Salt – a major new dance commission from Indonesia’s Eko Supriyanto

17 October 2017

  • Sector: Arts and Culture
  • Country location: Australia, Indonesia
  • Grantee: Victorian Arts Centre Trust

Project description

Following the success of ‘Cry Jailolo’ and ‘Balabala’ at Asia TOPA, Arts Centre Melbourne will co-commission and present a new work by Indonesian choreographer Eko Supriyanto. The commission will be made with deSingel Antwerp, highlighting Australia’s commitment to partnering in our region and beyond for exciting cross-cultural collaborations.

The resulting work, ‘Salt’ will be the finale in a trilogy of works that began with non-professional dancers of Jailolo and North Maluku. Through Salt, Supriyanto aims to create a deeply-personal work, turning his gaze inwards to create a solo work – the culmination of five years research into Indonesia’s decentralization, silent tourism, youth and growing performing arts industry.

Upon completion, Salt will premiere at deSingel Antwerp, Dancehouse Melbourne (Australia’s leading venue for contemporary dance), followed by presentation at Salihara Indonesia.

Beyond these confirmed presentations, it is envisaged Salt will join 'Cry Jailolo' and 'Balabala' as acclaimed touring works forming one of the most internationally significant contemporary dance works to originate from the Asia Pacific region.

Key dates

World Premiere, deSingel Antwerp, 14 & 15 October 2017

Australian Premiere, Dancehouse Melbourne 4 & 5 November 2017

Indonesian Premiere, Salihara Jakarta, 12 November 2017

  • Australia-Indonesia Institute grant offer: $20,000
  • Total project value: $63,400
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Last Updated: 1 August 2018
Eko Supriyanto
Eko Supriyanto. Credit: EkosDance Company