Jagad by Monica Lim, Rianto and Melanie Lane

How many universes do we inhabit? Complex realities merge with inner worlds in this mystical and striking new dance work: Jagad.

Inspired by Javanese concepts of the inner and outer universe – each feeding into and mingling with the other – Jagad is a rich tapestry of overlapping viewpoints, the real and artificial, the physical and the ethereal. Throughout Jagad, time is fluid while an ensemble of dancers navigate their universe as live cameras feed videos and projections that distort and shift perceptions. A screen divides the entire performance space as audiences choose which side to experience the work, where their view may be obstructed through the projections and movement of the dancers.

Experimental Malaysian-Australian composer Monica Lim explains that Jadag asks: how do we translate ourselves? “It’s like we’re stuck in an expanded prism where we present a different version of ourselves depending on where we are and who we talk to – particularly for those of us who live in the borders between cultures and definitions,” said Lim.

Jagad is an international collaboration that began three years ago as a short dance film created by Lim and iconic Indonesian director Garin Nugroho – it has now transformed into a lavish live dance experience. Lim has teamed up with two of the most innovative contemporary dance-makers, legendary Javanese dancer Rianto and Javanese-Australian choreographer Melanie Lane, to co-create this new performance work.

Experience Jagad as scale of varying sizes shift into dizzying effect. Come and discover your universe. Monica Lim is a pianist, composer and sound technologist. She has produced work for theatre, contemporary dance, installations and film, as well as solo and ensemble instrumental pieces.

Melanie Lane is an Australian-Javanese choreographer and performer. Her independent work has been presented at international festivals and theatres in Europe, USA, Indonesia and Australia. Rianto trained in classical Javanese dance from a young age, specialising in the cross-gender form of Lengger. He has been based in Tokyo since 2003 where he founded the Classical Javanese dance company, Dewandaru Dance Company. Jagad credits Producer: Monica Lim Creative Concept: Monica Lim Choreographers: Rianto and Melanie Lane Dancers: Rianto, Lilian Steiner, Surekha Krishnan, Mason Kelly and Samuel Harnett-Welk Sound Design: Monica Lim Live Camera Design: Sean Healy and James Wright Live Camera Operators: Sean Healy and Emile Zile Lighting Designer: Nick Moloney (Additive) Stage Manager: Kaite Head

World Premiere Jagad by Monica Lim, Rianto and Melanie Lane 3 – 7 August 2022 7.30pm Wed – Sat, 5pm Sun Duration 60 minutes Arts House – North Melbourne Town Hall 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne $35 Pay if you can + booking fee $20 Standard ticket + booking fee $10 BLAKTIX + booking fee artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

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