Following the international success of his acclaimed works Cry Jailolo, Balabala and SALT, Indonesian dancer and choreographer Eko Supriyanto sets his sights further east to explore the unique choreographic traditions of the Indonesian region of Belu in Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).
Ibu-Ibu Belu is the culmination of two years of research into the Likurai, a dance tradition which forms a vital thread in the social fabric across the island. Through his exploration of movement, rhythm and textile traditions Supriyanto manifests the ways in which dance carries the kinship of people who are now divided by politically imposed borders separating NTT and Timor L’Este. These embodied memories and histories are expressed in Likurai, paradoxical proof that bodies challenge political boundaries while at the same time remaining restricted by them
Lighting design: Jan Maertens
Music director: Dimawan Krisnowo Adji
Costume designer: Vivi Ng, Erika Dian
Dramaturg: Renee Sariwulan
Tour manager: Isa Natadiningrat
Producer: Sadiah Boonstra
Rehearsal assistant: Riyo Tulus Pernando
Production: EkosDance Company
Executive producer: Ratnasari Langit Pitu
Asia TOPA Dancehouse 2020
Dancehouse’s Japan Focus includes Japanese National Treasure, Akira Kasai, heralded as the ‘Nijinsky of butoh,’ with his critically acclaimed work, Pollen Revolution; in addition to phenomenal enfant terrible Takao Kawaguchi and exceptional emerging choreographer Ruri Mito. The Japan Focus delves deeper into how Japanese traditional forms find expression within contemporary dance and, by implication, within contemporary society. This program opens up multiple invitations: to perceive time beyond the linearity of Western thought; to conceive of tradition as a continuum of contemporaneity; and to understand specific dance forms and lineages as trans-national and trans-historical.
Eko Supriyanto is the founder and artistic director for EkosDance Company and Solo Dance Studio in Surakarta Indonesia, and is the leading Indonesian dancer and choreographer of his generation. Trained in Javanese court dances and the Indonesian martial arts of Pencak Silat since the age of seven, Eko’s performance career spans major works and tours throughout Indonesia, Europe, America and the Asia Pacific. Eko holds a PhD in Performance Studies (2014) from Gadjah Mada University and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dance and Choreography from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures (2001). Eko’s performance career stretches between major commercial productions to dance research projects. He was enlisted as a dance consultant for Julie Taymor’s The Lion King broadway production and choreographed and performed for major international productions including Peter Sellars Le Grand Macabre, John Adam’s opera A Flowering Tree in Vienna, the Barbican Centre in London and the Lincoln Center in New York, Garin Nugroho’s opera Jawa, MAU Lemi Ponifasio’s Tempest, Solid.States with Arco Renz, and was a featured dancer in Madonna’s 2001 Drowned World.
Dancehouse's Japan Focus has been supported by Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne.
Dancehouse would like to warmly thank THE SAISON FOUNDATION JAPAN and in particular Atsuko Hisano and Taro Inamura, for the most generous support during Angela Conquet's fellowship in Japan in 2019 which inspired this ASIATOPA program. Most warm thanks are also extended to our Japanese colleagues Mr. Shinji Ono and Mrs Ritsuko Mizuno for their insightful curatorial advice and to Yumi Umiumare for her committed assistance with production and logistics.
Accomodation proudly supported by City Tempo.