Dewi Sinta (1986/1990) by SukarmanUnit Pengelola Museum Seni
1. Wayang performance usually conducted at night
The rhythmic gamelan combined with melodious sinden (singer) and the dalang delivering a lively story through the characters usually starts in the evening and end at dawn. The entire performance will take up to 8 hours.
Raden Sari Wahono (1992) by Pringgo, Mardi, JarotUnit Pengelola Museum Seni
2. Some wayang would carry enchanted weapons such as Kris
The Kris or Keris would be slipped on the waist as a preparation for a fight but also for mystical protection.
Dursosono by UnknownUnit Pengelola Museum Seni
3. There are vocational school to be a Dalang
To become a wayang puppeteer called a Dalang to years to master. The basic learning of understanding the characters and how to hold the puppet correctly took minimum 6 months up to one year of learning. And it will take more years to learn storytelling and music conducting.
Batara Narada (1946) by UnknownUnit Pengelola Museum Seni
4. Up to 500 wayang puppets used in a single performance
A wayang performance is a big production. A single performance would require up to 500 wayang puppets. Each wayang character would have up 8-10 puppets to be used on specific scene or show a certain age and mood.
Een gamelan orkest bij een poppenspel (1890 - 1900) by Céphas, KassianRijksmuseum
5. Wayang performance isn't complete without Gamelan
A gamelan is a musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Java or Bali, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings. Vocalists called a sinden may also be included.
Hanuman (1985/1989) by SukarmanUnit Pengelola Museum Seni
6. Audiences sits in front and at behind the stage
Traditionally Wayang Kulit audience may sit both at the front and the back of the stage.
The front of the stage has the shadows of the puppets and at the back of the stage, thus being able to see the orchestra, the dalang and the brightly colored puppets.
Semar Lurah (2010) by SaderiUnit Pengelola Museum Seni
Raden Lesmono Widagdo (Surakarta) by UnknownUnit Pengelola Museum Seni
8. A single wayang kulit is made by multiple artisan
Each wayang kulit is made with an incredible detail and it takes a team of artisan to build. It takes minimum one month to build each wayang.