Comedy and Drama
City of Mississauga Hosts Unique Javanese Theatrical Arts Event

Jul 11, 2008

As part of this summer's My Mississauga events, the City's Office of Arts and Culture will host a Javanese shadow play which incorporates puppet theatre, gamelan music and video imagery: Ancient Javanese musical and theatrical arts meet modern storytelling and computer technology, to create Semar in Lila Maya.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

9 to 11 p.m.

Main Stage Library Square
301 Burnhamthorpe Road
(Burnhamthorpe Rd. and Duke of York Blvd.)

Semar in Lila Maya features renowned puppeteer Ki Seno Nugroho.  Sutrisno Hartana and Javanese master musicians join him, in collaboration with Vancouver's Gamelan Madu Sari ensemble, and computer animators Aleksandra Dulic and Kenneth Newby.


"With roots in the Hindu epic poem, the Ramayana, Semar in Lila Maya tells the story of Semar the God-Clown. He descends to earth and finds himself in the Pacific Northwest, encountering ecological devastation, battling to save threatened humpback whales, and confronting the entanglements of human folly," explains Gamelan Madu Sari tour co-ordinator Mark Parlett. "The play uses classic theatrical forms and themes to delve into current social and environmental issues."

"This promises to be an extraordinary performance, which combines the traditional with the contemporary," said director of Arts and Culture, Zainub Verjee. "We're fortunate to be able to offer Mississauga citizens and visitors an opportunity to experience this unique presentation, which is currently touring across Canada, from Vancouver to Ottawa."

Semar in Lila Maya is presented by the Gamelan Madu Sari (Canada) and Gamelan Wargo Laras (Java) with the support of the Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Toronto and Vancouver, and the City's Office of Arts and Culture.

My Mississauga features free, outdoor events throughout the summer. For detailed event listings, dates and times, visit or call 905-615-3200 ext. 2403.

Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000.  With well-established infrastructure and state of the art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse, and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.


Media Contact:
Melissa Di Carlo
My Mississauga Manager
Phone: 905-615-3200x5356
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Pia Poblete
'My Mississauga' Onsite Contact
Phone: 905-615-3200x3732

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