ShadowLight Productions performance of Wayang Bali: Balinese Shadow Play Sponsored by UC Berkeley Department of Music
Performed by Artistic Director and Shadow Master Larry Reed
Featuring ShadowLight Gamelan Gender Wayang: Carla Fabrizio, Lisa Gold, Paul Miller and Sarah Willner
Wayang Bali, the Balinese Shadow Play, is one of the most revered traditional art forms in the world. Plots for Wayang Bali are drawn from the Mahabharata myth cycle, in which five brothers are pitted against one hundred jealous cousins in a struggle for power involving gods, demons, magical weapons, and the inevitable beautiful princess. Larry and the Gamelan musicians make it possible for Western audiences to enjoy this classical form of storytelling.
ShadowLight Productions is one of the very few professional shadow theatre companies in the world honoring ancient shadow theatre traditions while innovating through the use of contemporary technologies and interdisciplinary approaches. Founded in 1972 by Larry Reed, the companys mission is to expose the general public to shadow theatre in a wide range of forms including, but not limited to, live performances, film, and other media. Its activities range from traditional shadow theatre performances and creation of new works to documentary films on various shadow theatre traditions and arts-in-education programs. With each project, we aspire to create work as a tool for cultural diplomacy. www.shadowlight.org