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Sun 13 Apr 2008, 2:00pm–3:30pm

Where: Pataka Museum, Cnr Norrie and Parumoana Streets, Porirua - Mana

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: GPM

See the shadows fly across the screen in the hands of master shadow puppeteer, Joko Susilo.

An exciting tale from the traditional Indian epic, the Mahabharata, will be told with puppets of extraordinary beauty – not only are they delicately carved, making exquisite shadows, but they are also painted brilliantly so that it is just as rewarding to watch the show from the puppeteer’s side of the screen as the shadow side.

Joko’s skill in manipulating the puppets will be obvious as they do flips, fight battles, go on journeys, enact love scenes, and there are even clowns cracking jokes on screen.

The show will be accompanied by live music from Gamelan Padhang Moncar (a traditional Javanese percussion orchestra based in Wellington), who will be directed by Joko himself, using signals produced with his hands and feet by knocking or clashing metal plates on a box.

Dr Joko Susilo is a shadow puppet master from Java, Indonesia, coming from a family of puppeteers that goes back 8 generations. Now resident in Dunedin, he is fluent in English and is able to present his show mostly in English, although you will hear an ancient Javanese language in many of the songs.

Joko will give a public workshop on Javanese shadow puppets at Pataka at 11am on the morning of the show.

This event is supported by the Asia:NZ Foundation.