Presented as part of our exchange with Taiwan Dance Platform
The Javanese dancer Rianto learnt the gender-transcending ‘lengger’ dance from the old masters on his home turf. As this tradition is under growing pressure from religion and politics, he is fighting to preserve this little piece of culture and the mental in-between-space that the dance represents: the space between being a man and being a woman, between ancient customs and religious principles, and between traditional and contemporary life.
Medium is Rianto’s universal plea for freedom and the abandonment of dogmatic thinking. For this solo, he collaborates with the leading Indonesian film-maker Garin Nugroho. The piece is certain to offer artistic fireworks and content that really matters. Expect to see virtuoso dance and magical documentary images fused into a single ‘Medium’
Choreography and dance: Rianto
Voices and percussions: Cahwati, Sri Waluyo
Scenography and light: Iskandar K. Loedin
Dramaturgy: Garin Nugroho
Tour manager: Putri Pramesti Wigaringtyas
Production: Jala Adolphus
Co-production: deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus, Antwerp. Hessisches Staatsballett, Staatstheater Darmstadt and Darwin Festival, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Esplanade - Theatre on the Bay (Singapore) and Performance Space'
Somiglianza is an ironic and joyful tribute to Nijinsky’s mythical creation and best-known modern ballet: L’après-midi d’un faune. Combining end-of-century imagery and exotic staging, Somiglianza questions symbolism in Western society. However, nothing is what it once was, the faun is dressed in a white lacy nightshirt and the nymphs have morphed into synchronised swimmers.
Aerowaves artist profile: Mattia Russo and Antonio de Rosa - Kor’sia — Somiglianza