ATTRACTOR premiered in Melbourne at Asia TOPA in February 2017 and was part of the WOMADelaide 2017 program in March.

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. Together they 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.



“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

Previous Seasons:

Festival dates:
 10 – 13 March 2017
Venue: Botanic Park, Adelaide

22 – 26 February 2017
Dates: Wednesday 22, Friday 24 & Sunday 26 February
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne

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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