Opera Van Java – “Kresna Gugah” – Scene II (Part 5 & 6)


Episode Structure Analysis:  Opera Van Java: “Kresna Gugah” (“Kresna Awakes”)

Original Broadcast Date: 20/5/10

Duration:  74min 11s

Cast:

Dalang  – Parto Patrio

Baladewa – Sule

Adipati Karna – Eko DJ

Banowati - Asty Ananta

Bagong – Azis Gagap

Arjuna  - Andre Taulany

Satyaki – Nunung

Kresna – Shreeraj

 

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SCENE II

Setting: Lord Baladewa’s palace in the kingdom of Mandura

 

5

00:02 Commercial break

23.

Musical Intro:

SCENE II

5

00:30 Narration

24.

Dalang’s Narration: Baladewa sits alone in his palace waiting for the return of Karna who he sent to awaken Kresna.

5

00:52 ‘Ton Gagah

25.

“Patih Sebab” routine between dalang and actor playing Baladwa. N.B. “Benang Merah” ending to this routine.

5

04:18 ‘Ton Gagah

26.

Enter: KarnaKarna informs Baladewa that he has been unsuccessful in his efforts to wake-up Kresna.

5

04:56 ‘Ton Gagah

27.

Slapstick Gag: The actor playing Karna is enticed to sit on foam “throne” which collapse under his weight.

5

05:20 ‘Ton Gagah

28.

Role-swap routine: The actors playing Baladewa and Karna swap roles. The actor formally playing Karna feeds the actor formally playing Baladewa, Karna’s lines to be said back to the actor now playing Baladewa.

5

06:46 ‘Ton Gagah

29.

Karna explains to Baladewa that if Kresna cannot be woken and persuaded to join the Korawa, the Korawa will surely lose the Baratayuda war.  

5

06:49 ‘Ton Gagah

30.

Baladewa asks Karna where Queen Banowati is. Karna asks explains that she has been “left behind” in Dwaraswati.

5

06:56 ‘Ton Gagah

31.

Prop improvisation: The actor playing Baladewa makes use of an antique iron of a coal-heated variety to improvise a scene imitating a village laundry service. Both the dalang and the actor playing Karna join in the scene. N.B. “Benang Merah” ending to this gag.

6

00:32 ‘Ton Gagah

32.

Enter: Banowati

6

 00:44 ‘Ton Gagah

33.

Baladewa interrogates Banowati as to where she has been. Banowati replies that she has been “out the back.”

6

00:52 ‘Ton Gagah

34.

The dalang instructs the actress playing Banowati to use a “wayang orang” voice. This develops into a role-swap routine involving the dalang speaking Banowati’s lines in a high-pitched falsetto.

6

01:16 ‘Ton Gagah

35.

Fart Gag: The dalang standing just off-stage close behind the actress playing Banowati, farts loudly. The actress playing Banowati clamps a hand over her nose saying that “It really stinks!” and flees to the other side of the stage. The dalang points to prop statue and says “He did it.”

6

01:34 ‘Ton Gagah

36.

Innuendo routine: Banowati explains that she hasn’t been able to awaken Kresna yet but (wiggling her hips) that there are plenty other “things” she has been able to “awaken.” The other actors respond with ribald replies.

6

01:52 ‘Ton Gagah

37.

Pantun [1]competition between actors playing Banowati, Karna and Baladewa with the dalang providing assistance with rhyming lines. Routine centres on goading the actor playing Baladewa about his “flat” nose by composing couplets rhyming the Indonesian word pesek (flat) with the work kresek (plastic bag.)

6

04:42 Narration

38.

Dalang’s Narration: Banowati informs Baladewa of her intention to wake-up Kresna and to spy on Arjuna.

6

05:53 ‘Ton Gagah

39.

Baladewa interrogates Banowati as to her plans to awaken Kresna.

6

06:35 Narration

40.

Dalang’s Narration:  “And so Banowati volunteers herself to go spy on Arjuna…”

6

06:48 Commercial Break

41.

Musical Outro:

[1] A pantun

Opera Van Java – “Kresna Gugah” – Part 5

Opera Van Java – “Kresna Gugah” – Part 6

Opera Van Java – “Kresna Gugah” – Scene III

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