Newcastle born Rhys Kosakowski is about to take the stage for Season One: Bonachela / Forsythe after returning home to Australia and joining Sydney Dance Company. While overseas he performed with the Houston Ballet Company in Cinderella, The Nutcracker and La Bayadere and worked with choreographers Alexander Ekman for Cacti, and William Forsythe for his ballet Artifact Suite.
We asked him questions about life as a dancer.
Q. How old were you when you started dancing?
My mother put me in Tap classes when I was 8, and completely fell in love with performing. I started Ballet and Contemporary at 12.
Q. What inspires you?
I get inspired by other artists and dancers all the time. Especially dancers and artists that have their own style and aura. Uniqueness is very special.
Q. Who has most influenced you?
I have always been influenced by Roberto Bolle, former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, and all the things he has achieved and done in his career.
Q. What attracted you to Sydney Dance Company?
Sydney Dance Company has always been very fearless and bold in the way they create and perform, which I love. And I was very attracted to the dancers, staff and everyone involved for being so nice and having a sense of family. Very refreshing.
Q. What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
I’m most looking forward to performing in my country and being close to my family as I have been overseas for a total of seven years. I’m also excited to grow as a dancer and learn new ways of movement and choreography with Rafael Bonachela.
Q. What advice would you give aspiring young dancers?
Some advice I would have is never doubt yourself as a dancer and always put yourself out there. Dancing is beautiful and if you’re passionate about it, it’s breathtaking.