Wayang Bali, the Balinese shadow play, is one of the most exciting undiscovered events of world theater. Until recently, language barriers have kept its drama and humor hidden from the world at large. Larry Reed and his gamelan musicians make it possible for Western audiences to enjoy this classical form of storytelling. Plots for the shadow play are drawn from the Mahabharata myth cycle, in which five brothers are pitted against one hundred jealous cousins in a struggle for power involving gods, demons, magical weapons, and the inevitable beautiful princess. Wayang Bali has been awarded the UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence, puppetry's highest award.
Please dress appropriately. Bring blankets, chairs or pillows. Bring a picnic, if you wish! For more information visit https://www.shadowlight.org
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The creative team includes Larry Reed (dalang, or shadowmaster), Carla Fabrizio, Lisa Gold, Paul Miller, Sarah Willner (ShadowLight Gamelan musicians), Katie Harrell (Vocalist) and Fred C. Riley III (Assistant).
"I am excited to perform again locally, after a long hiatus," said Founder & Artistic Director Larry Reed. "Our group will be performing an episode of the Indian Mahabharata myth cycle in the Balinese Shadow Theater style with live gamelan music. I began to study this form many years ago, when I was still in my 20's. I have decided, as a tribute to my teacher, to go back to the first story I ever learned. The main characters all speak an ancient language, which is translated by servants and clowns into the language of the audience. The comic figures are charged with bringing these age old stories into alignment with modern times. Demons, gods, heavenly creatures, and all sorts of humanity are featured in these myths. The challenge as a performer is to find all of these beings within oneself, and to bring them to life. The Balinese consider performances as nourishment for the soul. The goal of a shadow play is to restore the balance of good and evil in the world at large and the world within."