This supremely rousing show begins with two musicians and eight dancers onstage. Indonesian duo Senyawa plays operatic, heavy metal-inflected music spiced with ritual and folk idioms from their native country. Choreographers Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek work with Dancenorth Australia and the band to create one wild experience: as the music builds in power, the dancers increase their abandon and pre-selected members of the audience join in. By the climax of the show, they’re all moving in an atavistic frenzy.
The artists call their creation a “secular ritual,” and that’s a perfect way to describe the driving rhythms, ecstatic movement and immersion in the moment that characterize it. There’s an infectious power to Attractor—it leads the audience toward commitment and surrender without imposing dogma of any kind. Spanning cultures and fostering unity, the performance offers the gifts of beautiful art and extreme catharsis.
Watching this work is an electric experience… —The Age
DIRECTORS, CHOREOGRAPHERS Gideon Obarzanek, Lucy Guerin PERFORMERS Jenni Large, Ashley McLellan, Georgia Rudd, Mason Kelly, Samantha Hines, Jack Ziesing, Josh Mu, Felix Sampson MUSICIANS Senyawa (Rully Shabara & Wukir Suryadi) PRODUCER Dancenorth Australia ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Kyle Page LIGHTING DESIGNER Ben Bosco Shaw LIGHTING TECHNICIAN/OPERATOR Sam Doyle AUDIO SYSTEM DESIGNER Nick Roux AUDIO ENGINEER Johnathan Duncan REHEARSAL DIRECTOR Amber Haines COSTUME DESIGNER Harriet Oxley DANCENORTH ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Kyle Page COMMISSIONED BY Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA through the KMATS Endowment Fund, the Playking Foundation and the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ASSISTED BY Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Brisbane Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, WOMADelaide, Australian Government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst–Australian Arts and Culture Fund, Australia Council for the Arts DANCENORTH AUSTRALIA SUPPORTED BY Queensland Government through Arts Queensland ASSISTED BY Australian Government through the Australia Council LUCY GUERIN INC SUPPORTED BY Victorian Government through Creative Victoria ASSISTED BY Australian Government through the Arts Council