Tamara was born in Cimahi, West Java, of Dutch and Indonesian parents. It was on her family's rubber plantation that she first watched an all-night wayang performance. This almost mystical experience proved to be a great force in her artistic development and thus began her lifelong devotion to that art, which has culminated in the multi-media production: Tamara and The Shadow Theatre of Java.
After leaving the Dutch East Indies, Tamara lived in Holland, Switzerland, Curacao and France. In Paris, she studied drama and theatre and appeared in the motion pictures Lust for Life and Trapeze.
Following her childhood dream, Tamara immigrated to the United States, where she settled in New York and continued her acting career. Tamara's unique one-woman show of Javanese Shadow Theatre has been presented on luxury cruise ships cruising the Indonesian archipelago. She has lectured and performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Asia Society and The American Museum of Natural History in New York, as well as at universities, colleges, museums and international festivals throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Dalang Tamara with heart puppet, symbol of love, Rama and Sinta
Weaving her own cultural heritage into her presentations, Tamara has brought the ancient art of Javanese puppet theatre into the American classroom, making links with her students that have never been made before.
Tamara has presented wayang kulit children stories, such as the adventures of Kancil, on television and radio. Her multi-media production: Tamara and The Shadow Theatre of Java continues to promote Indonesian culture on a global scale, bringing wayang kulit shadow theatre into the new millennium.
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856 Hamilton Drive, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444 USA
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