Balinese Shadow Theater Comes to Fort Mason Next Month

San Francisco’s ShadowLight Productions (Larry Reed, Founder & Artistic Director and Caryl Kientz, Managing Director) has announced two upcoming in-person Wayang Bali Balinese ShadowTheater performances in The City:

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Noe Valley Town Square
3861 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
(On 24th St. between Vicksburg and Sanchez) FREE – All Ages

Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

SF International Arts Festival
Fort Mason Parade Ground (Pope Rd. at Funston), San Francisco, CA 94109 Tickets $16 – $20.

Because all performances are outdoors, organizers encourage the audience to “dress appropriately.” They also suggest bringing blankets, chairs or pillows.

The creative team includes Larry Reed (dalang, or shadowmaster), Carla Fabrizio, Lisa Gold, Paul Miller, Sarah Willner (ShadowLight Gamelan musicians), Katie Harrell (Vocalist) and Fred C. Riley III (Assistant).

Wayang Bali, the Balinese Shadow Play, is one of the most revered traditional art forms in the world. According to Balinese philosophy, a wayang performance is a symbol of the cosmos. The dalang (Shadow Master) represents God; the screen represents the world, including the atmosphere; the damar (oil lamp) is the sun and the banana log underneath the screen is the earth on which the creatures walk; the wayangs (puppet characters) are the creatures. The accompanying gender music represents irama djaman, which means in phase with the periods of history.