Bali Puppetry Festival & Seminar
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Puppetry and shadow theater as art forms performed purely for leisure entertainment or as medias sending out messages on the ups and downs of man’s surroundings have been significant speakers of man’s life from the earliest times until today, embracing social affairs such as combat and hunting as well as the ingredient of man’s spiritual activities, rituals, and rites. Being ancient art forms, puppetry and shadow plays go back to over 3000 years ago. Puppets have been used since their beginning to animate and communicate the ideas and needs of human societies. Puppetry is now probably more familiar through television and movies rather than through live performances, but this still flourishes throughout the world. In the world of theatre, puppetry continues to be influential, and despite its outsider status acts as an invigorating and rejuvenating influence on its mainstream relative, and feeds through object and physical theatre many of the most exciting developments in contemporary theatre.