Season Preview: Your guide to the arts in 2021

A few days before Sydney Dance Company premiered Impermanencein March this year, the doors of the theatre were closed due to COVID-19 and the season was cancelled. It was a “heartbreaking disappointment”, said SDC Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela.

Bonachela had created Impermanenceto a brand new score by Bryce Dessner, which had been co-commissioned with the Australian String Quartet who were to perform the music live on stage.

Originally it was a short piece programmed as part of a triple bill. Not any more. Now a full-length work, Impermanencewill open Sydney Dance Company’s 2021 season at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in February, and will later tour nationally.

Impermanencepromotional image. Photograph © Pedro Greig

“The COVID shutdown inspired me to extend Impermanenceto make it a full-length work – a response to the uncertainty we all face,” said Bonachela.

Impermanencesees the dancers joined onstage by our dear friends,...

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