Born in 1981 Kaliori village, Banyumas, Rianto trained in classical Javanese dance and East Javanese folk dance from a young age, specialising in the cross gender form of Lengger. Rianto has been based in Tokyo, Japan since 2003 where he founded the Classical Javanese dance company, Dewandaru Dance Company. He has worked with a spectrum of international choreographers, performance makers and companies whilst remaining dedicated to his training and own voice for contemporary Javanese performing arts.
Projects include, working with Korean choreographer Sen Hea Ha, performing in Seoul, Singapore, Belgium, Netherlands and Austria. Dancing for Chen Shi Zheng’s Opera at Schubert Theatre, Boston and London Coliseum with the English National Opera. Guest artist for Gulliver & Swift and Garibaba Stange’s World by Japanese dance company Pappa TARAHUMARA. The durational 24 hour dance work at Solo International Dance Day, collaborations with Keiko Nakano on Yumme for Tokyo metropolitan theatre, the Dance Opera Gandari by Tony Prabowo and To Belong choreographed by Akiko Kitamura.
Artist residencies include Nottle Theatre Company, Korea, Attakkalari Biennial, India and most recently Staadstheater Darmstadt, Germany, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, Honolulu and deSingel, Antwerp. In 2007, Rianto received an ANA grant to present his own choreographic works in Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, India and Japan.
His most recent solo work Medium premiered in 2016 and continues to tour along with SoftMachine: Rianto, a solo work under the direction of Choy Ka Fai.