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TALL TREE, NEST OF THE WIND: THE JAVANESE SHADOW-PLAY DEWA RUCI PERFORMED BY KI ANOM SOEROTO -- A STUDY IN PERFORMANCE PHILOLOGY. Bernard Arps. NUS Press, National University of Singapore, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 656 pp. with 250 ills. 24 x 16 cm. ISBN 9789814722155 In English.
Publisher's description: Javanese shadow puppetry is a sophisticated dramatic form, often felt to be at the heart of Javanese culture. It draws on classic Javanese texts while commenting on contemporary religion and politics. To explore the many layers of complexity within the art, Bernard Arps provides an in-depth interpretation of an all-night performance of Dewa Ruci, a key play in the repertoire. Arps studies the spoken words as well as both musical and visual aspects in order to present a comprehensive distillation of the piece. The book presents Dewa Ruci as rendered by the distinguished master puppeteer Ki Anom Soeroto in Amsterdam. Including 250 images from the production, the book places the performance texts together with descriptions of the sounds and images. The detailed annotations probe beneath the surface and provide an unprecedented understanding of the performance's cultural complexity, explaining the meanings of the puppet actions, music, and shifts in language, while demonstrating how the puppeteer wove into the drama the circumstances of the performance in Amsterdam alongside references to contemporary Indonesian political ideology. Tall Tree, Nest of the Wind presents unrivaled insight into the depth of this powerful art form.
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Worldwide Number: 173314
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