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Sydney Dance Company Celebrates Tenth Anniversary of New Breed

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Sydney Dance Company, in collaboration with Carriageworks and supported by Principal Partner The Balnaves Foundation, is thrilled to announce the 10th anniversary of its highly-anticipated New Breed programme. As we look forward to the world premiere of the commissioned works from four dynamic Australian dance makers at Carriageworks from December 6-16, 2023, we can’t help but reflect on the significant impact of this initiative. New Breed 2023 provides an unparalleled opportunity for Australian choreographers to create a newly commissioned piece with Australia’s leading contemporary dance company. Since its inception in 2014, New Breed has propelled 35 emerging artists to showcase their fresh ideas and raw talent on a world stage, solidifying its reputation as Australia’s premier platform for emerging choreographers. This year’s innovative programme will feature works from Beau Dean Riley Smith, Eliza Cooper, Riley Fitzgerald, and Tra Mi Dinh. Smith, an award-winning dancer, choreographer and actor, will present his work gubba, an exploration of Australia’s frontier wars and the violent history of colonial Australia. Cooper’s work critiques the reality she sees around her, using the iconic Spaghetti Western film genre as a lens. Fitzgerald’s Everyb0dy’s g0t a b0mb draws inspiration from the music festival Woodstock ‘99, while Dinh’s piece illuminates the moments between day and night, capturing the transformation of light across the sky in real time. Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela, shared his excitement about the upcoming works: “Over the last ten years, New Breed has been instrumental in supporting the early careers of some of Australia’s most exciting emerging dancemakers…. Read More

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’s ‘Us 50’ is a celebration of and homage to dance

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A double bill will take to the Sydney Dance Company’s stage this November; a celebration of all the Company has done over the past 50 years. Entitled Us 50, the double bill, a creative undertaking by artistic director Rafael Bonachela and choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, will celebrate through dance, the last 50 years of the Company’s influence in taking Australian dance to the world. Comprised of past and current dancers to grace the Company’s stage, the work will also feature members of the dance community in Australia. It’ll embed the Sydney Dance Company as a production company for the people and give a little back through the chance to take to the stage with renowned dancing athletes in an intimate, celebratory way. “When we speak about 50 years of a dance company we also speak about 50 years of dance making,” said Gideon. “What is made, however, is ephemeral. The dancer’s body… can be videoed and photographed but dance itself only truly exists when it is danced. So, the history of the company is stored and transmitted through the bodies of its dancers and collected in the memory of its audiences.” Couple with that with the production of Bonachela’s award winning 6 Breaths. Since its 2010 premiere 6 Breaths has toured to New York, London, Barcelona, the Venice Biennale and the prestigious Movimentos Festival in Germany. A symphony of dance, music by Italian composer Ezio Bosso and costume design by Josh Goot, this is an emotive and breathtaking master work. See more at the Sydney Dance Company’s website.

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

Win tickets to see CINCO by Sydney Dance Company this March

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Sydney’s famed Sydney Dance Company pumps out shows quicker than its dancers can take pilates classes, but this month’s is a real winner. It’s a part of the Sydney Dance Company’s 50th anniversary, and this year, the number 5 is taking centre stage in the production. For Cinco, Rafael Bonachela‘s brand new work, the choreographer has turned to the world of numbers and mathematics for inspiration. The work features five dancers to perform all five movements of a string quartet composed in the 1950s. Not to mention, it’s also the Company’s 50th Anniver The latest instalment by choreographer Rafael Bonachela, CINCO, is on in Sydney this March and is promising a thorough trip through the creative expressions of the Company’s lead. It’s all combined with the award-winning lighting of Damian Cooper, the imagination and skill of designer Bianca Spender with celebrated Argentinian composer Alberto Ginaster. Enter below to score yourself one of 10 double passes to see the show on 26 March 2019. Entries close 11:59PM AEDT, 24 March 2019. Loading…

And you thought you nailed choreography? Sydney Dance Company has a Mardi Gras float

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OK, so, if you’ve ever seen the Sydney Dance Company dancers on stage, then you know what you’re in for. Prepare to pack up your dancing shoes, rip apart your pom-poms and go home if you’re in this year’s parade, because shit is about to get turned up. The world renowned dance troupe is, for the first time ever, making its debut in the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade down Oxford Street in front of millions. In honour of the Company’s 50th anniversary in 2019, the Sydney Dance Company’s choreography features a high energy, tightly rehearsed dance routine with 80 members of Sydney Dance Company’s community, led by dance class manager Ramon Doringo. If you need a taste of the kind of magic that awaits, have a look at what they did at their most recent presentation. Ramon will lead the synchronised marching troupe from the back of a golden Sydney Dance Company Studio float, complete with ballet bar, mirrors and performing drag queens. Doesn’t matter if you’re gay, or just love the energy of the LGBTIQ festival and show of pride, missing the dance rendition from the Sydney Dance Company along the full parade track is more of a sin than the life we’re all living. So get trackside! See what’s on at this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras at their program.

Forever & Ever by Sydney Dance Company is the latest production you need to see

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Sydney Dance Company is renowned for their production skills and this year’s production by Antony Hamilton is a testament to just that. Forever & Ever by the dance company is part Berhain in Berlin, part contemporary manifestation of the creative flair that is Hamilton’s mind; but regardless of how you skin it; it’s good. With pulsating strobe lights in myriad colours, outfit changes, seamless nightclub-cum-contemporary physical embodiment of the euphoria you feel when stripping away the weight of the realities of life; the production is a transcendental piece that is as much a trans-national journey as it is an ecstatic journey inward. The Presets’ Julian Hamilton is the guy behind the soundtrack, which combined with the lighting effects of Benjamin Cisterne, combine to make a truly moving fusion of a killer mix of dance, techno, high fashion and vivid lighting to hypnotic effect. It explores ideas of order, chaos, popular culture and human behaviour, this boundary-pushing work is a bold and thrilling theatrical experience that is not to be missed. See more about Forever & Ever at the Sydney Dance Company’s website.

[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