Presented by Opal Vapour Artists

Jade Bird Cold

‘ Mesmerizing and immediately engaging.

Immersive, inclusive and intimate.’

Annette Shun Wah, Performance 4A

2016 season


PSi Conference: Performing Climates, Artshouse, Melbourne 6-10 July

The rising waters of the Indo-Pacific Oceans and the continuous displacement of marginal communities is the impetus for Enfold – a poetic contemplation on water and our relationship to it.

This ritual performance installation explores themes of relocation, shelter and shorelines from the talented team of Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Ria Soemardjo and Paula van Beek – also known as the Opal Vapour Artists. Audiences are gently invited into an intimate, direct encounter with objects, movement and live sound.

Enfold invokes an ancient way of seeing where the inner realms of the human body have deep inter-connections with the macro-cosmic forms of our universe. Rhythmic transformations evoke remote dry lands empty of ice and vast oceans expanding. Tuning into the breath force in the other and all things, the journey moves with the moon’s gravitational pull.


Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal

Direction, Choreography, Performance

 Ria Soemardjo

Music, Textiles, Performance

Paula van Beek

Dramaturgy, Lighting

Ilka White

Design consultation

The Opal Vapour Story

The Opal Vapour Artists (Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Paula van Beek and Ria Soemardjo), have established a successful and rich collaboration. The signature work ‘Opal Vapour’ was commissioned by the Arts Centre Melbourne in 2010, with subsequent residencies in NSW, Tasmania and in Yogyakarta, Central Java. ‘Opal Vapour’ premièred at Malthouse’s Helium season in 2012 and toured Australia through Performing Lines Mobile States Program in 2013. ‘Opal Vapour’ was awarded Best Dance Melbourne Fringe Festival and shortlisted for a Green Room and Australian Dance Award.

Opals are ancient stones created as the last remnants of water are drained from the land.

Both Ria and Jade share Javanese / Australian cultural heritage. Their individual and collective creative processes are shaped by personal connections to Javanese traditional dance and music forms, and the way that Javanese performance forms such as Wayang Kulit (shadow puppet theatre) elegantly engage all the senses and encompass so many different elements including movement, music, ritual, and food, improvisation, story-telling and socialising.

Paula specialises in collaborating with dancers and she has an extensive collaborative history with Jade, encompassing ‘Shadow and Ash’ (2006, 2007), ‘Human Flame Forest’ (2008), ‘6/7 Empty’ (2008, 2011) and ‘Opal Vapour’ (2012, 2013).


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