Indonesia has a vibrant performing arts tradition: shadow puppetry is maybe the most distinctive. A single maestro performs scenes from traditional stories (usually the Ramayana) by manipulating dozens of different puppets while imitating their voices. This puppetmaster sings, talks, and tells jokes (often with a political flavor apparently, I don't understand Indonesian). He is accompanied by a gamelan orchestra and backup (female) singers.
|Side view of the stage, with all the puppets lined up and ready for action|
|Closeup of some puppets: this is the Prince Rama and two clowns (who make topical jokes)|
|Waiting for performance to begin|
|Watching the show|