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Fall Puppet Forum with Professor Sumarsam

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Storrs Campus
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center

Javanase musician and scholar Sumarsam of Wesleyan University talks about the hybrid nature of Javanese wayang kulit shadow theater in the context of his fascinating new book, "Javanese Gamelan and the West." Professor Sumarsam's work analyzes the adaptations in gamelan art as a result of Western colonialism in nineteenth-century Java, showing how Western musical and dramatic practices were domesticated by Javanese performers to create hybrid Javanese-Western art forms, such as with the introduction of brass bands in traditional court music and western theatrical idioms in contemporary wayang puppet plays.

Admission to this event is free (donations greatly appreciated!), and refreshments will be served. Come early, and experience our puppet exhibitions, as well as the video resources in our library nook. This forum will also be live-streamed on our UStream page. Visit for more information.


Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, (860) 486-8580,

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry (primary), Asian American Studies Institute, Dramatic Arts, UConn Master Calendar

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