Current Exhibit

“Wayang Kulit”

Indonesian Shadow Puppets

on loan from
David Rogers

The Dalang as memorized a large repertoire of stories and he changes his voice for each puppet as he manipulates them, singing and reciting alternatingly. In the background the gamelan orchestra and the singers accompany the action with appropriate, multi-layered music that has a shimmering quality, heightening the excitement of the drams to mystical levels, all under the direction of the Dalang.