Wayang In The Budapest Puppet Theater

18 April, 2012

Hungarian puppeteer, Polett Dus performs her take on the traditional shadow puppetry of Indonesia, the wayang. The performance will take place in the prestigious Budapest Puppet Theater, on the 20th April, at 15h.

The protagonist of the play is Kembang Melati, princess Jasmin Flower, whose dramatic love story is one of the ancient tales of Java. The performance pictures a world that enchants the spectator with its music, the flickering black shadows on the fire-lit screen and the solemn moves of the dancers.

The event presents a rare chance for the Hungarian audience to experience this unique form of art. The leader of the troupe is known also as a musician and a radio dj, but her passion for the wayang has led her to study pedalangan, the art of puppetry in Java. Through her mediation we can enjoy the wayang in form that is more understandable for a Europen audience, yet is still true to the principles of the Javanese art.

The show will be accompanied by live gamelan music, which alone could draw the audience to the theater. The leader of the music group, Péter Szilágyi has learned to play the gamelan in Central Java for 5 years.

A speciality of this very performance will be the presence of the dancers. In the original form of wayang kulit that is found in the island of Java, the dancers are not present. Although the art of dance forms another important asset of Javanese art, wayang and dance are rarely presented at the same time. In the Budapest Puppet Theater the dancers will play a role that is unique in itself. The dancers will act as the three dimensional shadows of the puppets on the screen. The dancers for the event will be Irda Risdiarti, from West  Java, and Szibilla Urbán, a Hungarian who has learned traditional javanese dancing in Java.

The tickets can be purchased in Budapest Puppet Theater for a fee of 800 forints.

 

 

 

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