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Dancing Shadows, Epic Tales: Wayang Kulit of Indonesia (review)

Dancing Shadows, Epic Tales: Wayang Kulit of Indonesia (review) DANCING SHADOWS, EPIC TALES: WAYANG KULIT OF INDONESIA. Curated by Felicia Katz-Harris. Santa Fe Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 8 March 2009­14 March 2010. Much about Javanese wayang kulit (leather shadow puppets) is normally lost in translation into the context of Western art institutions. Wayang is a unified art that includes music/song, visual design, movement/dance, and powerful storytelling. In the American or European context, owing to the specializations within our cultural institutions, the whole of wayang is seldom communicable: we usually chose one strand, be it music, the visuals, or, less routinely, the story. Our universities (for example Cal Arts, Wesleyan) present wayang, but in the context of a music department concert in which the narrative, sabatan (movement), and full theatrically charged event are adumbrated in the musical ensemble's annual concert and concert hall stages create chasms that are hard for the spectators to breach--even when invited to the other side of the screen. Museums mount visual displays--I myself have done some--with the puppets fixed in the installation and the focus directed toward the detail of the figure or its shadow. This allows us to see the individual figure, but the whole of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Dancing Shadows, Epic Tales: Wayang Kulit of Indonesia (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 27 (2) – Jan 26, 2010

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DANCING SHADOWS, EPIC TALES: WAYANG KULIT OF INDONESIA. Curated by Felicia Katz-Harris. Santa Fe Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 8 March 2009­14 March 2010. Much about Javanese wayang kulit (leather shadow puppets) is normally lost in translation into the context of Western art institutions. Wayang is a unified art that includes music/song, visual design, movement/dance, and powerful storytelling. In the American or European context, owing to the specializations within our cultural institutions, the whole of wayang is seldom communicable: we usually chose one strand, be it music, the visuals, or, less routinely, the story. Our universities (for example Cal Arts, Wesleyan) present wayang, but in the context of a music department concert in which the narrative, sabatan (movement), and full theatrically charged event are adumbrated in the musical ensemble's annual concert and concert hall stages create chasms that are hard for the spectators to breach--even when invited to the other side of the screen. Museums mount visual displays--I myself have done some--with the puppets fixed in the installation and the focus directed toward the detail of the figure or its shadow. This allows us to see the individual figure, but the whole of the

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 26, 2010

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