Les Illuminations

World premiere at Sydney Opera House 27 August 2013

In 2014 this work toured to Brisbane, Queensland. In 2015, Les Illuminations will make its debut at Sydney Theatre as part of Triptych.

For more information contact Dominic Chang: Domc@sydneydancecompany.com

Choreography: Rafael Bonachela
Music: Benjamin Britten
Musician: Katie Noonan
Costumes: Toni Maticevski
Lighting and Stage Design: Benjamin Cisterne

Running time: 45 minutes no interval
Cast: 8 dancers, 1 singer, 17 piece string orchestra and 1 conductor
Can be performed with local orchestra.

An intimate evening of breathtaking dance celebrating the music of Benjamin Britten.

Experience an evening of breathtaking dance, contemporary design and spectacular music up close with Sydney Dance Company and Katie Noonan. Featuring choreography by Rafael Bonachela and costumes by Toni Maticevski, Les Illuminations celebrates the centenary of one of the world’s greatest composers, Benjamin Britten.

Performed in two acts, the first dedicated solely to Britten’s music, Les Illuminations is a reflection of love in all forms. First performed in the early 1940s and devoted to lifelong companion Peter Pears, the score for Britten’s Les Illuminations is set around the suite of romantic poems by French poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Recently named one of Australia’s top 100 singers of all time (Herald Sun, 2013), this is the second time Katie Noonan joins Sydney Dance Company, having previously collaborated with Rafael Bonachela for LANDforms (2011). Les Illuminations marks Toni Maticevski’s second foray into contemporary dance costume design, with his first venture winning a 2012 Helpmann Award.

Mentioned in the 2013 Dance Australia Critics Survey:

For more information contact Dominic Chang: Domc@sydneydancecompany.com