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Symposium Panji Stories in Manuscripts and Performance

Panji stories are among the most popular works of Indonesian literature, art and theatre. To celebrate the recent Unesco-recognition of this important genre, the Leiden University Library and KITLV will hold a one-day symposium in Leiden on 21 September 2018 exploring Panji stories in manuscripts, paintings and dramatic performance.

Panji-specialists from the Netherlands and abroad will introduce the public to Prince Panji, the wandering hero of Indonesian adventure stories. They will bring Panji to life with the use of traditional manuscripts, paintings and a demonstration with dance masks.

Wayang performance
The Javanese puppeteer Agus Bimo Prayitno and his musicians will finish the day with a unique and innovative shadow puppet theatre (wayang kulit) performance on Prince Panji. In this performance Panji features as a metaphor for Javanese farmers. They are encouraged to ensure the availability of water for their plots and households by taking care of their natural environment. The performance will take place in the Lipsius building, room 0.19, 15.30-16.30 hrs.



Leiden University Library, Vossius Room

9.30 -10.00 hrs
Arrival, coffee & tea

10.00 - 10.10 hrs
Word of welcome by Marije Plomp and Doris Jedamski (Asian Library)

10.10 - 10.30 hrs
Roger Tol and Wardiman Djojonegoro (under reserve), Background of the UNESCO recognition of Panji manuscripts.

10.30 - 11.00 hrs
Gijs Koster, Between Love and Domination: the Malay Hikayat Kuda Semirang Sira Panji Pandai Rupa.

11.00 - 11.30 hrs
Lydia Kieven, A comparative study of illustrations of Jayakusuma manuscripts in Jakarta, British Library, and Staatsbibliothek Berlin.

11.30 - 12.00 hrs
Peter Worsley, The rhetoric of paintings: the Balinese Malat and the prospect of a history of Balinese ideas, imaginings and emotions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Leiden University Library, Heinsius room

12.00 - 14.00 hrs
Exhibition of Panji manuscripts, photographs and paintings from Leiden University Library/KITLV collections

12.00 - 12.15 and 12.30 - 12.45 hrs
Hedi Hinzler, Balinese wayang paintings on cloth and their stories.

13.00 - 14.00 hrs lunch break

14.00 - 14.30 hrs
Tea Skrinjaric, Unrolling the Story: Wayang Beber on Java

14.30 - 15.00 hrs
Clara Brakel and Silvy Puntowati, Panji stories as masked performances in Central Java. With a demonstration of Panji masks by dance group Kuwung-kuwung

15.00 - 15.30 hrs tea break

Lipsius building, room 0.19

15.30 - 16.30 hrs
Performance of Wayang Jantur (innovative Indonesian shadow puppet theatre based on Panji stories) Dhalang Agus Bimo Prayitno and musicians, with an introduction by Lydia Kieven.


Registration for the symposoiusm is closed. If you just want to attend the wayang performance in the Lipsius building, no registration is needed.

Date:  21 September  
Venue symposium: Leiden University Library, Vossius and Heinsius rooms
Time: 10:00 – 15.15 hrs

Venue wayang performance: Lipsius building, room 0.19
Time: 15.30 – 16.30 hrs

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