What’s Happening: Traditional Balinese Shadow Play in San Francisco

A Traditional Balinese Shadow Play featuring Larry Reed - San Francisco

In 1972 Larry Reed founded Shadow Light Productions in San Francisco. He is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed Shadow Master. His vision is to “expand the scope of Shadow Theatre as an artistic expression and as a tool of cross-cultural understanding.” An exciting series of presentations is planned for this autumn season.

Wayang Kulit is the fascinating world of shadow play, well established in Indonesia. Shadow puppetry has become integrated into the social fabric of that country.

It is thought that shadow puppetry has its origins in the leather-based puppets of south India, although the practice is an ancient tradition in China as well. The shows are accompanied by music played on gamelan instruments, and in Indonesia may last through the evening into the dawn of the next day.

This ancient form of story-telling and entertainment has been in the United States since the 19th century, if not before.

A (Balinese) Tempest

On Saturday, October 16th, Shadow Light Productions is presenting a traditional Balinese shadow play at Noe Valley Town Square, and on October 23rd at Fort Mason as part of the SF International Arts Festival. Live gamelan music is featured, along with vocalist Katie Harrell.

And on Friday, November 19th, Shadow Light Productions will present in the Corin Courtyard at Mondavi Center in Davis, California.

Some performances are free; others require tickets. All shadow play performances are outside. You are encouraged to bring blankets, pillows, etc.

For more information and tickets, visit shadowlight.org.

Jeanne is a published poet and essayist. She holds degrees from Wayne State University and the University of San Francisco. Jeanne has taught in the CS, UB and OLLI programs at universities in the City. Her books in print include MY OWN SILENCE and WORD DANCING from Taurean Horn Press.
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