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Sydney Dance Company are back in full swing for 2021

Current show Impermanence features a musical collaboration with Bryce Dessner of rock group The National

Written by
Stephen A Russell

We missed Sydney Dance Company (SDC) in the year that wasn't, but absence only makes the heart grow fonder, as they say.

The smooth move supremos have sprung back into action in 2021 with the long-delayed debut of artistic director Rafael Bonachela’s silky Impermanence, a team-up with The National musician and composer Bryce Dessner. That’s followed by a remount of their spectacular work ab [intra] and their annual showcase of emerging choreographic talent to watch, New Breed.

Bonachela is so glad to be back. “Following the excitement of our 50th anniversary in 2019, when 2020 began we certainly didn’t expect that events would unfold as they did,” he says. “Like all of us, Sydney Dance Company has had a challenging year, but we are still here and still moving forward. The shutdown inspired me to extend Impermanence to make it a full length work, a response to the uncertainty we all face, and it sees our dancers joined onstage by our dear friends the exceptional Australian String Quartet playing Bryce Dessner’s exquisite score live.”

Here's Sydney Dance Company's 2021 program

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After the year that was, supporting emerging talent is arguably more important than ever. That’s why Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed program is such a creative lifeline for the city, and for a fresh wave of choreographic talent to rise up under the supportive wing of one of the world’s most exciting companies, in collaboration with Carriageworks and the Balnaves Foundation. In 2020, New Breed brought four thrilling works from Joel Bray, Chloe Leong, Jesse Scales and Raghav Handa, each lending their unique voices to the bright future of the Australian dance scene. It’s way too early for the company to unveil who’ll be stepping into their shoes next year, but watch this space and we’ll keep you up to date. As Bonachela puts it, “New Breed is such an important program, supporting the development of new work and emerging artists, and I’m excited that we will be able to share the work of talented artists representing the next generation of Australian choreographers.”


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