From Indonesia’s most celebrated director, Garin Nugroho, comes Satan Jawa, a silent feature film steeped in Javanese mythology with a live score by Australia’s Iain Grandage and Indonesia’s Rahayu Supanggah featuring a blend of Western symphonic tradition and Indonesian gamelan music.
Nugroho’s Satan Jawa evokes Javanese mythology through the genre of contemporary horror as inspired by the perennial silent film classic, Nosferatu by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. The film explores Indonesia’s pre-orthodox Islamic stories of the seven deals man makes with the devil in order to gain wealth and the live score dramatically underpins the mysticism and sensuality of Nugroho’s tale of love and sacrifice.
Satan Jawa was commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Esplanade for Asia TOPA.
Already a highly sought after work for international presenters, Satan Jawa will be presented at the prestigious Holland Festival in June 2017 and Singapore Esplanade in July 207, with many future seasons in the planning.
Turning World are the producers of Satan Jawa’s future international seasons, and Kate was involved in the project’s extensive development process as Executive Producer.
If a single word could sum up the world première of Satan Jawa, it would be ‘bewitching’. Australian Book Review