Hanuman's Jump

From the epic The Ramayana, with Indonesian rod puppets, for children.

The Wind god will help Hanuman cross the sea to Alenka

Above: Hanuman and his father the Wind God.


I learned wayang golek, the traditional rod puppet theater from Sunda in West Java, as a student in UCSC ( University of California at Santa Cruz) back in the late 80's. My teachers were Professor Kathy Foley, Pak Undang Sumarna and Pak Nano S.

I brought to Israel two shows: "Hanuman's Jump" from the Indian epic the Ramayana, for children and which became part of the repertoire of the Train Theater of Jerusalem, and the other was "Sanghyan Rancassan" from the other epic the Mahabharata, for adults, part of the repertoire of the Bamah Theater of Jerusalem.

Credits

  • Puppets: Original, handmade in Sunda, West Java, Indonesia

  • Direction and Text: Professor Kathy Foley

  • Music played by the UCSC Gamelan Orchestra directed by Pak Undang Sumarna and recorded.

  • Puppeteer: Patricia O'Donovan


Back in the early 90's there was no one performing wayang golek in Israel, and now in 2021 I think it is still the same! I introduced the Indian epics through puppetry to Israeli children.

Children were fascinated by the show, it was so new to them in every respect, the structure of the story, the wonderfully carved Indonesian puppets, the music so new and different to them.


Watch my teacher explain the basics of wayang

To read about learning wayang at UCSC and how it influenced my work click here

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