Indonesian Puppetry Workshop with Figures of Speech Theatre!
June 15 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM$10
Saturday, June 15th from 1-3pm
Join us for a very special workshop to learn about and engage with beautifully hand-crafted Indonesian puppets made from gilded water buffalo hide here at MSA and hosted by Ian Bannon, Figures of Speech Theatre Director of Education!
Later that evening, be sure to come and watch the second performance of “Jester of Java Kings” @ 7pm.
American audiences are in for an exotic treat with Figures of Speech Theatre production of “Jester Kings of Java”. Gorgeous hand-crafted puppets made from gilded water buffalo hide portray the heroes, villains, and lovers from the ancient Ramayana, who dance across the eight-foot wide shadow screen to the mesmerizing sound of Indonesian gamelan music.
The story follows King Rama, who wants to marry Princess Sinta. But Sinta is in no mood for romance, because an evil giant has dog-napped her precious pup, Furri-Furri! All is in chaos, for there can be no harmony in the Kingdom when the King’s heart is not at peace. To restore equilibrium and win Sinta’s heart, Rama enlists the help of his overly chatty servant Gareng, Hanuman the White Monkey, a giant Garuda Bird, and even the heavenly lord Bathara Guru! Wild battles, strange adventures, and outrageous humor promise to entertain audiences of all ages.
Figures of Speech Theatre Director of Education Ian Bannon assumes the traditional role of the dalang, or puppeteer, animating a wide array of characters on their whirlwind quest through this oneman show. The performance features museum-quality authentic Indonesian puppets generously donated by Mari Hook of Denmark, Maine, as well as a few surprising contemporary additions.
Figures of Speech Theatre was founded in 1982 to explore the interplay of puppets, actors, shadows, music, movement, and masks. The company has performed throughout Japan, North and South America and Europe with performances which are enjoyed equally by adults and young people. Figures of Speech Theatre is a four-time recipient of the coveted UNIMA Citation of Excellence, the “Oscar” of American puppet theatre.
** Photo Credit: Mike Dana