Wayang Listrik Educational Outreach
Welcome, and Selamat Datang! CSEAS and the UH Mānoa Asian Theatre Program are pleased to bring Wayang Listrik to the children and youth of Hawai‘i. Wayang Listrik is a modern Balinese theatre genre based on traditional shadow puppetry (wayang kulit) with accompanying dance and music, all transferred to a large 30 x 15 foot screen. This is an ongoing outreach program. Below are past performances and educational outreach supported by the Center.
Subali-Sugriwa: Battle of the Monkey Kings
In Spring 2016, a Wayang Listrik performance ran at Kennedy Theatre at UH Manoa. The show came alive with traditional carved leather puppets, shadow-actors, dancers, and gamelan music. The production ran from January 22 to 31 and featured a brand new script by Balinese master artist Ketut Wirtawan based on the Sugriwa-Subali episode of the classical Hindu text Ramayana.
We also had a special school show on Thursday, January 28, 2016 to which we invited K-12 students from local Oʻahu schools. Prior to this special performance, workshops were held to demonstrate important aspects of Wayang Listrik and Balinese performance, so that the students would have the background to understand and enjoy the full performance.
Leading up to the January 22 – 31, 2016 production of Wayang Listrik at the Kennedy Theatre, the outreach component of the project brought activity-based mini-performances and “play”shops on Balinese gamelan music, dance and shadow puppetry to Hawaii’s schools, starting in Spring 2015. We also ran a crowd-sourced fundraiser to try to expand the reach to more schools.
Teacher Resource Guide [PDF]
As part of the Wayang Listrik outreach we developed a research guide. Any K-12 teacher wishing to bring the art of Balinese performance to their classroom may download and use it! It is available in PDF form via the link above as well as in the viewport below.
Common Core and Hawai‘i Content & Performance Standards Connections
Click on the relevant link(s) below to view how our outreach activities align with state standards for K-12 (look for the yellow highlights).
Supporters and Sponsors
THANK YOU to our individual supporters who have contributed via our community partner’s Classy.org campaign:
Kenny and Chizuko Endo
Yee Man Mui
THANK YOU to our wonderful institutional sponsors whose contributions make this program possible:
UH Mānoa Chancellor’s Fund for Asian Theatre
UH Mānoa Music Department
UH Mānoa Office for Diversity, Equity, Access, and Success
Norma Nichols School Outreach Fund
Our advisors Larry Reed, I Made Sidia and I Made Redha
And the following organizations: