Rafael Bonachela’s Top Five Festival Picks


4 January 2017

We’re excited to share the upcoming world premiere of Nude Live with you, a collaboration with the Art Gallery of NSW for Sydney Festival opening this week! In Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela’s latest creation, dancers respond to works by renowned artists such as Picasso and Matisse featured in the Gallery’s major summer exhibition, Nude: art from the Tate collection.

There’s so much to see at this year’s Sydney Festival. Here, Rafael gives his top five picks:

1. Still Life

27-29 January, Carriageworks

A man wrestles with a block of concrete. A woman bursts through a wall. Humans toil and tussle with the earth itself. Still Life fuses elements of theatre, movement, art installation and philosophy in a visual symphony inspired by surrealism and the theatre of the absurd.

2. The Encounter

18-28 January, Sydney Opera House

Using innovative 3D audio technology, Richard Katz transports us to the depths of the Amazon, weaving together scenes from his life with the story of Loren McIntyre. The Encounter challenges perceptions of time, communication and consciousness.

3. The Beach at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve

7-29 January, Barangaroo Reserve

Take a dip at The Beach – a joyous installation of 1.1 million recyclable polyethylene balls that make a monochrome ocean, created by the New York-based art and architecture collaborative, Snarkitecture.

4. Spectra

11-15 January, Seymour Centre

Spectra fuses Western contemporary dance and expressive Japanese movement from Butoh to explore the interconnectedness of the universe, featuring a score by renowned Japanese musician Jiro Matsumoto and a set by installation artist Tatsuo Miyajima.

5. House of Mirrors

6-29 January, Meriton Festival Village, Hyde Park North

There is only one way into the House of Mirrors. Getting out is an art. Lose yourself in the optical illusions of this bewildering labyrinth of mirrors that comes to Sydney fresh from messing with minds at Dark Mofo.


Nude Live
7 – 23 January @ Art Gallery of NSW

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