Frame of Mind

6 March — 16 May 2015


“★★★★…a potent blend of technique, daring and playfulness.” – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Dance Company’s 2015 season bursts into life with a powerful double bill – a showcase of deeply personal pieces from two acclaimed choreographic talents: living legend William Forsythe and Sydney Dance Company’s own Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela.

Appearing for its Australian premiere, Quintett is Forsythe’s poignant masterpiece set to Gavin Bryars’ iconic track Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet. A beautiful tribute and glorious celebration of movement, light and life, Quintett showcases Forsythe’s arched and intricate choreography at its most athletic and arresting.

Bonachela’s world premiere Frame of Mind features a dramatic contemporary-classical soundtrack by Bryce Dessner (from American hit rock band The National), recorded by internationally renowned Kronos Quartet.

Don’t miss this gripping evening of dance – a hymn to the joy and pain of life and a salute to the redemptive power of motion.

“★★★★…danced crisply and flawlessly…it is passionate yet highly precise, demanding and often breath-stealing.” – The Guardian

“★★★★…Bonachela’s Frame of Mind delivers an emotionally engaging and overarching choreographic mastery…electric” – Daily Review

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Performance History

Sydney Theatre, Sydney
6 – 21 March 2015

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
30 April – 2 May 2015

Southbank Theatre, Melbourne
6 – 16 May 2015

Duration: 1hr 20 minutes (includes a 20 minute interval)
Warnings: Theatrical smoke


9 October, 1993, Ballett Frankfurt, Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
Choreography: William Forsythe, Dana Caspersen, Stephen Galloway, Jacopo Godani, Thomas McManus and Jone San Martin
Costume Design: Stephen Galloway
Costume Design Realisation: Fiona Holley
Music: Gavin Bryars Jesus’ Blood never failed me yet
Stage and Lighting Design: William Forsythe
Assistant Stagers: Ana Catalina Roman Horcajo and Thomas McManus
Technical Staging: Tanja Rühl

Frame of Mind
Choreography: Rafael Bonachela
Designer: Ralph Myers
Costume Design Realisation: Aleisa Jelbart
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Cisterne
Music: Original compositions by Bryce Dessner in a recording by the Kronos Quartet
Dramaturgical Consultant: Samuel Webster

Media Reviews

“★★★★…Bonachela’s Frame of Mind delivers an emotionally engaging and overarching choreographic mastery…electric” – Daily Review

“★★★★…an ensemble of technically blessed young dynamos.” – Herald Sun

“★★★★ 1/2” – The Age

“★★★★…a potent blend of technique, daring and playfulness.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“★★★★…danced crisply and flawlessly…it is passionate yet highly precise, demanding and often breath-stealing.” – The Guardian

“★★★★ 1/2…Quintett radiates the sheer joy of movement but is also tender, angry and sad. It’s sublime.” – Sunday Telegraph

Quintett could be seen again and again without exhausting its possibilities… And to see it danced as it was on Monday night, well, Sydney is blessed.” – The Australian

“Frame of Mind delivers captivating scores, wonderful choreography and dance fuelled with emotion.” – ABC Arts

“…contemporary dance at its purest” – Daily Telegraph

An astonishing double bill of powerful, personal and poetic dance.” – Limelight Magazine

Thrilling viewing…moments of truly monumental impact…quite simply, breathtaking” – Limelight Magazine

An exhilarating evening of highly physical dance” – The Conversation

Sydney Dance Company is a versatile and beautifully-schooled group of performers. Its opening program for 2015 was emotionally driven and passionately and powerfully danced. An outstanding evening of dance.” – DanceTabs

“Frame of Mind drills a hole into your heart and brain and makes you leak emotion in that sneaky, visceral way only dance can do.” – Concrete Playground Sydney