Opal Vapour

Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal with Ria Soemardjo & Paula van Beek | 15 - 18 May

Against a shimmering terrain of shadow and sand a contemporary ritual, inspired by ancient Java, is danced and sung.

Created across two countries – Australia and Indonesia – and offering powerful physical and internal states while balancing moral and spiritual aesthetics, Opal Vapour draws on ritual elements of Javanese Wayang Kulit shadow puppetry.

Invoking classical Javanese court-dance instilled with the mystical influence of Indonesian trance-possession ritual, Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal’s sinuous transformation is held by Ria Soemardjo’s pure voice and evocative score suggestive of Javanese gamelan. Performed in the moment, both artists are transported through time by Paula van Beek’s sublime lighting landscapes and haunting shadow play.

  • Direction & choreography Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal
    Dance performance Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal
    Music composition & performance Ria Soemardjo
    Textile & costume design Ria Soemardjo
    Lighting, AV & set design Paula van Beek
    Sound design consultant Kelly Ryall
    Performance realisation Helen Herbertson

    Ria Soemardjo sings. Her whole body becomes voice. There is a kind of simplicity to her physicality that makes space for the sound to emerge as pure affect.
    – Philipa Rothfield, RealTime

  • Location

    PICA Performance Space

  • Dates

    15 – 18 May, 2013

  • Times

    7pm, plus Saturday 18 May 3pm Matinee

  • Duration

    50 Minutes

  • Age Recommendation

    12 years old +

  • Warnings

    Atmospheric particles (sand)