Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet
The Asean Puppetry Festival arrives in Singapore for the first time this year. Take your kids to watch skillful puppeteers of all kinds, ranging from shadow shapers to marionette manipulators, as they animate their astoundingly lifelike little creations. insing lists just some of the various different types of puppetry that will be on show.
It’s not often in Singapore that we get to see marionettes—jointed puppets dangling from a height, operated by strings. The Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre presents us with richly costumed Burmese marionettes adroitly performing the traditional dances of their country
7 Nov, 8pm; 9 Nov, 9pm; 10 Nov, 2pm │ Venue: Goodman Arts Centre , 5 Goodman Road │ Tel: 63425790 │ Free
Be spellbound by shadows cast by the traditional Cambodian shadow puppets of Khmer Puppetry Art Association, Sovanna Phum. Intoxicating music, drums, Cambodian dance, and incredibly intricate puppets combine to tell a different classic tale each day, including ‘Upon a Time’, ‘The Dog & The Donkey’, and ‘Ponhakay’, a story adapted from the Indian epic Ramayana.
6 & 8 Nov, 5.30pm; 10 Nov, 8pm │ Venue: Goodman Arts Centre, 5 Goodman Road │ Tel: 63425790 │ Free
The Cultural Centre of Daklak
With feet puppets, rod puppetry and other unique, traditional puppetry styles from the Vietnamese highlands of Daklak, plus folk dances and songs no less, The Cultural Centre of Daklak will really put on a good show.
9 Nov, 4.45pm; 10 Nov, 8pm │ Venue: Goodman Arts Centre , 5 Goodman Road │ Tel: 63425790 │ Free
Wayang Golek Sunda
Wayang Golek Sunda is an Indonesian art that enthrals with wooden doll puppets, carved in devastating detail to represent legendary heroes and heroines. Award-winning Indonesian group Wayang Ajen gives the good old art-form a modern spin to make it fun for fledglings in its revealing workshop: ‘Behind the Scenes with Wayang Golek’.
10 Nov, 3.30pm │ Venue: Goodman Arts Centre , 5 Goodman Road │ Tel: 63425790 │ Free
Papermoon Puppet Theatre
‘Mwathirika’, by Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre, is a non-verbal show—which means it’s great for all ages and nationalities. Incorporating a marvellous melange of table-top puppets, child-sized puppets, masks, balloons, puppet-sized sets and other ostensibly tot-targeted things, the tale itself is set in 1965 Indonesia, when an estimated 500,000 thousand Indonesians were killed following a failed coup. The historic events unfold from the petite perspective of two siblings raised by a hardworking, one-handed father. ‘Mwathirika’ promises to move both adults and children, who will take away different things from this internationally-celebrated show.
8 & 9 Nov, 8pm │ Venue: Auditorium, Malay Heritage Centre, 85 Sultan Gate │ Tel: 63910450 │ $30 (for ages 6 and above)