Melbourne Festival – Win Tickets to see We Came From The East

 “Hip-hop was born in Papua. You don’t have to believe me. But my great-grandmother told me.” Jecko Siompo

 We Came From The East“Hip-hop was born in Papua. You don’t have to believe me. But my great-grandmother told me.” Jecko Siompo Could it be true? Could hip-hop really have come from Indonesia? This is the question posed by the mischievous Jecko Siompo in We Came From The East. The Australian Premiere of We Came From The East will be presented as part of this year’s Melbourne International Arts Festival. This fusion of contemporary and tribal dance by Jecko Siompo (Indonesia) will be playing at the Beckett Theatre (CUB Malthouse) from Tuesday 18 October to Saturday 22 October. 
A rising force in the choreography scene, both in Indonesia and abroad, Siompo here plays the fevered heretic, conjuring for us a furious display of the apparently indelible links between traditional Papuan dance and contemporary hip-hop. As the ten dancers – from Indonesia and Germany – shift between forms, sliding from pop-locking to breakdancing to the jittering mechanics of Papuan tribal movement, their bodies craft an argument both unexpected and persuasive. Performed in Siompo’s trademark “animal pop” style and overlaid with a pounding percussive soundtrack, We Came from the East is dance of remarkable vitality. Loud and audacious, yet accomplished and precise, this is the work of a young master making a decisive impact on the world stage.  Born in Jayapura, Papua (Irian Jaya) in 1975, Jecko attended the Jakarta Institute of the Arts, before being awarded a scholarship by the Goethe Institute to study dance theatre in Germany. Siompo has participated in arts festivals in Indonesia and across Asia, as well as Europe and the USA.  Three lucky readers (and their guests) will have the chance to see this show simply by entering our competition below. Tickets are for THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER at 8pm. Competition closes Saturday 15 October. Winners will be notified via phone/email.  Simply fill in the form below to enter!  Photo copyright: Riduan    

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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