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In a wayang performance, the dalang sits behind a white screen, hidden from the audience, who see only the shadow silhouettes of the backlit puppets. Photography by Charles Chang

Sapto Sopawiro: man of shadows

Issue 132 (March/April 2015) | 0 comments
The ancient shadow-puppet theatre of Java, known as wayang, was brought to Suriname in the nineteenth century — and survives thanks to the efforts of dalang Sapto Sopawiro. Chandra van Binnendijk meets the master