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God Bliss (Semelah) 

When: Fri., Jan. 20, 8 p.m. 2017
Price: $15
www.carolinaperformingarts.org

The ancient Indonesian tradition of shadow puppetry, or wayang, receives an injection of modern politics and perspective in the works of Eko Nugroho and Wayang Bocor. Nugroho, a young artist who came of age during Indonesia's volatile transition to democracy in the late nineties, and his interdisciplinary collaborators mash up current sociopolitical commentary, Indonesian folk lineage, global pop culture nuggets, and street-art slang into a rich welter of old and new, often tinged with dark satire. God Bliss (Semelah) is about the mingling of Islam with Javanese Hinduism, Buddhism, and animistic religions; the vibrant storytelling combines a shadow play with live theater, visual art, and other disciplines. Witness the power of silhouettes to express the deepest human emotions—because, after all, life's but a walking shadow. God Bliss will be performed in Javanese and Indonesian with English supertitles. —Brian Howe

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