Contemporary Asian Australian Performance
Jumaadi (Co-Director/Principal Artist) is an Indonesian born, Sydney-based artist working across mediums, including drawing, painting, installation and performance. Jumaadi has exhibited and performed his work in museums, galleries and performance spaces in Australia and around the world. He has won several major awards and been invited to participate in major exhibitions including Jakarta Biennale 2011, Moscow Biennale 2013, David Roberts Art Foundation in London, Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. He represented Australia in the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea.
His practice is informed by personal experience as well as the political and aesthetic lineages of his homeland, including wayang kulit, a tradition of shadow plays from Java and Bali. Some of his most recognisable works are large scale painting on cloth, sculpting small and large scales of buffalo hide, and performing shadow theatre.
Michael Toisuta (Co-Director/Musical Director) is an Indonesian-Australian sound designer and composer who grew up in Central Java and is now based in Sydney. He has worked internationally in theatre, dance, film and video art installations.
He was a co-writer on Stan Original and Screentime Australia series Bali (2002) and sound designer on Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Sydney Theatre Company) for which he won a Sydney Theatre Award in 2022. His credits as composer/sound designer include Ate Lovia (Kwento/Red Line) and Top Coat (Sydney Theatre Company), White Pearl (National Theatre of Parramatta), Made in America (TerryandTheCuz), The Sugar House (Belvoir), Island of Shadows (Mosman Art Gallery) and Richard 3 (Bell Shakespeare). He has sound designed video art installations such as Habitat 2018 (Asia Pacific Triennial 2018) and Habitat 2017 (Art Gallery of NSW). He has also composed/sound designed multiple short films.