Dance perfomance: Rianto
Saturday Nov 14 07:30 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $12.00
General Admission: $15.00
About the Performance:
Indonesian-born, Japan-based dancer, choreographer and founder of Tokyo’s Dewandaru Dance Company, Rianto, brings his incredible style of dance to stage with an evening consisting of two programs that reflect his classical training in traditional Indonesian dance, and showcase his innovative translation of traditional elements into contemporary dance. Rianto begins the evening with the traditional Javanese masked dance called Tari Topeng Sekartaji, performed with his wife (and Dewandaru Dance Company co-founder) Miray Kawashima. He then moves on to his recent Body Without Brain, a solo work exploring the relationship between Javanese mysticism and the neurological systems of the human body. Body Without a Brain is a high-risk, physically demanding performance. Rianto seems to be in a trance as he creates an unpremeditated encounter with the elements. Like what you see? Rianto is also one of the lead dancers and choreographers for Salesi: Hero to Love, which screens at the Doris Duke Theatre as part of NETPAC@25 on Nov. 20.
Born in 1981 in a village in Central Java, Rianto has trained in traditional and classical Javanese dance since childhood, specializing in the cross-gender dance form of Lengger. Rianto combines his deep knowledge of traditional Javanese dance with a sophisticated navigation of contemporary dance techniques and international practices. Based in Tokyo since 2003, he has worked with leading international choreographers, performers and companies, while remaining dedicated to his training and own voice for contemporary Javanese performing arts practices.
A member of TBS Dance Theatre Studio in Solo (Surakarta), Rianto has worked with Korean choreographer Sen Hea Ha, performing in Seoul, Singapore, Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria. In 2006 he performed in the Monteverdi opera Orfeo restaged by director Chen Shi-Zheng, at Boston’s Shubert Theatre, and at the London Coliseum with the English National Opera. In 2007, he received an ANA grant to present his own choreography—Pintu Amaterasu and Healing—in Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan. Rianto has also appeared as a guest artist for Gulliver & Swift and Garibaba Stange's World by Japanese dance company Pappa Tarahumara. Artist residencies include Nottle Theatre Company, Korea and Attakkalari Biennial, India. In 2015, Rianto is touring as a dancer and collaborator for Akiko Kitamura’s To Belong and the dance opera Gandari, and in his solo dance work had a highlighted performance in Choy Ka Fai’s acclaimed SoftMachine.
Presented in conjunction with Shangri La The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.