Sanggar O

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We are in the process of developing an annual program. In the meantime, international and Indonesian individuals and groups are welcome to apply for a residency at any time of the year, either for using the spaces for your own work or for developing a collaboration with others. If you would prefer to only use the rehearsal facilities and find accommodation off site, there are several hotels of varying price and quality within 30 minutes drive. Online accommodation services offer a large number of apartments and houses at low prices, many also within 30 minutes drive. Please contact us about facilities-only rates. If we have not been introduced already, please send us your summary biography, CV or group portfolio, and a statement about what you want to do, and when, while in residency at Sanggar O. If possible, please contact us several months before your intended residency.

Residency Programme since: 2018
Description of Organisation:

Sanggar O is an experimentation and rehearsal space for the performing arts in Bogor, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, which opened on 1 January 2018.

‘Sanggar’ means ‘studio’ in Indonesian, from the Sanskrit ‘sanggam’, to bring together. Sanskrit has influenced most of the languages of Southeast Asia. The ‘O’ is zero, nol, emptiness, beginning, completion, perfection, circle, unity, the world, the universe…

The aim of Sanggar O is to provide a basic space and accommodation for performing artists from Jakarta, other parts of Indonesia, ASEAN and neighbouring countries, and the rest of the world to collaborate and learn from each other towards contributing to a new culture for the region. We are not fancy but practical and relaxed. We understand that the real work is deep within and an interesting environment helps it develop.

Please note that Sanggar O is not a holiday resort but a theatre camp where people come to work. Our accommodation is basic and functional by Indonesian standards.

Artistic vision and background

Our vision is a place where artists of all types, but particularly those in the performing arts, can take the time needed to experiment, to explore by or amongst themselves without fuss or unnecessary pressures. If this involves sharing with the local or wider community, then so be it. If not, no problem.

The background is that co-founder Liswati, after nearly 20 years working with one director and group is now starting anew, looking for new ways of working internationally as well as within Indonesia. Her husband, Robert, wants to contribute to the development of Indonesian experimental theatre and culture in general. The board of directors are from experimental theatre, dance, film, literature, curatorial and performance art backgrounds. Sanggar O is a ‘kelompok’ (group) under Indonesian law, with various reporting requirements.

Jakarta has only a very few public and private theatres and so performing-arts groups, especially those with none of the limited funding provided by government or private sponsors, find it almost impossible to find rehearsal space, even if they could afford it. This was what drove us to create Sanggar O.

In the past (and sometimes also these days), artists would typically gather at a senior artist’s sanggar for extended periods to make work individually or collectively. This was unwaged work that relied on friendships and shared visions. These days, with increasing consumerism and easily available digital media, artists and audience alike have turned to their mobile phones and computers or enjoy the patronage of wealthy individuals or organisations to produce specific programs. There are few remaining sanggar in Indonesia that are focused on the older formula of generous space, time and friendships.

Sanggar O sets out to go someway toward restoring that which is missing, hoping to encourage a more relaxed, thoughtful, experimental, collaborative, longer-term approach between artists of different disciplines, styles, languages and nationalities. We are particularly interested in using this approach with other traditions, especially those in the ASEAN and East Asian regions, to contribute to creating a new culture that cherishes the past while engaging with the present and inspiring the future.

In keeping with this approach, we have as yet no fixed program but rather intend to discuss options with individual artists and groups about how to use the space to best advantage to achieve our mutual goals.

Sanggar O is not intended for large public events but rather experimentation and rehearsals with ‘work in progress’ performances for colleagues, if desired, and activities with our neighbours, such as community cultural collaborations, contemporary and traditional dance and theatre classes or other events: weddings, parties, anything.

Organisation founded in: 2018
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Indonesian
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Months: 3
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): IDR 3,000,000 – 36.000.000
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Networking and research assistance
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Gardening
    • Family Life
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: Halim Perdanakusuma
    Nearest Train Station: Cilebut or Bogor Raya
    How to reach by plane: 1. From Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Soetta)By train (last airport train is around midnight). From any terminal, take the airport shuttle train to the Airport Train Station. Buy a ticket at the dispenser with your credit card. (You should also ensure you have Indonesian rupiah in cash for buying a ticket later for the commuter line to Bogor). You can book online. The last train is before midnight. The trip to Jakarta is approximately 50 minutes. Cost is IDR 70,000. Alight at Sudirman Baru (BNI City) Station and walk 200 metres to Sudirman Station. Buy a ticket from the dispenser and take the commuter train to either Cilebut or Bogor Raya. The trip is about 1-1:15 hours. Cilebut is closer than Bogor Raya, which is the terminus.
    How to reach by train: Take the Bogor line and alight at Cilebut or Bogor Raya. From Cilebut or Bogor Raya train stations: Both stations are around the same distance from Sanggar O but Cilebut is closer to Jakarta. Bogor Raya is the end of the line. Ease of access from Sanggar O to either station varies with the day and time owing to traffic conditions.If you tell us at which station you will alight, we can pick you up in our car. Or you can order an online taxi (see the section, by car). If you alight at Bogor Raya, you can take an anggkot (public minibus) no. 06, for IDR 2500, to Pangkalan Ojek Lumbung (40 minutes to 1.5 hours), alight and take an ojek (motorcycle taxi) to Sanggar O, which should take about 3 minutes for a fee of IDR 5-10,000. You could also take a becak or tricycle taxi from the Pangkalan. Fee up to you but more than an ojek.
    How to reach by car: By private car or taxi: Google Maps recognizes Sanggar O ( MyBluebird Taxi app and online taxi services (Grab or Go-jek. Uber is part of Grab in Indonesia) also recognize Sanggar O. From the Jagorawi tollway from Jakarta, exit at Sentul Selatan and take the Bogor Ring Road (Lingkar Bogor) to the last exit (Yasmin). At Simpang Semplak, turn right and continue to the Tugu Helicopter, turn left. At the Pangkalan Ojek Lumbung, turn right into Jalan Raya Bojong. Sanggar O is around 700 m ahead on the right. Please note that these directions constitute the most direct route but not necessarily the quickest depending on traffic conditions. If you encounter any difficulties en route, please call us.
    Street & Number: Jalan Raya Bojong, RT01/RW03
    Postal Code: 16310
    City: Bogor
    Country long: Indonesia
    Jalan Raya Bojong, RT01/RW03
    Bogor 16310 IDN
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