Wayang Kulit is a form of traditional shadow-puppetry from Bali, Indonesia that brings together elements from all the island’s rich cultural traditions: mythology, music, visual arts, ritual and comedy. Since 2012, the founding members of The Brother’s Čampur—puppeteer Putu Rekayasa, theatre artist Sam Jay Gold, ethnomusicologist Ian Coss, and arts scholar Panji Wilimantara—have presented this dynamic and interdisciplinary art form to audiences in both Indonesia and the United States.
Highlights include an original production for the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, a week-long teaching residency at Boston University, an intimate performance at New York City’s historic Old Stone House, and shows at Smith College, Brown University, The University of Richmond and Barnard College. As in a typical wayang performance in Bali, The Brother’s Čampur aim to inform, inspire and entertain at once—mixing sacred with silly, love scenes with slapstick, and tradition with innovation.
brothers /ˈbrə·T͟Hər/ - noun. [English] fellow human beings.
čampur /tʃam·puːr/ - adj. [Indonesian] mixed, mixed together.