Sydney Dance Company has revealed its program for 2020, highlights of which include a new work by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, the Australian premiere of a William Forsythe piece, and the return of Bonachela’s acclaimed ab [intra].
“After a full and fantastic 50th anniversary in 2019, I look at 2020 as the start of the next 50 years for Sydney Dance Company,” said Bonachela. “The year ahead is filled with national and international touring and it is always a great pleasure and privilege to share the performances of the extraordinary dancers of the company.”
Members of Sydney Dance Company. Photograph supplied
The year begins with exciting triple bill Bonachela/Forsythe, headlined by the world premiere of Bonachela’s new work. Exploring “the ephemeral nature of all things”, Impermanence features a new score by The National’s Bryce Dessner, to be performed live on stage by the Australian String Quartet. The ASQ last performed with the company in 2018’s double bill Forever & Ever, also playing music by Dessner.
Also on the bill is the Australian premiere of William Forsythe’s playful N.N.N.N, whose score is generated in part by the amplified breaths of four dancers, who represent a mind in four parts. Rounding out the triple bill is Bonachela’s acclaimed E2 7SD, a virtuosic duet based on two dancers’ personal diaries. One of the choreographer’s early successes, it was awarded the prestigious Place Prize in 2004.
The company will revisit Bonachela’s highly acclaimed ab [intra] in August, first performed by SDC in 2018. Created with the dancers of the company, the work explores the extremes of human emotion. “The name ab [intra] means “from within” in Latin, and Rafael Bonachela’s new work does indeed sweep you into its own dazzling, taut, beautiful, almost otherworldly place – so much so that there are times you realise you have almost forgotten to breathe,” said Limelight’s Jo Litson at its premiere.
“It has an extraordinary power, speaking about relationships, yearning, connections, anguish and trust, exploring the power we have to draw others to us and also to push them away, about longing to fit in yet struggling with loneliness and despair.”
In November, the company once again teams up with Carriageworks and The Balnaves Foundation to present the seventh iteration of New Breed, a showcase for emerging choreographers.
Audiences around Australia will have the chance to see Bonachela’s Impermanence when the company tours nationally from June, forming a double bill with Melanie Lane’s critically acclaimed Woof, described by Limelight as “electrifying” and “a stunning, wildly inventive work.”
Both pieces will feature in the company’s extensive tour of Europe and South America in September and October.