Born in Astambul South Kalimantan, Eko Supriyanto is one of leading choreographers of his generation. Eko received his Bachelor Degree at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI Surakarta) then continued his Master's degree at the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), California from 1998 to –2001. Previously, he also participated in the ICR Programme at the American Dance Festival (1997) and APPEX programme at UCLA.
Eko is a founder of Solo Dance Studio, recently merging into EkosDance Company in 2011. Eko has worked and collaborated with Peter Sellars on his opera production (1999-2014), while he has also choreographed, acted and danced in Garin Nugroho’s film Opera Jawa’s (2006). In 2001 he was one of Madonna’s dancers on her Drown World Tour and he has also been a Javanese dance consultant for Julie Taymor’s Lion King Broadway performance in Los Angeles and on national tour. Eko was one of the choreographers for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Asian Games Jakarta.
Eko has completed his Doctoral degree in Performance Studies at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta in 2015, and his second Doctoral degree on Creation Programme at ISI Surakarta 2018. Since 2011, Eko's concern for the environment and "empowering the local” has been manifested in cultural design activities for community empowerment in various regions, especially the Eastern part of Indonesia, Jailolo, Tidore, Sula and Morotai (North Maluku), Belu, East Nusa Tenggara. Taliwang, West Sumbawa and Papua.
The mission of silent tourism was also highlighted by Eko with Arco Renz as his dramaturge for the trilogy of Dancing Jailolo (Cry Jailolo, BALABALA and SALT), which has also been performed in Europe, USA, Australia and Asia between i2013 to 2019. His latest work IBUIBU BELU: Bodies of Borders was performed and and co-produced by TPAM (Japan), AsiaTopa (Australia) and Desingel and Pumpenhauz (Europe). Eko is now a full-time faculty member at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts for undergraduate and graduate students. He is also one of the curators of the Kharisma Event Nusantara at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Republic Indonesia.