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The tempest

Shakespeare, W., George, D. and Tampalini, S. (1986) The tempest. [Play] [Creative Output]


The Tempest in Bali may seem, on the surface, to be an arbitrary relocation, motivated solely by Australia's geography. The original idea of using shadow-play techniques was motivated, however, by practical considerations: how to present the storm-scene and then provide visual support for the long exposition. The solution of using shadows then led, inexorably, to the idea of extending the shadow puppets (Wayang Kulit) into marionette theatre (Wyang Golek) and then Wayang Wong.

The result was not only a stylistic line but a thematic line as well: a progress from shadow birth to marionette existence to life. The result is a new reading of Prospero's power and, beyond that, of his and human fate...

Item Type: Creative Output
Written byShakespeare, W.
DirectorTampalini, Serge
DesignerGeorge, D.
AdapterTampalini, Serge
AdapterGeorge, D.
DesignerLane, J.
DesignerTampalini, Serge
ActorHardy, P.
Company Credits: Murdoch University Theatre, Denpasar Art Center
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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