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Synopsis

25–27 May 2017


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Be captured by the extraordinary lunar mystery Orb – a world premiere featuring the latest creation from Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, and the Company’s first ever collaboration with a Taiwanese choreographer, Cheng Tsung-lung.

Bonachela’s Ocho, meaning eight in Spanishmarks his eighth year with the Company and showcases eight virtuosic dancers. Fusing an industrial dreamscape with a surging electronic score by Nick Wales featuring haunting vocals by Aboriginal singer Rrawun Maymuru of the Mangalili clan, Ocho explores the infinite connections that exist between us all.

Full Moon by Cheng Tsung-lung, the Artistic Director of Taiwan’s phenomenal Cloud Gate 2, completes the double bill. This striking new piece harnesses the power of the moon and the mythology and poetry of mankind to thrill the audience.

“★★★★ It’s a chance for them all to shine in their own way, given a range of stimulating choreographic challenges that they meet triumphantly.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“★★★★ An intensely theatrical work that cries out to be seen by dance lovers and anyone interested in the way movement can tell stories in modern society.” – Limelight Magazine

“It’s a splendid feast for eyes and ears… thrilling eruptions of speed and full-bodied swirls.” – The Australian


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Dates

Gala Opening – Thursday 25 May, 7.30pm

Friday 26 May, 12pm and 7.30pm

Saturday 27 May, 7.30pm

 

 

Credits

PRESENTED BY
Canberra Theatre Centre and Sydney Dance Company

CHOREOGRAPHERS
Ocho by Rafael Bonachella
Full Moon by Cheng Tsung-Lung

LIGHTING / STAGE DESIGNERS
Music by Nick Wales for Ocho
Lim Giong for Full Moon

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre and Sydney Dance Company

CATEGORY
Dance

DURATION
109 minutes including interval. Please note there is a 12 minute lockout for latecomers.

WARNING
Show contains strobe lighting (bright flashes of light), and fog / haze effects.

SUIT CHILDREN? 
This show is suitable for children.

Group Bookings:
Group tickets are not available online.
To make a group booking, please phone
(02) 6275 2700 during business hours or
email groups@canberratheatrecentre.com.au

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Take Part

GO BEYOND THE EXPERIENCE
The power of performing arts is increased when patrons engage actively with the stories above and beyond their experience in the auditorium.

Take PartPRE-SHOW IN CONVERSATION PLUS Q & A
Thursday 25 May, 6.30pm – Link Foyer South
Join Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela and Rehearsal Director, Chris Aubrey as they talk to Michelle Potter about  Sydney Dance Company’s Ocho and Artistic Director of Cloud Gate 2, Cheng Tsung-Lung’s Full Moon.

Take PartPRE-SHOW INTRODUCTION & POST SHOW Q&A
Friday 26 May, 12pm matinee


BIOGRAPHIES

SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
RAFAEL BONACHELA

Rafael Bonachela was born in Barcelona where he began his early dance training before moving to London, and in 1992 joined the legendary Rambert Dance Company.

He remained with Rambert as a dancer and Associate Choreographer until 2006 at which time he successfully set up the Bonachela Dance Company (BDC) to concentrate on the rapid rise of his choreographic career. As a choreographer, Rafael has been commissioned to make works for Candoco, George Piper Dances, ITDANSA Danza, Contemporanea de Cuba, Transitions Dance Company and Dance Works Rotterdam amongst others.

In 2008, Rafael premiered his first full-length production 360° for Sydney Dance Company. Less than six months later, he was appointed Artistic Director making headlines around the dance world. His vision for the Company embraces a guiding principle that has seen the repertoire grow with the addition of commissioned dance works from Australian and visiting international guest choreographers. The premiere works are often programmed alongside Rafael’s own creations, ensuring diversity for audiences and providing much sought after opportunities for his remarkable ensemble of dancers to be exposed to the work of some of the most in-demand choreographers of our time.

Rafael Bonachela’s internationally recognised talent has seen him work not only with contemporary dance at the highest level but also with artists from popular culture, such as Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, Sarah Blasko and Katie Noonan as well as leading fashion designers Dion Lee and Toni Maticevski. Such collaborative efforts reflect the inspiration he finds and utilises from culture today.

Since the premiere of 360°, Rafael has created several pieces for Sydney Dance Company including we unfold (2009), 6 Breaths (2010), LANDforms (2011), 2 One Another (2012), Project Rameau (2012), Emergence (2013), Les Illuminations (2013), 2 in D Minor (2014), Scattered Rhymes (2014) and Frame of Mind (2015). In addition, he has remounted outstanding repertoire from BDC such as Soledad and Irony of Fate (2010) and The Land of Yes & The Land of No (2011). In April 2013, Kaldor Public Art Projects brought Rafael on board to develop the choreography for artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla’s work Revolving Door, which was part of the acclaimed live performance art exhibition 13 Rooms.

