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Videos from our Legends of the Exotic East Exhibit
September 6 - November 11, 2012
At the museum, we enabled QR codes so that visitors with internet capable cellphones
could view some of the puppets on display in action!
By clicking on the pictures below, you can see each of the videos that we assembled.
Vietnamese Water Puppet - Although, unfortunately, we do not have an example of a Vietnamese Water Puppet in the exhibit, both Steve & Marty think that they are so cool that we had to provide a link to see them in action.
To view, click on the picture.
Bunraku - Bunraku is Japan's professional puppet theater. Developed primarily in the 17th and 18th centuries, it is one of the four forms of Japanese classical theater, the others being Kabuki, Noh, and Kyogen.
To view, click on the picture.
India Shadow puppets - Traditional shadow puppets of India animated by Gul Ramani. A Gazelle´s Wish is a tale from the ancient Panchatantra. This poetic film tells the story of a Gazelle that gets caught for a prince and is brave enough to speak against her captivity.
To view, click on the picture.
China Rod Puppets - performed by Yuqin Wang, Zhengli Xu & Brenda Xu of Dragon Art Studio of Portland, Oregon. Five traditional and not-so-traditional vignettes are woven together to recount tales of Ancient China.
To view, click on the picture.
Wayang Golek Demonstration - Interview and wayang golek puppet demonstration by UC Santa Cruz professor Kathy Foley. She has performed as a dalang (puppetmaster) of wayang golek rod puppets for more than 20 years.
To view, click on the picture.
Burma Marionettes - This is the trailer for a short documentary film about U Htwe that follows his passion to re-establish the Myanmar marionette theatre, in order to promote cultural exchange and community education.
To view, click on the picture.
Indonesia Shadow Puppets - Renowned for its elaborate puppets and complex musical styles, this ancient form of storytelling originated on the Indonesian island of Java. For ten centuries wayang flourished at the royal courts of Java and Bali as well as in rural areas.
To view, click on the picture.
India Marionettes - The art of Indian marionettes originated a thousand years ago where it soon grew into a major art form of the region. It is one of the oldest forms of entertainment. Historically, these puppets were not only a source of entertainment, but also provided moral and social education.
To view, click on the picture.
Wayang - Wayang is a Javanese word for particular kinds of theatre. When the term is used to refer to kinds of puppet theatre, sometimes the puppet itself is referred to as wayang.

Performances of shadow puppet theatre are accompanied by a gamelan orchestra in Java, and by gender wayang in Bali.

Wayang kulit, or shadow puppets, are without a doubt the best known of the Indonesian wayang. Kulit means skin, and refers to the leather construction of the puppets that are carefully chiselled with very fine tools and supported with carefully shaped buffalo horn handles and control rods.
To view, click on both pictures.
Cambodia Shadow Puppet - The Sbek Thom is a Khmer shadow theatre featuring two meter high, non-articulated puppets made of leather openwork. A large white backdrop is held between two tall bamboo screens in front of a large fire or, nowadays, projectors. The shadows of the puppets silhouettes are projected onto the white screen.
To view, click on the picture.
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