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2018 / SHADOW'S LIGHT / Melbourne, Australia / Devised by Tony Yap Company - Part of Mapping Melbourne Festival

Tony Yap Company (TYC, Melbourne) and Surya Kencana (Java, Indonesia) join forces to create powerful contemporary trance ritual for one night only. Arresting and uncompromising, Shadow’s Light is also a deep meditation on basic elements for living – quietude alongside the ecstatic.

Shadow’s Light draws on traditional Javanese trance practices from the Royal Court of Central Java (‘Scrimpi’) and the unbridled ecstatic trance practices of East Java (‘Bantengan’, Bull-Trance) and a hybrid of disciplines including contemporary dance and improvised music.

Artistic director/performer – Tony Yap
Master vocalist, dancer – R. Ay Sri Kadaryati Ywandjana
Featured guest performers – Agung Gunawan & Sagitama Krisnandaru
Shaman, performer – Agus Riyanto
Dancers  Brendan O’Connor, Kathleen Gonzalez, Takashi Takiguchi, Adam Forbes, Rodrigo Calderon, Lee Kien Fei
Musicians  Reuben Lewis (trumpet) & Scott McConnachie (saxophone)

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