Performance profile: Indonesian shadow puppetry

 

Have you heard the word pedhalangan before?  It means the art of shadow puppetry.  And Dr Joko Susilo is a dhalang (puppeteer) extraordinaire.

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Kayon

Born in Central Java he attended his first performance aged 3 with his father and peformed an all night show at the age of 10!

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Hanuman and Rama
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Hanuman

We are thrilled to have Dr. Susilo and the gamelan orchestra performing at 2pm for us.  The Indonesian percussion music and intricate shadow play will tell stories Joko’s family have told for eight generations.

Dr. Susilo has been teaching both pendhalangan and gamelan since 1995 and collaborating with artists internationally for many years. 20 of them while based here in Dunedin.

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Gamelan strip
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