The Shadow Puppet Theatre of Malaysia: A Study of Wayang Kulit with Performance Scripts and Puppet Designs

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McFarland, Oct 26, 2010 - Performing Arts - 204 pages
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This comprehensive book explores the Malaysian form of shadow puppet theatre, highlighting its unique nature within the context of Southeast Asian and Asian shadow puppet theatre traditions. Intended for a Western audience not familiar with Asian performance and practices, the text serves as a bridge to this highly imaginative form. An in-depth examination of the Malaysian puppet tradition is provided, as well as performance scripts, designs for puppet characters, instructions for creating a shadow screen, and easy directions for performance. Another section then considers the practical, pedagogical, and ethical issues that arise in the teaching of this art.
 

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A fascinating story of one western puppeteer's exploration of a classic Malaysian art form in danger of disappearing.

Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
7
1 The Shadow Puppet Theatre in Southeast Asia
13
2 The Stories of the Malaysian Shadow Puppet Theatre
32
3 The Shadow Puppet Theatre in Performance
51
4 Five Scripts
94
5 Teaching and Performing Malaysian Shadow Puppet Theatre
139
Afterword
157
Appendix
169
Chapter Notes
183
Bibliography
187
Index
193
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Beth Osnes is a professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has published numerous articles on the traditional performing arts of Southeast Asia.

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