IB Theater Journal #1


September 18, 2013

This image depicts the Dalang, or ultimate puppet master, putting on a traditional performance.

In IB theatre class we have been studying the fascinating art of Balinese Shadow Puppetry. The Indonesian art is translated from the words Wayang meaning shadow or ghost and Kulit meaning leather or skin. The picture above depicts a Dalang leading a tradition performance of Balinese Shadow Puppetry.

While studying Balinese Shadow Puppetry it reminded me of one of my class projects in fourth grade. In fourth grade we were each assigned a state in the United States to research and study. At the end of the research, we were all dressed up and put on a presentation that best represented our state in the auditorium for the whole school.

I had the state of South Dakota. For my project I decided to make stick puppets of a coyote (the state animal), a honeybee (the state insect), a buffalo and many other things that are commonly found in South Dakota. I used these puppets in a puppet demonstration for my class and then had them on display for my presentation for the school.

Learning about Balinese shadow puppetry, watching the videos of a traditional puppet show and learning about all the intricate work that is involved in making the puppets reminded me of this project I had in fourth grade. It reminded me of this because, I remember working on the puppets for weeks and making sure everything about them was correct and accurate.

Remembering this from my childhood and learning about the new unit in theatre makes me very excited to continue research on this unit and start making the puppets for my group's scene.

Above is a video that we observed in class of a traditional Balinese Shadow Puppetry show.