A Tale of Garlic and Shallots – An Indonesian Cinderella

Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russel Square, WC1 0XG

Date: 7th November

Time: 7pm

Tickets: Free

As part of Trading of Traditions, Lila Bhawa presents Bawang Putih Bawang Merah, a well-known story, similar to Cinderella, in Indonesia and Malaysia. Bawang Putih (Garlic) is the daughter of a wealthy man who, on his wife’s death, re-marries a woman with a child from a previous marriage, Bawang Merah (Shallot). Shortly afterwards, the father dies and Bawang Putih is left at the mercy of her stepmother, who always favours her own daughter and is vicious and cruel to her stepdaughter. Events then unfold.

The piece by the UK-based Lila Bhawa Dance Company uses classical and contemporary Indonesian dance styles.


Déwi Ariati 

Ni Madé Pujawati

Widya Rachmawati

Composer: Nick Gray


Lyrit Milgram – violin

Manuel Jimenez – Balinese drum (kendang)

Rachel Hewitt – vocal