Exploring the movement vocabularies of the Legu Salai and Soya Soya from West Halmahera, North Maluku and the embodiment of verticality, Supriyanto guides participants through the a series of techniques and formations related to his studies of the under water world and recent works Cry Jailolo and Balabala.


Date: Thursday, 3 March 10am-2pm
Cost:  $40 F | $25 DH member 



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Eko Supriyanto's performance career spans major works and tours throughout Indonesia, Europe, America and the Asia Pacific. Founder and artistic director for EkosDance Company and Solo Dance Studio in Surakarta Indonesia, Eko trained in Javanese court dances and the Indonesian martial arts of Pencak Silat since the age of seven. Eko holds a PhD in Performance Studies (2014) from Gadjah Mada University and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dance and Choreography from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures (2001).

Stretching across commercial productions to dance research projects, Eko was enlisted as a dance consultant for Julie Taymor's Lion King Broadway production and choreographed and performed for major international productions including Peter Sellars Le Grand Macabre, John Adam's Opera Flowering Tree in Vienna, the Barbican Centre in London and the Lincoln Centre 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 Tour.

His recent major works have received great acclaim. The first in a trilogy of works Cry Jailolo with seven young men from Jailolo, North Maluku is followed by the sister work Balabala and his solo work in development, SALT. Alongside these works Eko has developed discourse surrounding Silent Tourism and performance research into the Embodiment of Indonesian Dancers and it's connection to maritime culture entitled The Future of Dance is Under Water.


SEE ALSO: Cry Jailolo - EkosDance Company and Balabala - EkosDance Company at Arts Centre Melbourne

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Photo credit: David Fajar