Indonesian Delegations

1. Eko Supriyanto

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 (2016) from Gadjah Mada University and 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 Lion King Broadway production and choreographed and performed for major international productions including Peter Sellars Le Grand Macabre, John Adam’s Opera 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.

His recent major work is Cry Jailolo and BalaBala with youth dancers from Jailolo, North Maluku and has been performed in Japan, Australia, Taiwan and Europe. Most recent performance research on the Body Embodiment of Indonesian Dancers is connected to his work on maritime culture entitled The Future of Dance is Under Water.





Solo Dance Studio and Ekosdance Company are  professional dance company that eager to search in all Indonesian traditions and to establish the connection of the source. The process of dance and the intelligence of body movement are to reach a better understanding of dance and human life.

Solo Dance Studio founded and established in 1995 as Girindha Natya Studio. Later however, in 1996 Eko Supriyanto as a founder, artistic director and choreographer together with Tria Vita Hendra Jaya  as an artistic and lighting designer, along with five other company members re-naming the Girindha Natya Studio as ‘Solo Dance Studio’. It is name of solo City or Surakarta, but also means as soloist performance in the large group. Philosophically means dancing solo / single body as a truly honest performance. Ekosdance Company also founded by Eko Supriyanto, the company works across the Indonesian archipelago, creating works of silent tourism and exploring what it means to dive beneath the surface.

The missions are to creating an environment of learning, studying and developing process. To trained the principal of art of rehearsal and process. The exploration space that has no boundaries is a role for ‘Solo Dance Studio’ and ‘Ekosdance Company’ to look and find the possibilities of aesthetic movement, collaborative and choreographies with the knowledge of intellectuality to address honesty.




Theater Tetas is a contemporary theater group founded on September 30. 1978 by a group of theater pioneers at South Jakarta Youth Arena on Jalan Bulungan. AGS Arya Dipayana, the founder of this theater, received a cultural award from the Province of Jakarta Capital Special Region in 2005. Teater Tetas regularly performs at the Jakarta Arts Center, Taman Ismail Marzuki, South Jakarta Youth Arena, and other art centers in Indonesia, as well as in several countries in Europe.

Some works that have been performed are Seorang Anak Menangis, Palaganada: Jejak Surga, Julung Sungsang, Republik Anthurium, Raung Kuda Piatu, and Durna Rumangsa. In addition, they also have several stage works with Project Phakama London under the title The World at My Feet at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta and British International School. There was also Bunga di Comberan with Sakata Theater and Kelola Foundation. In 2012 and 2016, they collaborated with Professor DR. Werner Schulze from the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna, Austria. Teater Tetas performed the stage of Mimpi dan Belenggu Prometheus texts in Greece, Slovenia, Austria, and Hungary.

Work Title: “BANOWATI”

Banowati is one of the characters in the Mahabharata wayang story. AGS Arya Dipayana adapted the story of Prabu Suyudana’s wife in Javanese puppetry version, in the form of modern Indonesian drama script. Banowati is the third daughter of Prabu Salya from the Mandaraka Kingdom. He is mated with Prabu Suyudana of the Kingdom of Kurawa, though she still loves Arjuna.

The Pandava Knight was known to Banowati while assisting Badewa, Banowati’s brother-in-law, to help Dewi Erawati, the eldest daughter of Prabu Salya. Banowati want to marry Suyudana with the condition that the bride makeup artist is Arjuna.

Banowati’s affair with Arjuna is known by Aswatama, one of the main generals of Kurawa, who was assigned to escort Suyudana. When warned of such forbidden acts, Banowati insulted Aswatama as a breed of horse.

Feeling very humiliated, Aswatama then blustered Banowati with his weapon, Brahmastra. This weapon is a gift from Lord Brahma. If the weapon darts from his bow, everything it goes through will burn. When it passes through the sea, the water will boil.

Aswatama’s anger to Banowati will be explored through motion choreography, sound, and music depicting an ocean that boils and melts Banowati’s body.



4. Gayo Lues/Gaya Gayo, ACEH

GAYAGAYO is a group that focuses on the development of Nusantara tradition, especially in relation to music composition & body percussion. The GAYAGAYO composition project is rooted in ancient artistic traditions, especially those with high musical elements, to be developed into new compositions.

In each of the compositions, GAYAGAYO uses a cross-workshop method between the natives and musicians, so that both can assimilate.

Composer Profile

Joel Tampeng serves as one of the founders and main composers at GAYAGAYO. He is known as a guitarist, composer and arranger. He recorded a progressive ethnic music album Anane “Slebar Slebor”, guitar solo “East Wind” and “#Reborn”, legendary music group Sirkus Barock and Kantata Barock, as well as collaborations with several national and regional artists. This time Joel Tampeng is working with the original Saman traditonal dancers from Gayo Lues.


Rhythm of Saman reintroduces Saman Gayo in a progressive ethnic music. Saman is usually seen as a percussive music instrument. The ancient vocal style mixed with modern musical instruments create a sacred, mystical, and new nuance.




