Esteemed Javanese choreographer Eko Supriyanto will present Cry Jailolo and Balabala, a double bill of unique contemporary dance offerings from Indonesia from 1 – 4 March as part of the 2017 Asia TOPA festival at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Eko Supriyanto is the leading Indonesian dancer and choreographer of his generation, with a performance career stretching between major commercial productions to dance research projects

Cry Jailolo was developed during Supriyanto’s work on a major festival to promote tourism in Jailolo – home to some of the world’s greatest diving locations but also a region subject to environmental degradation.

 Balabala is the sister work to Cry Jailolo, proudly co-commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne. It features five young female dancers from Jailolo giving voice to the remote community of Eastern Indonesia.

The work’s themes resonate with the region’s poverty and environmental degradation and involve an intensive period of investigation, training and performance creation with the female ensemble.

March 1 – 4