Our bond with the sea is explored in this enchanting work of shadow theatre. Perahu-Perahu, which means “boats” in Indonesian, is a new collaboration between artist Jumaadi and composer Michael Toisuta, both of whom grew up in Indonesia before moving to Sydney.

Breathing life into the ancient storytelling technique of shadow play, Jumaadi and Toisuta will combine splendid imagery and live music to immerse you in a fusion of old and new. Hundreds of intricate cut-outs trip the light fantastic in a provocative yet playful piece inspired by the vessels that have sailed the perilous route between the Indonesian archipelago and Australia for centuries.

Presented by Resident Company Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP), responsible for so many brilliant new works on the Asian Australian experience, Perahu-Perahu is a surreal adventure into new lands. A celebration of journeys across the sea. A history of strange encounters, disasters and triumphs – and a beautiful evening of entertainment.

Thu 13 Jan, 6.30pm
Fri 14 Jan, 6.30pm
Sat 15 Jan, 1pm (Relaxed Performance)
Sat 15 Jan, 6pm
Sun 16 Jan, 11.30am
Sun 16 Jan, 4pm


Reserved Full Price: $40 + fee
Reserved Concession: $36 + fee
Reserved Groups (4+): $25 + fee
Reserved Child: $20 + fee

A transaction fee of $5.15 applies to all bookings.

Recommended for ages 10+

Carriageworks is an accessible venue.

Further information on access can be found on our VISIT page.

Relaxed Performance
Sat 15 Jan, 1pm

Social Visual Story available here.

With the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW and Carriageworks.

Co-Director and Principal Artist: Jumaadi
Co-Director and Musical Director: Michael Toisuta
Dramaturg: How Ngean Lim
Musicians: Jabo Sawung, Mick Stuart and Kyati Suharto
Shadow Makers: Julia Westwood and Maki Ogawa
Lighting Designer: Susan Grey Gardner
Production Manager: Neil Simpson

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Presented by Sydney Festival