Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Dance Company have collaborated on an online project called Cuatro(four, in Spanish), which is a series of four films, featuring a different musician and dancer in each.

The four episodes of the project have been produced and directed by Pedro Greig (who works regularly with SDC as a photographer) and choreographed by SDC Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, and deal with the impact of isolation and distancing.

The musicians and dancers didn’t meet. Instead they liaised with Bonachela and Greig through online discussions, shared music digitally, and then recorded their piece separately with Greig at the SDC’s studios in Ultimo.

C harmene Yap filming Cuatro 1. Photograph courtesy of Sydney Dance Company

The episodes, which are less than five minutes each, intercut footage of the musician and the dancer, with the camera moving in for close-up shots. The first – which is available from today – features Charmene Yap dancing to the Präludiumfirst movement from Heinz Holliger’s Sonata for solo oboe, performed by SSO Principal Oboe, Diana Doherty.

The next three episodes will be released on successive Fridays. Cuatro 2, available from June 12, features Davide Di Giovanni dancing to Paganini’s...

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