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Residential WS with AG

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Residency workshop

Pelem Village, East Java, Indonesia


Residency Workshop with Agung Gunawan and his dancers

Agung Gunawan, together with the co-producer, Takashi Takiguchi, offers a residency workshop at the studio in the rural village in Pelem in East Java, Indonesia at Sampang Agung Centre for Performing Arts (SACPA).

In this residency program, Agung will share his personal understanding and expertise on how to perceive the sense of spirituality and traverse it to make a body move at the local landscape.

Participants are guided to channel such phenomenal forces into their body movements, in order to create an 'improvised' performance through vocals and movements. 

Agung also offers an opportunity to all participants, to explore and investigate the boundaries and crossing points of classical and contemporary art forms, utilising his classical Javanese court dance techniques and years of past experience in directing and choreographing contemporary dance works with many international artists. touches the true nature of humanity.


Agung Gunawan - Mentor

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Born in 1971 in Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia, Agung Gunawan is a renowned and established dancer, an artistic director, a choreographer and a vocalist.

He was professionally trained and mentored for years by the legendary master Bagong Kusudiharjo and later by R.M. Ywandjono Suryobrongto and R.Ay. Sri Kadarjati in the form of classical court dance of Yogyakarta.  From 2000 to 2006, he worked as an assistant choreographer with Martinus Miroto at the Miroto Dance Company. During this time, he was involved in the production of 'Opera Java', a film directed by Garin Nugroho while touring across the globe.

Agung has received numerous nominations and awards both nationally and internationally, including 'The Best Feature Performance and The Best Choreographer' at the Cameronian Arts Awards (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 2013) and 'Best Choreographer' at Festival Wayang Wong Gaya (Yogyakarta, Indonesia: 2009).

Quick Facts (10 days)

☞ 5 day intensive training
☞ 2 day development
☞ 1 day showing
☞ One-on-one consultation with AG
☞ Technical support
☞ Community led
☞ Work with young local artists
☞ Annually held (June)

Quick Facts (5 days)

☞ 5 day intensive training
☞ presentation at the end
☞ Consultation with Agung
☞ Technical support
☞ Community led
☞ Work with young local artists
☞ Annually held (Sep/Nov)

Coming Up


Breathing Forests Dance Theatre & Whiffling Forests Gamelan Ensemble - Workshop Assistant

Some members from Breathing Forests Dance Theatre & Whiffling Forests Gamelan Ensemble will assist Agung and all participants by joining activities throughout the workshop program. The interaction with those local artists who have been working with Agung for past decade will add another layer of multiplicity in learning the culture, artistic practices and philosophy in the context of the contemporary trans-cultural artistic development.

STUDIO (SACPA - Sampang Agung Centre for Performing Arts)

The residency offers various platform to practice and experiment, such as forests, rivers, oceans, caves and rice fields. At the workshop, international and local Javanese artists are invited to exchange their philosophies, perspectives, multi-disciplinary artistic expressions and accumulated wisdom and experiences during the program. 

Agung uses the analogy of water to illustrate this: the water of our backyards, rivers, lakes, oceans are all unique and different, yet essentially it is the same water. Likewise, we human beings are essentially the same, despite of where we live, what we eat and what we believe in. What are the differences between traditional and contemporary ways of living and thinking, between one culture, religion, belief, daily practice and another, between socially accepted states of consciousness and altered states of consciousness? What exists in these 'betweens' or are they something 'beyond' our normal understanding? How do these questions directly or indirectly affect and cultivate artistic practice?