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50 Years of Defining Contemporary Dance
Sydney Dance Company’s 50th Anniversary bursts into life in March with a formidable triple bill from Rafael Bonachela, Gabrielle Nankivell and Melanie Lane, each having carved their own unique style, pushing at the possibilities of movement.
In the world premiere of Cinco, Bonachela melds five virtuosic dancers, the award-winning lighting of Damien Cooper and the imagination and skill of fashion designer Bianca Spender with celebrated Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera’s achingly magnificent String Quartet #2.
Nankivell’s Neon Aether, also a premiere, transports both dancer and viewer to a vivid yet ethereal world beyond the clouds. While Lane’s 2017 New Breed smash-hit WOOF, mashes classical, romantic and pop, driven by a dramatic musical score by acclaimed British electronic artist Clark.
Then in November Bonachela and Gideon Obarzanek will join forces to celebrate a half-century of Sydney Dance Company with a double bill climaxing in Us 50, a grand-scale work by Obarzanek featuring 50 performers made up of past dancers that have graced our stage, current Company dancers, and members of our community.
Completing the double bill is Bonachela’s award winning 6 Breaths. A symphony of dance, music by Italian composer Ezio Bosso and costume design by Josh Goot, this emotive work will take your breath away.
Finally in December boundaries will be pushed and imagination unleashed in four brand new creations by our sixth batch of emerging New Breed choreographers.
Join Sydney Dance Company in a celebration of its past, present and future. This is an anniversary year you cannot miss!
“I have chosen to celebrate this important milestone by commissioning a range of Australian voices… It has been a great joy to program my tenth season and I look forward to sharing the stage with the unique voices that this program encompasses.” – Rafael Bonachela
“The history of the Company is in the bodies of the dancers and the memories of the audience.” – Gideon Obarzanek
Bonachela / Nankivell/ Lane
26 March – 13 April
Bonachela / Obarzanek
1 – 9 Nov
Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay
28 Nov – 7 Dec
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Chair’s Evening Subscriptions also available from $220*, more info here.
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Season Two & Three
Ticket Price (Per Season)
Adult (Fri – Sat Eve)
A Res $74.80
B Res $55.25
C Res $42.50
Adult (Weeknights & Matinee)
A Res $69.70
B Res $52.70
C Res $38.25
Conc (Fri – Sat Eve)
A Res $51.00
B Res $42.50
C Res $38.25
Conc (Weeknights & Matinee)
A Res $42.50
B, C Res $38.25
Subs U30 Years (Tues – Thu & Matinee)
A, B, C Res $29.75
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1. Best Seats – Enjoy priority booking ahead of the general public so you can renew your favourite seats and book in your year of extraordinary dance.
2. Best Price – Save 15% on tickets to Season One and Two.
3. Behind The Scenes Experiences – Go behind the curtain with our 2019 artists and Company dancers. Find out fun facts and what life is like as a dancer.
4. Flexibility – Unlimited free ticket exchanges.
5. Exclusive Offers – Receive a range of arts and dining offers. See full list of benefits below.
All 2019 Subscribers will be posted a subscription card that entitles them to the following benefits valid from 1 January until 31 December 2019. All promo codes and links required will be supplied with subscription cards and via email.
- Unlimited FREE ticket exchanges with Sydney Dance Company ($5 fee waived)
- Invitations to Sydney Dance Company behind the scenes events
- Free programs and monthly eNewsletter
- Save 10% on Sydney Dance Company dance wear launched in January 2019.
- Sydney Dance Company Dance Classes: 3 complimentary classes available for each subscriber. To redeem present your card at Studio Reception for the classes to be loaded onto your card. View Class Timetable here.
- Art Gallery of NSW: Receive tickets at concession price for the exhibitions Masters of modern art from the Hermitage (Until 3 Mar 2019) and The essential Duchamp (27 Apr – 11 Aug 2019) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Simply display your Sydney Dance Company subscriber card at the Gallery’s ticketing and information desk on arrival to receive the discount.
- Australian Brandenburg Orchestra: $10 off A and B Reserve Adult tickets for main stage concerts in Sydney and Melbourne in 2019 when you book online.
- Australian Chamber Orchestra: Receive 10% off full price adult tickets for the ACO’s 2019 mainstage performances nationwide. Redeem using the promo code provided with your subscription card.
- Dendy Cinemas: Receive 20% off Adult tickets at Dendy Newtown and Dendy Opera Quays upon presentation of a valid Sydney Dance Company subscriber card. This offer is not valid on Saturdays after 5pm, public holidays, Dendy Arts, Dendy Lounge, Festivals, special events and premieres. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Only available when purchasing tickets in person at the Dendy Box Office.
- Ensemble Theatre: Receive 10% discount on full priced single tickets to Ensemble Theatre plays in 2019. Book via phone to access this special offer. T: 02 9929 0644 – Quote the code provided with your subscription card.
- Griffin Theatre: Enjoy concession priced tickets to Griffin Theatre Company productions in 2019. Redeem by using the promo code provided with your subscription card online, via (02) 9361 3817, or at the box office. Offer excludes ATYP @ Griffin events.
