Monica Lim, Rianto and Melanie Lane
Presented by Arts House and Monica Lim
Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 August, 2022
Wed – Sat, 7.30pm
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Partial nudity, loud music, low lighting, lights black out, lights change colour and intensity.
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Inner worlds merge with the outer universe in this mystical work of contemporary dance.
How many universes do we inhabit? This striking piece of contemporary dance and live video explores the ways in which our experience of reality is far more complex.
Jagad began as a short dance film by by experimental Malaysian-Australian composer Monica Lim and iconic Indonesian director Garin Nugroho, danced by the Lengger dance virtuoso Rianto.
Now this renowned work has been expanded and transformed into a lavish experience of live performance.
This time, Monica Lim has teamed up with two of the most innovative contemporary dance-makers today, legendary Javanese dancer Rianto and Javanese-Australian choreographer Melanie Lane, to co-create this new work.
Inspired by Javanese concepts of the inner and outer universe – each feeding into and mingling with the other – this performance is a rich tapestry of overlapping viewpoints, the real and artificial, the physical and the ethereal. As scale shifts to dizzying effect, the fluidity of time is revealed.
Jagad translates as ‘universe’: discover your place in this one.
★★★★★ “Indonesian performer Rianto creates a kind of magic in performance. His presence is utterly compelling.” Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald, on Medium
“Nightdance is the most rhythmically breathtaking performance I’ve seen this year, and potentially of all time.” Leeor Adar, Theatre Press, on Nightdance
“A mesmerising and daring experience, complete and satisfying.” Grace Feng Fang Juan, Peril, on Nightdance
About the Artists
Melanie Lane is a Australian-Javanese choreographer and performer. Her independent work has been presented at international festivals and theatres in Europe. USA, Indonesia and Australia. She has been commissioned to create new works for Chunky Move, Sydney Dance Company, DanceNorth, Australasian Dance Collective, West Australian Ballet, Schauspiel Leipzig, HAU Berlin and choreographed for English National Opera's 'Salome' directed by Adena Jacobs. In 2015 she was resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc. and has been nominated for Helpmann and Green Room awards as both performer and choreographer including the Shirley McKechnie Award for Choreography. Melanie was the recipient of the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award in Australia and the 2017 Leipziger Bewegungskunstpreis in Germany. Melanie is currently Resident Artist at The Substation Melbourne and Associate Artist at QL2 Canberra.
Rianto trained in classical Javanese dance from a young age, specialising in the cross-gender form of Lengger. He has been based in Tokyo since 2003 where he founded the Classical Javanese dance company, Dewandaru Dance Company. He has worked with a spectrum of international choreographers, performance-makers and companies whilst remaining dedicated to his training and own voice for contemporary Javanese performing arts. Projects include working with Amran Khan Company, Korean choreographer Sen Hea Ha, Chen Shi Zheng's Opera at Schubert Theatre, Boston and London Coliseum with the English National Opera, Choy Ka Fai's SoftMachine and Japanese dance company Pappa TARAHUMARA. Artist residencies include Staadstheatre Darmstadt, Germany, deSingel, Antwerp and Nottle Theatre Company, Korea. In 2018, renowned Indonesian film director Garin Nugroho made the film ‘Memories of My Body’ inspired by Rianto's life.
Creative Concept: Monica Lim
Choreographers: Rianto, Melanie Lane
Dancers: Rianto, Lilian Steiner, Surekha Krishnan, Mason Kelly, Samuel Harnett-Welk
Sound Design: Monica Lim
Live Camera Design: Sean Healy, James Wright
Live Camera Operators: Sean Healy, Bob Jarvis
Lighting Designer: Nick Moloney
Stage Manager: Kaite Head
This project has been assisted by the Victorian Government though Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image Credit: Hananta Kusuma
Image Description: A figure dressed and painted in red is dancing on the foreshore of Parang Kusumo beach in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, revered as a sacred place in Javanese culture. They are twirling a long sash of red fabric, which is wrapped around their head and waist and trails long behind them on the sand.