Eko Supriyanto

Artistic Director, Choreographer and Founder

Eko Supriyanto

Eko is a graduated and full-time faculty member of ISI Surakarta/The Indonesian Institute for the Arts in Solo, Central Java Indonesia. Eko holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Dance and Choreography from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures (2001). He received a Fullbright scholarship to pursue his PhD and  (2008) and he completed his Doctorate degree on Performance Studies at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta Indonesia in January 2015. He has studied Javanese court dances and the Indonesian Martial Art Pencak Silat since he was seven with his grandfather in Magelang, Central Java. Eko’s works have been presented widely in Indonesia, the United States (American Dance Festival 1997, APPEX 1997, 1999 & 2000, ACDFA, Highways Performance Space, The Getty Museum, Japan American Theatre), Asia and Europe.  Eko was a featured dancer on Madonna’s “Drowned World” tour in 2001 and has served as a dance consultant for the Los Angeles and National Tour of Julie Taymor’s “Lion King” Broadway production. He is the founder and artistic director for Solo Dance Studio in Surakarta Indonesia since 1996. He danced and choreographed for Peter Sellars “Le Grand Macabre” with Georgy Ligety, “Love Cloud” for Venice Beanalle,  and John Adam’s Opera “Flowering Tree”, performed at the “New Crowned Hope 250 Years” Mozart Festival in Vienna in 2006, with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Ratle, the San Francisco Symphony, the Barbican Centre in London in July 2007, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and at the Lincoln Center in New York in 2009.  Eko is an actor, dancer and choreographer for the “Opera Jawa” film (2006) directed by Garin Nugroho and produced by Peter Sellars. He dance and choreographed for The Iron Bed, directed by Garin Nugroho at the Theatre Spectacle, Zurich Switzerland (August 2008) and the Indonesian Dance Festival (October 2008), Jakarta Indonesia. And Opera Jawa Tusuk Konde at the 100th years Troppen Museum Amsterdam and Brandly Museum Paris March 2011. He choreographed a film “Generasi Biru” directed by Garin Nugroho and John De-rantau with Indonesian famous Rock Band SLANK. He was Invited for MAU Forum and dancing for Lemi Ponifasio’s “Tempest” at the Auckland Festival New Zealand, Sidney festival, and tour Europe in 2010. Eko Premiering his new work “Possible Dewa Ruci at the Festival De L’imaginaire in Paris France March 2009. Recently Eko choreographed Musical Diana for 40th years Kompas, and Onrop Musical with Joko Anwar in November 2010. He was a guest choreographer for Khmer Arts with Shopilin Shapiro and Pichet Kunclun in Cambodia and with Amrita Performing Arts, under support from the Tanz Connection with Goethe Institute Jakarta for three years 2010, 2011 and 2012. Eko was performing his new piece “Soldier” for Moonson Festival in Leuven Belgium 2010. He was also a guest choreographer for Maya Dance Theatre in Singapore 2011. He premieres his new work “Para-Human” with 6 Cambodian dancers (Amrita Performing Arts) in Singapore National Museum in June 2012. Eko also creating a new Site Specific work with Lassale School of Arts, for Andy Warhole exhibition at the Singapore Arts and Sience Museum in July 2012. He is invited by the Group Emotion dance company with Francesca La Cava in Laquila – Italy to create a new work with Laquila dancer with the orchestra of Carnival of the Animals (August 2012). Eko recently was working and dancing for Arco Renz new dance entitle “Solid.States” with STUK Theatre in Leuven – Belgium and tour around Europe 2012 and 2013. He was a director and Choreographer of “Sasadu on the Sea” as part of Festival Teluk Jailolo, (Jailolo Bay Festival) in Jailolo, West Halmahera North Maluku in May 2012-2015. He created “Cry Jailolo with four dancers from Jailolo, West Halmahera North Maluku, performing at ASWARA Kuala Lumpur Malaysia June 2013.  He is now doing a performance research on Body Embodiment of Indonesian Dancers with researching on Diving entitled: “The Future of Dance is Under Water”. In February to April 2014, Eko research on Julius Hans Speigel with Theatre Freiburg in Germany and Premiering “VOL” with Lua Leirner. In November 2014, Eko extending “Cry Jailolo” with 7 youth dancers form Jailolo West Halmahera North Maluku for the Indonesian Dance Festival, STSI Bandung, Solo and Jogja International Performing Arts Festival. He will touring this piece on TPAM in Yokohama Japan in February 2015, Australian Tour in August 2015 and European Tour in August, September –October 2015.

