DAUNT IN SOYA SOYA
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
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.