Power Plays: Wayang Golek Puppet Theater of West Java
"This is an excellent book that discusses contemporary wayang golek performance in Indonesia, a form of puppet theatre from West Java. This is a book which will appeal not only to those who want to know all the details of wayang golek performance, but also to those more broadly interested in the politics of performance in Indonesia" (Aseasuk News).
About the publication
Andrew Weintraub focuses on "superstar" performers and the musical troupes that dominated wayang golek during the New Order political regime of former president Suharto (1966-98). Studies of actual performances illuminate stylistic and formal elements and situate wayang golek as a social process in Sundanese culture. Power Plays shows how meaning about identity, citizenship, and community are produced through theater, music, language, and discourse.
Power Plays is at the centre of a new synthesis emerging among ethno-musicology, cultural studies, and media studies. Its cross-disciplinary approach will inspire researchers studying similar struggles over state authority and popular representation in culture and the performing arts.
Includes interactive multimedia CD-ROM.
Co-publication: ISEAS / Ohio University Press
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies / Ohio University Press