A Village of One - Java
"A Village Of One" is a song cycle with lyrics, melody and stage realization by Paula Jeanine Bennett. It has been created to be easily adapted for a variety of locations and cultures. The first performance of "A Village Of One" was in Java, Indonesia, where the piece is known by the Bahasa Indonesian name "Sendiri Di Desa" . The infectious and elemental songs were inspired by the slendro scale of the Javanese gamelan.
"The aim of this artistic collaboration shifted, being not only about the composition or even the composer, but about giving a contribution to a community and a process to learn about humanity and life." - Gita Hastarika, journalist
A woman stands apart from the crowd and revels in her isolation. Feeling more at ease in the world of nature than that of humans, she feels akin to water, earth and clay. In her home and in her heart she has created a village of one. Deep in the night her house is discovered by a demon from the forest and a fight ensues. In the tumult of battle, the demon runs off, knocking a woman and infant to the ground. The moment of truth arrives. Does the main character help or turn away? She goes to assist, holds the infant, however tentatively, realizing change starts with one small step. A crowd gathers around her and a girl puts a garland of jasmine around her neck, and she is welcomed into the community. They dance.