Jumaadi, an artist of Indonesian origin but practicing in Australia, completed a three month residency at Hotel Penaga in 2012 with a stunning performance of wayang kulit, the traditional shadow play of Southeast Asia. This one, though, stretched tradition in a new direction, being based on a Chinese folk tale about the Moon Cake, a timely performance as the festival is just around the corner at the next full moon on 30th September, when children parade through neighbourhoods carrying candle lit lanterns in animal and fantasy shapes. Jumaadi’s wayang was produced with the help of the curator of the Penang State Museum, Puan Haryani Muhamad. Developed with students from KDU and with the puppets made by one of the museum’s janitorial staff, and the gamelan music was provided by museum staff, it was a wonderful collaboration of talent from all directions.
- Marcia Ong & Hilary Schwartz
- Sangeeta Sandrasegar