Gongs with robot

By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 25, 2008

After anticipatory twitches and shakes of the curtain, the first character appears. Red-faced, bug-eyed, with a big black moustache, Keras is a rough and tough guy who fights other people's battles for them. He dips and rises in the movements of a warrior dance, then leaves with a tiny nod to the audience. Monyer, the next to appear, is a pale, androgynous figure who seems to smile as he advances. He circles the space with slow steps and tiny vibrations of the fan he sometimes uses as a mirror to admire himself.

The Dalem, a noble, elegant figure, would take the role of the king in a drama. His is the longest dance, as he surveys the audience, with striding assertiveness and stern admonishing gestures. After he leaves, a benevolent demon appears to clear the air, with invoking, threatening gestures, hoarse cries, and laughter.

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