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.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
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)
2017 USA TOUR
Center for the Art of Performance – Los Angeles
2-3 November 2017
White Bird – Portland
26-28 October 2017
10 – 13 March 2017
Botanic Park, Adelaide
22 – 26 February 2017
Arts Centre Melbourne
REVIEWS | PREMIERE SEASON | Asia TOPA
Images by Gregory Lorenzutti and Gus Kemp
Video by Gus Kemp