Suhail Yusuf. Original gamelan music by Music Department. Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito. Original choral music by Wesleyan John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce. Design concept by Made Wianta. Epilogue by Muni Rahman and Connor Aberle.