Sydney Dance Company opens 2016 with CounterMove — an exhilarating double bill that will intrigue, move and entertain you.
Rafael Bonachela’s world premiere, Lux Tenebris explores light and darkness with fiercely physical movement and deep, electronic beats by composer Nick Wales (long-term collaborator of Sarah Blasko).
While Alexander Ekman’s Cacti is a brilliantly conceived, laugh-out-loud funny piece that dares to poke fun at contemporary dance. Featuring a string quartet live on stage, Ekman’s witty and energetic choreography returns to Sydney having left a global trail of rapturous reviews.
‘Forget everything you think you know about contemporary dance’ (Drum Media). Don’t miss CounterMove in its limited Australian season.
Duration: 90 mins including a 20 min interval
Lux Tenebris is a coproduction of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company and Sydney Dance Company.
WARNING: Lux Tenebris contains bright flashing lights
17 – 18 June: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong
22 June: Orange Civic Theatre
25 June: Newcastle Civic Theatre
29 June: Glasshouse Port Macquarie
20 August: Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
24 August: Griffith Regional Theatre
27 August: Dubbo Regional Theatre
29 July: Darwin Entertainment Centre
* Venues to be announced shortly.
WIN a Trip to Europe – Competition Closed
Win a trip for two to Frankfurt, Germany flying Singapore Airlines to see the international premiere of Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tenebris performed by the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company on 8 September.
To enter buy a minimum of two A Reserve tickets for Canberra or Melbourne by 18 May with the code ‘SDCWIN’. Read the T&C’s.
‘★★★★ Utterly mesmerising’ – The Guardian
‘★★★★★ The dancing is astonishing!’ – ArtsHub
‘★★★★½ A winning combination that, on the one hand provokes and entertains, and on the other confronts and moves its audience in a dazzling evening of dance.’ – Limelight Magazine
‘★★★★ A new work extends the dancers’ flexibility and boldness, while the return of a favourite reminds us that dance can be fun. Both engage the dancers’ feisty attack, admirable stamina and formidable technique.’ – Sydney Morning Herald
‘Ekman shows a wicked sense of humour — and generates our laughter, which is a rare pleasure amongst contemporary dance’ – Daily Review
‘It’s the perfect show to take your dance-sceptical friend to.’ – Time Out Sydney
‘Wickedly witty, brilliantly danced and hugely entertaining’ – Arts Review
‘Cacti is a delight: witty, effervescent, playful, surreal and joyously physical.’ – The Australian
‘How refreshing it is to go to a Sydney Dance Company program and laugh aloud at fine dancing that also happens to be funny’ – Sydney Morning Herald
‘…infectious playful energy and absolutely incisive wit.’ – Time Out Sydney
‘★★★★ CounterMove is full-bodied dance, swinging across light and shade, humour and gravitas. A satisfying and well produced combination of two very different offerings.’ – Herald Sun
‘Hilarious and poignant’ – The Age
‘Blindingly brilliant’ – Crikey.com
‘Cacti had me laughing until tears ran down my face… Light hearted yet choreographically brilliant.’ – Dance Australia
‘Forget everything you think you know about contemporary dance.’ – Drum Media
Massive congratulations to the whole cast, stunning dancers with so much power, grace and heart. Haven’t seen work that clean in a long time. Thanks for the inspiration SDC. – Benjamin Cure, Instagram
I am so happy that I (randomly) bought a ticket to last night’s performance! It was absolutely exhilarating! – Densie Devine, Instagram
Wonderful, wonderful show! Cacti was one of the most entertaining productions I have ever seen, and Lux Tenebris was mesmerising. – Valerie Young, Facebook
Saw this in Canberra last night. It was fabulous. The dancers timing was perfect, highlighting the clever choreography. A really entertaining piece. – Kaye Uebel, Facebook
The bill was excellently structured, with the irreverence of Cacti, balanced with the more serious but equally engaging mood of ‘Lux Tenebris’. – Audience Survey Feedback
It’s a show not to be missed!!! Immense energy, technical choreography, outstanding perfectionist performance by the dancers, music touching you from top to toes … Inspiring indeed!! – Vika Goodlife, Facebook
What a brilliant double Bill. The production is cutting edge dance meets art with fabulous lighting and staging! The choreography is stunning showing the style and form Bonachela has brought to the company. It is so exciting to see it from the early days with Graeme Murphy and how it has evolved. Cutting edge contemporary…Go now and support our great Sydney Dance Company! – Michael Harris, Facebook
Brilliant, funny and mesmerising!! – Julie Pennell Anderson, Facebook
I took my girls to see this last night. Just amazing. WOW. We loved it – Liz Dadd, Facebook
Blown away by @sydneydanceco first performance of the year ‘CounterMove’ – @ThisIslandLife
@sydneydanceco ‘CounterMove’ is a brilliant, breathtaking new program. Utter collaborative genius. GO SEE IT! – @JosefBrown