Back to Bali: Traditional Balinese Shadow Theatre for the Family at Cyprian's Saturday September 10

Back to Bali series

Images: Larry Reed
ShadowLightProductions c 2010

You are cordially invited to an experience of a lifetime- a Balinese shadow theatre performance. ShadowLight Productions presents The Marriage of Adimbi, performed by Artistic Director and founder Larry Reed. This is a wonderful event for children and adults alike and has a special early starting time, 7:30pm, to accommodate families. Production includes gamelan accompaniment (a treat in itself).

The ancient art of Indonesian shadow play, known as wayang kulit, is a unique form of theater in which light, shadows, and intricate handmade puppets are used to tell stories of folklore and myth. The performances are important in ritual, lesson, and entertainment. Each performance is a unique, improvised experience that depends upon the shadow master and his rendition of the tale as well as his connection with the audience.

Artistic Director and puppet master Larry Reed is one of the few Americans who has been trained in Balinese shadow theater. During his young adulthood he completed a decade of intense study with an Indonesian shadow master. Reed is known for his expansion of the art form, which includes a new shadow casting method that allows for integration of traditional theatre techniques as well as cinematic effects and modern theatre and dance styles.

“Afterward their whole dreamscape changes and they start dreaming differently or remembering things differently,” says Reed of his audiences in a KQED Spark segment. “It makes it worth doing these projects, even though they are so much work.”

Note: Back to Bali is a series of six performances. One of the six will be presented at Cyprian's.

-- Constance Cavallas

Saturday September 10
Doors Open 7pm, performance begins 7:30pm, ends at 9pm
Cyprian's, 2097 Turk St. at Lyon
$13 adv/$15 door; $11 for kids, seniors, and students with ID
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More info: please see the website for ShadowLightProductions

Back to Bali is a presentation of SF Live Arts (formerly the Noe Valley Music Series)