Arts Centre Melbourne 20 — 22 October 2022

This October, Sydney Dance Company will be joining eight of Australia’s leading dance companies at Arts Centre Melbourne for DanceX: Festival of Dance.

Curated by our friends at The Australian Ballet, this three-part festival will showcase the depth, range and diversity of our nation’s dance community.

Sydney Dance Company is thrilled to be performing an excerpt of Rafael Bonachela’s ab [intra] as part of DanceX: Festival of Dance.

ab [intra], meaning ‘from within’ in Latin is “an exploration of our primal instincts, our impulses and our visceral responses” (Rafael Bonachela). From tenderness to turmoil, ab [intra] is a journey through the intensity of human existence that will command your attention.

★★★★ “Bold… impressive athleticism and energy… has to be seen to be believed.” The Sydney Morning Herald

Info, Dates & Prices

Arts Centre Melbourne

Part 1: 20 – 22 Oct
Part 2: 25 – 28 Oct
Part 3: 29 Oct – 1 Nov

$46 – $129
Book two parts – save 10%
Book three parts – save 15%

DanceX: Festival of Dance will be performed in three parts, featuring Sydney Dance Company and eight other leading companies: The Australian Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Karul Project, Lucy Guerin Inc, Marrugeku, Queensland Ballet and West Australian Ballet.

Buy two parts and receive a 10% discount. Buy three parts and receive a 15% discount.


Bangarra Dance Theatre Ochres and Walkabout (excerpts)
Three powerful, spiritual and grounded excerts from Bangarra’s seminal works Ochres (1995) and Walkabout (2002).

Lucy Guerin Inc How To Be Us*
A duet for two women on the limits of freedom.

Sydney Dance Company ab [intra] (excerpt)
From tenderness to turmoil, ab [intra] is a journey through the intensity of human existence that will command your attention.

The Australian Ballet I New Then
A comic, romantic dance theatre piece set to songs by Van Morrison.

*commissioned by the Australia Ballet

Duration: approx. 125 mins



Karul Project SILENCE
Through the beating of a drum, bodies thrash through white noise to continue a 250-year old struggle. The same questions echoed through generations.

Queensland Ballet Glass Concerto
An assemblage of high energy, dynamic and emotional movement, Glass Concerto will captivate and inspire audiences.

The Australian Ballet I New Then
A comic, romantic dance theatre piece set to songs by Van Morrison.

Duration: approx. 135 mins


Australian Dance Theatre The Beginning of Nature (excerpt)
The Beginning of Nature explores the complex symphony of overlapping rhythms that constitute the very fabric of nature.

Chunky Move AB_TA_ Response*
AB_TA_Response explores the rhythm of forms between dance and design and considers the dialogue between biological and technological systems.

Marrugeku Gudirr Gudirr
Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning, the guwayi bird calls when the tide is turning — to miss the call is to drown. An intimate solo dance and video work performed by Dalisa Pigram, daughter of Broome.

The Australian Ballet  Lucas Jervies Imposter and Alice Topp First Light

*commissioned by the Australia Ballet

Featuring works

ab [intra]


Rafael Bonachela


70 mins

First performed


ab [intra],​ meaning ‘from within’ in Latin is ‘an exploration of our primal instincts, our impulses and our visceral responses’, says choreographer Rafael Bonachela. From tenderness to turmoil, ​ab [intra]​ is a journey of intense human existence that will command your attention.