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Sydney-Dance-Company | Rena Shagan Associates, Inc




Dancers/Performers: 16-17
Artistic/Administrative: 4
Production/Technical: 4

In 2009, Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela’s sensuous aesthetic initiated a new chapter in the annals of the legendary Sydney Dance Company. Bonachela is a self-proclaimed “movement junkie”: his choreography is packed with intricate, amazing pattern-play; the dancers ignite the stage with “creative precision and exhilarating energy.” Among the countless accolades to date, one critic recently wrote, “Sydney Dance Company is a versatile and beautifully-schooled group of performers... emotionally driven and passionately and powerfully danced. An outstanding evening.” Under Bonachela's leadership, the Company has won a number of awards including Outstanding Performance by a Company, Australian Dance Awards, and Green Room Awards. Sydney Dance Company is indisputably Australia’s leading contemporary dance group, touring internationally with an array of Bonachela’s works and collaborating with other prominent choreographers, artists, designers and musicians from around the world.

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Sydney Dance Company presents a powerful evening repertory program with three distinct and internationally celebrated choreographers, Rafael Bonachela, Jacopo Godani and Gabrielle Nankivell. Each has carved their own, unique style, pushing at the possibilities of movement with acclaimed, innovative pieces. Now, for the first time ever, these dance prodigies share the stage:


Choreography: Rafael Bonachela
 Bryce Dessner, recording by
Kronos Quartet
Rafael Bonachela's emotionally charged Frame of Mind features a dramatic contemporary-classical soundtrack by Bryce Dessner, from popular indie-rock band The National, commissioned by Kronos Quartet. Frame of Mind is currently nominated for two Australian Awards: "Best Choreography" and "Best Dance Work."

Click to here for an exclusive interview with Bonachela on his new work Frame of Mind.

Choreography: Jacopo Godani
48nord, Ulrich Muller and
Siegfried Rossert
Italian choreographer Jacopo Godani's critically acclaimed Raw Models is a sinuous, sexy testament to the infinite malleability of the human body.



Gabrielle Nankivell
Composition & Sound Design: Luke Smiles / motion laboratories
Australian choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell's Wildebeest is a high-energy tour de force of dancers physicality.


Outreach & Residencies




Taught by company dancers and / or Rehearsal Director Chris Aubrey, Sydney Dance Company’s master classes include a technical warm-up to provide the grounding for Rafael Bonachela’s highly physical style of movement. Participants are guided through a section of the choreography from the repertory and take part in a creative task. Classes are suitable for professional dancers or students with vocational training but can be adjusted to suit lower levels.

School performances give students a unique opportunity to hear artistic staff talk about the process of creating and staging a new work as well as to watch a demonstration of company class. The Company will also perform repertory and end the performance with a Q&A session. Student performances are tailored for a junior high - high school age range.

Pre- and post-show discussions available upon advance request.



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Wildebeest: Crikey, November 2014

Wildebeest: The Australian, November 2014

Raw Models: Concrete Playground, March 2014

Raw Models: Limelight, May 2014

Raw Models: Time Out Sydney, March 2014

North American Tour Schedule 2016-2017

Swarthmore College
Friday, February 24, 2017
Swarthmore, PA

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Amherst, MA

Celebrity Series of Boston
Saturday March 4 & Sunday March 5, 2017
Boston, MA

The Joyce Theater
Tuesday, March 7 - Sunday, March 12, 2017
New York, NY

Tech Info

  Contact RSA for Technical Information for tours after the 2016-2017 season.

Contact Us

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New York, NY 10024