Ki Purbo Asmoro


Country: Indonesia

Purbo Asmoro, dhalang (shadow puppet master), is able to trace his lineage back to at least six generations of Javanese dhalang. He holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Art from Gadjah Mada University and is a senior faculty member at Institute of Indonesian Arts in Solo (ISI Surakarta). Purbo Asmoro divides his time between teaching and an active performing career. He has both a dedicated, academic following and a broad-based, enthusiastic community of fans across Java. He is particularly well-known for his dramatic innovations to all-night wayang, while at the same time, he is highly respectful of and well-versed in the classical tradition.

Supported By Griya Seni Ekalaya

Purbo Asmoro adalah seorang dalang wayang kulit, yang menjadi generasi ke enam dalang Jawa. Ia meraih gelar Magister Seni Pertunjukan dari Universitas Gadjah Mada dan merupakan staf pengajar senior di Institut Seni Indonesia di Solo (ISI Surakarta). Purbo Asmoro membagi waktunya antara mengajar dan karir pertunjukan yang aktif. Ia memiliki pengikut yang berdedikasi, akademis, dan komunitas penggemar yang luas dan antusias di seluruh Jawa. Ia sangat terkenal karena inovasi dramatisnya pada pertunjukan wayang sepanjang malam, sementara pada saat yang sama ia sangat menghormati dan berpengalaman dalam seni tradisi.

Didukung oleh Griya Seni Ekalaya

Appearing in

Main Program | Memayu Hayuning Bawana

Our theme, Memayu Hayuning Bawana, from the Ancient Javanese Philosophy, of seeking beauty and harmony in our lives, can easily be related to contemporary society. Carma Citrawati, Ki Purbo Asmoro, …


Book Launch | Innovation, Style and Spectacle in Wayang: Purbo Asmoro and the Evolution of an Indonesian Performing Art

Wayang fascinates and endures, bearing the weight of Javanese culture and tradition as a key component of rites of passage, as a medium of ritual and spiritual practice, and as …


Poetry & Performance | Shadow Puppet Show: Memayu Hayuning Bawana

Dalang Ki Purbo Asmoro will present a lively new interpretation of a Javanese wayang performance that responds to the festival theme of ‘Memayu Hayuning Bawana’ which refers to how we …