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Balinese Shadow Puppetry Workshop


  • Simple Studios 134 W 29th St - 2nd fl Studio 212 NY, New York United States (map)

Puppet Kitchen Productions is proud to host a Balinese Shadow Puppet Workshop taught by

The Brothers Campur!


The Wayang Kulit is a centuries-old form of shadow puppetry from Indonesia that combines narrative, music, movement, ritual, comedy, and intricate carving to tell epic tales from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. In this two night workshop, participants will have the rare opportunity to learn about Wayang Kulit from The Brothers Čampur, an Indonesian/American shadow theater collective led by the acclaimed Balinese Dalang puppeteers, Reka Ulang and Panji Wilimantara, American puppet artist, Sam Jay Gold, and ethnomusicologist, Ian Coss.

MONDAY 9/18, 6-10pm: How to Make a Wayang Kulit Puppet
Each Wayang Kulit puppet is intricately carved to give the shadow a unique character and form. Together, we'll learn the basic carving techniques, as well as the aesthetic and spiritual values associated with Balinese puppets. With the same tools used by Balinese puppet-makers — wooden mallets, iron chisels, and cow hide — we'll carve and assemble a traditional puppet, and learn how these techniques can be applied to additional characters, everything from Shakespearean players to figures from Indonesian history.

TUESDAY 9/19, 6-10pm: Wayang Kulit Performance Technique
This is your chance to come behind the shadow screen and learn how all the pieces fit together. We'll meet the characters used in a typical shadow play and learn about the musical instruments, as well as their specialized repertoire that accompanies everything from love scenes to battles. With this basic understanding of the musical and theatrical elements, participants in the workshop are able to stage a short scene, working with The Brothers Čampur to develop puppetry techniques for walking, speaking, dancing, and fighting.

Participants are invited to both workshops, but are welcome to attend either, individually, as well.

The workshop fee is $100 for one evening, $175 for both.

Tickets HERE! 

Earlier Event: September 17
Monster Making: Part 1
Later Event: September 24
Monster Making: Part 2