Engage: 50 Years, 50 Memories

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#5: The Living Flame (1979)

08 March 2019

In 1979, Sydney Dance Company cemented their growing profile by starring in AGL’s unforgettable Living Flame commercial, choreographed by Graeme Watson and directed by Patrick Russel. In glorious technicolour blues, the dancers showcase the qualities that still transfix audiences today: the coiled power in those… Read more


#4: New Breed (2014)

28 February 2019

“As a choreographer, you need bodies to create; you need space,” says Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela. “It’s not like composing, or painting, which you can do in your lounge room. A company like Sydney Dance Company, which has its own space, which is now 50… Read more

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#3: Poppy (1978)

22 February 2019

Photographer Branco Gaica has shot thousands of photographs of Sydney Dance Company. “I developed all those photos by hand, so when I look at the images, I reimagine the night. One I’ve still got on my wall at home is Kim Walker in After Venice:… Read more

Nude Live

#2: Nude Live (2017)

14 February 2019

Nude Live was a game-changing collaboration between Sydney Dance Company and the Art Gallery NSW, in which the dancers bared their bodies (and their souls) to respond to paintings, sculptures and photographs of nudes through the ages. Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela remembers, “When Justin Paton, the… Read more

Narnia 1973

#1: NARNIA (1973)

07 February 2019

In 1973 Sydney Dance Company, then called The Dance Company, were a young company with uncontainable ambitions. Choreographer and dancer Chrissie Koltai remembers creating Narnia for the Sydney Opera House’s opening season, a mini-masterpiece acclaimed for its trailblazing music and sets, and dancers “coolly radiating… Read more