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August 31, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Flanked by statues of giants, symbols of human passion, the massive Danapratapa Gate of the Sultan's Palace (or Kraton) dominates a courtyard gleaming with antique splendor. On the left, tourists gawk at gilded sedan chairs and other artifacts of a regime that seems an eternal part of Javanese culture--but in fact came into being 20 years before the American Revolution.
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September 3, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
The bell-like shimmer of the palace gamelan still reverberates in the warm night air, but Wayang Kulit puppeteer Radyo Harsono has already lit a cigarette backstage. For the last two hours, he's provided the motion, voice and spirit of a whole company of flat, leather shadow-figures, dramatizing an episode from the Hindu epic "Mahabharata" on a translucent 6 1/2-by-10-foot cloth screen.
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September 3, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
The bell-like shimmer of the palace gamelan still reverberates in the warm night air, but Wayang Kulit puppeteer Radyo Harsono has already lit a cigarette backstage. For the last two hours, he's provided the motion, voice and spirit of a whole company of flat, leather shadow-figures, dramatizing an episode from the Hindu epic "Mahabharata" on a translucent 6 1/2-by-10-foot cloth screen.
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August 31, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Flanked by statues of giants, symbols of human passion, the massive Danapratapa Gate of the Sultan's Palace (or Kraton) dominates a courtyard gleaming with antique splendor. On the left, tourists gawk at gilded sedan chairs and other artifacts of a regime that seems an eternal part of Javanese culture--but in fact came into being 20 years before the American Revolution.
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