Sanggar Seni Jinggo Sobo is an educational institution oriented to culture and tradition. This art studio is located in Dusun Wonosobo, Srono, Banyuwangi. The studio had since January 10, 2004  devoted to the society. It has been officially registered at Culture and Tourism Office on January 10, 2006. Various national and international events have been perceived by Jinggo Sobo (JS). Various achievements have also obtained by the studio, emphasized JS as one of the most respected art studio. These have reassured the continuity of the studio itself.


Banyuwangi Regency has a coastal area of ​​± 175 km. People have awareness in marine conservation. So as to make the location of coastal attractions and seawater attractions with all kinds. Fishing communities manage it intelligently. Beginning with the customary ritual of sea quiz as a form of gratitude to God Almighty and the news semebyar all over the universe like the sailor spread the net with a pair of giant boats called slerek. They arc the ocean to challenge the mounting humps of waves. So that Banyuwangi is still attached with the title Blambangan increasingly loved, visited and lived in welfare for the community.

The picture is carried in the movement of staccati dance movements and aesthetically by Alek Joko Mulyo with Jinggo Sobo Art Studio. The rhythm is based on pelog and slendro and the beat of percussion music; typical of Banyuwangi’s hadrah kuntul, which is greatly influenced by the rhythm of the ocean waves. The motions and musical rhythm united in the dancework entitled “Gandrung Slerek Blambangan”.




Holding firm their mission to introduce Melayu music in a contemporary form, Riau Rhythm Chambers Indonesia applies numerous techniques and configuration of instruments in its composition: from violin, cello, accordion, clarinet, traditional calempong, flute, to vibraphone and percussion. Riau Rhythm Chambers Indonesia, which combines electronic and multimedia performances with ethnic music, was an idea from the composer, with his fellow musician Hari Sandra and Alyusra in 2001. At the same years winning the Third Place from the International Folklore Festival in Agrigento, Italy.

Afterwards, along with supports and collaborations with local and international musician and composer—the late Indonesian electronic musician Sapto Rahardjo, percussionist Ron Reeves from Australia, composer I Wayan Sadre and many more— Riau Rhythm has compiled a long list of abroad performances, including a show at the 13th Busan International Film Festival in 2008, Folk Music and Dance Festival in Pendic, Turkey in 2007, and Singapore Music Competition in 2004.


Judul Karya: “Suvarnadvipa”

Suvarnadvipa, exploring the color of melayu with the concepts of tradition and local
wealth. We are free to explore the style of playing the instrument into the concept of innovative music that still comes from the roots of Melayu Music.The process of making this Album Suvarnadvipa not just about exploring the instruments but also included with research about the culture of Kampar, Riau Culture. Oral History and the story of Muara Takus Temple are the main insight of this Suvarnadvipa Album.



7. DANANG PAMUNGKAS (Dan’s Dance Studio), SOLO

Danang Pamungkas is a dancer and choreographer from Solo graduated from Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia (STSI; Indonesia Art Institute), Surakarta. He actively explored traditional dance and learnt Mangkunegaran traditional dance style from the Mangkunegaran Palace. In 2008, Danang joined Claud Gate Dance (Taiwan), which was choreographed by Lin Hwai Min, until 2011.

List of Works:

2004    ”Panyot Pun Padam” (1st Place in Jakarta TIM National Choreography Competition, Surabaya Art Festival);

2011    “Beat Project” (Achieved Kelola GRANT for Innovative Works, Taman Budaya Surakarta);

2013    “Opera Jawa: Selendang Merah” (Garin Nugroho) as choreographer, performed at Teater Jakarta;

2013    “Occupy the Museum: Break the Harmony” (performed at Impulstanz Festival2013,  Welt Museum, Vienna, Austria);

2013    “Fly on the Earth” (performed at Welt Museum, Vienna, Austria);

2014    “Angst Angel: Return” (a collaboration with Maya Dance Theatre, Singapore);

2015    “A Part of Passion” (performed at Jakarta’s Salihara Theater, Surabaya’s UNESA, and Semarang’s UNES);

2015    Silent Movie “Satan Jawa” (Garin Nugroho) as choreographer until 2016;

2016    “Whispered of” (performed at National Museum of Singapore);

2016    “Broken Butterfly” (performed at American Dance Festival 2016, Durham, USA.

Work Title       : “WHISPERED OF”

Music               : “Glass: The Photographer” by Philip Glass Ensemble

Whispered of is a Prayer for the Universe, a prayer for the gods of the earth and ocean; for all of us who take care of it.


