Frame of Mind

Inside Rafael Bonachela’s ‘Frame of Mind’

19 September 2018

First premiering more than three years ago, Rafael Bonachela‘s multi award-winning Frame of Mind gains a new life on stage in our latest, star-studded double bill Forever & Ever alongside a brand new work by Antony Hamilton.

A deeply personal piece, Frame of Mind features a contemporary-classical soundtrack by Bryce Dessner from Grammy Award winning band The National, which will be performed live on stage for the first time by the Australian String Quartet.

Ahead of the premiere, Rafael sat down with us to reflect on his inspirations behind the work:

Frame of Mind was born from my own experience of wanting to be in two places at once. Both places were equally important to me. Whatever decision I made would not be able to satisfy the complexity of my desires, nor the needs of those around me.

As human beings, we are infinitely complex in our psychological states and the way we express ourselves emotionally and verbally are simple solutions to a much larger process. For cases of the heart, concrete communication becomes a way to structure our thoughts, but we must be careful not to leave behind the complex emotional information, which makes us who we are at any given moment.

In many ways, Frame of Mind is a work which engages with the aspiration we all have, to engage and be understood without the need for words: to be held, supported, confronted, lifted and guided by those we hold dear. Frame of Mind is an acknowledgement of our emotional lives, our vulnerability, our empathy, our fragility and our strength.

I am thrilled and honoured to be working with the renowned Australian String Quartet this season. Cross-art form collaborations such as this fuels the expressive and transformative power of live performance. The Australian String Quartet are an ensemble that will truly bring the exquisite music of Bryce Dessner to life as they perform live on stage alongside Sydney Dance Company.

Frame of Mind

The impulse to feel, experience and understand a dance work in the theatre should be an individual one – beginning in the heart and contemplated in your mind. It is your frame of mind which colours your world, and the same should be true of art. When all explanations have been exhausted and you find yourselves outside of definition but immersed in sensation – the only thing left is to feel.

Since Frame of Mind was last seen in Sydney the work has travelled with us right across Australia, America, Germany, Chile and Colombia. It is so exciting to once again bring it back to Sydney for its second viewing, but this time to present it with live music.”

Hear more insights from Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and see excerpts of the performance at our FREE Artist Talk on 11 October. He also appears with Antony Hamilton, Jeff Khan and Daniel Kok in a conversation about interdisciplinary dance on 20 October.

See Forever & Ever in our Sydney exclusive season 16 – 27 October at Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay.


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