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Balinese Tempest, A

Synopsis
A production of The Tempest combining shadow theatre with live dancers to create a cross-cultural staging of Shakespeare’s play using a style pioneered by visiting artist Larry Reed. Reed fused Balinese and Elizabethan elements with his hallmark shadow-casting method, which uses a giant screen and live performers to create a shadow theatre performance. The production also features live musical accompaniment by the UH Balinese gamelan ensemble under the direction of visiting artist and musical director I. Nyoman Sumandhi, an internationally known dalang (i.e, a Balinese puppet master) and master of traditional Balinese music, dance and choreography. The cast names are unknown.
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2008

Credits

Director
Kirsten Pauka; Larry Reed
Music
I. Nyoman Sumandhi

Additional Details

Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Tempest, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
masks; puppet theatre; shadow puppets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Multicultural casting; Shadow theatre

Notes

Notes
The play is part of the Internet Archive http://www.archive.org/details/opensource_movies (accessed 4/2009).
History
The show first performed in San Francisco in 2005. The University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Theatre & Dance presented A (BALINESE) TEMPEST at Kennedy Theatre from January 25 - February 3, 2008. In preparation for the production, 52 students participated in six months of intensive training in Balinese music (gamelan), dance, and shadow theatre during the autumn of 2007. The training and rehearsal period culminated in six public performances.

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.hawaii.edu/cseas/performance.php

Production Company

Name

University of Hawaii Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Email
cseas@hawaii.edu
Web
http://www.hawaii.edu/cseas External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 808 956 2688
Fax
+1 808 956 2682
Address
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1890 East-West Road
Moore Hall 416
Honolulu HI 96822
United States

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