Rafael was named winner of the dance category for The Monthly’s 2013 Arts Awards and listed as one of the (sydney) magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in 2012 for his efforts to popularise dance since taking on the job of Artistic Director with Sydney Dance Company and as curator of Australia’s international festival of contemporary dance, Spring Dance at the Sydney Opera House.

In February 2013, Rafael was honoured with an Officer’s Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by His Majesty the King of Spain.

Rafael was recently named in the 2013 Dance Australia Critics Survey for ‘Most Interesting Australian Artist’ for his ‘stimulating collaborations with Australian artists from other fields’ (Deborah Jones).

Rafael was also named in the 2012 Dance Australia Critics Survey for the ‘Most Outstanding Choreographer’ and ‘Best New Work’ for 2 One AnotherThis work won the ‘Best Ensemble’ Award in the 2012 Green Room Awards and the 2013 Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’ and ‘Outstanding Performance by a Company’.

In 2014 Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks with the support of The Balnaves Foundation, launched a major multi – year program, New Breed, under the Artistic Direction of Rafael Bonachela. The program supports young Australian choreographers through the creation and presentation of new and diverse dance works.

For Sydney Festival 2015, Rafael Bonachela collaborated with artist Mira Calix to choreograph for the Inside There Falls installation.

Rafael’s Frame of Mind won the 2015 Helpmann Awards for ‘Best Choreography in a Dance Work’ and ‘Best Dance Work’.

In 2016 he premiered Lux Tenebris for Sydney Dance Company’s CounterMove 26 Feb – 12 Mar 2016 in Sydney, also touring to Canberra, Melbourne, NSW, QLD, NT and WA, as well as the premiere of Anima for Untamed in October of the same year.

SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY REHEARSAL DIRECTOR
CHRIS AUBREY

Originally from Sydney, Chris graduated from Adelaide Centre for the Arts in 2007 with a Bachelor of Dance Performance and completed his Cert III and IV in Fitness in 2008. He joined Australian Dance Theatre and worked under the direction of Garry Stewart between 2007 and 2011. He also worked with Larissa McGowan, Antony Hamilton, Lina Limosani, Leigh Warren and choreographed his debut piece titled Apophenia.

Chris joined Sydney Dance Company as a dancer in 2012 and has performed in the world premiere of Rafael Bonachela’s 2 One Another (2012–2014) and Project Rameau (2012); Larissa McGowan’s Fanatic as part of Contemporary Women (2012); De Novo (2013), featuring works by Rafael Bonachela (Emergence), Larissa McGowan (Fanatic) and Alexander Ekman (Cacti); Interplay (2014) featuring choreography by Rafael Bonachela (2 in D Minor), Jacopo Godani (Raw Models) and Gideon Obarzanek (L’Chaim!). He was named in the 2012 Dance Australia Critics Survey ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ for his performance in The Land of Yes & The Land of No.

Chris was a part of the 2013 collaboration with Kaldor Public Art Projects for the contemporary art exhibition 13 Rooms where Sydney Dance Company featured in Allora and Calzadilla’s Revolving Door. He also toured North America, South America and Russia with the acclaimed 2 One Another, winner of the ‘Best Ensemble’ Award in the 2012 Green Room Awards and the 2013 Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’ and ‘Outstanding Performance by a Company’.

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CHOREOGRAPHER BIOGRAPHIES

BIOGRAPHIES

SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
RAFAEL BONACHELA

Rafael Bonachela was born in Barcelona where he began his early dance training before moving to London, and in 1992 joined the legendary Rambert Dance Company.

He remained with Rambert as a dancer and Associate Choreographer until 2006 at which time he successfully set up the Bonachela Dance Company (BDC) to concentrate on the rapid rise of his choreographic career. As a choreographer, Rafael has been commissioned to make works for Candoco, George Piper Dances, ITDANSA Danza, Contemporanea de Cuba, Transitions Dance Company and Dance Works Rotterdam amongst others.

In 2008, Rafael premiered his first full-length production 360° for Sydney Dance Company. Less than six months later, he was appointed Artistic Director making headlines around the dance world. His vision for the Company embraces a guiding principle that has seen the repertoire grow with the addition of commissioned dance works from Australian and visiting international guest choreographers. The premiere works are often programmed alongside Rafael’s own creations, ensuring diversity for audiences and providing much sought after opportunities for his remarkable ensemble of dancers to be exposed to the work of some of the most in-demand choreographers of our time.

