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Dance Roslyn Packer Theatre , Millers Point Tuesday September 7 2021 - Saturday September 11 2021
A topless dancer on his head, legs akimbo, with a female dancer lying on the floor behind him
Photograph: Supplied/SDC/Pedro Greig

Time Out says

Sydney Dance Company premieres a new full-length work from its brilliant artistic director

Bonachela’s first full-length in several years wowed Australian audiences when the SDC ensemble first threw it into gloriously liquid life back in 2018. It went on to rave reviews across Europe the following year. And then 2020 happened, and we had to say a temporary goodbye to the crew. But now’s your chance to soak up the brilliance of ab [intra] once more as the leap into Walsh Bay’s Roslyn Packer Theatre.

The name comes from the Latin term ‘from within’, with Bonachela describing the work as “an exploration of our primal instincts, our impulses and our visceral responses’. It’s fused with an ambient electro score from Sydney composer Nick Wales, using elements of a cello concerto by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks. It was developed through improvisation with the full ensemble of 16 dancers.

Time Out reviewer Ben Neutze said: "There’s a fascinating tension between the highly ordered and disciplined world of Bonachela’s staging and the messy, chaotic and extraordinarily potent humanity of the dancers.” 

Neutze described the ferociously physical piece as “contemporary dance at its most evocative and beautiful, but it defies easy analysis and refuses to offer up straight-forward answers. What it has in spades is moments of sheer wonderment and unexpected emotional catharsis.”


Venue name: Roslyn Packer Theatre
Address: 22 Hickson Rd
Walsh Bay
Price: $39-$100

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