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.
Bali & Beyond
Wayang Tempest, The Tempest, 2001, 3.14 Company, dir. Roger Jenkins