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Shadow’s Light

December 8, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 am

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One event on December 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm

One event on December 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm


Shadow’s Light is a tryptich of events continuing the long term collaboration of Tony Yap Company (Melbourne) and Surya Kencana (Java, Indonesia), including performances and workshops taking Javanese trance practices into contemporary performance.

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, TYC: Brendan O’Connor, Kathleen Gonzalez, Takashi Takiguchi, Adam Forbes, Rodrigo Calderon, Lee Kien Fei
Musicians: Reuben Lewis (trumpet) & Scott McConnachie (saxophone)

7 Dec 2018 (Friday), 8 PM

Testing Grounds
1 City Rd, Southbank VIC 3006
Wheelchair accessible venue.

Free event

Short solo and group works by local and international artists occupy spaces within Testing Grounds, responding to the Shadow’s Light theme. Come for few minutes or stay for the whole afternoon. Artists to be announced: check Mapping Melbourne website for details!

8 Dec 2018 (Saturday)
2 PM – 5 PM

Testing Grounds
1 City Rd, Southbank VIC 3006
Wheelchair accessible venue.

Free event

A rare opportunity to work with Trance with leading practitioners in a workshop. Agus Riyanto, Agung Gunawan and Tony Yap will introduce basic levels of internal focus and states of trance in relation to kinesthetics and movements. Dancers, actors, musicians and anyone interested in trance-in-performance are welcome to participate. More info at Tony Yap Company.

9 Dec 2018 (Sunday)
1 PM – 6 PM
33 Saxon Street, Brunswick, 3056

Tickets: $150 via Try Booking.
(Limited to 18 participants)

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.

Shadow’s Light is presented as part of Mapping Melbourne 2018.

Present Partner Logos

Image: Shadow’s Light, photo by Senghong


December 8, 2018