Friday, December 27, 2013

shadow puppets

Last night I went to a performance of wayang kulit (shadow puppets).
Like most performances in Bali, it was an episode from the Ramayana. 
Music played, and puppeteers told a comic tale of love and dominance. 
The good guys won, of course. But not without a fight.
Here's what the puppets look like when they're not behind a screen. They're remarkably expressive. 
And here they are in the window of the gamelan shop. My bungalow is behind the shop. 
Sometimes you can hear them playing.