Ekosdance Company/Eko Supriyanto


Fri 19.05. 20:00 + Sat 20.05. 20:00

In this, his most current work for five young female dancers form the village of Jailolo on the Indonesian isle of Halmahera, choreographer Eko Supriyanto again creates a fascinating re-contextualisation of Javanese dances in a contemporary setting. Based on elements from Pencak Silat martial arts as well as from traditional war dances such as Cakalel and Soya-Soya, mostly danced by men, the play narrates the importance strength holds for these young women, according to Eko Supriyanto. They conquer the space with slow, rhythmic movements, opening potential scope for individuality within a society, making their way, at once tender and confident. “Balabala”, meaning “to ascend, to rise”, negotiates processes of change in Indonesian society, a society that is still defined by strong gender roles as well as by commitments to family for women.
Following the international success of “Cry Jailolo”, featuring a purely male group of dancers, “Balabala” is the second piece of work in which Eko Supriyanto deals with social issues of and the destruction of Indonesia’s ecological equilibrium.
Eko Supriyanto is one of his generation’s most succinct choreographers in Southeast Asia, questioning, among other things, the Western-oriented perspective on Asian dance cultures. He received lessons in Javanese court dances as well as Pencak Silat from his grandfather, starting at only seven years of age. He studied dance, participated in Madonna’s “Drowned World” tour, worked with theatre greats like Peter Sellars and choreographers like Lemi Ponifasio and received a PhD in performance theory.

Duration: 60 Min. / Fri Aftershow-Workshop with Eko Supriyanto / Sat 19:00 Physical Introduction

What is a Physical Introduction? The Physical Introduction is a new format for the audience at the tanzhaus nrw. It is aimed to all interested people who want to learn the special movement quality or the choreographic idea of a piece before the performance. Under the guidance of experienced teachers like Anja Bornsek it is about getting yourself in motion. The Physical Introduction preparates us as spectators to sharpen the senses and get access to what is happening on stage. It is not about imitating concrete scenes of the performance but being able to empathize the characteristic movement principles and intentions of a piece through improvisation and other creative exercises. It is clear: It is just fun! For the 45-minutes warm-up no experience is necessary. Comfortable clothing is useful but not a must.

Foto: David Fajar Foto: Cahya Salihara

Choreography: Eko Supriyanto; Dance: Siti Sadia Akil Djalil, Yezyuruni Forinti, Dian Novita Lifu, Yimna Meylia Meylan Runggamusi, Mega Istiqama Arman Dano Saleh; Music: Nyak Ina Raseuki; Light, stage: Iskandar K. Loedin; Creative Presence: Arco Renz; Comstumes: Oscar Lawalata, Erika Dian; Rehearsal Director: Kamran Akil Djalil, Management: Isa Natadiningrat; Production: Jala Adolphus. Photographs: David Fajar, Cahya Salihara. A piece by Ekosdance Company, co-produced by Kommunitas Salihara, AsiaTOPA, deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus Antwerpen, TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2017 Executive Committee, Sydney Festival, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt/M., Fabrik Potsdam, National Performing Arts Center – National Theater und Concert Hall, Taiwan R.O.C. The guest performance takes place as part of the program series „Neue Spiritualitäten in Tanz und Performance“, supported by Kunststiftung NRW. The guest performance is supported by Goethe Institut.