Arts Centre Melbourne and Asia TOPA Virtual LAB
Matthias Schack-Arnott (Melbourne) | Garin Nugroho (Jakarta) | Monica Lim (Melbourne) | Rianto (Solo)
Australia / Indonesia
The four artists in this project came together to explore the centuries old tradition of Bedhaya, a Javanese ritual dance, during the height of Covid-19. The Javanese Bedhaya dance form is a rich intersection of ideas and cultural practices. The ritual is a meeting point for spiritual symbolism, politics of the body, veiled military sequences and the supernatural. Through a series of online creative exchanges, the artists have begun imagining a new interdisciplinary work that brings the structure of the Bedhaya form into a highly charged aesthetic space that combines experimental sound, feminist imagery and intricate choreographic form.