Agus Riyanto (Indonesia)
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 achived Awards for bull-trances and bull whips in Batu since 1985. Mas Agus is a sharman and a proficient painter. Agus is highly respected in East Java for his deep understanding and work in trance performances and have lately incorporate 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. Recently performed in Buffulo Field Festival, Bangkok and in Shadow’s Light as part of the Mapping Melbourne program December, 2018
Contemplative Trance Workshop and collaborations
Mon 22 Aug NIGHT – 9 – 12mn St Paul’s Hill
Tues 23 Aug NIGHT – 9 – 12mn St Paul’s Hill
Sun 28 Aug NIGHT – 6.00pm Warehouse
Agus will help facilate in the Contemplative Trance Workshop with Tony Yap. He will also be available for collaborations with all artists. In the finale nght performance, Agus will hold the energetic space of the site as conductor of environmental energies to induce participants to different affects of trance.