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Our past experiences shape our perspective on people and the world around us, but how does this apply to gender and performances?

In this talk, Indonesian dance artist Rianto, a master of the cross-gender form of the traditional dance Lengger, shares how his training and cultural background have helped him develop a unique dance vocabulary that embodies gender fluidity. Looking at gender fluidity in traditional Indonesian dance forms and the recognition of multiple genders in Indonesian cultural practices, he also discusses gendered space within the Indonesian social and political climate and ‘body migration’ – the journey of the body through shifting cultural practices, and how ideas and reflections can be manifested through dance. The session includes live demonstrations.

6 September 2018 (Thursday)

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Dance Studio 1, 4/F, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
(1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)

Rianto, Indonesian Dance Artist


Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.


Ms Leung (852) 2200 0872,

Accessibility Services:
Audio description and Hong Kong Sign Language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
The talk will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force at 3pm and onwards.

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About Speaker:


Born in Indonesia, Rianto was trained in classical Javanese dance and East Javanese folk dance from a young age, specialising in the cross-gender form of Lengger. Rianto founded the classical Javanese dance company, Dewandaru Dance Company in Tokyo in 2003. He has worked with a spectrum of international choreographers, performance makers and companies while remaining dedicated to finding his own voice for contemporary Javanese performing arts. In 2017, he embarked on a new research phase into cross-gender traditions and transgender performance across the Indonesian archipelago. Rianto is also a dancer with the acclaimed Akram Khan Company.


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