Check Out Wedhus Gembel, a Free Cross-Cultural Collaboration

8 years ago
Sharona Lin

From 2-5 October, spectacular cross-cultural collaboration between Melbourne’s giant puppet company ‘Snuff Puppets’ and Indonesian artists Wedhus Gembel will be touring in Australia.

It will be here in October for a limited season of free, public performances in Federation Square’s outdoor amphitheatre, exploring “the tensions between traditional and contemporary Indonesian life,” the cycle of life, the destructive power of nature and how “innocence and beauty can be disguised in a monster.”

Andy Freer, Snuff Puppets’ Artistic Director, says:

Wedhus Gembel is an affirmation of the power of cultural collaborations. Creation of the production began in 2006, a unique experience that took Snuff Puppets deep into the amazing artistic cultural life of Java. An inspiring way to make new theatre, simultaneously developing the artists and community participants, personally, artistically and cross culturally. Together we created this large scale spectacle with a mountain that volcanically erupts, a monster that devours the whole cast, magical singing, trances, classical and contemporary puppetry, mask and dance theatre.

Wedhus Gembel includes a two day workshop with Snuff Puppets and six Indonesian artists working with approximately twenty local artists and community participants to quickly create new performance content that directly involves locals in the presentation of each show.

This free workshop will include an introduction to Wedhus Gembel artists’ techniques and allow the final production of Wedhus Gembel to integrate the outcomes of these workshops, engaging local communities in the show.



When: Wed 2 – Sat 5 October 2013, Wednesday 6pm, Thursday – Saturday 2pm & 6pm

Venue: Federation Square, Flinders Street Amphitheatre (next to ACMI)

Tickets: Free

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Workshop dates: 28 – 29 September 2013

Workshop venue: The Drill Hall, 395 Barkly St, Footscray

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