Cry Jailolo

September 25, 2015 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, LIFE, THEATRE, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS | 5 Comments |

Oz Asia Festival, “Cry Jailolo” (Dunstan Playhouse, Festival Theatre, Adelaide) (24/9/15)

Jailolo, part of the Indonesian archipelago, has coughed-up a troupe of seven fit young men who (choreographed by Eko Supriyanto) present a genuinely novel dance sequence based on indigenous tribal myth from North Malaku, with modern overtones of environmental threat to a pristine local environment.  Sinuous, mesmerizing, ephemeral and fluid, involving moves that are both new and alien, this is an interpretation that intrigues and engages lovers of dance and agnostics alike.  Their unusual motion, use of light and shade, stillness, subtle use of hand and foot for percussion, and sense of space, is remarkable, so that we found ourselves guessing at the next move and counting the dancers, to confirm there were still (or only) seven of them there.


Emma and Lesley welcome the troupe, togged-up and street-legal


No Asia Festival without a dragon (above).  No legislature without some mauve…(SA Parliament House below)


Loitering afterwards over a drink in the Dunstan Playhouse, we were taken aback at the portrait looming at us: former South Australian Premier Donald Dunstan (1926-1999), perhaps the last South Premier to belong in our state pantheon, a deservedly renowned patron of the arts, Fiji born, who (with respect to artist Salvador Loreto) surely deserves a better portrait than this grotesque and disproportionate caricature, a bastard cross twixt the worst of the packing crates prize and David Byrne’s oversized suit from Stop Making Sense.






  1. Reply

    Danny Beger

    September 25, 2015

    Yes it was a good night out with Peter & Lesley to see Cry Jailolo at the Dunstan Playhouse. The smells, sounds, colour and movement outside the theatre in the Noodle Market and beyond created a terrific atmosphere and the performance didn't disappoint. The dancing was tribal and hypnotic. It was very impressive!

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    Emma Marinucci

    September 25, 2015

    It was dance as I had never experienced before. Mesmerizing, almost meditative at times and visually exciting. Then silence & stillness creating anticipation for what the seven dancers would do next. The Festival Theatre is alive and pumping with OzAsia colour, music and culture. Definitely worth a look.

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