25 July 2008 — 2 August 2009


Rafael Bonachela‘s powerful and cutting edge work 360° created a firestorm of interest when it opened at Carriageworks in Sydney in 2008, praised for its beauty, energy and skill of the Sydney Dance Company dancers.

Bonachela’s movement communicates in vivid and powerful terms about the human condition and human relationships. The mood ranges from seriousness to sexy – it’s furious, energetic, emotional and liquid.

Barcelona-born Rafael Bonachela has been described by iD Magazine as the “hottest of international talent”. His rise has been a fast upward trajectory. Arriving in London at 16 to join the Rambert Company as a principal dancer, he was soon choreographing works for the Company. He then went on to win the inaugural Place Prize for Choreography, picking up the dance world’s biggest cheque. Famed for his collaboration with musicians and designers, Bonachela’s work moves effortlessly between the mainstream and the avant-garde.

360° was Rafael Bonachela’s first commission for an Australian dance company.

Performance History

Carriageworks, Sydney 
25 July – 16 August, 2008

Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane
17 – 25 April, 2009

Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre 
6 – 9 May, 2009

Arts Centre, Melbourne
13 – 16 May, 2009

Christchurch Festival
31 July – 2 August, 2009


Tony Assness

Lighting Design
Hugh Taranto

Sound Design
George Gorga

Artistic Collaborator
Choreographic Assistant
Theo Clinkard

360° Campaign Photography
Jez Smith


“Bonachela’s 360° was the performance highlight of the year, pushing the skilled and talented dancers every which way to truly incendiary effect.” – Dance Australia 

“Bonachela delivers a work that is breathtakingly, almost painfully beautiful.” – Daily Telegraph 

“360° by Rafael Bonachela for SDC: a superbly slick, visually and viscerally engaging work in every way.” – Herald-Sun