Tall Tree, Nest Of The Wind: The Javanese Shadow-play Dewa Ruci Performed By Ki Anom Soeroto - A Study In Performance Philology by Bernard ArpsTall Tree, Nest Of The Wind: The Javanese Shadow-play Dewa Ruci Performed By Ki Anom Soeroto - A Study In Performance Philology by Bernard Arps

Tall Tree, Nest Of The Wind: The Javanese Shadow-play Dewa Ruci Performed By Ki Anom Soeroto - A…

byBernard Arps

Paperback | October 15, 2016

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Javanese shadow puppetry is a sophisticated dramatic form, often felt to be at the heart of Javanese culture, drawing on classic texts but with important contemporary resonance in fields like religion and politics. How to make sense of the shadow-play as a form of world-making? In Tall Tree, Nest of the Wind, Bernard Arps explores this question by considering an all-night performance of Dewa Ruci, a key play in the repertoire. Thrilling and profound, Dewa Rucidescribes the mighty Bratasena’s quest for the ultimate mystical insight. 

The book presents  Dewa Ruci as rendered by the distinguished master puppeteer Ki Anom Soeroto in Amsterdam in 1987. The book’s unusual design presents the performance texts together with descriptions of the sounds and images that would remain obscure in conventional formats of presentation. Copious annotations probe beneath the surface and provide an understanding of the performance's cultural complexity. These annotations explain the meanings of puppet action, music, and shifts in language; how the puppeteer wove together into the drama the circumstances of the performance in Amsterdam, Islamic and other religious ideas, and references to contemporary Indonesian political ideology. Also revealed is the performance’s historical multilayering and the picture it paints of the Javanese past.

Tall Tree, Nest of the Wind not only presents an unrivalled insight into the artistic depth of wayang kulit, it exemplifies a new field of study, the philology of performance.
Bernard Arps is professor of Indonesian and Javanese language and culture at Leiden University.  
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Title:Tall Tree, Nest Of The Wind: The Javanese Shadow-play Dewa Ruci Performed By Ki Anom Soeroto - A…Format:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:October 15, 2016Publisher:NUS Press Pte LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9814722154

ISBN - 13:9789814722155

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
  1. The puppeteer, the event, and the play
  2. Philology, performance, and wayang theory
  3. A Philology of performance
  4. The Edition
  5. The Annotation
Ki Anom Soeroto Performs Dewa Ruci
List of Symbols and typographic conventions
First Part-Patjet ne
Overture
Audience in Astina
Inside the Palace
The chancellor gives instructions
The giants on Mount Candramuka
In Astina
Second Part- Pathet sanga
In the hermitage of Sapta Arga
Permadi meets the demons
Third Part- Pathet manyura
Audience in Amarta
The Serpent
The meeting with Dewa Ruci
Durna goes after Bratasena
Annotations
List of abbreviations used in the annotations and Appendix II
Annotations to Ki Anom Soeroto performs Dewa Ruci
Appendices
  1. The streaming audio, the CD set, and this book
  2. Dramatis personae and topnyms
References
Index
 

Editorial Reviews

“The book . . . can be read not only by those who want to broaden their knowledge of wayang but also by all those unfamiliar with the tradition of Javanese shadow theatre. . . . Arps opens new perspectives for research in theatre studies. It is not only extremely valuable for all who study wayang and anyone interested in art and culture of Java, but also for all scholars, critics and theatre historians seeking new ways of speaking and writing about the theatre.”