- Hicksons Izakaya: Enjoy an intimate preshow dinner on the wharf with exceptional Japanese cuisine and fantastic views of Walsh Bay at Hicksons Izakaya and 15% discount year round. Offer valid for food only, alcohol excluded, membership cards must be presented. Bookings essential.
- Opera Australia: Receive an 8% discount* on single tickets to Opera Australia’s 2019 performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne. Quote the promo code provided with your subscription card when booking directly with Opera Australia. Phone (02) 9318 8200 (Sydney) or (03) 9685 3700 (Melbourne), or visit opera.org.au and enter the promo code before selecting your performance and seats.*Valid until 7 December 2019. Limit of 4 tickets per production per customer. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Excludes performances of West Side Story at the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne, Evita and events on New Year’s Eve.
- Pinchgut Opera: Receive 10% off tickets to Pinchgut Opera’s Concert Series in 2019. Pinchgut Opera present Bach & Telemann in Sydney and Melbourne, an evening of uplifting elegance and grace, and a special one-night only concert in Sydney featuring shining countertenor Valer Sabadus. Use promo code provided with your subscription card when booking tickets to unlock this special offer through this link.
- Sydney Festival: Enjoy 20% off full price A Reserve or General Admission tickets to Dust and One Infinity. Use promo code provided with your subscription card for use on Sydney Festival bookings only via sydneyfestival.org.au. The offer will be valid from 3 December 2018 – 28 December 2018 unless ticket allocations are exhausted earlier.
- Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Receive a 10% discount (A, B & C reserves) on all Sydney Symphony 2019 Subscription Season concerts, available from 19 November 2018. Quote promotion code provided with your subscription card when you book online or call (02) 8215 4600. Visit www.sydneysymphony.com for performance details.(Terms and conditions apply: Cannot be used in conjunction with Special Events, special offers, concessions, subscription packages or Sydney Symphony Presents performances. Booking fee may apply. Valid via the Sydney Symphony Box Office only.)
- Sydney Theatre Company: $10 off Adult A-reserve tickets to 2019 main season plays presented the Drama Theatre and Roslyn Packer Theatre. This offer is subject to availability with a maximum purchase of two tickets per member, per production, and excludes Saturday evening performances. The valid productions in 2019 main season are Mary Stuart, How to Rule the World, Mosquitoes, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Torrents, Lord of the Files, Avalanche: A Love Story, The Real Thing, Cosi, The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Ticket on sale dates are available on the individual play pages at www.sydneytheatre.com.au. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any special offer or concession and is not valid for Season Tickets.
- Ventuno: Enjoy an intimate preshow dinner on the wharf with exceptional Italian cuisine and fantastic views of Walsh Bay at Ventuno. Receive 10% off your meal on presentation of your 2019 Subscriber card.
Subscribe to the full year from only $111.50*.
Buy a 2019 Performance Voucher here.
Hosted by our Chair, Karen Moses, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and to hear about the performance. Enjoy drinks and canapés before the show along with premium seating.
Dates & Times:
Season One: Bonachela / Nankivell / Lane
Thursday 28 March or Thursday 4 April
Season Two: Bonachela / Obarzanek
Thursday 7 November
6:30pm- Pre-show reception in the Richard Wherrett Studio, ground floor
Season One and Season Two – $120 per ticket
Single Season – $130 per ticket
Already a 2019 Season Subscriber? It’s easy to upgrade, prices will be calculated upon request.
For more information, to book your Chair’s Evening Subscription or to upgrade your current Subscription, please contact Elle Cahill on 02 9258 4878 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*Chair’s Evening subscription includes; pre-show drinks and canapés with Rafael Bonachela, hosted by Sydney Dance Company Chair, Karen Moses; interval drinks, and your seat is selected from our allocation of the best in the house.
To celebrate our 50th Anniversary we’ll be sharing 50 of our favourite stories about the history of the Company during 2019. Join us on this incredible journey through time by signing up to our monthly eNews via sydneydancecompany.com
Here are some fun facts about the Company we thought we’d share with you:
- 259 dancers have danced with the Company over our 50 year history. They’ve been as young as 17 and as senior as 75. During this time, over 250 choreographic works have been created by over 90 choreographers.
- In the past 50 years, we’ve seen works encompassing a pas de deux in a bathtub, a skateboarding Cupid, to a Tivoli chorus line. We’ve danced with puppets, performed nude, ran with athletes and appeared in commercials for gas companies and luxurious cars. We’ve shared the stage with rock stars, actors, opera singers and orchestras.
- Before we were called Sydney Dance Company, we were previously known as Ballet in a Nutshell, Athletes & Dancers and The Dance Company (NSW). We became officially named Sydney Dance Company in 1979. In 1969 Artistic Director Suzanne Musitz marked a turning point for the Company when she stated “No bourees, no arabesques and no pointe shoes!”
- Sydney Dance Company has toured to 26 countries and performed in 95 international cities.
