Contemporary dance, vocals and multimedia come together for one sublime performance by world-renowned Indonesian dancer Rianto.
Following last year’s much talked about production, the powerful and evocative Cry Jailolo, Darwin Festival is again giving local audiences the chance to see the very best of Indonesian contemporary dance in a spectacular world premiere. Medium sees one of the world’s most in-demand talents, Rianto, return to his homeland of Banyumas in Central Java to collaborate with Indonesia’s leading filmmaker, Garin Nugroho, on a very personal work.
Rianto is known internationally for combining the traditional and contemporary in a stunning dance style that explodes with strength, agility, grace and elegance. A specialist in the Central Javanese dance form ‘Lengger’, he gives this erotic cross-gender classical dance a contemporary makeover in Medium. Traditional values and current issues clash in this exquisite combination of spectacular physical feats, vivid imagery and haunting vocals. Medium is Rianto’s universal call for freedom, for eschewing dogma and embracing the contradiction, mysteries and layered diversity that is at the heart of Javanese tradition.
An international collaboration with Belgium's deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus, Germany’s Hessisches Staatsballett and Darwin Festival, Medium has its world premiere in Darwin at the start of a global tour that will take the dance world by storm.
The performance on Sunday 7 August will be followed by The Smiling Face of Islam, a discussion with Indonesian commentator Tim Lindsey and filmmaker Garin Nugroho at Christ Church Cathedral.