Perahu Perahu

Sydney Festival presents in association with Contemporary Asian Australian Performance


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"...a performance that will linger on in my dreams and my thoughts for days ... a rare and wonderful treat." - Broadway World


Stunning imagery and live music turn the traditional art form of wayang kulit on its head as Indonesian Australian artist Jumaadi and his collaborators reinvigorate the ancient storytelling technique of shadow play.

Perahu-Perahu, which means ‘boats’ in Indonesian, explores the precarious relationship between humans and the sea. Inspired by the history of travel across the waters separating Indonesia and Australia, Perahu-Perahu is a surreal and magical adventure into new lands, bizarre encounters, triumph and peril.

Immersing audiences in an exquisite world of images crafted from hundreds of intricate cut-outs and compositions blending traditional and contemporary music, this satirical and playful new performance work is a captivating fusion of old and new.

After its highly acclaimed premiere at OzAsia Festival 2021, Perahu-Perahu comes to Sydney Festival in January 2022.  Don't miss this magical experience.

13 - 16 January 2022  |  Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St Eveleigh  |

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Supported as part of the Carriageworks 2021 In Development program.