Animalising; Becoming Animal / Intense / Imperceptible

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Image: by Adele Wilkes

Two dancers, Tony Yap and Jack Riley, with a 40-year age difference, showcasing striking contrasts and surprising similarities. These contrasts arise from differences in age, traditional cultures, and dance styles, whilst their similarities lie in their shared intensity-focused aesthetics and involvement in queer subcultures. The performance of 'Animalising' delves into the themes of sexlessness and nakedness, combining them with a captivating trance-like intensity.

Back from a shamanistic bull-trance rituals in East Java the dancers draw out their animalising into states of possession. Mas Agus Riyanto is the supreme trance-master and he induces the dancers into trance zones as he whips, and they morph to become animals, intense and imperceptible.** Additionally, Reuben Lewis spells the ritual by creating and composing a third element, developing the sonic-choreographic trance-scape.

Dancers: Tony Yap and Jack Riley
Musician: Reuben Lewis
Trance master: Agus Riyanto
Film and Photo: Adele Wilkes
Producer: Taka Takiguchi (滝口貴)

Opening Ritual (Wed 7 Feb 6pm-7:30pm, free unticketed)

Agus Riyanto, a Javanese bull-trance shaman, has created a ritual that evokes benevolent spirits/energies. This ritual invites everyone to participate and converge for spiritual well-being at the Abbotsford Convent.

About the Workshop (Sat 10 Feb 10am-3pm)

This trance workshop is an introduction to an ecstatic trance practice of Bantengan — Bull Trance Rituals — in Indonesia. Through reframing and reimagining the traditional form, we explore the intensity of the transformative experiences of becoming animal, becoming intense and becoming imperceptible.

"... exquisite... There are real lessons to be learned from the way Yap builds his work."
— The Age

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English No Barrier
Wheelchair Access
Vision Rating 75%

Dates & Times

RITUAL Wed 7 Feb 6-7:30pm - FREE
SEASON 8-10 Feb | Thu-Sat 8pm
WORKSHOP Sat 10 Feb 10am-3pm


FULL $35.00
CONC $30.00
EARLY BIRD 15% discount at checkout on full price tickets until 11pm 19 Dec 2023
3-SHOW 10% discount at checkout on full price tickets when purchasing 3+ eligible events
COMPANION FREE - please email [email protected] to arrange


Abbotsford Convent - Industrial School

1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

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Hurstbridge/Mernda line to Victoria Park


200, 207 to Clarke/Johnston St

Event notes


New Work, Melbourne Premiere


Nudity, Loud or sudden noises

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