Arts Centre Melbourne presents



Lucy Guerin Inc and Ensemble Tikoro
World premiere

Indonesia / Australia

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Five dancers and eight metal-heads share the stage in this meeting of cultures, art forms, languages and belief systems.

Melbourne-based dance company Lucy Guerin Inc collaborates with Ensemble Tikoro, a heavy metal choir who come direct from the underground music scene in Bandung for their first appearance outside Indonesia.

Metal was created in both Melbourne and Bandung, a town that sits beneath Tangkuban Perahu. This active volcano embodies the idea of one world spilling into another, where the crust of the earth is thin and what is known and not known converge with explosive energy.

Co-created by Lucy Guerin and Ensemble Tikoro’s Robi Rusdiana, the performance sees heavy metal and traditional throat singing collide with contemporary Australian dance in an encounter that ultimately transforms them both, as the ghosts of tradition merge with music and dance to invent new mythologies for a globalised world.

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  • Wheelchair access
  • Companion Card
  • Assistive hearing

Images by: Angus Kemp and Wayne Smith

Co-commissioned by Asia TOPA, Arts Centre Melbourne and Théâtre de la Ville.

Metal is supported by Playking Foundation, the Sidney Myer Fund, The Besen Foundation, the Eirene Lucas Foundation, Union House Theatre, and Dance at the University of Melbourne. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the City of Melbourne arts grants.

Supported By
  • LGI
  • Ensemble Tikoro
  • Theatre de la Ville Paris
  • Australian Government | Australia Council for the Arts
  • Playking Foundation
  • Besen Family Foundation
  • Eirene Lucas Foundation
  • City of Melbourne
  • Union House Theatre

Cast & Credits


Lucy Guerin, Robi Rusdiana
Lucy Guerin
Robi Rusdiana
Lighting Designer
Paul Lim
Sound Designer
Nick Roux
Aneke McCulloch
Associate Producer
The Common Room
Costume Designer
Andrew Treloar
Production Manager
Sam Doyle


Rebecca Jensen, Melanie Lane, Amber McCartney, Ashley McLellan, Lilian Steiner
Singers Ensemble Tikoro
Robi Rusdiana, Tandani Mutaqim, Mahatma Adi Hartoko, Arum Dwi Hanantoro, Ardyansah, Handriansyah Nugraha, Agung Suryana, Mita Siti Kulsum