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Javanese Theater and Gamelan Residency, March 10-11, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012
12:00 AM
Michigan Union Ballroom

Renowned shadow drama master Purbo Asmoro and his troupe of gamelan musicians will present Javanese traditional theater (wayang kulit) with a performance and a free public lecture. All free but you need tickets. Contact Ryan Bodiford (bodiford@umich.edu) for information on free workshop tickets.
Renowned shadow drama master Purbo Asmoro and his troupe of gamelan musicians will present Javanese traditional theater (wayang kulit) with a performance, two workshops and a lecture. The remarkable visual effects of wayang, to the sounds of a full gamelan ensemble, will be accompanied by projected English translations of the narrative. Often lauded as the pinnacle of aesthetic achievement in Indonesia, wayang is one of the world’s great classical the atricalforms. The glittering cast bronze instruments of the Indonesian gamelan orchestra match every detail of the puppeteer’s performance with an elaborate musical response. Our performance presents an episode from the Javanese version of the ancient Hindu epic the Ramayana, featuring the beloved Prince Rama and the white monkey Hanuman and their heroic attempts to rescue Rama’s wife Sita from a powerful demon king.