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Lucy Guerin Inc & Ensemble Tikoro

Five dancers and eight metal-heads share the stage in this meeting of cultures, art forms, languages and belief systems.

Melbourne-based dance company Lucy Guerin Inc collaborates with Ensemble Tikoro, a heavy metal choir who come direct from the underground music scene in Bandung for their first appearance outside Indonesia.

Season 24-27 February 2020
Sessions During APAM Gathering 7pm Mon 24 Feb, 7pm Tue 25 Feb, 7pm Wed 26 Feb, 7pm Thur 27 Feb
Venue Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne



Metal was created in both Melbourne and Bandung, a town that sits beneath Tangkuban Perahu. This active volcano embodies the idea of one world spilling into another, where the crust of the earth is thin and what is known and not known converge with explosive energy.

Co-created by Lucy Guerin and Ensemble Tikoro’s Robi Rusdiana, the performance sees heavy metal and traditional throat singing collide with contemporary Australian dance in an encounter that ultimately transforms them both, as the ghosts of tradition merge with music and dance to invent new mythologies for a globalised world.

“[Guerin’s] choreography is always fearless…everything that’s exciting about dance as an art form” – The Music

Dates 24-27 February 2020
Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004
Running Time 60 mins
Warnings Contains smoke effects and strobe lighting


Dancers Rebecca Jensen, Melanie Lane, Amber McCartney, Ashley McLellan, Lilian Steiner

Singers Ensemble Tikoro Robi Rusdiana, Tandani Mutaqim, Mahatma Adi Hartoko, Arum Dwi Hanantoro, Ardyansah, Handriansyah Nugraha, Agung Suryana, Mita Siti Kulsum

Co-Creators Lucy Guerin, Robi Rusdiana
Director/Choreographer Lucy Guerin
Composer Robi Rusdiana
Lighting Designer Paul Lim
Sound Designer Nick Roux
Costume Designer Andrew Treloar
Aneke McCulloch, Lucy Guerin Inc
Associate Producer The Common Room
Production Manager Sam Doyle, First In Last Out