Eko Supriyanto

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Performing Arts (dance / choreography, martial arts)
Asia, Southeast
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Eko Supriyanto
The Javanese dancer/choreographer Eko Supriyanto. © Wahidur Rahman Khandkar Czhoton


As a performer and choreographer, Eko Supriyanto has worked in various cities across Indonesia, Asia, Europe and the United States. His work has been featured at the most important culture festivals in the world.
From 1998 to 2001, Eko Supriyanto produced and organized a performance series, "Second Journey", which toured Indonesia and included artists from Indonesia, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, and Korea.

He danced and choreographed Gyorgy Ligeti´s opera production "Le Grand Macabre" directed by Peter Sellars, at Chatelet Theatre du Paris, France and the opening of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

In summer 2000, Eko Supriyanto produced "Continental Shift", a full- length concert of his work at Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles.

He has performed for the Asian Contemporary Dance Festival at Osaka Japan in October 2002, and again he was collaborating a new project in Okinawa-Japan December 2002.

Recently he was a dance consultant for Julie Taymor´s The Lion King Disney production at the Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, and danced with Madonna on her Drowned World Tour in Europe and USA.

Since return to Indonesia January 2002, he has been choreographing and performing his own solo works as well as with his dance group ´Solo Dance Studio´ at Teater Utan Kayu, Eko Studio.

In the performance ´Joget´ the Javanese dancer/choreographer Eko Supriyanto offers a rare opportunity to see some of his own new choreography set to live gamelan music directed by I Nyoman Wenten.
Author: Karin Bergquist


1970: Eko Supriyanto was born in Banjar, Indonesia, 26 November.

He is a graduate of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (STSI) in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, where he is now serving as a faculty member.

Beginning at the age of seven, his studies with his grandfather, Kahari, and Alit Maryono provided a foundation in Javanese Court dance and traditional martial arts (pencak silat).

In November 2000 Eko completed his Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures with a full scholarship from the Asian Cultural Council, Ford Foundation and UCLA.



Production / Performance,
Tran teamed with Javanese choreographer Eko Supriyanto to create "Ancestors" a physically demanding and dramatic solo with a stylized cane that is "a tribute to the grandfathers that we only know from stories and family portraits." Reminiscent of traditional martial arts, it also projects the formality and elegance of Javanese court dance


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Images of Asia

(08 August 03 - 26 September 03)