“The future of dance lies underwater” 
– Eko Supriyanto

After the international success of Cry Jailolo and Balabala, (both created with youths of Jailolo in North Maluku and presented by Asia TOPA) Eko Supriyanto turns his gaze inwards with a new solo work.

The pioneering choreographer of a new voice in Indonesian contemporary dance, Eko engages in a web of relations between his Javanese heritage and the rhythm of the underwater world – a world without gravity where new perspectives emerge. 

Drawing from his classical dance training, his diving experience, and the Javanese agricultural tradition of carving in the ground, SALT takes the forms of Jatilan (Magelang folk trance dance) and Cakelele (war dance from North Maluku) and places them within the state of weightlessness.

Propelled by the experience of diving beneath the surface, SALT address the rhythm and force of the ocean, which makes up 80% of the Indonesian archipelago. Beneath the surface power relations and identities are levelled.

In SALT, Eko plunges into a state of anti-gravity beneath the ocean surface, a dance that addresses embedded cultural hierarchies and changing perspectives. He unravels his roots and vocabulary as a classically trained dancer that is tied to dominant Javanese agricultural history. He asks if its possible for the gaze to suspend all projected perceptions.

Straight off the back of its world premiere at deSingel in Belgium (Oct 14), SALT will have its Australian premiere at Dancehouse (Nov 4) ahead of debuting on Indonesian soil at Salihara later in November.


Choreography: Eko Supriyanto
Lighting Design & Sceneography: Jan Marteen
Composer: Dimawan Krisnowo Adji
Costume Design: Oscar Lawalata
Creative Presence: Arco Renz
Rehearsal Director / Stage Manager: Dionisius Wahyu Anggara Aji
Tour Manager / Sound Operator: Eko Wahyudi
Manager: Isa Natadiningrat
Producer: Keni Soeriaatmadja



Date:  NOV 3  &  NOV 4
Time: 8pm
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse
This event is wheelchair accessible
Cost: $25 F | $20 C | $15 DH Members


Founder and artistic director for EkosDance Company and Solo Dance Studio in Surakarta Indonesia, Eko is the leading Indonesian dancer and choreographer of his generation. Trained in Javanese court dances and the Indonesian martial arts of Pencak Silat since the age of seven, Eko’s performance career spans major works and tours throughout Indonesia, Europe, America and the Asia Pacific. Eko holds a PhD in Performance Studies (2014) from Gadjah Mada University and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dance and Choreography from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures (2001). Eko’s performance career stretches between major commercial productions to dance research projects. He was enlisted as a dance consultant for Julie Taymor’s The Lion King broadway production and choreographed and performed for major international productions including Peter Sellars Le Grand Macabre, John Adam’s opera A Flowering Tree in Vienna, the Barbican Centre in London and the Lincoln Center in New York, Garin Nugroho’s opera Jawa, MAU Lemi Ponifasio’s TempestSolid.States with Arco Renz, and was a featured dancer in Madonna’s 2001 Drowned World.




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Commissioned by Asia TOPA assisted by Arts Centre Melbourne. Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and The Keir Foundation.