2OA Rehearsals 2012

Into the Archives: A History of ‘2 One Another’

12 September 2017

Rafael Bonachela‘s international masterpiece, 2 One Another, is returning to Sydney this October in celebration of its monumental 100th performance.

This award-winning production first premiered in Sydney in March 2012. It was created over three months with Sydney Dance Company’s 16 dancers (see original cast here) and has been performed in 9 countries and over 30 cities around the world including the USA, South America, Europe, New Zealand and across Australia.

In a ‘behind the scenes’ video from the original production in 2012, Rafael explains how the creation of this extraordinary work came about. Starting with a blank canvas, he explores until he begins to see a path unveiling itself before him, adding layers, textures, connections, relations, added to bodies, to one another.

In this revealing work Rafael draws on his intimate relationship with the Company dancers. Together they closely examined the complexities of human relationships, as an individual, a couple and within a group.

The title 2 One Another suggests these themes, and has been interpreted and explored in three ways:

  1. How we relate to one another
  2. The couple (two), the individual (one)and the group (another)
  3. The progression of the work takes uson a journey from one world to another

In the creation of new works, Rafael has often used resources such as images, books and maps to spark ideas within his creative process but in the making of 2 One Another his inspiration comes directly from the studio; from the interactions and responses of the dancers and from the output of his collaborators. It is a personal work for everyone involved, intimately revealing personalities and qualities of the individual.

Watch the full archival video here.

World Premiere at Sydney Theatre on 13 March 2012

2012        Sydney, NSW
2012        Melbourne, VIC
2012        Wollongong, NSW
2013        Adelaide, SA
2013        Alice Springs, NT
2013        Darwin, NT
2013        Lima Peru
2013        Guayaquill, Ecuador
2013        Bogota, Colombia
2013        Guanajuato, Mexico
2013        Irvine, California USA
2013        San Diego, California USA
2013        Portland, Oregon USA
2013        Moscow, Russia
2014        Perth, WA
2014        Mandurah, WA
2014        Albany, WA
2014        Bunbury, WA
2014        Geraldton, WA
2014        Cairns, QLD
2014        Mackay, QLD
2014        Rockhampton, QLD
2014        Townsville, QLD
2014        Gold Coast, QLD
2014        Port Macquarie, NSW
2014        Dubbo, NSW
2014        Bathurst, NSW
2014        Orange, NSW
2014        Auckland, New Zealand
2015        Wolfsburg, Germany
2015        Fürth, Germany

Winner of 2013 Australian Dance Awards:

  • Rafael Bonachela for Most Outstanding Choreography
  • Charmene Yap for Most Outstanding Female Dancer
  • Sydney Dance Company for Most Outstanding Performance by a Company

Winner of 2012 Green Room Awards:

  • Sydney Dance Company for Best Ensemble
  • Best Female Dancer

Winner of 2012 Helpmann Award:

See 2 One Another in Sydney 5 – 14 October. Check out our cheat sheet for more interesting facts about 2 One Another, the creatives and current Company dancers.


We’ll then be travelling 2 One Another to Shanghai 20 – 27 October. More info here. 

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