A powerful voice in Indonesian contemporary dance.  









  • About

    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.






    (Duration 55 minutes)


    "An extraordinary and captivating piece of work"






    Inspired by the “Legu Salai” dance from the Sahu Tribe and “Soya-Soya” dance from North Maluku, Cry Jailolo gives form to the potential of remote communities and the collective and individual experience of Indonesia today.





    Performed by 7 non-trained youth from Jailolo, the work is a powerful expression of hope and optimism that the destruction of the coral reefs in the ocean will stop, that the fish will return once again to the coral and that the silence in the ocean and the soul of the water be restored. Cry Jailolo developed during choreographer Eko Supriyanto’s work on a major festival to promote tourism in Jailolo, home to some of the worlds greatest diving but a region also subject to environmental degradation. During his time on the island Eko began to see the communities and underwater diving worlds as something much more than a tourism campaign. He became deeply invested in the community, working with youth from disadvantaged regions and homes. Profoundly affected by these relationships and the experience of the underwater world Eko began to develop a contemporary dance work with a selection of committed young males, this became Cry Jailolo, a work of “silent tourism”. Cry Jailolo gives voice to the remote community of West Halmahera through performance, through the capacities and dedication of these young males.


    CHOREOGRAPHER: Eko Supriyanto


    DANCERS: Veyndi Dangsa, Greatsia Yobel Yunga,

    Fernandito Wangelaha, Gerry Gerardo Bella, Noveldi

    Bontenan, Budiawan Saputra Riring, Geri Krisdianto

    SCENOGRAPHER: Iskandar K. Loudin

    MUSIC COMPOSITION: Setyawan Jayantoro

    DRAMATURGE: Arco Renz


    COMPANY MANAGER: Isa Natadiningrat

    PRODUCTION: EkosDance Company 2014, Solo Dance Studio


    Namto Hui Roba REGENTS of Jailolo



    Pinkan Tilaar and PUSPITA – MARTHA Indonesia



    Bernie Ng, courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay



    6-9 Agustus 2015, "Darwin Festival", Darwin, Australia

    12-15 Agustus 2015, "Internationales Sommer Festival", Kampnagel, Hamburg Germany

    18-21 Agustus 2015, "Zurcher Theater Spektakel", Zurich, Switzerlands

    24-26 Agustus 2015, "Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival 2015", Groningen, Holland

    18-21 September 2015. "BIRD Theatre Festival TOTTORI", Tottori, Japan

    22-26 September 2015, "Adelaide Festival Center's OzAsia Festival", Adelaide, Australia

    2-6 October 2015, "deSingle Stop in Java Festival" , Anwerp, Belgium

    6-9 October 2015, "Indonesia Lab - Frankfurt Book Fair 2015", Frankfurt, Germany

    9-12 October 2015, " Tanzhaus NRW", Duesseldorf, Germany

    13-17 October 2015, "Singapore Dance Festival", Esplanade, Singapore






    Five young female dancers from Jailolo give voice to the remote community of Eastern Indonedia. Slow, rhythmic movement patterns create an image of strength, not in protest nor opposition but through the carving of space. Space for the individual amidst the noise of duties. A space of potential, of creation - held by the women of remote regions.








    In Balabala hierarchies of culture and gender give way to the strength of these young women. Founded on the Pencat Silat (Indonesian martial arts) philosophy of the nine directions and the multiple roles of women in Indonesia, Balabala is the powerful new voice in contemporary dance by Eko Supriyanto.






    The dynamic of our human characters within its embodied environments, with its contrast or unity between toughness and softness, masculinity and femininity.
















    Inspired by silat, a Javanese martial arts and a war dance from North Maluku Soya Soya dance, Eko Supriyanto is recalling back the embodied awareness on the accession of power, speed, as well as the reflects towards attack and defense. Supriyanto challenged his dancers and himself to confront their knowledge and practices in the Javanese traditional dance, in which Banyu Mili” (flow) as the main philosophy of the movement, by entering the area of silat’s and Soya Soya’s rigors, speed, and fight techniques. In the beginning of this process, Supriyanto has trained the dancers by sending them to learn from his silat master from Magelang, as well as Soya Soya dance in Ternate North Maluku. This intensive process brought them into more awareness and concrete physical comprehension especially when they appears with vivid presence within the boundaries of the beauty of Javanese dance and the vigorous movement of silat and a war dance.

    CHOREOGRAPHER: Eko Supriyanto

    DANCERS: Danang Cahyo Wijayanto, Riyo Tulus Pernando,Dionisius Wahyu Anggara Aji, Bagus Pulung Tilamas, Imam Kristianto

    PS BIMA TRAINER: Master Subiyanto

    MUSIC: Soya Sisi Ghoces collection

    COSTUME: Erika Papuci and Susetyani


    PHOTOGRAPHER: David Fajar

  • SALT

    After the international success of Cry Jailolo and Balabala, both created with youths of Jailolo, North Maluku, Eko Supriyanto turns his gaze towards himself in a new solo work.


    Engaging in a web of relations between his Javanese heritage and the shifting tides of maritime culture, SALT takes the forms of Jatilan (Javanese folk trance traditions?) and Cakele (war dance form North Maluku) and places them within the state of anti- gravity.

    Beneath the surface power relations and identities are leveled.


    Propelled by the experience of diving beneath the surface, Eko address the rhythms of maritime culture, the interplay between the forces of the ocean of which 80% of the Indonesian archipelago is comprised of. He unravels his roots as a classically trained dancer and it’s vocabulary that is tied to the dominant Javanese agricultural history.


    In SALT, Eko plunges into a state of anti-gravity beneath the ocean surface, a dance on embedded cultural hierarchies and changing perspectives.


    He asks if its possible for the gaze to suspend all projected perceptions.

    CHOREOGRAPHER / DANCER: Eko Supriyanto
    COMPOSER: Dimawan Krisnowo Adji
    COSTUME DESIGNER: Oscar Lawalata
    ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER: Dionisius W. Anggara Aji dan R. Danang Cahyo W.
    MANGER: Isa Natadiningrat
    PRODUCER: Keni Soeriaatmadja


    Ekosdance Foundation, Indonesia | West Halmahera Regency, Indonesia | deSingel | Internationale Kunstcampus, Belgia | Mousonturm, Germany | AsiaTOPA, Australia | NuArt Sculpture Park, Indonesia

  • IBUIBU BELU: Bodies of Borders

    Following the international success of his acclaimed works Cry Jailolo, Balabala and SALT, Indonesian dancer and choreographer Eko Supriyanto sets his sights further east to explore the unique dance traditions and rituals of the Indonesian region of Belu in Nusa Tenggara Timur. IBUIBU BELU is the culmination of two years of research into the Likurai, a dance tradition which forms a vital thread in the social fabric across the island of Timor.


    Through his exploration of movement, rhythm, songs and textile traditions Supriyanto makes manifest the ways in which Likurai dance carries the kinship of people who are now divided by politically imposed borders separating Nusa Tenggara Timur and neighbouring Timor-Leste. These memories are embodied in the five dancers - one of whom originates from East Timor - and their lived histories as expressed in Likurai, paradoxical proof that bodies challenge political boundaries while at the same time remaining restricted by them.

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    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 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 Tempest, Solid.States with Arco Renz, and was a featured dancer in Madonna’s 2001 Drowned World.


    His recent major work is Cry Jailolo with seven youth dancers from Jailolo North Maluku and will be touring in Japan, Australia and Europe in August- October 2015. 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.