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‘Sang Sukrasana’: a ‘wayang orang’ play for modern life

  • Anselmo Jason

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 12 2019   /  02:30 am

Going up: Actors build a human tower during a scene in Sang Sukrasana, which will be held on Sunday.Indonesia is home to a diverse array of cultures and customs. One such tradition is wayang (traditional Indonesian shadow puppetry).Among the most recognizable pieces of Indonesian heritage, wayang tells a dramatic story with shadows. A puppet master sits behind a screen and brings the puppet’s projections to life. While the term wayang usually refers to the performance, it can also be used to describe the leather puppets themselves.Another prominent form of wayang is wayang orang (human wayang), where puppets are replaced by real human actors. This type of wayang is an integral part of Indonesian culture.Multitalented senior Indonesian artist Jaya Suprana knows the importance of preserving wayang. He founded the Laskar Indonesia Pus...