Presented by Country Arts SA and Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company’s Frame of Mind is a wildly powerful double bill featuring the smash hit Wildebeest by South Australia’s own Gabrielle Nankivell and the multi award-winning Frame of Mind from Rafael Bonachela.

Bonachela’s Frame of Mind features a dramatic contemporary-classical soundtrack by Bryce Dessner (from American hit rock band The National), recorded by San Francisco’s virtuosic Kronos Quartet. Winner of all four categories for the 2015 Helpmann Awards including ‘Best Choreography’, ‘Best Dance Work’, ‘Best Male Dancer’, and ‘Best Female Dancer’ for its critically acclaimed premiere season.

Having premiered as part of Sydney Dance Company’s inaugural New Breed season, choreographic prodigy Gabrielle Nankivell’s eloquent Wildebeest showcases the power of dancers as individuals and strength en masse. Moody and animalistic, it’s backed by a stormy and industrial score by Luke Smiles.

Don’t miss this gripping evening of dance in its limited Australian season.

Photo: Pedro Greig

Frame of Mind – Sydney Dance Company from Country Arts SA on Vimeo.

Sneak Peek
Do you want to get up close with the dancers? Join us for an  intimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience & watch the dancers technical rehearsal on the afternoon of the performance date.
Hosted by choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell. Call the box office to reserve your seat.

Post Show Talk with Wildebeest Choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell
Have you ever asked yourself, how or why a choreographer makes the decisions they do? Or how they prepare for creating a new work?

Be a part of CONNECT and meet our special guest Choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell. Gabrielle will talk about her experiences creating the work you have seen, answer questions you may have and share some stories about life on the road.

Admission to CONNECT is FREE – just stay in your seats after the show

Download the comprehensive CONNECT notes for Frame of Mind here.

Have you ever wanted to try dance but feel like there’s no class for you?

This is a fun dance workshop for adults with little or no dance experience.
It will offer a unique opportunity to explore new ways to move your body and involve yourself in a creative exploration of Contemporary dance.

Leading this workshop is Choreographer and dancer Gabrielle Nankivell who is currently touring her work Wildebeest as part of Sydney Dance Company’s 2018 tour. This workshop is in the day of  the performance, so you can take her class and find out more about her upcoming work. Gabrielle will lead you through a series of guided movement improvisations to warm up the body and explore how movement is generated to create dance material for a performance.

Mt Gambier       Wed 2 Aug at 4pm

Port Pirie             Sat 5 Aug at 4pm

Whyalla                Wed 9 Aug at 4pm

Renmark              Sat 12 Aug at 4pm

Sydney Dance Company are offering free dance workshops in the lead up to their tour of Frame of Mind. There are 2 different types of workshops available – the Creative Workshop or the Technique Class, which can be offered at any of the following times:

Region Dates & Times
Mt Gambier Thur 27 July at 10am Thur 27 July at 1pm Thur 27 July at 4pm
Renmark Tue 1 Aug at 1pm Tue 1 Aug at 4pm Wed 2 Aug at 10am
Port Pirie Thur 3 Aug at 1pm Thur 3 Aug at 4pm Fri 4 Aug at 10am
Whyalla Wed 9 Aug at 10am Wed 9 Aug at 1pm Wed 9 Aug at 4pm


The creative workshop consists of a warm up and technique exercises, exploration of choreographic tasks the company have utilised to generate new movement and learning of some company repertoire.

DURATION: 2 hours for secondary or 1-1.5 hours for primary
SUITABILITY: Secondary level: Yrs 7-12 or Primary level: Yrs 3-6

SDC can deliver Masterclasses for Beginner, intermediate or advanced dancers in secondary schools or dance studios. Dancers will be taken through contemporary technique warm-up and exercises and learn some of SDC performance repertoire (repertoire may be modified based on the ability of the group). The exercises in this class are to encourage and engage dancers in participating in contemporary dance.

DURATION: 1.5 hours
SUITABILITY: Beginner, intermediate dancers or advanced dancers

Please fill in the form below to express your interest, ensuring you choose your preferred Workshop Type and Workshop Time and Date. Once submitted, a venue staff member will get back to you within 2-5 days to confirm your booking and details.

Frame of Mind is supported by

Island to Inland
  • Visual Arts

Island to Inland

22nd March 2019 — 1st September 2019

Ten Kangaroo Island based visual artists bring ‘mainlanders’ a glimpse of the isolation and inspiration of island life.

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