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Wayang Thithi: A Performance and Discussion

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Ballard Institute will present Wayang Thithi: A Performance and Discussion, a rare opportunity to see and learn about Chinese-influenced Indonesian shadow theater, organized by the Ullen Sentalu Museum of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This special event will feature a performance of Wayang Thithi shadow theater by Dalang (puppet master) Aneng Kiswantoro, and a discussion of Wayang Thithi and its representation in museums by Ullen Sentalu Museum Director Daniel Haryono, and puppeteer Dwi Woro Retno Mastuti, an expert on Chinese-Indonesia puppet forms. 

Indonesia is defined by a high level of ethnic diversity, including 1,340 ethnic groups scattered across its 17,024 inhabited islands. “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” (Diversity in Unity) is the Indonesian national slogan for managing cultural unity and equality so that no culture is considered superior or inferior. The assimilation of Chinese culture into Javanese culture can be seen in Wayang Thithi, a shadow puppetry, which emerged in Yogyakarta in the 1880s. Only two museums currently conserve Wayang Thithi (also known as Wayang Cina Jawa, or Wacinwa): the Sono Budoyo Museum in Yogyakarta, and the Yale University Art Gallery. Such precious collections of Wayang Thithi remain as cultural materials in gallery and museum showcases unless and until the collections come alive through programs performing their multicultural living heritage.

The entire evening will run 60 minutes, with a 15-minute performance, followed by presentations and discussion. 


Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
1 Royce Circle
Mansfield, CT United States
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Free admission (donations greatly appreciated). Limited seating availability, so reservations are required.