SOH29 the Epic, an illustrated screenplay freely based on the story and characters of both the Ramayana (Valmiki) and Othello (Shakespeare).

SOH29 the Epic is a multi-pronged collaborative exhibition involving young

Balinese children ages 6–10, a grand master of professional Balinese Dance, composer David Shea, costume designer Rien Bekkers and multi media artist/filmmaker Alex Vermeulen. The complete project will consist of a of a series of monumental photos, rich costume designs, an inter-active iBook, a musical score and a behind the scenes film.

The dance tradition is very alive in Bali. At the age of 5 these children

began training at the Grya Blangsinga dance school under one of oldest still

performing dancers in Bali, senior grand master IB Oka Wirjana (1929).

In September 2013 Wirjana celebrated his 75th anniversary as a professional dancer and he is highly regarded as a monument to traditional Balinese Dance.

THE NARRATIVE: The new epic is situated in an Asian Metropolis named Raksasa Kota (City of the Future), and takes place in 2088. Our story is loosely based on both the Hindu Epic the Ramayana (Valmiki) and the Tragedy Othello (Shakespeare). The Ramayana is an epic of Gods, Demons and Avatars which takes place in an imaginary world in contrary to the more realistic tragedy Othello that takes place in Venice. The protagonists in Othello find their alter egos in

similar characters of the Ramayana. Both are stories of love, hate, betrayal, jealousy, murder… classic themes which intrigue children and adults revealing in them the epic elements of life!

The Dutch documentary maker Peter Mariouw Smit is shooting “the making of”.


produced by Syndicaat Alex Vermeulen

casting and cast coaching by Wayan Purwantu

Photography and light by Doddy Obenk

Photo compositions and montage by SOH Alex Vermeulen

3D graphics by Adam Kuczek, Czarnyrobert & Raphael Lacoste

Animations by Monique Smets

Costumes by Rien Bekkers

Music by David Shea

Styling by Karin Mathys

Translation by Beth O’Brien

Interactive Website and WebBook by Kasper Tijmen de Groot

Production assitent: Phillipa Hughes

Concept, written and directed by SOH Alex Vermeulen

Documentary: Peter Mariouw Smit

Project Advisors: Soemantri Widagdo, Bruce Carpenter

and Adriaan Palar


Cefo Abadan – Dio Lesmana

Kondamnita Sanculpeca – Emi Yunika

Patro – Odon Prayoga

Diabloso Plori – Galang  Purnama

Marko Bonsanca – Ade Suarjaya

Potenca Trompi – Agus Suardana

Janus – Gede  Yudi  Saputra

Emilia – Jeni Ariani

Pala Justa Despellio – Rani  Windari

Admiranda Responde – Jeni Ariani 

Gangsters: Desta Sarmadi, Gede  Asta Deva, Vania  Weda Cita