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Meet Sydney Dance Company’s new breed of choreographers at Carriageworks in Redfern

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In Sydney’s annual New Breed program, four upcoming choreographers use the language of movement to show us their take on what the world will look like. The Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed initiative debuted in 2014, with sold out seasons in the following four years.  In the sixth year of its run, we’re introduced to a new lineup of choreographers; Josh Mu, Lauren Langlois, Ariella Casu, and Davide Di Giovanni, who derive inspiration from the future, seeking to comment on the potential dystopian society we’re building and the precipice of death.  Sydney Dance Company leading dancer Davide Di Giovanni kicks off proceedings with In Walked Bud, a performance inspired by jazz music from Thelonius Monk. In the three dancer performance, Alexander Berlage utilises lighting techniques reminiscent of film noir, which provide the audience with selective perspectives of the story. At 13 minutes, In Walked Bud is short and sweet, just enough time to showcase the trio of dancers’ expressively serpentine performances, accentuated by sleek costumes from Guy Hastie. Fellow company member Ariella Casu’s Arise comments on the restrictions society imposes on us and the positive effects of breaking away from them. The performance is fairly literal, with Guy Hastie’s costumes involving skin-tight latex hoodies set over nude clothing and the choreography including marching with dancers breaking away from the pack with fluid solos. The piece was well-performed by the nine dancer ensemble and one of the most popular with the audience on opening night.  Creeper by Lauren Langlois is next up, building on the tension introduced in Casu’s piece. Angular and jerky, Creeper comments… Read More

Sydney Dance Company is celebrating its 50th anniversary in a massive way with Mardi Gras and CINCO

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Rafael Bonachela is the artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company and responsible for most of the epic dance pieces the troupe puts on in Australia and around the world. He does it well. So when his baby turns 50 and celebrates its birthday in quite an epic was as it has, you know he’s behind it, doing nothing but the best for the dance company responsible for Forever & Ever and ab intra just to name a few. In addition to the milestone in itself, the Sydney Dance Company participated for the first time in the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and is putting on a new double bill production, headlined by the new work, CINCO (you can win tickets here). “Mardi Gras was an incredible thrill, for me personally and for the Company. Believe it or not, it was the very first time that Sydney Dance Company had participated in the parade,” said Rafael. The entry of the Company signified 50 years as a diverse organisation that hires and is involved directly with many people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and their friends. “We employ a significant number of LGBTQI artists and staff and we have a long tradition of welcoming the LGBTQI community to participate and express themselves through dance,” he said. And they did it well. Rafael doesn’t even shy away from admitting their float was essentially one of the best ones out there on Oxford Street. “It was an explosion of gold glitter, complete with a ballet bar, mirrors, and… Read More

[ab]intra by Sydney Dance Company has made its world premiere

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For those in the know when it comes to dance, the Sydney Dance Company and its choreographer, Rafael Bonachela are two names to know. The latest production, [ab]intra, is Bonachela’s first full-length work in six years and is a dazzling return to the limelight as the production held its world premiere in Sydney recently. SEE ALSO: Why 2018 is a good year for the Sydney Dance Company From the Latin meaning ‘from within’, [ab]intra explores the concept of the shared instincts as humans that drive us apart and bring us back together. A writhing, dramatically lit and scarcely propped dancing spectacular, [ab]intra is an absorbing journey through human nature. Set in a dramatically stark space of nothingness whereby the emptiness becomes a part of the production itself, complete with strong light work that accentuates moments in time and hints of colour to indicate the human condition, the production is nothing short of engrossing. Given we know we all – relatively speaking – inherently feel, think, hurt, move and exist in the same way – emotions and socio-political views aside – but seeing what drives our relationships and ignites our ambitions and desires is quite the encapsulating rollercoaster. As Bonachela says, they had been talking about and thinking about [ab]intra for a long time and being able to finally share the project with the world is a terribly exciting time. MORE: See more about the Sydney Dance Company’s production, Frame of Mind, here Crafted at first with nothing but an idea and a request for the… Read More