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'Sirnaning Pageblug' leads wayang theater to virtual horizons

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 2 2020   /  01:00 am
Stand together: Wayang orang features plays based on classic tales with epic and heroic narratives.(National Geographic Indonesia/Paguyuban Wayang Orang Bharata)

The restrictions on social and physical activities currently in force have unexpectedly given new hope to wayang orang artists.   Prabu Corona Birawa, with his iconic red face, has proclaimed his malicious intent to steal Dewi Wara Sembadra from her husband, Prince Arjuna. In the deadly fight that ensues, Arjuna uses all his might to defeat the evil Corona and save his princess. The story is a classic one that has been used over and over in many works of literature or action film, but it is not simple to deliver virtually as a wayang orang theatrical piece. Wayang orang is a Javanese operatic dance theater that traditionally presents dramas adapted from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana epics. It is usually performed in an informal setting, where the audience sits or reclines on...