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Wayang for Cirebon (Indonesian Shadow Theatre)
In April 2018 a gamelan rehearsal in Gegesik village, Cirebon, NW Java, was struck by tragedy when a wall adjacent to the rehearsal space collapsed on top of the players, killing seven youngsters, aged between 12 –15 years, and their teacher, dhalang Mas Herman Basari.
Allan Thomas brought the first gamelan to New Zealand from Cirebon in 1974. Later named The First Smile, the ensemble is still played by a local Wellington group who are embarking on a fund-raising campaign to send support to Gegesik village and families affected by the tragedy.
Plans are already underway there to purchase a new gamelan, and dedicate it to the memory of those who died.
The programme for this concert will include a wayang kulit (shadow puppet show), The Fall of Gathutkaca, performed by dhalang Ki Joko Susilo, accompanied by Gamelan Padhang Moncar of the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington.
This fundraising event is supported by the New Zealand School of Music.
You are invited to attend what promises to be a spirited occasion, and to contribute generously to the funds.
Tickets are $30 per adult. School aged children are free.
To purchase tickets, please:
Deposit $30 per ticket in Kiwibank account 38-9008-0423092-01
Please include your name and number of tickets required when making the deposit.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make the booking and confirm the deposit has been lodged.
You will receive an email reply of confirmation, and this will function as an entry ticket. Door sales are strictly limited.