Presented by Opal Vapour Artists

Enfold 2016 Artshouse

‘ Mesmerizing and immediately engaging.

Immersive, inclusive and intimate.’

Annette Shun Wah, Performance 4A


Enfold – a poetic contemplation on water and our relationship to it.

Salamanca Moves Festival, Tasmania September 2016 – Book now >>

A work combining dance and live music, Enfold explores the increasing global concern of community displacement and relocation due to rising sea levels as a result of climate change.

Sound, movement and image are interwoven by Australian Javanese dancer/choreographer Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and musician Ria Soemardjo, to create a work that evokes the rituals of migration, settlement and seeking asylum. Audiences are gently invited into an intimate, direct encounter with objects, movement and live sound.

A shared journey between audience and performer, Enfold transcends Australia’s shorelines as we collectively search for meaning and connection in an increasingly displaced world.


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.

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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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