Rafael Bonachela’s internationally recognised talent has seen him work not only with contemporary dance at the highest level but also with artists from popular culture, such as Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, Sarah Blasko and Katie Noonan as well as leading fashion designers Dion Lee and Toni Maticevski. Such collaborative efforts reflect the inspiration he finds and utilises from culture today.

Since the premiere of 360°, Rafael has created several pieces for Sydney Dance Company including we unfold (2009), 6 Breaths (2010), LANDforms (2011), 2 One Another (2012), Project Rameau (2012), Emergence (2013), Les Illuminations (2013), 2 in D Minor (2014), Scattered Rhymes (2014) and Frame of Mind (2015). In addition, he has remounted outstanding repertoire from BDC such as Soledad and Irony of Fate (2010) and The Land of Yes & The Land of No (2011). In April 2013, Kaldor Public Art Projects brought Rafael on board to develop the choreography for artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla’s work Revolving Door, which was part of the acclaimed live performance art exhibition 13 Rooms.

Rafael was named winner of the dance category for The Monthly’s 2013 Arts Awards and listed as one of the (sydney) magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in 2012 for his efforts to popularise dance since taking on the job of Artistic Director with Sydney Dance Company and as curator of Australia’s international festival of contemporary dance, Spring Dance at the Sydney Opera House.

In February 2013, Rafael was honoured with an Officer’s Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by His Majesty the King of Spain.

Rafael was recently named in the 2013 Dance Australia Critics Survey for ‘Most Interesting Australian Artist’ for his ‘stimulating collaborations with Australian artists from other fields’ (Deborah Jones).

Rafael was also named in the 2012 Dance Australia Critics Survey for the ‘Most Outstanding Choreographer’ and ‘Best New Work’ for 2 One AnotherThis work won the ‘Best Ensemble’ Award in the 2012 Green Room Awards and the 2013 Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’ and ‘Outstanding Performance by a Company’.

In 2014 Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks with the support of The Balnaves Foundation, launched a major multi – year program, New Breed, under the Artistic Direction of Rafael Bonachela. The program supports young Australian choreographers through the creation and presentation of new and diverse dance works.

For Sydney Festival 2015, Rafael Bonachela collaborated with artist Mira Calix to choreograph for the Inside There Falls installation.

Rafael’s Frame of Mind won the 2015 Helpmann Awards for ‘Best Choreography in a Dance Work’ and ‘Best Dance Work’.

In 2016 he premiered Lux Tenebris for Sydney Dance Company’s CounterMove 26 Feb – 12 Mar 2016 in Sydney, also touring to Canberra, Melbourne, NSW, QLD, NT and WA, as well as the premiere of Anima for Untamed in October of the same year.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR CLOUD GATE 2
CHENG TSUNG-LUNG

A choreographer and a dancer, Cheng Tsung-lung has served as the Artistic Director for Cloud Gate 2 since 2014.

Cheng’s family owns a slipper factory. Hawking slippers on the sidewalks was part of his childhood and adolescent life. The dynamics of street life and pedestrians’ behaviour later became the source of inspiration for his choreography.

After graduating from the Dance Department of Taipei National University of the Arts, Cheng performed internationally with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan from 2002 to 2004. He served as the Resident Choreographer for Cloud Gate 2 from 2006 to 2010.

He is the winner of the No Ballet International Choreography Competition, Germany (2006), the Premio Roma Danza International Choreography Competition in Italy, the 16th MASDANZA Choreography Competition in Spain (2011), and the Taishin Arts Award (2012) – the most prestigious arts prize in Taiwan. Cheng was honoured as ‘Artist of 2011′ by the Performing Arts Reviews, Taiwan, and awarded the Performing Arts Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council to spend 10 months in New York in 2012.

Cheng has choreographed and restaged works for Transitions Dance Company at the Laban Centre, London; Expressions Dance Company, Brisbane; the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; and Focus Dance Company, Taiwan. His productions with Cloud Gate 2 include: A Dignified JokeChangeThe WallHappiness and MusicCrackBlue HourDorian Gray, and Beckoning.

In 2016, his work 13 Tongues, commissioned by Taiwan International Festival of Arts (TIFA), was premiered by Cloud Gate 2 at the National Theater, the National Performing Arts Center in Taipei, Taiwan.

Cheng choreographed Full Moon, which will premiere alongside Rafael Bonachela’s Ocho in Orb in Sydney from 29 April – 13 May 2017. Full Moon will also show at Art Centre Melbourne from 17-20 May 2017 and Canberra Theatre Centre from 25-27 May 2017.

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