Between Breath and Form

Choreographed by: Rafael Bonachela

6 Breaths and LANDforms

Artistic Director and choreographer Rafael Bonachela has once again joined forces with his frequent collaborator – the renowned Italian composer Ezio Bosso – in the presentation of two major dance works – 6 Breaths and LANDforms.

In 6 Breaths, created in 2010, Bonachela took his intricate choreographic language and fused it to a score written by Bosso for six cellos and a piano to create a piece that celebrates the act of breathing as the very spirit of life: ‘The first breath is the life breath; the second is breathlessness – out of breath; the third, the crying breath or where breath is interrupted by emotion; the fourth is in the same breath; the fifth breath is a whisper – under one’s breath – and the sixth is last breath’ – Rafael Bonachela.

6 Breaths was presented with LANDforms, where Bonachela and Bosso have drawn directly from their shared response to the drama and evolving forms of the land. 

Canberra Theatre
5 – 7 May 2011

Movimentos Festival, Wolfsburg, Germany
17 – 20 May 2011

Joyce Theater, New York, NY
7 – 13 November 2011

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, UK
18 – 19 November 2011

Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, Spain
24 – 27 November 2011

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London, UK
1 – 3 December 2011

6 Breaths
Choreographer: Rafael Bonachela in collaboration with the dancers
Composer: Ezio Bosso
6 Breaths Concept by: Rafael Bonachela & Ezio Bosso
Video Art: Tim Richardson
Costume Design: Josh Goot
Lighting Design: Nick Schlieper
Sound Design: Adam Iuston

 Rafael Bonachela & Ezio Bosso
Choreographer: Rafael Bonachela with the dancers of Sydney Dance Company
Composer: Ezio BossoMusic for Weather Elements
Costume Concept & Design: Rafael Bonachela
Lighting Design: Mark Dyson
Sound Design: Adam Iuston
Costume Realisation: Fiona Holley

‘LANDforms was a stunningly beautiful and affecting piece’ Canberra City News

‘Bosso’s hauntingly beautiful “Music for Weather Elements”, combined with soft but powerfully executed dance sequences, is like being slowly gathered in a perfect embrace and transported to a place and time of pure beauty.’ – Canberra City News

‘If there ever was a show on at the Canberra Theatre stage that students of, or even just those with a passing interest in dance, theatre, classical music, lighting, or any visual art form need to see Between Breath and Form is it.’ – Canberra Times 

It is rare that all the elements come together so well, to build a truly beautiful piece of work. In a piece inspired by the elements of air and earth, it is fitting that the simple things work best and the dancing just shines.’Canberra Times 

‘Rafael Bonachela’s double bill for Sydney Dance Company comes close to brilliance’ – The Guardian 

‘The curtain-raiser, for six cellos and a piano, is a real beauty. 6 Breaths is an artfully abstract journey through the cycle of life but based upon breathing. Thoughtful, refined and musical…’The London Times