Five dancers and eight metal-heads share the stage in this meeting of cultures, art forms, languages and belief systems.

Melbourne-based dance company Lucy Guerin Inc collaborates with Ensemble Tikoro, a heavy metal choir who come direct from the underground music scene in Bandung for their first appearance outside Indonesia.

Metal was created in both Melbourne and Bandung, a town that sits beneath Tangkuban Perahu. This active volcano embodies the idea of one world spilling into another, where the crust of the earth is thin and what is known and not known converge with explosive energy.

Co-created by Lucy Guerin and Ensemble Tikoro’s Robi Rusdiana, the performance sees heavy metal and traditional throat singing collide with contemporary Australian dance in an encounter that ultimately transforms them both, as the ghosts of tradition merge with music and dance to invent new mythologies for a globalised world.

Co-commissioned by Asia TOPA, Arts Centre Melbourne and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris. Metal is supported by Playking Foundation, the Sidney Myer Fund, The Besen Foundation, the Eirene Lucas Foundation, Union House Theatre, and Dance at the University of Melbourne. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the City of Melbourne arts grants.

Images: Wayne Smith and Angus Kemp (Asia TOPA) and Gregory Lorenzutti (2019 Development)