WAYANG MAGIC FLUTE

WAYANG MAGIC FLUTE

WAYANG MAGIC FLUTE

WAYANG MAGIC FLUTE

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART | JODY DIAMOND

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology | Cambridge, MA | April 2017

Audiences of all ages from across New England were mesmerized by the uniqueness and beautiful sights and sounds of Javanese shadow puppets and gamelan performance in Boston. The show, titled WAYANG MAGIC FLUTE, was organized by the Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology and was supported by the Indonesian Community of New England, Inc. (ICONE, Inc.). It was part of The Magic of Java exhibition in honor of Peabody Museum’s 150th Anniversary.

For about two hours, the audiences were entertained by a contemporary performance based on Mozart’s The Magic Flute, featuring intricate leather puppets and the sonorous gong-chime instruments of Harvard's Javanese-style gamelan orchestra performed by 14 graduate students from Harvard University and Longy School of Music. The performance was led by Jody Diamond, Artist in Residence at Harvard University’s Music Department, Hayley Fenn, PhD student in Historical Musicology, and theater director Mitchell Polonsky. Javanese shadow puppetry’s characters such as Buta Enom, Sita, Prabu Susarma, Durga and Garuda were used in the play and presented by Marc Hoffman, an artist from Maryland that has learned and mastered Javanese shadow puppetry for many years in Solo, Indonesia."

- Indonesian Community of New England, Inc.