Opera Van Java – “Kresna Gugah” – Scene IV (Part 9, 10 & 11)


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

SCENE IV

Setting: Garden sanctuary within Lord Kresna’s realm of Dwaraswati

On stage: Kresna remains in his meditative position with Satyaki standing guard.

 

9

00:02 Commercial Break

61.

Musical Intro:

SCENE IV

9

00:36 Narration

62.

Dalang’s narration: Meanwhile back in Dwaraswati, Kresna has still not awoken from his meditation. The Pandawa remain on guard in order to prevent the Korawa from disturbing him.

9

 01:09 ‘Ton Gagah

63.

Enter: the actor playing Bagong enters stage right towing an older man in army uniform behind him. The older man is an veteran of Indonesia’s war of independence, a regular viewer of Opera Van Java, who has been brought on the show as a guest to mark the occasion of Hari Kebangkitan Nasional  (National Awakening Day).

9

01:13 Dalan Gecul

64.

Actors playing Bagong and Satyaki interview and clown around with guest army veteran.

9

03:02 Dalan Gecul

65.

Enter: Actor formerly playing Baladewa now dressed as an army veteran.

9

03:38 Dalan Gecul

66.

Actor dressed as veteran improvises a scene in which he nostalgically reminisces about “his experiences” with the guest veteran during Indonesia’s war of independence. The scene culminates in the actor singing a children’s nursery rhyme about ants while the guest war veteran gyrates along to the music.

9

05:43 Dalan Gecul

67.

Actor dressed as veteran and guest war veteran exit stage left.

9

06:01 ‘Ton Gagah

68.

Bagong and Satyaki discuss the importance of ensuring that Kresna remains undisturbed by the Korawa.

9

06:21 Narration

69.

Dalang’s narration: Karna and Baladewa arrive looking for Arjuna…

9

06:36 ‘Ton Gagah

70.

Enter: Karna and Baladewa

9

07:06 ‘Ton Gagah

71.

Baladewa informs Satyaki that he is here to challenge Karna to war.

9

08:42 ‘Ton Gagah

72.

Satyaki informs Baladewa that if he wishes to meet Arjuna in battle he must first fight him (her).

9

08:54 Alas Perang

73.

The gamelan begins playing the quick tempo music that indicates the imminence of a gara-gara between Baladewa and Satyaki.

9

08:56 Alas Perang

74.

Prop-improvisation: The actor playing Baladewa picks up a near-by prop – a painted hobby-horse of the sort used in the Javanese trance-ritual dance kuda lumping – and instead of initiating the gara-gara begins improvising a kuda lumping- like dance. The actor playing Bagong grabs another near-by prop that turns out to be a large model goldfish that he proceeds to “ride” like a horse. The routine is brought to an abrupt halt by the actor playing Baladewa who questions the cultural authenticity of his fellow actor’s decision to “ride” a fish in a kuda lumping dance.

9

09:36 Alas Perang

75.

Baladewa challenges Satyaki to a gara-gara.

9

09:38 Alas Perang

76.

Slapstick routine: The actor playing Baladewa attempts to remove his hat in preparation for combat mimes an inability to do so. The actor playing Karna joins in the mime, attempting to remove the hat which appears to be “stuck” on Baladewa’s head. There is much pulling and shoving until the hat “comes unstuck” sending the actor playing Karna tumbling into the foam props stage right.

9

09:59 Commercial break

77.

Musical Outro:

10

00:02 Commercial break

78.

Musical Intro:

10

01:08 Alas Perang

79.

Gara-gara between Baladewa and Satyaki. The fight scene turns in to a “fort war” between the two groups of actors involving numerous props including a foam “cannon” and a rifle.

10

02:32 Alas Perang

80.

Enter: Arjuna

10

02:37 ‘Ton Gagah

81.

Arjuna commands the warring parties to cease fighting and demands an explanation as to what they are fighting over.

10

02:54 ‘Ton Gagah

82.

Baladewa exlplains that he has come to challenge Arjuna to war on account of Arjuna’s callous treatment of Banowati.

10

03:16 Alas Perang

83.

Baladewa challenges Arjuna to a gara-garaGara-gara between Baladewa and Arjuna ensues.

10

04:12 Commercial break

84.

Musical Outro: “Begawan Solo”

11

00:03 Commercial break

85.

Musical Intro:

11

00:43 Alas Perang

86.

Gara-gara between Arjuna and Baladewa continues until the actor playing Baladewa exerts an ilmu (magic power) of such force that he knocks himself out.

11

01:11 Narration

87.

Dalang’s narration: Hearing the sounds of Arjuna and Baldewa’s combat, Kresna suddenly awakens enraged that someone should have disturbed his slumber.

11

01:21 ‘Ton Gagah

88.

Kresna “awakes” and stalks to the centre of the stage. The mood is suddenly lightened as the orchestra strikes up the theme song to the well-know Bollywood fillm “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”.  The entire cast breaks into song and dance to the tune.

11

02:19 ‘Ton Gagah

89.

Kresna challenges the assembled warriors, asking who among the is brave enough to fight him.

11

02:22 ‘Ton Gagah

90.

Baladewa explains to Kresna that he is brave enough but that he is Kresna’s brother and therefore will not fight him.  Moreover, he adds, it wasn’t he who disturbed Kresna’s mediation but Bagong.

11

02:58 ‘Ton Gagah

91.

The burly actor playing Kresna turns on the diminutive actor playing Bagong and a humours gara-gara ensues between the two culminating with the small actor playing Bagong piggy-backing the large actor playing Kresna across the length of the stage.  The actors playing Karna and Baladewa follow suit stumbling across the stage and ultimately crashing into the backdrop up stage left. The action is interrupted by the dalang’s narration…

11

03:19 Narration

92.

Dalang’s narration: Awakened from his meditation, it is Kresna who knows how this story ends…so it is up to him to explain how the Baratayuda war concludes…

11

03:28 ‘Ton Gagah

93.

The entire cast of actors exit stage left leaving only the actor playing Kresna standing somewhat confusedly in the centre of the stage.

11

03:35 ‘Ton Gagah

94.

Put on the spot and clearly unsure of how to end the show, the actor playing Kresna simply says “Akhirnya…Krensna pun….menang! (“Eventually….Kresna…wins!)

11

03:45 ‘Ton Gagah

95.

The actor playing Kresna closes the show with OVJ’s well-know catchphrase “Di sana gunung, di sini gunung. Di tengah-tengahnya pulau Jawa. Wayangnya bingung. Dalangnya lebih bingung. Yang penting bias ketawa. Tetap di Opera Van Java…Iyoiiiii!!!” (Mountains here, mountains there. In the middle, the island of Java. The wayang puppets are confused. The dalang is even more confused. (But ) what’s in important is we have a laugh. Stay tuned to Opera Van Java…iyoiiii!!)

11

04:05 End Credits

95.

End credits roll while musical outro plays.

11

05:16 Finish

96.

Show ends.

Opera Van Java - “Kresna Gugah” – Part 9

Opera Van Java - “Kresna Gugah” – Part 10


Opera Van Java - “Kresna Gugah” – Part 11

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