Esplanade Presents

Dance | Visual Arts

Performing Worlds: an artist tour and talk with Melati Suryodarmo

Melati Suryodarmo (Indonesia)

14 Oct 2023, Sat, 2pm

1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

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Join acclaimed visual and performance artist Melati Suryodarmo for a guided tour of Fracture, her solo exhibition at Esplanade, followed by a talk where she will speak about her practice in relation to creating performances for different spaces and contexts.


Happening in conjunction with the premiere of Lapse, a new dance creation by Melati Suryodarmo, this programme 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.

  • Patrons who have registered will have priority entry to the venue.

  • Patrons who have registered must arrive 5 mins before the start of the event to guarantee your admission.

  • Patrons who have registered but are not at the venue 5 mins before the start will have their slots released to walk-in patrons on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Limited slots are available at the door.

Admission Age:
12 and above.
Language: English
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Melati Suryodarmo

Website | Instagram

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

14 Oct 2023, Sat


Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

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