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,...