Ross Philip, Sheree Da Costa, Janet Vernon, Graeme Murphy. Sheherezade. 1979. Photo Branco Gaica_v3

#12: Shéhérazade (1979)

24 April 2019

Jill Sykes AM, dance critic for The Sydney Morning Herald, reflects on Shéhérazade. “Is it possible to pluck out a single outstanding memory from three decades of Graeme Murphy’s creativity with the Sydney Dance Company? Perhaps. And partly because of Branco Gaica’s iconic photograph from 1979 which… Read more

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#11: Cafe, Paul Mercurio (1989)

18 April 2019

Paul Mercurio joined Sydney Dance Company in 1982 and was with the company for ten years before his career hit stratospheric heights with his star turn in Strictly Ballroom. He reflects on the 1989 work Café, which he created with Kim Walker. Lea Francis, Kim… Read more

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Kidz Blog with Samantha

17 April 2019

Twelve-year-old Samantha has been coming to our School Holiday Workshops for the past four years. She loves the challenging and stimulating environment of our classes and dreams of becoming a dance teacher in the future. We sat down with her while she was at the Contemporary,… Read more

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#10: Kinselas Nightclub (1983)

11 April 2019

In 1983, Sydney Dance Company staged its Flashbacks season in an unlikely venue: Kinselas nightclub in Darlinghurst. The building has a storied past: in 1932 undertaker Charles Kinsela had commissioned young architect Chares Delit to convert it into a funeral home, replete with a chapel… Read more


Bianca Spender on designing for dance

09 April 2019

For his brand new work Cinco, choreographer Rafael Bonachela melds five virtuosic dancers with the delicate beauty of Bianca Spender’s costumes. Inspired by the soaring sounds of Alberto Ginastera’s String Quartet No.2, the costumes range in colour from dusk to dawn and incorporate elements of twisted beauty. We… Read more


#9: Sydney Dance Company and Akira Isogawa (1998)

04 April 2019

1998 saw Graeme Murphy collaborate with fashion designer Akira Isogawa for the first time, sparking a long collaborative partnership that has resulted in some of the most beautiful costumes ever created for dance. The work was Salome, an intense and intoxicating retelling of the biblical… Read more

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#8: 18 weeks, 93 shows (1970)

28 March 2019

Australian dancers are known as some of the hardest working in the world, due in no small part to the sheer exertion required to tour our vast continent. Dipping into a typical Sydney Dance touring schedule from 1970 reveals legions about the company’s grit, attack… Read more


#7: Collaborations and New Frontiers, ACO & SSO (2012)

21 March 2019

Sydney Dance Company’s appetite for risk and the vertiginous thrills that come with it have seen the Company embark on a series of daring and distinctive collaborations over the last 50 years. Sydney Dance Company with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, creating ‘Project Rameau’ in 2012.… Read more


How the number five inspired Rafael Bonachela’s Cinco

19 March 2019

For Cinco, Rafael Bonachela‘s brand new work, the choreographer has turned to the world of numbers and mathematics for inspiration. Coincidentally, the number five has taken centre stage. The work features five dancers to perform all five movements of a string quartet composed in the 1950s. Not to mention, it’s… Read more