Wayang Kulit or shadow puppetry is one of the most unique and prominent theatrical entertainments in Bali. Shadow puppets are made from cowhide and mounted on a stick so they can be held from below. In the performance, the wayang kulit’s flat cut out figures is silhouetted against a white screen, and the lights come from the coconut-husk lamp. Shows will amaze you with the level of expressive techniques and range of movements, often accompanied by live music.
The figures movements are manipulated by the puppeteer or Dalang who tells the story and at the same time speaking for the puppets accompanied by gamelan orchestra. The performance is usually during the night time, and it is commonly as a part of a both ceremonial and entertainment.
Wayang Kulit is rarely performed at night and is most often part of religious ceremony. In Ubud, Theatre Oka Kartini’s perform Wayang Kulit show scheduled every Sunday and Wednesday.