Dancenorth, Lucy Guerin Inc, Gideon Obarzanek & Senyawa, premiered in Melbourne at Asia TOPA in February 2017.

Indonesia’s tour-de-force music duo Senyawa along with Melbourne’s choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australia’s leading dance companies, Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc. who together take you on a trance-noise odyssey that transcends all borders, a unique ecstatic music/dance ritual for non-believers.

Senyawa’s performance reinterprets the Javanese tradition of entering trance through dance and music as a powerful secular present-day form. Their sound borrows from the metal bands they listened to as teenagers – Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden – and Indonesian ritual and folk idioms. Their music and performance is influenced by forces in nature to take the audience into a transformative state outside of organised belief systems.

As the performance unfolds, Senyawa’s unique fusion of hand-made electrified stringed instruments with opera style and heavy metal voice slowly builds to a euphoric pitch. The exceptional dancers are propelled into wild physical abandonment and ecstatic release, that transmits to the audience as a visceral empathic experience. The demarcation between dancer and non-dancer, audience and performer and the professional and the amateur dissolves as the performance transitions into a large-scale dance event.


Winner of the 2018 Green Room Award for Music Composition and Sound Design (Senyawa – Rully Shabara & Wukir Suryadi) 

2018 Green Room Awards Nomination for Composition / Sound Design, Senyawa – Rully Shabara & Wukir Suryadi  (Dancenorth, Gideon Obarzanek and Lucy Guerin Inc)

2018 Green Room Awards Nomination for Visual Design Ben ‘Bosco’ Shaw (Light Design) – Attractor (Dancenorth, Gideon Obarzanek and Lucy Guerin Inc) 

Winner of the 2017 Helpmann Award  for Best Choreography in a Ballet, dance or Physical Theatre Production (Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek)

Winner of the 2017 Helpmann Award  for Best Dance Production (Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc, with Melbourne Arts Centre, Asia TOPA, WOMADelaide and Brisbane Festival)

2017 Helpmann Award Nomination – Best Original Score (Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi)


Concertgebouw, Brugge
7 December 2018
City Theatre


Brighton Festival 
15 – 16 May 2018
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

21 February 2018
Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse.

Perth Festival
8 – 10 February 2018
Heath Ledger Theatre, Perth.

Brisbane Festival
20-24 September 2017
Brisbane Powerhouse – Powerhouse Theatre.


2-3 November 2017
Center for the Art of Performance at Royce Hall– Los Angeles

26-28 October 2017
White Bird – Portland

10 – 13 March 2017
Botanic Park, Adelaide

22 – 26 February 2017
Arts Centre Melbourne



“Watching this work is an electric experience; it is a highly successful collaboration between Australian and international artists that is evenly balanced and rich.”

 The Age


“As the dancers react to the music, it’s as if they’re compelled, rather than instructed, to move…our eyes drawn to the motion created by choreographers Gideon Obarzanek and Guerin.”

 The Music

“Attractor is an absorbing whirlwind. It draws the audience in from its first moment… The work is truly an interplay between dancers and audience.”

 Dance Australia


Images by Gregory Lorenzutti and Gus Kemp
Video by Gus Kemp

Creative Team

  • director: Gideon Obarzanek , Lucy Guerin
  • Choreographer: Gideon Obarzanek , Lucy Guerin
  • Dancers from Premiere Production: Ashley Mclellan , Georgia Rudd , Jack Ziesing , Jenni Large , Josh Mu , Kyle Page , Mason Kelly , Samantha Hines
  • Composer: Rully Shabara (Senyawa) , Wukir Suryadi (Senyawa)
  • Costume Designer: Harriet Oxley
  • Production Manager: Emily O'Brien
  • Producer: Dancenorth
  • Lighting designer: Bosco Shaw
  • Sound Designers: Nick Roux

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