Agus Riyanto

In 2007, Agus revived the traditional art of bull-trance (Bantengan) that had been extinct in the city of Batu, East Java. He is founding director of the supreme Bantengan Trance Carnival, Nuswantara Joyo in collaboration with the Arts Island Festival 2008-2014. He achieved awards for bull-trances and bull whips in Batu since 1985.

Mas Agus is a shaman and a skilled painter. Agus is highly respected in East Java for his deep understanding and work in trance performances and has lately incorporated it in contemporary experimentations with great success, working with Agung Gunawan and Tony Yap in Melaka and Melbourne in ‘8 Men’ with performers from varied international backgrounds.