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Wayang Kulit is a shadow puppet play that features puppets carefully constructed from leather, buffalo horns, and control rods, which require weeks of work to construct. The play occurs behind a taut sheet with a backlight. A dalang, a shadow artist, manipulates the puppets and voices the different characters while a gamelan orchestra plays as accompaniment, as the 3.14 Company’s 2001 Wayang Tempest demonstrates. The shows often acts as political, yet comedic commentary on current events.
Wayang Tempest, The Tempest, 2001, 3.14 Company, dir. Roger Jenkins