It all started in 1996 when Aiko Senosoenoto and Rusdy Rukmarata founded Eksotika Karmawibhangga Indonesia or EKI (Dance Company) in short. They were concerned about the growing social phenomenon of youngsters who virtually self-destructed their future. They were either drug users, went astray with free sex, victims of broken homes or indulged in vandalism. All of them suffered from a identity crisis. Aiko and Rusdy then took the risk by bringing those people to their home. As Rusdy is a choreographer, he started teaching the youngsters very basic body movements. Later, in 1998, Sujiwo Tejo also joined in and added drama and vocal training to the programme.