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Wayang Beber and the Modern Art of Bali
Academic 2012 Workshop hosted by the Anthropological Institute at Nanzan University

September 20, 2012

[ Date/time ] Friday October 5, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
[ Venue ] Flatten Hall, 1F, Building R, Nagoya Campus, Nanzan University
[ Fee ] Free
[ Description ]

The wayang kulit (shadow puppet theater) of Bali and Java is an important part of Indonesia’s traditional culture and is registered as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Puppets called dalang are used while the narrator shares humorous renditions of stories taken mainly from Hindu epics including the Mahabharata and Ramayana set to the beautiful sounds of the gamelan.

Wayang beber is similar to wayang kalit but uses illustrations in place of puppets.
Java had a long history of wayang beber, but as Javan society underwent Islamization wayang kulit became more widely practiced at the expense of wayang beber.
In Bali, where Hindu culture had been inherited from Java and wayang kulit was already popular, it continued to reinforce this trend without adoption of wayang beber.

The wayang beber that will be presented could be considered a modern art; a new creation of enthusiastic artists inspired by the ancient Javan tradition of wayang beber.
This tale questioning the meaning of human life and desire will be woven through Japanese dalang puppets, occasionally breaking into dance and gamelan music shown against the backdrop of a scroll depicting the Buddhist legend Sutasoma written by the 14th Century Javan Majapahit Empire court poet Tantular in fine monochromatic art.

Part 1: Wayang beber performance
The dalang (narrator) will share in Japanese the story shown on the scroll accompanied by live gamelan performers.
Part 2: Discussion: “Wayang and the Modern Art of Bali”
Testuro Koyano and Dewa Sugi with their first-hand knowledge of the cutting edge of the modern art of Bali will share about wayang beber and the modern art of Bali.
Lead Performers:
Urotsutenoyako performers (Representative: Tetsuro Koyano)
Dewa Rai (Director of Gamelan Group Çudamani)
Dewa Sugi (Wayang beber creator)
[ Inquiries ] Anthropological Institute, Nanzan University
18 Yamazato-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya City 466-8673
Phone:052-832-3111
E-mail: ai-nu@ic.nanzan-u.ac.jp