Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

WAYANG KULIT (11 May 2019) – All Night Leather Puppet’s Shadow Show

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS SHOW?

CLASSIC JAVANESE ART PERFORMANCE
You are going to visit the classic javanese art & culture show. The most authentic and favorite entertainment with javanese music orchestra as backsound.

UNIQUE PUPPET SHOW
This puppet show is different than others puppet show.
We watch the shadow of the puppet not the puppet directly.

FREE
The entry ticket is free.

CLOSE TO BACKPACKER STREET
This place is close to backpacker street such as PRAWIROTAMAN street, SOSROWIJAYAN street, DAGEN street, PASAR KEMBANG street, MALIOBORO street etc.

Leather Puppet’s Shadow Show (Wayang Kulit):

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DESCRIPTION:

The term ‘wayang‘ is the Javanese word for shadow, or bayang in basic Indonesian. In modern-day daily Javanese and also Indonesian vocabulary, wayang is usually associated with the puppet itself or the whole puppet theatre performance. The puppet made from leather (kulit) and also created.

Performances of shadow puppet theater are come with by a gamelan band in Java and also by gender wayang in Bali. UNESCO designated wayang kulit, a shadow puppet theatre and the best understood of the Indonesian wayang, as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on 7 Nov 2003. In return for the recommendation, UNESCO needed Indonesians to preserve their heritage.

Leather puppet program is done by the puppeteer who is additionally the storyteller who is perhaps considered the best performer worldwide. All the night, he plays all the personalities of the leather creatures developing human personalities made from buffalo skin enhanced with concept as the product of leather creating. He needs to change the voice character, switch the intonation, create humor as well as sing. In order to make the atmosphere vibrant, the storyteller is helped by artists which play gamelan – the standard Javanese music instruments – as well as the female singers called sinden which sing Javanese tracks.

Leather Puppet:

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The complete characters in leather puppet reveal number in the hundreds. The creatures that are not played are embeded banana stem that is put near to the storyteller. While being played, the creatures will certainly look as shadow from back sight of the white display before the storyteller. The shadow is created by the light from the oil lamp put at the upper back of the storyteller that is cut off by the puppets being played on the display.

Each puppet performance provides various story or act. The act variations are split into four classifications particularly lakon pakem, lakon carangan, lakon gubahan, and also lakon karangan. Lakon pakem is the standard tale that entirely stems from leather puppet literary works while lakon carangan is just the primary story that also describes the leather puppet literary works. Lakon gubahan does not origin from the leather puppet stories but it makes use of the locations according to leather puppet literature; lakon karangan is totally a cost-free story.

Puppeter (Dalang):

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PUPPET SHADOW STORY:
The tales in the leather puppet originated from some aged publications such as Ramayana, Mahabharata, Pustaka Raja Purwa and also Purwakanda. Currently, there are some books having lakon gubahan as well as karangan that have been hundreds years to be liked by the culture such as Abimanyu Kerem, Doraweca, Suryatmaja Maling and so forth. Among the old e-books, Purwakanda publication is frequently utilized by the puppeteers from Yogyakarta Kingdom.

Heritage Javanese Music Orchestra (Gamelan):

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WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Sasana Hinggil Dwi Abad.

Address: Alun-alun Selatan, Patehan, Kraton, Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta

MAP:

HOW TO GET TO THE LOCATION?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is a cheap public transport to get there. Trans Jogja Bus. Ticket only IDR 3,500. First, you must go to halte bus/bus stop of Trans Jogja. Then, you must reach to MT Haryono shelter (halte MT Haryono) and then take a walk to museum. Ask to the operator if you still confused.
Operator will glad to give information. :-)

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 3B – Stop in MT Haryono 2 Shelter (MT Haryono 2 halte)
Then, please take a walk to the Sasono Hinggil
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 3A – Stop in Patehan Kidul 1 (Patehan Kidul 1 halte)
Then, please take a walk to the Sasono Hinggil
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take Route 3B – Stop in MT Haryono 2 Shelter (MT Haryono 2 halte)
then please take a walk to the Sasono Hinggil
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take Route 8 – Stop in MT Haryono 2 Shelter (MT Haryono 2 halte)
Then, please take a walk to the Sasono Hinggil

From Prawirotaman Backpacker street:
please take a walk to the Alun-alun selatan
From Sosrowijayan Backpacker street:
please take Route 3A – Stop in Patehan Kidul 1 (Patehan Kidul 1 halte)
Then, please take a walk to the Sasono Hinggil

*) Trans Jogja operates from 5:30 AM until 9:30 PM

**) There is no public transport available at that time.

***) You can take a scooter  taxi such as Grab-bike or Go-jek for easy and reasonable price. But, the driver may not be able speak English and you may say that he/she as crazy driver because you don’t get use with our traffic.

Javanese Singer (Sinden):

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*) You may say that the singer (sinden) sing awful, just like crying. But, javanese has different view about good vocal. It’s really hard to sing like them.

WHAT TIME TO VISIT?

THE SHOW:
May 11th, 2019

OPEN HOURS:
9.00 P.M – 5.00 A.M

HOW MUCH THE TICKET FEE?

TICKET:
Free

The Puppet’s Shadow:

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Photo source: https://cahyawisnuardi.wordpress.com

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
There are strong signal for your smartphone.

CAFE:
There are some simple cafe near the site.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet near site. Better bring your own tissue.

*) You will found the restroom in the east of the site. It’s near the mosque.

WATCH THE LEATHER PUPPET’S SHADOW FROM THE VIDEO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4cz7SxamRw

*) Truly java leather puppet shadow show usually for all night. From 10 pm – 4 am. It became popular entertainment in long time ago in Java. But, after television and internet comes, young javanese people no longer love leather puppet’s shadow show. Only the old people still interest to this show.

**)  If you want to watch the short version, you can see the show at Sonobudoyo museum. Only two hours show. It held from monday till saturday on 8.00 PM. No show on sunday and indonesian holidays.

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