Grandage/Supanggah Satan Jawa
Garin Nugroho director of Satan Jawa

Iain Grandage conductor

A young man is kept distant from his lover by a strict and unforgiving society. He’d go through hell to be with her, but when a deal with the devil goes sour, hell comes to him instead.

This unprecedented collaboration across cultures brings together the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a 20-piece Indonesian gamelan orchestra to conjure the bewitching live score for the newly commissioned film Satan Jawa. Directed by revered Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho, Satan Jawa’s soundtrack has been jointly written by award-winning Australian composer/conductor Iain Grandage and renowned Indonesian composer Rahayu Supanggah.

Inspired by the classic horror film Nosferatu and the rich imagery of Javanese mythology, Satan Jawa is a lavish black-and-white work of suspenseful silent cinema. The stunning score has been created during an extensive and insightful period of exchange between Australian and Indonesian musicians, with theatrical heavy-hitter Grandage joining forces with Supanggah, best known in Melbourne for scoring Robert Wilson’s majestic I La Galigo. The result is a work rich with mysticism and theatrical sensuality, and an event worth selling your soul to catch.

Running time: 1 hour and 10 minutes, without an interval

Satan Jawa is presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the inaugural Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts.


Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

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