Bonachela / Nankivell / Lane

Sydney Dance Company’s 50th Anniversary bursts into life with a formidable triple bill from three remarkable Australian choreographic talents, Rafael Bonachela (also Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company), Gabrielle Nankivell and Melanie Lane. Each has carved their own unique style, pushing at the possibilities of movement and creating a spellbinding experience for the audience. Now, for the first time, these three incredible works will share the one stage in Sydney Dance Company’s 50th anniversary tour.

Be moved by a “dazzling technical display of flexibility” (★★★★, Sydney Morning Herald) in the world premiere of Rafael Bonachela’s Cinco –meaning five in Bonachela’s native Spanish for the five dancers onstage – set to a dramatic string quartet composed in the 1950’s.

Also a premiere, Gabrielle Nankivell’s new work Neon Aether is a theatrical adventure into the infinite unknown. Inspired by science fiction, the solar system and outer space, audiences will be transported into a vivid, ethereal world beyond the clouds.

Completing the bill is Melanie Lane’s electrifying and critically-acclaimed work, WOOF, which premiered in Sydney in 2017. Set to a hypnotic, electronic score by UK musician Clark, WOOF is a snapshot of a future world with masterful choreography that takes inspiration from classical dance, Renaissance art and pop music.

“In celebration of this monumental year, it was really important to me to commission a range of Australian voices – a homage to the extraordinary investment that Sydney Dance Company has made to the Australian cultural landscape over five decades,” said Rafael Bonachela.

Alongside this exclusive performance, Sydney Dance Company’s leading teaching artists and the company ensemble will deliver a series of intensive workshops over three days which will culminate in a pre-show performance at the Middleback Arts Centre on the 3rd August. Find out about the workshops under the ‘WORKSHOPS’ tab.

★★★★ “Virtuoso display thrills with speed and stillness” – Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ “Elastic dynamic dancing… a thrilling dance work flush with wit and invention” – The Daily Telegraph
★★★★ “The dancing is as dazzling as ever” –  Limelight
“A triple treat… three works that foreground the dancers” – The Australian

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Wednesday 31 July – Sat 3 August
Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla

Renowned as one of the world’s strongest forces in contemporary dance, Sydney Dance Company is returning to the Middleback Arts Centre for one night only on 3 August. SDC’s 50th Anniversary Triple Bill: Bonachela/Nankivell/Lane, includes the world premiere of Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela’s Cinco; a new work by South Australian Gabrielle Nankivell Neon Aether and Melanie Lane’s New Breed 2017 smash hit, WOOF, all sharing the stage for the first time.

Alongside this exclusive performance, Sydney Dance Company’s leading Teaching Artists and the Company Ensemble will deliver a series of Intensive Workshops over 3 days which will culminate in a pre-show performance at the Middleback Arts Centre on the 3rd August.

The workshops are a unique opportunity to experience how the Sydney Dance Company creates and performs new and original movement. Participants can expect to be guided through a contemporary technique warm-up, taught company repertoire and be led through a composition task utilised by the Company to generate new movement for one of the works in Bonachela / Nankivell / Lane.

During the intensive, students will devise their own work which will be presented to family and friends before the performance by Sydney Dance Company.

Open to Advanced contemporary dance students from ages 12 to 18 years. Places are limited, so bookings are essential

Price: $75 per person (includes a ticket to the performance)

What to bring: dancewear and drinking water

Workshop Schedule: 

Wednesday 31 July       4pm – 8pm
Warm up and contemporary technique; repertoire/choreographic tasks with teaching artists
Venue: Middleback Arts Centre

Thursday 1 August        4pm – 8pm
Warm up and contemporary technique; repertoire/choreographic tasks with Teaching Artists
Venue: Middleback Arts Centre

Friday 2 August            4pm-8pm
Warm up and contemporary technique; polish repertoire; choreographic tasks with the SDC company ensemble and teaching artists.
Venue: TAFE Whyalla

Saturday 3 August        from 4pm
Warm up and polish off learnt repertoire; dress rehearsal and performance of the group’s work.  A special performance space will be set-up for the group to present their work to the gathered show audience at 7pm.
Venue: TAFE Whyalla and Middleback Arts Centre foyer

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