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Javanese trance dance and heavy metal music mix in Attractor at Stanford

Heavy-metal fans know its rhythmic power chords can inspire head-banging in unison. Attractor fuses metal with dance and Javanese music, for a hypnotic twist.


Could the arts help power the future? Look to Attractor, presented at Bing Concert Hall Jan. 24 to 25, for a clue. The immersive work combines the forces of two leading Australian dance companies, Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc., and experimental Indonesian music duo Senyawa, who borrow from ’80s metal bands like Black Sabbath and Metallica to reinterpret traditional Javanese trance dance and music. Dancers move in a controlled frenzy to the live sound and rhythm of Senyawa’s otherworldly vocalizations and amplified handmade instruments, dissolving the artist- audience boundary along the way. “Attractor has been a succumbing to the inherent power of music and dance, and how they can propel each other into heightened states of energy, tone, rhythm and form,” says Guerin, who, along with Gideon Obarzanek, choreographed and directs the production. The effect is a performance that’s part ritual, part trance and part dance party—and completely electrifying. Tickets $32-$60, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford, 650.724.2464

Originally published in the January/February issue of Silicon Valley

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