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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.

Outreach Activities

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 campaign:

[ezcol_1third]Eric Chang
Mary Chang
Ross Christensen
Kim Cobb
Margaret Coldiron
Sue Cowing
Randall Cummings
Kenny and Chizuko Endo
Rea Fox
Mary-Jo Freshley
David Furumoto
Selina Higa
Donald Huang
Gabriel Ishida
Meredith Lee
Evelyn Leong

[ezcol_1third]Lynne Mayeda
Gilbert Molina
Yee Man Mui
John Nakagawa
Dee Nishimura
Patrick Oiye
Noel Okimoto
Benjamin Pachter
Rohayati Paseng
André Pauka
Maryll Phillips
Eddy Pursubaryanto
Deborah Pope
Indra Ridwan
David Robertson
Joan Scanlan

[ezcol_1third_end]Bonnie Showers
Jonathan Sypert
Hiroshi Tanaka
Robin Tatu
Beth Tillinghast
Kelley Toor
Stephen Tschudi
Valerie Vetter
Laureen Watanabe
Paras Williams
Anna Womack
Frances Wong
Jasmine Yep
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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: