11 November 2012
Wayang Kulit in Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta in Central Java, is located to the East of Jakarta. The train journey took the entire day, but it was relaxing and I had already booked a return flight back to Jakarta where I would connect to Bangkok and Melbourne.
Sonobudoyo Museum in Yogja. The Ramayana is divided into eight episodes, one performed each weekday evening.
The night I was there, they performed the second episode 'Hanoman's Mission'. It was quite a surreal experience with an audience of only half-a-dozen, but a cast of almost twenty performers, including twelve in the Gamelan orchestra, a choir of five women and the Dalang (puppeteer) performing the Kulit characters.
While in Yogja, I was also lucky enough to attend a masked Ramayana Ballet, which was performed at the Prambanan Temple at night, which made a spectacular backdrop, being the largest Hindu temple of ancient Java.