Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet) Show
7:15pm to 8:45pm
Come and be informed, inspired and entertained at the Wayang Kulit Show with THE BROTHERS ČAMPUR!
Shadow-Play Performance— Lasting one to two hours, a full wayang performance provides an engaging introduction to Balinese puppetry. It begins with a musical overture played on a pair of bronze gamelan instruments. A series of rapid passages lead to the introduction of the kayonan—the ‘tree of life’ puppet that opens every show. From there, puppeteer Rekayasa brings in more characters that tell an episode from one of the Hindu epics: the Mahabharata and Ramayana. Perhaps a hero needs to venture into the forest in search of a certain tree, or character schemes to steal the bride of his enemy. In any case, there will be jokes and mishaps, magical weapons and mythical beasts, and of course a rousing battle scene that sets everything right. The audience is free to watch from behind the screen to see the performers at work or enjoy the flickering shadows and shimmering sounds from the front. We are flexible in adapting the show for any audience and occasion—indoor or outdoor, intimate or amplified, expanded, or compressed.
The Philadelphia Folklore Project recently commenced work with the Indonesian community, concentrated in South Philadelphia, around the practice of traditional music and dance through the Gamelan Angklung Workshop. In addition to the gamelan, PFP is collaborating with Modero & Company in presenting Wayang Kulit Workshop and Show by Brothers Campur.
Since 2012, the founding members of The Brothers Čampur—puppeteer Putu Rekayasa, theatre artist Sam Jay Gold, and ethnomusicologist Ian Coss—have presented a dynamic and inherently interdisciplinary art form of Wayang Kulit to audiences in both Indonesia and the United States.