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A ravishing new work of Indonesian cinema is given a live score by the MSO and an ensemble of Indonesian gamelan players.

What would you sacrifice to save your lover?

A young man is kept distant from his lover by a strict and unforgiving society. He'd go through hell to be with her, but when a deal with the devil goes sour, hell comes to him instead.

This unprecedented collaboration across cultures brings together the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a 20-piece orchestra of Indonesian gamelan players to conjure the bewitching live score for the new film, Satan Jawa. A lavish black-and-white work of suspenseful cinema directed by revered Indonesian filmmaker, Garin Nugroho, Satan Jawa's soundtrack has been jointly written by award-winning Australian composer/conductor Iain Grandage and renowned Indonesian composer Rahayu Supanggah.

Inspired by the classic horror film Nosferatu and the rich imagery of Javanese mythology, Satan Jawa is a silent film of lavish and arresting imagery directed by Indonesia's most internationally praised director. The stunning score has been created during an extensive and insightful period of exchange between Australian and Indonesian musicians, with theatrical heavy-hitter Grandage joining forces with Supanggah, best known in Melbourne for scoring Robert Wilson's majestic I La Galigo.

The result is a work rich with mysticism and theatrical sensuality, and an event worth selling your soul to catch.

“A radiant folk fantasia, at once sophisticated and elemental, freewheeling and composed.”

Village Voice on Garin Nugroho's Opera Jawa


Composers: Rahayu Supanggah (Indonesia), Iain Grandage (Australia)
Executive Producer: Kate Ben-Tovim, Turning World
Producer: Jala Adolphus
Production partner: Set Workshop

Arts Centre MelbourneSidney Myer FundEsplanadeWonderful IndonesiaAustralia Council for the ArtsAustralia Indonesia InstituteAustralia Indonesia Business Council

Satan Jawa was commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore for Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts and presented with support from the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The film was commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne with funds provided by the Sidney Myer Fund.

The score was co-commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with support from the Australia Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australia Indonesia Institute.

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Satan Jawa

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Date & Time:

Friday 24 February, 7:30pm

Duration: 75 minutes, no interval



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