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Current Exhibit

“Wayang Kulit”

Indonesian Shadow Puppets

on loan from
David Rogers

The Dalang (master puppeteer) sits cross-legged in the center before the white cloth with the puppets arranged on either side of him. He brings them up to the surface of the sheet, where they appear as black silhouettes to the audience on other side, even though they are colored.

They are made of water buffalo hide and are pierced by many small cutout sections to represent the figures’ head, arms, legs and clothing creating beautiful patterns in the shadows.

Categories
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.

Categories
Current Exhibit

“Wayang Kulit”

Indonesian Shadow Puppets

on loan from
David Rogers

This is an exhibition of shadow puppets from Indonesia in Southeast Asia. The puppets are used as characters in plays based on ancient epics from India. A master puppeteer (the “Dalang”) and his assistants manipulate the figures while vocalizing the story line, accompanied by instrumental music and singers. The audience sees only the shadows of the puppets cast on a white cloth screen, and the effect is mesmerizing and often mystical.

See these at the library and then you can make your own shadow puppets out of paper and sticks, creating your own characters and plays.