One of the most popular cultural performances in Solo Surakarta is Wayang. Solonese knows two kinds of wayang, wayang kulit (shadow puppet/ play) and wayang orang (traditional performance of dance drama). Wayang orang traditional dance drama uses Mahabharata and Ramayana epic as its story base. The most popular traditional dance drama group in Solo is Wayang Orang Sriwedari dance drama group.
Wayang Orang Sriwedari dance drama group has performed the Mahabharata dance drama since 1910 at Wayang Orang Sriwedari Building. Since then, the traditional dance drama group performed almost every day from Monday till Friday at 8.30 pm (entrance fee for Rp 3.000). A special cultural event will be held every 17, 18, and 19 of July in order to celebrate the dance drama group’s birth day. This celebration named as The Three-Day Joint Performance where three dance drama groups are joined to do the three days performance.
The Three-Day Joint Performance is a special occasion where three dance drama groups from Jakarta, Surabaya, and Solo will perform together in a stage. They will present three different chosen stories from Mahabharata epic in three consecutive nights. This special Wayang Orang Sriwedari dance drama group’s birth day performance is open for free for everyone.
All of the Wayang Orang Sriwedari dance drama group members are professional actresses and actors. You’ll find unique stage setting in this dance drama performance where they use old Java atmosphere as its setting. All of the actors and actresses will use unique costumes and make up while performing the story. Watching this cultural performance is a unique way to discover how Javanese or Solonese enjoys their night.