Esplanade Presents



An Esplanade Commission
Melati Suryodarmo (Indonesia)

13 Oct 2023, Fri, 7.30pm

14 Oct 2023, Sat, 5pm

15 Oct 2023, Sun, 5pm


(Intermission: None)

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Known for her bold, durational solo performances, acclaimed Indonesian visual and performance artist Melati Suryodarmo premieres Lapse, a new dance creation performed by collaborators from Indonesia, Taiwan and Singapore. 


First released as two short films, this iteration marks the live performance premiere of Lapse. Here, Suryodarmo dives into the metamorphic constellation of body and environment through evocative, visceral imagery suspended in factual absurdity. With sound design and live music by Yuen Chee Wai from Singapore music collective The Observatory, Suryodarmo orchestrates movement patterns that steer the group of performers to connect by failures while collectively attempting a new structure and alchemy of senses.


Drawing inspiration from by-products of chaos and situations that represent a gradual decline in the efficiency, stability, and overall functioning of society, Lapse signifies a transition from a state of order and coherence to one of disorder and confusion. Within this deep-rooted turbulence, Suryodarmo points to the symptomatic nature of systemic breakdowns, ethical decline and societal disillusionment of our time. While lapses in society begin to manifest through the decay of behaviour, diminishing social cohesion, ruptured institutions and the disintegration of moral frameworks, the work investigates the unpredictable space between reality and a vision of collective commitment towards change.


Lapse by Melati Suryodarmo is commissioned by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Asia TOPA/Arts Centre Melbourne and Taipei Performing Arts Center. 


This production is presented as part of da:ns focus – Connect Asia Now (CAN), a weekend that spotlights contemporary dance works by Asian artists focusing on distinct voices and creative impulses from the region.


Production Credits

Concept: Melati Suryodarmo   
Choreography: Melati Suryodarmo    
Installation: Melati Suryodarmo    
Performed by: Razan Wirjosandjojo, Mekratingrum Hapsari, Gabriela Hasianna, Yu Feng Lai   
Live music: Yuen Chee Wai   
Lighting design: Adrian Tan  
Costume design: Melati Suryodarmo   
Rehearsal Coach: Razan Wirjosandjojo  
Production management: Studio Plesungan     
Technical and Stage Manager: Yasmina Zulkarnain  
Production Assistant: Achri Hendratno 
Technical Assistant: Annastasya Verina 
Sound system design: Yong Rong Zhao 
Special thanks to Nibroll (Tokyo), Century Contemporary Dance Company (Taipei), Dai Wen Chen (Taipei/Hongkong), Retno Sulistyorini (Surakarta), Kristiyanto (Surakarta), Naoki Iwata – Skank (Tokyo), Shu-Feng Yao (Taipei)   
Production: Studio Plesungan (Karanganyar)  


This performance uses haze effects and strobe lighting.


Latecomers will not be admitted once the performance has begun. There will be no re-admission for this performance.


Audiences may be required to either sit on the floor or stand during this performance.


There will be a post-show talk on 14 & 15 Oct.

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Artist Information

Melati Suryodarmo

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Melati Suryodarmo (b. 1969, Solo, Indonesia) graduated from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunscheweig, Germany. Her practice is informed by Japanese Butoh, dance and history, among others. Her work is the result of ongoing research in the movements of the body and its relationship to the self and the world. These are translated into photography, dance choreography, video and live performances. Suryodarmo has presented her works in locations all over the world, including Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland; MMCA, Gwacheon, South Korea; National art Centre Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; Para Site, Hong Kong; QAGOMA, Australia; and Singapore Art Museum. She has presented her choreographic pieces in various festivals, including at TPAM, BankArt, Yokohama (2016) Witch Dance Festival, Sophien Saele, Berlin (2016); Europalia Festival at KVS Brussels (2017); De Singel, Anwerp; Frankfurt LAB, Frankfurt (2015) and Indonesia Dance Festival, Jakarta Theatre, (2016).


In 2019, she created Orfeus a dance piece based on Goenawan Mohamad’s poetry, performed at Salihara Jakarta. In December 2019, she directed and choreographed Opera Gandari, an opera composed by Tony Prabowo at Graha Bakti Budaya, Jakarta Art Centre, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta. Since 2007, Suryodarmo has been organising PALA and Undisclosed Territory, both annual performance art festivals, in Solo, Indonesia. In 2012, she founded Studio Plesungan, an art space for performance artists. She was the Artistic Director of the Jakarta Biennale 2017, and since 2021 she has been working as Artistic Director of the Indonesia Bertutur, the art and culture festival presented by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia.

Date & Time

13 Oct 2023, Fri


Esplanade Annexe Studio

14 Oct 2023, Sat


Esplanade Annexe Studio
There will be a post-show talk

15 Oct 2023, Sun


Esplanade Annexe Studio
There will be a post-show talk
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