- The first dancers with Sydney Dance Company (then known as Ballet in a Nutshell) were Janet Vernon, Sonia Humphrey, Graeme Hudson, and Arthur Raymond. Janet Vernon went on to become Associate Director and performed with the Company for 31 years.
- In our 50 year history, we’ve performed everywhere from Rockdale Town Hall, nightclub institution Kinsela’s, Sydney Opera House, Art Gallery of NSW to New York’s Joyce Theatre. The Company started with humble beginnings performing in town halls and schools in suburban Sydney and regional NSW. In 1973, we had the opportunity to perform at the Sydney Opera House as part of its opening celebrations, catapulting the Company to the world stage.
- The first patron of the Company was Dame Margot Fonteyn, the most famous and successful ballerina in the world. Our current patron is Dame Darcey Bussell, one of the most famous British ballerinas of her generation, former Principal of The Royal Ballet and a judge on the BBC television dance contest Strictly Come Dancing.
- The legendary Australian actor and dancer David Gulpilil was once a dancer with the Company, performing in a school’s show called Brolga in 1973. Other Sydney Dance Company dancers who went on to become actors are Paul Mercurio (Strictly Ballroom), Kip Gamblin (Home & Away, All Saints), Josef Brown (Home & Away, Dance Academy) and Sheree da Costa who will be on stage next year in Gideon Obarzanek’s new work Us 50 (Season Two).
- The very first set design commissioned by the Company (for a work called Love 201) was by Tim Storrier, now one of Australia’s most renowned artists.’
- Over 50 years Sydney Dance Company has commissioned 38 new scores and licensed hundreds of works of music spanning literally every music genre imaginable. The very first music commission was in 1971 by one of Australia’s most eminent composers, Peter Sculthorpe.
- The brand, Sydney Dance Company was born under theArtistic Directorship of Graeme Murphy, who led the Company for 31 years. He created 61 new works, including the iconic Poppy, Scheherazade and His leadership took the Company to the world and gave it a presence on the international stage. Murphy’s many awards include an Order of Australia (1982), a Centenary Medal (2001), and an Australian Dance Awards Lifetime Achievement (2006).
- 2019 marks Rafael Bonachela’s 10thyear as Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company. In these ten years, Bonachela has created 21 original works and has presented 30 commissions by guest choreographers from around the world, taking the Company to new territory. His Artistic Directorship has consolidated and built upon the Company’s reputation for showcasing boundary-pushing contemporary dance and its unrivalled positioning in the cultural landscape of Australia and international cultural leadership.
Follow #SDC50Years in 2019 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to revisit some of our highlights and greatest moments of dance over the past 50 years and share your favourite memories of Sydney Dance Company.
“Contemporary dance isn’t really made for backward glances. More than any other performing art it lives for the new and the now. Important milestones encourage reflection, however, and rightly so. And it’s true that some things have never changed over Sydney Dance Company’s half-century; a near miraculous timespan in this restless art.
Stimulating collaborations with composers, musicians and designers have been a hallmark, making every Sydney Dance Company season an adventure in different ways of looking, seeing and hearing. And those dancers! Like Graeme Murphy before him, Rafael Bonachela has discovered and nurtured some of the most exciting and memorable movers on the planet. Their sophistication, individuality, passion and daring are a never-ending joy.” – Deborah Jones (National Dance Critic, The Australian)
“How lucky I’ve been as a dance critic to have the Sydney Dance Company as the leading group in my city. For most of its 50 years I have had the pleasure and stimulus of its creativity and skill.
The highlights of Graeme Murphy’s years as artistic director – with Janet Vernon at his side – reflected the extraordinary range of his imagination, which fed his choreographic invention. Unusually, he tackled current local topics, as well as historical, literary, international and personal themes.
There were always surprises as he led his audiences from nude bathing at Lady Bay to Sicily’s King Roger via Oscar Wilde, a jilted bride and so much more. The character of the company and its dancers over 30 years of his leadership has been something to treasure.
Now a decade of Rafael Bonachela’s artistic direction has taken the SDC into a more global style of choreography: smart, crisp and polished. His charm and commitment have delighted audiences and he has built a wonderful company of dancers whose technical skills never cease to amaze. Long may they continue! ” – Jill Sykes AM (Dance critic, The Sydney Morning Herald)
“Sydney Dance Company [is] robust and energetic with a physical vocabulary that often defies the conventional wisdom of body structure and movement. They are a marvel to behold and challenge own perceptions of the boundaries that separate our inner thoughts from our outer actions.” – The Times
‘The dancers . . . are excellent; dizzying in their speed and acrobatic extension, they seem able to do anything.’ – Jeffrey Gantz (The Boston Globe)
“Sydney Dance Company is not merely good, it’s great . . . They have great presence and they are full of awareness of themselves and one another. All of them move freely and with passion and seem to have well developed artistic sensibility. They give abundantly of themselves on stage without affectation or pretension. In every way that I can think of, this is the model of what a contemporary dance ensemble should be.” – Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn (Bachtrack)