(meaning “small” in Indonesian)

In a small, sparse room, harbouring only a newspaper blanket and chair, appears a woman. Her wide-mouthed hunger and child-like need pull to the forefront with an opened curtain revealing a second woman, nurturing a kettle in a overstuffed kitchen. As her place of bounty becomes an unfulfilled trap haunted by the past, the two women strive to connect between walls of misunderstanding. Their disjointed worlds of tomato disasters and baby-bird like begging find a pause: underneath the floor board emerges a little girl, offering transformation through a plate of cookies.

Created by: Sally E. Dean in collaboration with Katya Bloom.

Performed by: Katya Bloom, Sally E Dean, and Annie Payne.

This performance piece was initially inspired by Sally’s 18 months of living and creating in Indonesia, as well as her recent fascination with small, intimate and contained sites.

Counterpulse / 2nd Sunday’s Salon / San Francisco / February 2009