Please note, at the request of the artist, there will be NO LATE SEATING for this event.
Student rush tickets available 90 minutes before the performance subject to availability.
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 unique music/dance ritual. Senyawa reinterprets the sacred Javanese tradition of entering a trance state through dance and music as a powerful, secular, present-day ritual. Their unusual sound borrows from the metal bands they listened to as teenagers—Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden—and Indonesian ritual and folk idioms. As the performance unfolds, Senyawa’s unique fusion of hand-made electrified stringed instruments with operatic melodies and heavy metal vocals slowly builds to a euphoric pitch while the dancers are propelled into wild physical abandonment and ecstatic release, creating a visceral, empathic experience for the audience. Selected members of the audience will be called onto the stage to join the dancers, dissolving the demarcation between dancer and non-dancer, audience and performer, professional and amateur in a cross-cultural, shared ritual.
Funds provided by the Roslyn Holt Schwartz & Allan J. Schwartz Endowment for the Performing Arts.