All the hard work paid off… Our Wayang Performance ‘Planting Seeds’ was a great success at the Bali Arts Festival! There was barely a spare seat left as the audience packed into the designated Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet) Arena just before 8pm on Monday night.
The crew had been busy for hours building the set whilst dancers & actors busied themselves fitting costumes & applying make-up.
Whilst today is the final day for our crowd funding campaign, the show will go on…
For the past few evenings our team of approx. 60 artists, including puppeteers, dancers, musicians and actors, have been practicing late into the night.
Our performance ‘Planting Seeds’ will premiere live at 8pm on the 4th of July at the Bali Arts Centre, so it’s full power perfecting the performance until then.
As the sun rises in Jatiluwih, the sky is painted with soft pastel colours and the volcanoes loom in the distance. On a clear day it is possible to spy every single volcano on the island.
The air is cool and it’s harvest time. In the twilight the harvesters are up early and off to the Sawah (rice fields) to make the most of the cool morning.
Here, 1000 year old farming practices are upheld; Cows still plough the […]
Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet Theatre) traditionally uses a naked flame to cast the shadows of puppets onto a white screen. A skilled puppet master would engage audiences with their skills and storytelling, igniting their imaginations.
These days not much is left to the imagination; TV & film have numbed us to a degree. Certainly a younger audience would find traditional puppet theatre somewhat boring. Therefore, to engage a modern audience, Pak Sidia’s team employs a number of modern techniques…
Arriving at Pak Made Sidia’s home: his team sit preparing for the show. They are making creatures typically found in a healthy Sawah […]
Rescue Bali’s Puppet Master, Pak Made Sidia opened the 38th Annual Bali Arts Festival for 2016 with a spectacular show. The following day, he performed a traditional Topeng (mask) performance for a local religious festival and with his usual ongoing commitments as well Pak Sidia is tired. Pak Sidia has invited 19 of his students to practice Wayang (Puppeteering) which is doubling as an audition for the Rescue Bali performance, aptly named ‘Planting Seeds’.
Pak Sidia takes a much needed powernap
The Children are yet to arrive, so Pak Made takes his chance […]
These beautiful people are well aware of the issues impacting their island. They want to save their incredible rice fields and culture and we do too. Help the people of Tegallalang and Rescue Bali by donating now at www.chuffed.org/project/rescuebali