- The Age
‘An electric experience.’
Surrender yourself to a trance-noise odyssey as Indonesia’s tour-de-force music duo Senyawa and Melbourne choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australia’s leading dance companies.
Senyawa reinterprets the Javanese tradition of entering trance through dance and music as a powerful, contemporary ritual. As the performance unfolds, their unusual 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 ecstatic physical abandonment. The result is a visceral, empathic experience for the audience – and you can take it even further.
Each performance, 20 unrehearsed participants join the performers on stage dissolving the distinction between dancer and non-dancer, audience and performer in a cross-cultural, shared ritual. Find out more about how you can be on stage here.
Images: Gregory Lorenzutti
Tickets from $36 + BF
Reserved Seating Friend $36 / Adult $36
Restricted View Friend $36 / Adult $36
60mins no interval
Cast & Crew
Co-Choreographer & Designer Gideon Obarzanek
Co-Choreographer Lucy Guerin
Music Production & Performance Senwaya
Artistic Director Kyle Page
Dancer & Rehearsal Director Amber Haines
Dancers Jenni Large, Ashley McLellan, Mason Kelly, Harrison Hall, Jack Zeising & Josh Mu
Lighting Designer Ben Bosco Shaw
Engineer Nick Roux Sound
Costumes Harriet Oxley
Production Management Emily O’Brien
Post Show Conversation
Fri 9 Feb, 8.30pm
Smoke effects, loud sounds
Attractor was commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA through the KMATS Endowment Fund, the Playking Foundation and the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Brisbane Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne and WOMADelaide.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts.
Dancenorth is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its art funding and advisory body.
Lucy Guerin Inc is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its art funding and advisory body.
Student Tickets $16
To book School Group Tickets to Attractor please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A unique opportunity to engage with a work that connects Australia’s best contemporary dance companies and choreographers and explores the musical traditions of our
Students will work alongside renowned choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, an influential figure on the Australian dance scene. Find out more here.
Venue In school
Date 9 Feb, 1pm
Be a part of the Performance!
We are looking for a diverse cast from all walks of life to join in the performance. No prior skills are required and you do not need to have any dance experience to apply. Find out more here.
Heath Ledger Theatre
8 Feb - 10 Feb 2018
Thu 8 Feb 2018, 7.30 PM
Fri 9 Feb 2018, 7.30 PM
Sat 10 Feb 2018, 7.30 PM