De Novo

15 July — 27 August 2015


“10/10 – Sydney Dance Company has never looked stronger, sexier or more playful than in this thrilling triple bill.” – Sun-Herald

Sydney Dance Company presents a program of three highly entertaining pieces – a cocktail of witty, exhilarating and joyously physical dance that will make you laugh aloud.

From an inspired collaboration with composer Nick Wales  and internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko comes Emergence, a dance work by Rafael Bonachela featuring the alluring costume creations of Australian fashion designer Dion Lee. A breathtaking cross-genre leap, Emergence sees the entire company ensemble take to the stage as a stunning soundscape take sensual, physical form.

Irreverent, humorous and brilliant, Cacti is the critically acclaimed brainchild of Swedish dance prodigy Alexander Ekman. Ekman is in high demand internationally, and this piece, devised for the legendary Nederlands Dans Theater 2, shows exactly why. Cacti is not only a subversive, entertaining commentary on the pretentions of contemporary dance, it is also a brilliantly conceived and bracingly physical piece of choreography.

From Australian rising star Larissa McGowan comes Fanatic, a hilarious pop-culture collision that pits Alien vs Predator in an interstellar dance throwdown between two titanic sci-fi film franchises. Giddy and virtuosic, wry and recognisable, this is dance for the digital age – kinetic, immediate and exceedingly funny.

Showcasing some of Australia’s finest dancers, music by Sarah Blasko and Nick Wales and costumes by Dion LeeDe Novo promises a light-hearted but thrilling evening that’s not to be missed!

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Performance History


Northern Territory
15 July, Darwin Entertainment Centre, NT
18 July, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT

South Australia
22 July, Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA
25 July, Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie, SA
29 July, Chaffey Theatre, Renmark, SA
1 August, Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mt Gambier, SA
6–8 August, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Grote Street, Adelaide, SA

12 August, Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
15 August, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, VIC

20-22 August, Theatre Royal Hobart, Hobart, TAS
27 August, Princess Theatre, Launceston, TAS


World premiere at Sydney Theatre 1 March 2013
Choreography: Rafael Bonachela
Music: Nick Wales & Sarah Blasko
Costume Design: Dion Lee
Lighting Design: Benjamin Cisterne
Running time: 37 minutes

World premiere at Sydney Opera House, Spring Dance Festival, 20 August 2012
Choreography: Larissa McGowan
Concept: Larissa McGowan, Sam Haren, Steve Mayhew
Dramaturg: Sam Haren
Sound Construction: Steve Mayhew
Lighting Design: Benjamin Cisterne
Running time: 15 minutes

Australasian premiere at Sydney Theatre 1 March 2013
Choreography and Costumes: Alexander Ekman
Stage Design: Alexander Ekman and Thomas Visser
Lighting Design: Thomas Visser
Lyrics: Spenser Theberge
Running time: 27 minutes


“Sydney Dance Company has never looked stronger, sexier or more playful than in this thrilling triple bill… 10/10” – Sun-Herald

“Sydney Dance Company set fire to expectations with a stunning three-piece program” – Drum Media

“…infectious playful energy and absolutely incisive wit.” – Time Out Sydney

Blindingly brilliant” –

“Cacti is a delight: witty, effervescent, playful, surreal and joyously physical.” – The Australian

“… witty, smart and danced with kick-arse joy.” – The Monthly

De Novo is a menu of delicious and diverse treats, which finishes on a fabulous sugar high. It should be enjoyed by long-standing lovers of contemporary dance as well as newcomers.” – The Clotheslines, Digital Arts Magazine

De Novo really is wonderful entertainment. In particular, it is sheer pleasure to be able to laugh out loud while enjoying a bravura display of dance, the giggles only silenced with abrupt gasps of astonishment.” – Adelaide Advertiser