Kathy Foley’s scholarly pursuit of Southeast Asian puppetry has taken her through most of that region. She is a professor of theater arts at UC Santa Cruz, the editor of “Asian Theater Journal” and has performed as a dalang (puppetmaster) of wayang golek rod puppets and wayang orang dance drama for more than 20 years. She is currently writing a book on mask and puppet performance in Southeast Asia.
Spark visits with Foley at the Asian Art Museum to get an expert look at their collection of Wayang Golek puppets from the Sundanese highlands. She explains the traditional use of the rod puppets and their significance in Southeast Asian culture and demonstrates her skills as a puppeteer.