Ascent - Melbourne Season

Tickets on sale now!
29 August — 2 September 2023

★★★★ “an inventive and adventurous ride…original and evocative” – TimeOut (Forever & Ever)

Tickets from $45 – $100

Info, Dates & Prices

Date 29 August – 2 September

Location   ACM Playhouse, Melbourne

Prices $45 – $100

Ascent co-commissioned by the Canberra Theatre Centre is an inspired triple bill featuring the reprise of Antony Hamilton’s Helpmann Award-winning Forever & Ever, and world premieres by renowned international choreographers Marina Mascarell and Rafael Bonachela.

Brimming with physicality, Ascent tempers contemporary classical with futuristic experimentation. Full of electric movement and emotional force, Ascent is an arresting portrait of contemporary dance and its potential to move, excite and activate audiences.

Brought to life by Sydney Dance Company’s superb ensemble, this triple bill is complete with inventive installations and magnetic musical scores.


Tuesday 29 August, 7.30pm

Wednesday 30 August, 2.00pm *

Wednesday 30 August, 7.30pm

Friday 1 September, 7.30pm

Saturday 2 September, 2.00pm

Saturday 2 September, 7.30pm

* School bookings are also available for this performance.

TypePremium / A ResB Res
Adult$100 / $89.00$65
Concession $100 / $79$55
Under 30s$100 / $69 $45
Groups (8 or more) 10% off Adult$90 / $80.10 $45

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*Concession tickets are only valid for Australian Pensioners, Senior Card holders and Full-Time Students.

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School Matinee

School Matinee

The matinee performance on Wednesday 30 August will include a post-show panel discussion and Q&A with Company dancers, creatives and arts professionals giving an insight into the creative process of bringing the performance to life.

Secondary (Grade 7 - 12)Tickets - $30 Wed 30 Aug, 2.00pm

If you have any questions, please contact Sydney Dance Company at [email protected].

I Am-ness

Choreographer: Rafael Bonachela
Music: “Lonely angel”, meditation for violin and strings by Pēteris Vasks
Lighting Designer: Damien Cooper
Costume Designer: Rafael Bonachela
Costume Design Realisation: Aleisa Jelbart

The Shell, A Ghost, The Host & The Lyrebird

Choreographer: Marina Mascarell
Composer: Nick Wales
Set & Costume Designers: Lauren Brincat and Leah Giblin
Lighting Designer: Damien Cooper

Forever & Ever

Antony Hamilton
ComposerJulian Hamilton
Costume Design: Paula Levis
Lighting Designer: Ben Cisterne


Ascent Reviews


★★★★ “poignant choreography… a must-watch for the curious.”Sydney Morning Herald

“an evening of challenging, perfectly executed and deeply satisfying contemporary dance” – Australian Arts Review

“Bold, emotive and visceral, Ascent is a must-see for lovers of dance.”Arts Hub

“Ascent is a sumptuous combination of choreography, music, movement, and light. Joyous and engaging, Bonachela has brought together three diverging contemporary pieces that showcase the immense depth of talent at Sydney Dance Company. A must see.”Fjord Review

“Make no mistake, this is a serious contemporary dance company with highly trained, versatile dancers that deserves a place on the world stage. Do not miss the chance to see this accomplished company that will no doubt take the world by storm.”The Wonderful World of Dance

I Am-Ness - Raphael Bonachela


★★★★ “The dancers break apart then come together in Bonachela’s signature waves of sinuous movement, their relationships always in flux.” Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ “15 minutes of bodies, light and music connecting in quiet harmony”Limelight

★★★★ “Bonachela’s choreographic response puts aside fear and goes for the loving touch as four dancers – Riley Fitzgerald, Madeline Harms, Naiara de Matos and Piran Scott – are joined by invisible forces, rarely separating as they glide, float and weave around one another.”Limelight

“… (I Am-ness)… is extraordinarily lyrical, filled with unexpected movements across every area of the body, and composed of groupings that break up and then come together in different arrangements throughout the work. It was beautifully performed by Riley Fitzgerald, Madeline Harms, Piran Scott and Naiara de Matos.”Dance Australia

The Shell, A Ghost, The Host & The Lyrebird - Marina Mascarell


★★★★ “This is Mascarell’s first Australian production, and her choreography is a novel treat: organic, inventive, and teetering on that whimsical border between humanoid, animal, and inert. A must-watch for the curious.”Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ “Seven dancers pull on ropes and manipulate the fabric, bringing to mind at different stages sailors on an ancient ship, campers in the wilderness and perhaps survivors somewhere on a distant planet.” Limelight

“Mascarell offered a strikingly beautiful abstract staging involving acres of ropes and fabric manipulated by 9 dancers to create, what appeared to be, a storm at sea.”Australian Arts Review

“…Mascarell’s gentle and patient choreography results in a dance work that is like watching a painting in motion.”Dance Life

“Cleverly supported by Nick Wales’ superb score, the stage is a visual delight. There is a sense we are watching the sails of a whimsical ship. As the dancers pull and push the ropes, the silk banners rise and fall, creating visual magic.”Fjord Review

Forever & Ever - Antony Hamilton


★★★★ “…the visually arresting aesthetic – a stark white set like a photoshoot, bold block-coloured costumes, strobes, and that unforgiving loop soundtrack – makes you feel like you’ve stumbled into a music video.” Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ “Hamilton’s background in commercial dance is a strength for this vision, with the choreography intensifying to a pounding, in-your-face rhythmic complexity before the rave-inspired laser-light finale.” Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ “Hamilton’s super-precise, high-definition choreography captures the cool of pop-culture along with its blank-faced conformity.”Limelight

“aggressive, startling and completely mesmerising” (Forever & Ever)  – Australian Arts Review

“… Hamilton’s engrossing Forever & Ever… extraordinary”Dance Australia

Featuring works

I Am-Ness


Rafael Bonachela


15 mins

First performed

15 March 2023

I Am-ness calls for the convergence of the moving body and creative mind, charting a world in flux where simplicity dominates, and expectations are subverted.

The Shell, A Ghost, The Host & The Lyrebird


Marina Mascarell


26 mins

First performed

15 March 2023

This piece poses many questions: the body's meaning and its capacity to transform; the relationship with technology, and the connection with nature.

Forever & Ever


Antony Hamilton


36 mins

First performed


Set to a sonically stimulating score by The Presets’ Julian Hamilton, Forever & Ever fuses together a killer mix of dance, techno, high fashion and vivid lighting to hypnotic effect.