|Javanese Shadow Puppet - Wayang Kulit|
Join Asia Society Texas Center for an exhilarating sensory experience of color, movement and sound when we present the first-ever Javanese shadow puppet performance ever held in Houston.
Wayang kulit -Javanese shadow puppets - are the heart of Indonesian story-telling traditions. Made of flat leather that has been elaborately perforated and painted, wayang kulit cast intricate and dramatic shadows as they dance behind a screen, illustrating both classical myths and contemporary sagas to the accompaniment of a gamelan orchestra. Wayang kulit are a cultural touchstone for Indonesians, but performances outside the country are extremely rare.
World-renowned Master Puppeteer Ki Purbo Asmoro will perform Sesaji Raja Suya, The Grand Offering of the Kings, a story derived from the Indian epics, Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Prior to the performance, Dr. Ward Keeler, one of the nation's preeminent wayang scholars, will kick off the evening with a brief overview of the art form and introduction to the piece.
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Sunday, August 30, 2009
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Pre-Event Lecture by Dr. Ward Keeler
7:30 p.m. Shadow Puppet Theater Performance
Alice Pratt Brown Hall
The Shepherd School of Music
Stude Concert Hall
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005-1827
Free and open to the public
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Seats are first come first serve
This program is presented by Asia Society Texas Center, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, the Ministry of Tourism Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, and Rice University. Asia Society Texas Center is funded in parts by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Additional support comes from Continental Airlines.
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