Wayang Kulit, is a traditional art in Malaysia and Indonesia. Also known as shadow puppet theatre, this unique form of entertainment combines music, storylines, lights, and shadow.
The word Wayang is a Malay term for shadow. The word Kulit means skin, and refers to the leather construction of the puppets which are cautiously carved with fine tools and supported by a carefully-formed buffalo horn handles.
Nowadays, because of the rapidly changing world and innovations in technology, this unique art of shadow puppetry may lose its popularity. But thanks to these artists, they have united to revive the vanishing historical art with a twist.
Visual artist Tintoy Chuo & Take Huat from Malaysia founded Fusion Wayang Kulit. This duo teamed up with the Malaysia’s Master of Puppeteer Muhammad Dain Othman. The group aims to “revive the dying traditional culture by merging it with fusion element & enhancing it with various multimedia components”.
Thus, Fusion Wayang Kulit has its own interpretations of Western superheroes such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Their goal is to make Wayang Kulit more contemporary and appealing to the younger generation.