Myth and Legend in Shadow Theatre

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Myth and Legend in Shadow Theatre

Abstract: This illustrated discussion will show how global practices of shadow theatre are performed in relation to their regional differences. In particular, the well-established conventions of Indonesian and Malaysian wayang kulit will be compared to the shadowy Arabic heritage of khayal al-zill and the Ottoman satirical stories of Karagöz and Hacivat. This will conclude with an introduction to the experimental performances of the Green Beetle Company, which combine shadow theatre and live music to tell stories long forgotten, which have not yet been told.

(A/Prof Sam Bowker was commissioned to conduct this research as a keynote speaker for the Blackheath Owls)
Period08 Dec 2023
Event typeSeminar
LocationDelivered from Wagga Wagga, Australia, New South WalesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • Art History
  • Shadow Theatre
  • Shadow Puppetry
  • Khayal al-zill
  • Wayang kulit
  • Karagozi
  • Regional Arts
  • performing arts
  • Puppet theatre

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