Peni Candra Rini And Ade Suharto With ‘Ontosoroh’ at Kings Place


'Ontosoroh' is an evocative collaborative music and dance project between Peni Candra Rini (vocalist / composer), Melbourne-based Ade Suharto (dancer/choreographer) and musicians from Surakarta, Central Java in Indonesia.

Peni combines traditional and contemporary vocal techniques, such as classical Javanese songs, tembang, which she has written in both poetic and colloquial Javanese language, as well as experimental and exploratory vocals. Ade draws from the vocabulary of classical Javanese and other dance styles to shape the narrative flow of the work.

The work is inspired by the character Nyai Ontosoroh from the novel This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesia's most celebrated author. Ontosoroh represents the emergence of radical new voices in Indonesian culture, voices that paved the way for Indonesia's developing nationalism and subsequent independence. As women living and working more than a century since the days of Ontosoroh, Peni and Ade's collaboration interprets the most inspiring woman in the post-reformation world of Indonesian literature through a contemporary lens.


Adult Ticket: £9.50 to £17.50 (USD12.56 - USD23.13) per ticket

Venue Details & Map

Kings Place

90 York Way
King's Cross
N1 9AG
+44 (0)20 7520 1460
Public transport:
Kings Cross St Pancras International Euston

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