The shadow puppet theater is spread in several countries around the world. But certainly Indonesia is a place where the tradition of this form of performances is still the most popular and lively particularly in the islands of Bali and definitively in the central region of Java.
Kulit in Central Java is probably one of the
oldest continuous traditions of storytelling in the world, and
certainly among the most highly developed.
The wayang is a flat or round puppets used for shows in Java.The wayang
kulit is the flat one and it is made with buffalo leather. They are
manipulated behind a white screen with a back light, so the attendance
can see them as shadow puppets.
A wayang performance is also a great place to listen to a Gamalan orchestra which always comes along with the play. Click here to discover the Gamelan orchestra.
is well integrated in Javanese society, and it is considered to be a
highlight of Javanese culture.
Kulit in an ancient form of performing art and was already established in the East Javanese kingdoms one
thousand years ago.