In addition to traditional wayang, the 2nd Gunungan International Mask & Puppets Festival (see my posts two days ago) also featured several new creation puppet theaters like this one: Wayang Sukuraga.
Wayang Sukuraga (literally puppets or puppet show of body parts) is different from the traditional wayang theater in that its characters are body part skin puppets. The stories and music are also different from those of the traditional wayang. While the traditional wayang theater performances usually tell stories derived from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata and their local variations, the Wayang Sukuraga tells stories that are specifically created for it. Also, unlike the traditional wayang performances, which are usually accompanied by Gamelan ensemble, the Wayang Sukuraga performances can be accopanied by any kinds of music, traditional or modern.
Wayang Sukuraga was created about seventeen years ago by Afendy (nick-named Fendy Sukuraga), an artist and painter from Sukabumi, West Java.
Depicted in the above picture is Gunungan of Wayang Sukuraga displayed at the exhibition hall.
Wayang Sukuraga adalah wayang kreasi baru yang tokoh-tokohnya terdiri dari anggota-anggota badan. Wayang ini diciptakan oleh Afendi alias Fendy Sukuraga, seorang seniman asal Sukabumi, Jawa Barat, pada sekitar tahun 1996.