I Made Sidia
I Made Sidia is one of Indonesia’s most acclaimed dalangs or master puppeteer, from Bali Indonesia.
He is a fourth generation puppeteer from a family of dalang and in the photos in the bottom right he is with his father I
Made Sijia. A dalang is not only an artist but the main figure of a traditional wayang performance. He is one of the most well
travelled, knowledgable Masters in the Balinese art of Dance, Music and Wayan Shadow Theatre. He is a graduate of the Indonesian
State College of the Arts (STS) in Denpasar, Bali with a degree in Balinese theatre: Performance and Script.
I Made Sidia directs, teaches and performs traditional Balinese Wayang Shadow theatre, Topeng mask dances
and Gamelan music. This gifted artist has collaborated in a large number of national and international performances
(including the Australian production of “Theft of Sita”) and toured to the U.S., Europe,Australia and Asia. He has taught
Shadow Puppetry, Gamelan, Dance, and theatre at VCA College of the Arts in Melbourne. Since 1993 Made was made a permanent
Faculty member of the Theatre Department at the Arts Institute in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. In 2005 he produced a Cross Cultural
performance at Angkor Wat, Cambodia and in the same year at the Darwin Festival Made Sidia collaborated with Australian artistic director,
Andrish Saint Clare. In 2008 he produced in Jakartawas “DIBURU WAKTU” a Theatre and multi-media performance.
He is considered a visionary and has had many productions with environmental themes with a concern for making
the world a more beautiful place. He runs his own dance school in the village of Bona and in the year 2000 I Made became the Director
of Paripurna Art Company which have performed in many venues. At the school in 2010, Della Burford and I Made collaborated
on workshopping a short and fun improv of her story Dodoland. One major theatre production he produced with an environment theme was "HARI
KESAHATAN" performed for World Environment Day in 2008 in Jakarta.
The last few years I Made Sidia has been working on an international collaboration with Australian puppeteer
Peter J. Wilson and has created a large scale production "Bali Agung" combining 150 dancers, puppeteers, musicians, with elephants,
tigers, farm animals and birds for a multi-media production at the Bali Safari and Marine Park .They have done 1000 shows.
I Made Sidia is unique as he is
trained in the traditional ways but embraces innovation.
Photo at bottom left is from the M.A.D. project. Thanks for letting us use it.