Many of Australia’s leading lighting designers have illuminated Sydney Dance Company over the last 50 years, including John Rayment, Benjamin Cisterne, Matthew Marshall, John Drummond Montgomery and Damien Cooper.
“When I started working with Sydney Dance Company, I was two years out of uni: I was fresh,” says Cooper. “I did two shows a year for about ten years, and now I’m back collaborating with Rafael Bonachela, which is really exciting. With contemporary dance it’s not like lighting a play where you need to adhere to a script: you have complete freedom to inhabit the space. And Sydney Dance Company aren’t scared to do anything: lighting designers get the opportunity to experiment with wild, out there and dangerous ideas.”
Main image features Graeme Murphy’s Air and Other Invisible Forces (2003). Photo Branco Gaica.
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