Javanese Wayang Kulit and the Gamelan: a workshop with Singa Nglaras Gamelan Ensemble

7 - 16 February 2019
NAFA Campus 1, Tower Block TB10-01

Presenting the shadow puppet tradition of Southeast Asia, the programme featured a wayang kulit performance entitled The Death of Khai Sou Bun with accompaniment of the gamelan orchestra, involving groups of students from various programmes including Music, Theatre, and others from Design & Media, 3D Design and Fine Art under the Interdisciplinary Project (IDP). The performance was followed by a Q&A discussion with the audience.

This programme was the culmination of a collaborative endeavour initiated by the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts (ISEAA) with the Singa Nglaras Gamelan Ensemble at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The workshop consisted of lecture and practical sessions, which involved working with NUS Professors Jan Mrázek and Miguel Escobar Varela, as well as the dhalang (puppet master) Aneng Kiswantoro from Indonesia.


Video of the final performance on 16 February 2019

Dr Miguel Escobar Varela explaining the art of shadow puppetry

Dr Jan Mrázek giving an introduction on Javanese gamelan music and wayang kulit

The shadow puppets recounting the mythical story of the battle between Khai Sou Bun and Sie Djin Koei

Performance of Javanese gamelan music by students of NAFA and musicians of Singa Nglaras Gamelan Ensemble

The dhalang, Ki Aneng Kiswantoro, manipulating the puppets, speaking their parts, and coordinating the puppets' actions