We begin by meeting the characters used in a typical shadow play—learning the backstory of Tualen the servant and the distinct voice of Hanoman the monkey king. Then we offer a demonstration of the musical instruments and their specialized repertoire that accompanies everything from love scenes to battles.
Wayang Kulit can appeal in different ways to any age group, and we’ve worked with students ranging from kindergarten classes to graduate seminars.
“The performers were very approachable and happy to share the nuances of the craft, the ritual aspects, and the layers of meaning behind the story, the music and the puppetry tradition of Bali – a rare opportunity not to be missed.”
—Damon Young, Lead Teaching Artist at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta
Middle school students take the opportunity to try out the leather puppets, before creating their own characters using paper, scissors and string.
Workshops include segments on music, religion and history — all essential to wayang kulit.