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Winter Wayang


Sat 21 Jun 2014, 6:00pm
Sun 22 Jun 2014, 3:00pm

Where: Adam Concert Room, NZSM Kelburn Campus, Victoria University, Gate 7, Kelburn Parade, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $10.00
  • Concession: $5.00
  • Kids: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • The Long Hall: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: GPM

Celebrating Jack Body's 70th year and 40 years of gamelan in New Zealand
Wellington’s gamelan community presents a weekend of contemporary and traditional music and theatre (wayang kulit). Wayang Kulit is sophisticated and unique form of theatre with a long tradition in Indonesia. It combines light, shadow and music to tell tales spiced with comedy, tragedy, suspense and plenty of high drama.

1. Wayang Kulit with Gamelan Padhang Moncar
Saturday 21 June
Joko Susilo, an eighth-generation Javanese puppeteer (dhalang) resident in Dunedin, and Gamelan Padhang Moncar, a Javanese gamelan (percussion and gong) ensemble resident at the NZSM, present a new and unique show, different from anything they have done together before.

In honour of Jack Body's tireless promotion of composition for gamelan, music has been composed especially for this show by members of the ensemble who are graduates of the School in composition and sonic arts: Briar Prastiti, Tristan Carter, Jack Hooker and Jason Erskine, and our director, Budi S. Putra. Also featured are instruments from outside the gamelan tradition including taonga puoro violin, and guitar, and exquisite vocals from Budi Putra, Joko Susilo and Briar Prastiti. On top of this, local specialist in music from Sumatra, Megan Collins, will add her unique sounds to the mix with rabab pasisia (local adaptation of a violin).

$10 / $5 concession / kids free

Adam Concert Room, NZ School of Music, Gate 7, off Kelburn Pde

2. Wayang Kulit with The First Smile
Sunday 22 June
A show suitable for all ages with a tale that is full of surprises, twists and turns and a chance for audience participation.

Joko Susilo, an eighth-generation Javanese puppeteer (dhalang) resident in Dunedin, performs with The First Smile, a community ensemble performing on the original gamelan set to be imported to New Zealand in 1974 from Cirebon in West Java, Indonesia.

The music features traditional lagu (pieces) and new music by Joko Susilo, Lou Harrison, Judith Exley and Gerard Crewdson.

Entry by koha; Reservations:

The Long Hall, 13B Maida Vale Road (go down Roseneath School drive, park on the tennis court to the right, walk around the school and out on to the headlands. By bus – Route No. 14 and get off at St Barnabas Church Stop).

Associated with these events are two screenings at the NZ Film Archive of a short documentary film about Jack Body in China in 1985 - 'Big Nose and Body Music': Wednesday 18 and Friday 20 June, 7pm. (

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