Rumput @ Firehouse w/ All the Saints Puppet Theater

Raden Panji detailPremiering two newly commissioned artworks from central Java: wayang beber (scrolling panorama) by Dani Iswardana and musical compositions by Rumput’s sometime guest artistic director and master teacher Danis Sugiyanto.

The darkness seeks the light of the sun as All the Saints Theater Company explores versions of hell while holding space for our childhood selves with love, humor, color, and puppets. For all ages, made with adults in mind. All the Saints is best known for founding the annual Halloween Parade through Oregon Hill. They create puppets for shows, streets, protests, and parades. They believe street puppets and story telling are mighty tools in the movements for social, racial, and environmental justice. Their larger-than-life puppets are blessed by the papermache gods and the gods of trash, cardboard, and bamboo.

Java and the rest of Indonesia are suffering record high deaths from COVID-19. Performers are barred from their livelihood, many are sick, and all are grieving.  100% of proceeds from this show will go to Javanese artists.

New video: Raden Panji

New release of a composition we commissioned from our teacher and sometime guest artistic director Danis Sugiyanto, to accompany a contemporary wayang beber (scrolling artwork) by Dani Iswardana, with narration by dalang Sigit Setiawan.

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POSTPONED! Rumput and Cheick Hamala Diabate at Rhizome DC

Cheick Hamala DIabate band in live perfmance
Cheick Hamala Diabate

POSTPONED!

Multiflora Productions and Rhizome present a special early evening concert with Cheick Hamala Diabate and Rumput.

Born in Mali and based in Maryland, Cheick Hamala Diabate is a steward of the 800-year-old West African griot tradition. Oral historians, singers and musicians, griots belong to a special social caste and are part of a hereditary lineage passed from parent to child. Under the tutelage of his maternal grandfather, the griot Demba Tounkara, Cheick was taught, and soon mastered, the ngoni, a traditional stringed lute considered one of the ancestors of the banjo.

Our performance will include crankies and wayang beber (scrolling artwork) by Indonesian artists and members of Rumput.

 

Rumput with Gusti Sudarta at James Simon Studios

Our Spring 2020 tour Nicotiana premieres a new crankie (scrolling panorama) on the ongoing deadly colonial history of tobacco.

Featuring Balinese master musician, dancer, and dalang (shadow puppeteer) Gusti Sudarta.

$15, students $10.

Rumput with Gusti Sudarta at Rhizome DC

Our Spring 2020 tour Nicotiana premieres a new crankie (scrolling panorama) on the ongoing deadly colonial history of tobacco.

Featuring Balinese master musician, dancer, and dalang (shadow puppeteer) Gusti Sudarta.

Rumput with Gusti Sudarta at Black Cherry Puppet Theater

Combined show of traditional wayang (Indonesian shadow theater) with Balinese master dalang Gusti Sudarta and gamelan accompaniment, followed by Rumput’s crankies and keroncong, also featuring Pak Gusti.

The full premiere of our new Nicotiana crankie!

Two shows: 7pm and 9:30pm.