video Wayang Kulit, Shadow Puppet Theater of Bali · Graffiti Verite'

By Bob Bryan

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Located just 8 degrees south of the equator and 2 miles east of Java is an Indonesian Island so celebrated in legend that the mere mention of its name conjures up images of mystery and excitement. That magical place is Bali, Indonesia. Traveling 1/2 way around the world to a completely different culture, multi award-winning filmmaker Bob Bryan discovered the fantastic Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppet Theater.

In this wonderful presentation, Bob shares the live shadow play (performed in it's entirety on-location in Bali, Indonesia) for all of us to experience and enjoy. Wayang is the Indonesian word for theater (literally means "shadow"). Kulit means skin (the puppets are made of leather). The Dalang or Master Puppeteer is believed to communicate between the physical and spiritual world. The Dalang brings the puppets to life while simultaneously singing, speaking all the voices of the characters & tapping out all the cues for the musicians. These Shadow Puppets are thought by the Balinese people to possess amazing mystical & spiritual powers. Believe it or not, the amazing Wayang Kulit performances date back over 800 years.