Eko Supriyanto’s CV

2014 - Doctorate

PhD in Performance Studies; Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2007 – 2008

PhD in Cultural and Performance studies; UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures (Fall and Winter Quarter 2008)

2001 – MFA

Choreography and Performance: World Arts and Cultures Department, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Concentration includes: Choreographic Technique and Theory Production (Lighting Design, Stage Management, Publicity) Theory of Inter and Multicultural Collaboration “The Body”: feminist, ethnic, and sociological perspectives, Techniques of Improvisation, Modern, Ballet, and other cultural forms

1997 – BFA

Dance, Indonesian Institute of the Arts (STSI), Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia
Concentration includes: Choreography and Theatre, Improvisation and Meditation,Javanese traditional/mask technique
Techniques of Balinese, Sumatranese, Sundanese, and other Indonesian cultural forms, Teaching Methods/Kinesiology, Theory – “the Artist’s Voice”



Modern technique class with David Rousseve
Improvisation class with Simone Forti
Contact Improvisation with Nina Martin
Indian Classical Dance with Viji Prakash
Tap Dance with Lyn Dally
African dance with Zhinga
Choreography with David Rousseve, Victoria Marks, and Angelia Leung
(University of California, Los Angeles)

Summer 1997:

International Choreographer in Residence Program at American Dance Festival (Durham, North Carolina) Summer technique classes of African, Contact Improvisation, Modern, and Choreography


Choreography and Theatre with Sardono W. Kusumo, Sardono Dance Theatre (Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia)


Javanese, Balinese, Sumatranese, and Sundanese classical court dance, STSI (Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia)


Improvisation and Meditation with Suprapto Suryodarmo, Lemah Putih Seminar (Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia)


Javanese classical court, mask dance and composition dance with S. Maridi, Sunarno, S. Pamardi and S. Ngaliman (Surakarta Royal Palace, Central Java, Indonesia)


Javanese classical court dance with Kahari and Alit Maryono (Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia)



Javanese classical court dance with Bagong Kusudiardjo (Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia)


Javanese classical court dance and traditional martial arts (Pencak Silat) with Djoyoprajitno (Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia)



2014: November

“Cry Jailolo” an Indonesia Premiere, Indonesian Dance Festival Jakarta, STSI Bandung, Surakarta Arts Center Surakarta and Jogja International Performing Arts Festival Yogyakarta (Choreographer)

2014: September

“Body as Object” a site specific performance at the Arts and Science Museum Singapore (Choreographer)

2014: May

“ Workshop Creating Contemporary Thai-ASIA with Pichet Kunclun Dance Company. Bangkok and Ratchaburi, Thailand (Instructor)

2014: February-April

“VOL” a World Premiere of Lua Leirner at Julius Hans Speigel Zentrum, Theatre Freiburg  Germany (Dance and Choreographer)

2014: January

“Awarding Oriflame Indonesia” Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta (Choreographer)

2013: October

“Solid.States” with Kobalt Works, Directed by Arco Renz, Arts Summit Indonesia , Jakarta (Dancer and Choreographer)

2013: September

“Solid.States” with Kobalt Works, Directed by Arco Renz, Le Brigittines. Brussels Belgium (dancer and choreographer)

2013: September

“Kipas Cendana and Api Sinta” new Dance works for Opening and Closing Miss World 2013, Westin Hotel and Nusa Dua Convention Center, Nusa Dua Bali – Indonesia (Trainer and Choreographer)

2013: July

“Cry Jailolo” a new World Premiere with dances from Jailolo West Halmahera, Tari 13, 8th International Dance Festival – Dancing Across Borders. ASWARA Theatre Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. (Choreographer)

2013: May

Festival Teluk Jailolo. “Sasadu on The Sea”, a Musical Performance with 250 dancers from Jailolo, West Halmahera North Maluku. (Director and Choreographer)

2013: April

“Solid.States” with Kobalt Works, Directed by Arco Renz, EXODOS Festival, Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, FOCUS Asian Dance Platform, KS Theatre Lubliana Slovenia. (Dancer and Choreographer)

2013: April

Singapore Youth Festival, Central Judging of Dances. Malay Dance Categories, (Judges)