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Shadow Puppets With International theatre-maker Jumaadi

24 April 2024

In the Centre for Creativity


Ages 12 - 16 | Learn how to draw and design your very own characters and backdrops! Using different paper cutting methods, cast your drawings into animated shadows using various light sources and surfaces.

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.

Albert Einstein

Tell stories through shadow play

In this specially designed workshop for the Sydney Opera House, internationally renowned theatre-makers and visual artist Jumaadi takes children and young people on a journey to make performances using household materials.

From storyboarding, paper puppet making and shadow play, this workshop will introduce kids to one of the oldest forms of theatre-making in the world - the traditional art of wayang kulit or shadow puppetry from Indonesia. Then end the day with a performance that the whole family will love!

Be inspired by the story of the Opera House and learn how to draw and design your very own characters and backdrops. You will learn different paper cutting methods to cast your drawings and paper cuts into animated shadows with various light sources onto different surfaces.

Sydney Opera House Presents


Meet the artist


Multidisciplinary Indonesian-born artist Jumaadi works across many mediums, from painting to performing art. His most recognisable works are large-scale paintings on cloth, intricate works presented on buffalo hide canvases, and shadow theatre performances. He has been in major international exhibitions including in Asia, Russia, USA and Australia. His works are in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and many regional galleries across Australia and internationally.

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