Esplanade Presents | Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts


Setan Jawa

Directed by Garin Nugroho (Indonesia)
Music composed by Rahayu Supanggah (Indonesia) and Iain Grandage (Australia)
Performed by Gamelan Garasi Seni Benawa (Indonesia) & Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (Singapore)

1hr 10mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Concert Hall

Rating: PG13

Please arrive early for Setan Jawa on 21 Jul 2017 as latecomers will be allocated alternative seats as a respect to the artists & patrons. Thank you.

This event is over

$25*, $45^**, $65^

Concessions for students, NSFs and seniors: $20*, $35**

Restricted view seats


Due to popular demand, restricted view seats are now available. Kindly note that parts of the screen will not be visible from these seats.

***Please note that concessions are not valid for these tickets.

Esplanade&Me Special

^White card: 10% savings
^Black card: 15% savings

Family & Friends Package

5% savings on 4 or more Cat 1 tickets to all Pesta Raya 2017 shows (excluding workshops)


Pesta Raya Festival Special

15% savings on 4 or more Cat 1 tickets to Pesta Raya 2017 programmes when you purchase an Esplanade&Me White card at $28 (U.P. $50)

  • Excludes workshops and meet-and-greet sessions
  • Limited to the first 160 packages purchased
  • Only applicable to tickets bought online or at Esplanade Box Office

For enquiries, please call Customer Service 6828 8377.


Tote Board Arts Grant

All Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost.

For more details, please contact Esplanade Box Office at 6828 8389 or email

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"If a single word could sum up the world première of Setan Jawa, it would be ‘bewitching’… Setan Jawa drew much applause from its enraptured audience; it is a shame that it showed for just one night only." Australian Book Review

What would you sacrifice to save your lover?

A young man is kept distant from his lover by a strict and unforgiving society. He'd go through hell to be with her, but when a deal with the devil goes sour, hell comes to him instead.

This collaboration across cultures brings together a 20-piece Indonesian gamelan ensemble and members of a Western orchestra to conjure the bewitching live score for the new film, Setan Jawa. A lavish black-and-white work of suspenseful cinema directed by revered Indonesian filmmaker, Garin Nugroho, Setan Jawa's soundtrack has been jointly written by award-winning Australian composer/conductor Iain Grandage and renowned Indonesian composer Rahayu Supanggah.

Inspired by the classic horror film Nosferatu and the rich imagery of Javanese mythology, Setan Jawa is a silent film of lavish and arresting imagery directed by Indonesia's most internationally praised director. The stunning score has been created during an extensive and insightful period of exchange between Australian and Indonesian musicians, with theatrical heavy-hitter Grandage joining forces with Supanggah, best known in Melbourne for scoring Robert Wilson's majestic I La Galigo.

The result is a work rich with mysticism and theatrical sensuality, and an event worth selling your soul to catch.

Commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

Things To Note

General Advisory

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