8. Otniel Tasman (Otniel Dance Community), BANYUMAS

Otniel Tasman is a young choreographer who has strongly rooted on Javanese tradition, especially Banyumas tradition, his hometown. Tasman was exploring for Lengger Banyumas Tradition, as his mother tongue, it gives him experiences in making sense on every incident of his life and inspires him in creating works. The uniqueness of Lengger is danced by male, wearing female costume and make-up, the dancer commonly known as Lengger Lanang (Male Lengger). Otniel was exploring a lot of ideas based on gender identity of Lengger Lanang, and choreograph contemporarily for his works. His works are Rohwong (2010), Angruwat (2010), Mantra (2012), Looping Back Mantra (2012), Barangan (2013), Lengger Laut (2014), Penantian Dariah (2015), and Stand Go Go (2017). Otniel graduted from Indonesian of the Art Surakarta, Indonesia (2013), he had some collaboration works with national and international artists, such as: Ming Wong (German), Daniel Kok (Singapore), Maxine Happner (Canada), Hanafi Muhammad (Indonesia), Garin Nugroho (Indonesia).


Lengger Laut – The Synopsis

The work of Lengger Laut is inspired from Dariah’s life journey, a male Lengger dancer in Banyumas, Central Java, Indonesia. Phisically, Dariah is a man, but he was convincing himself as a female. The conviction is presented on his daily performances and when he dances. As an idol of Lengger, Dariah had many male fans, thus his story of love started from one stage to the other stages. Nevertheless, Dariah’s life journey seems full of fluctuation, sacrifice, waiting in love, loyalty on his profession as dancer on Lengger, and the relation with the people in the neighborhood. These complexity that will be presented by Otniel Tasman in the work of Lengger Laut.

9. Vivian Evelyn Christine & Revaldy Gustaf Junior Sooai, Nusa Tenggara Timur

Vivian is the Runner Up of local pageant “Nona Kupang” held in 2015. Born February 3, 1999 in Kupang, Vivian has held 3 “sasando” solo concerts for charity such as to help collecting donation for Easr Nusa Tenggara running athletes, to help broke college students, and to perform for Flobamora Family in West Papua.

Revaldy is the 1st Winner of Kupang’s Tourism Ambassador held in 2015. He was born in Kupang, January 28, 1997. Not only excels in playing sasando, Revaldy is also an anchor of Indonesia national television channel, TVRI (Televisi Republik Indonesia), in the provincial area of East Nusa Tenggara.

The song “Kolam Susu” (literal translation “Milk Pond”) is a song that was brought to light by the rock n’ roll music group from Tuban, East Java, Koes Plus. Since the launch in 1973, the song has still residing in people heart because of the easy lyrics, beautiful composition, and the fact that it’s promote the richness of Indonesia’s nature. It turned out that actually the place called Kolam Susu really exist as Koes Plus’ inspiration in writing the song. Kolam Susuk (the native name of the place) is located in Dualaus, Kakulu Mesak, Belu, East Nusa Tenggara. This song will be performed with the accompaniment of the native musical instrument called “sasandu” and will be combined with several folk songs about the maritime wealth of East Nusa Tenggara islands.




“Larung Sesaji”

Larung sesaji in sekak tribe traditional language named as Buang Jung. Buang Jung is a traditional component of Kumbung Village, south Bangka district, Province of Bangka Belitung. Larung Sesaji is an expression of gratitude given to the God of what they have gained from the sea and when the fisherman sailing safety in the sea. Larung Sesaji caremony Started by a mythical Tunjang Angin game that led by a handler with basic movement Gajah Menunggang dance performance.


  1. Masroh (Culture observer of Toboali districts, south bangka, 1985).
  2. Datuk Nasron Bahar (the leader of malay customary institutions of south Bangka).

Coreographer                          : Nora Aprillia and Shella Septia

Composser                    : Rudianto Jusman and Suri Anwar

Make up artist/clothing        : Nopri Dwi Anggara and Yati Gusyairi

The person in charge             : Anto Soekarsa


11. Semarak Candra Kirana, Solo


Semarak Candra Kirana (SCK) Art Center yang dipimpin oleh Dra. Irawati Kusumosari, M.Sn. berperan aktif dalam meningkatkan dan mengembangkan kebudayaan Indonesia melalui tari. SCK 
Art Center memiliki 8 pelatih tari lulusan Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Surakarta. SCK Art Center menawarkan kursus tari dan latihan tari untuk tari klasik, kontemporer, tari nusantara, dan tari 

SCK Art Center memilikiberbagai penghargaan seperti,

  • perwakilan penari Indonesia di Perancis (2008), Belanda (2009), Cina (2010)
  • penari pembuka Solo International Performing Arts (SIPA) dan Indonesia International Mask Festival (IIMF)
  • Perwakilan penari Indonesia di Andong Mask Dance Festival (AMDF) 2014
    tari kolaborasi Indonesia dan Korea yang 
    tampil pada International Celaket Cross 
    Cultural Festival (ICCCF), Juli 2015. Tari 
    kolaborasi ini juga ditampilkan di SIPA & 
    AMDF 2016.
    Pada gelaran SIPA 2017 ini, Semarak Candra Kirana akan berkolaborasi dengan EkosDance Company untuk tampil di Opening SIPA 2017.

12. Cry Jailolo, West Halmahera