Visit Federation Square this Friday or Saturday and witness a rare treat.
A magical cross-cultural collaboration organised by Melbourne’s Snuff Puppets and a group of independent artists from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, opens tonight at 6pm.
The show Wedhus Gembel, the Javanese phrase for the white gas cloud that rolls down the side of an active volcano, explores aspects of Javanese life and its mythic tales. It is a parable about the cycle of life, and the way in which death and destruction can bring rebirth and creation.
A visual feast of lights, intricate costumes, and dance create an enchanting night as traditional music and sound. The smell of the incense that burns in the theatre throughout the presentation adds to the magic of the occasion. There are moments where the performers move into the audience, bringing the action right up to the spectators. This only adds to the wonder and excitement.
The Snuff Puppets company is known for its amazing costumes and performances; this show adds to its burgeoning reputation. The Javanese cultural aspect lends a wondrous exotic and Eastern feel to the production.
The show ended with the cast and members of the audience dancing on the performance floor to hearty, ongoing applause.
It is a free show, and a splendid way to spend an hour of your day. After Melbourne the show moves to the Lima international arts festival in Peru. – Report and pictures by Illya McLellan