2017

Dr. Eko Supriyanto, S.Sn.,MFA

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.