Season Two: Bonachela / Obarzanek
Sydney Dance Company celebrates 50 years of defining contemporary dance with a thrilling double bill from Rafael Bonachela and Gideon Obarzanek, choreographers who have, in their unique ways, defined the art form and helped take Australian dance to the world.
Bonachela and Obarzanek will join forces in 2019 to celebrate a half-century of Sydney Dance Company dance making in a double bill climaxing in Us 50, a grand-scale work by Obarzanek featuring 50 performers made up of past dancers that have graced our stage, current Company dancers, and members of our community.
“When we speak about 50 years of a dance company we also speak about 50 years of dance making,” says Obarzanek. “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.”
Completing the double bill is Bonachela’s award winning 6 Breaths. Since it’s 2010 premiere 6 Breaths has toured to New York, London, Barcelona, the Venice Biennale in Italy and the prestigious Movimentos Festival in Germany. A symphony of dance, music by Italian composer Ezio Bosso and costume design by Josh Goot, this emotive work will take your breath away.
Join Sydney Dance Company in a celebration of its past, present and future. This is an anniversary you cannot miss!
“The history of the Company is in the bodies of the dancers and the memories of the audience.” – Gideon Obarzanek
“If you imagine the cellos being the lungs and Ezio making them breathe for the first time. He took my breath away.” – Rafael Bonachela (6 Breaths)
“The curtain-raiser, for six cellos and a piano, is a real beauty. 6 Breaths is an artfully abstract journey through the cycle of life but based upon breathing. Thoughtful, refined and musical…” – The London Times