DANCE – Salt – OzAsia – Odeon – 3.5K

By Peter Maddern

Eko Supriyanto is a pioneering choreographer of Indonesian contemporary dance. The last time Adelaide was blessed with his presence was with the acclaimed Cry Jailolo in OzAsia 2015.

This time he works alone in his piece over two parts that opens with dissonant screeches with Supriyanto almost invisible in the right rear stage behind a blinding silver shoreline just in front of the audience. By the show’s conclusion, he has swept forth and back, one side and t’other, spreading a pile salt every which way.

His movements incorporate both grace and menace as he combines folk trance and war dances in his interpretations about the forces of the ocean.

While entrancing, it probably requires a well-trained dance eye to fully appreciate the work as Salt is not as accessible as Cry Jailolo was – but as always, this speaks to the crux of the OzAsia challenge to Adelaide audiences.

Kryztoff Rating  3.5K

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