DANCENORTH, LUCY GUERIN INC., GIDEON OBARZANEK & SENYAWA

CREATED BY LUCY GUERIN AND GIDEON OBARZANEK     

★★★★½ Watching this work is an electric experience;it is a highly successful collaboration between Australian and international artists that is evenly balanced and rich’' - Sydney Morning Herald / The Age

Attractor brings together sensational Indonesian music duo, Senyawa and two of Australia’s leading dance companies, Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc to create a unique music/dance ritual.

Senyawa’s performance reinterprets the Javanese tradition of entering trance through dance and music as a powerful secular present-day form. Their sound borrows from the metal bands they listened to as teenagers – Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden – and Indonesian ritual and folk idioms. Their music and performance is influenced by forces in nature to take the audience into a transformative state outside of organised belief systems.

As the performance unfolds, Senyawa’s unique fusion of hand-made electrified stringed instruments with opera style and heavy metal voice slowly builds to a euphoric pitch. The exceptional dancers are propelled into wild physical abandonment and ecstatic release, that transmits to the audience as a visceral empathic experience. The demarcation between dancer and non-dancer, audience and performer and the professional and the amateur dissolves as the performance transitions into a large-scale dance event.

Premiered in February 2017, this project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Arts Centre Melbourne, Brisbane Festival and WOMADelaide.

This work has been performed at Asia TOPA XO State, Arts Centre Melbourne (February 2017), WOMADelaide (March 2017), Brisbane Festival (September 2017), Perth Festival (February 2018) and Brighton Festival (May 2018). Attractor will be touring to Bruge (December 2018), Canada, America, the Netherlands and Mexico (early 2019).

Attractor will once again be presented to the world as part of December Dance at Stadsschouwburg, Belgium in early December.