Sydney Dance Company is Dance Australia 2017 Critics’ Choice


16 February 2018

Dance Australia asked key dance critics from around the country to nominate their top picks for the 2017 Critics’ Choice Award. The magazine has just published the results and Sydney Dance Company has romped it in!

Congratulations to Rafael Bonachela, and the amazing dancers and choreographers singled out by the critics

Alan Brissenden (The Australian, Dance Australia, The Adelaide Review, Radio Adelaide)

Most Outstanding Choreography: Gabrielle Nankivell’s Wildebeest 

Gabrielle Nankivell’s Wildebeest; mysterious, ferocious, extremely physical, but where another choreographer might go on too long, Nankivell keeps tight rein on the structure of the work, and the quiet ending comes as a relief.’

Lee Christofis (Australian Book Review)

Most Outstanding Dancer: Cass Mortimer Eipper, Frame of Mind and Nelson Earl, Frame of Mind


Geraldine Higginson (Dance Australia)

Most Significant Dance Event: ‘The way Sydney Dance Company have stepped up to give emerging choreographers the chance to create new works on an annual basis’

Most Interesting Group or Artist: Sydney Dance Company

Most Outstanding Choreography: Rafael Bonachela’s 2 One Another

Best New Work: Petros Treklis’ The Art Of Letting Go for New Breed

Petros says:
Having my first ever professional creation be recognised as ‘Best New Work’ is incredible. Hopefully this is the first of many!’

Dancer to watch: Holly Doyle and Nelson Earl in Orb and New Breed

Deborah Jones (The Australian, FollowSpot blog)

 Most Outstanding Dancer: ‘The entire Sydney Dance Company ensemble – so formidable right now’


Valerie Lawson (Dancelines, Dancetabs)

Best New Work: ‘Nude Live: The highlight of Sydney Festival in January’ 

Most Outstanding Dancer: Jesse Scales, Orb


Jill Sykes (Sydney Morning Herald)

Most Interesting Group or Artist: ‘Sydney Dance Company, with its wonderful dancers, had a good year with more engaging repertoire, from a revival of 2 One Another and two new works in Orb to five emerging choreographers in New Breed.’

Most Outstanding Dancer: Nelson Earl, Ocho and New Breed


Nelson says:
‘Must be doing something right?!’

Maggie Tonkin (Dance Australia)

Most Interesting Independent Group or Artist: ‘Gabrielle Nankivell’s ensemble piece for Sydney Dance Company, Wildebeest’

Sydney Dance Company continues to captivate critics into 2019 with Season Two on at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Walsh Bay from the 1st – 9th November .

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