International Tour

8 — 23 April 2016


In addition to 78 scheduled performances at 19 venues around Australia in 2016, Sydney Dance Company continues its strong tradition of international touring, showcasing Australian culture, ideas and talent on the global stage.

In April the Company will present at Switzerland’s prestigious Steps Festival, the country’s largest contemporary dance biennale, which showcases a selection of the world’s premier international dance companies, touring to venues across the nation for a four-week period. This tour sees Sydney Dance Company take on one of its most ambitious international presentations to date, staging the stunning triple bill, Interplay, which took east coast Australian audiences by storm in 2014.

Comprising works by Rafael Bonachela, renowned Australian choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, and Italy’s Jacopo Godani, (Artistic Director of the newly named Dresden-Frankfurt Dance Company, formerly the Forsythe Company), this is a diverse and high-energy program showcasing Australia’s premier contemporary dance ensemble at its poetic and athletic best.

From Europe, Sydney Dance Company will travel to South America – taking in Sao Paolo, Brazil and Santiago, Chile.

Dates and Times

STEPS Festival, Switzerland

Lugano Arte e Cultura, Lugano
Friday 8 April, 7.30pm

Théâtre Equilibre, Fribourg
Sunday 10 April, 5pm

Burghof, Lörrach, Germany
Wednesday 13 April, 8pm

Theater 11, Zurich
Friday 15 April

Theatre Casino, Zug
Sunday 17 April, 7pm

Théâtre du Crochetan, Monthey
Wednesday 20 April, 8pm

Théâtre du Passage, Neuchâtel
Saturday 23 April, 6pm

South American Tour

Vila Mariana, São Paulo, Brazil
Friday and Saturday April 29 and 30

Teatro Oriente, Santiago, Chile
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday May 2, 3 and 4, 8pm


2 in D Minor
Rafael Bonachela
Johann Sebastian Bach & Nick Wales
Stage and Lighting Design: 
Benjamin Cisterne
Veronique Serret
Costume Designer: 
Rafael Bonachela
Costume Realisation: 
Fiona Holley
Cast: Dancers of Sydney Dance Company

Raw Models
Choreographer: Jacopo Godani
Commissioned score:
 Ulrich Mueller & Siegfried Roessert
Costumes & Lighting: Jacopo Godani
Costumes Realisation: 
Fiona Holley
Cast: Dancers of Sydney Dance Company

Choreographer: Gideon Obarzanek
Composer: Stefan Gregory
Writer: David Woods
Costume Designer: Harriet Oxley
Stage and Lighting Design: Benjamin Cisterne
Actor: Gideon Obarzanek
Cast: Dancers of Sydney Dance Company


“Super-charged program… it is danced with crackling energy and virtuosity by the company and showcased with flair.”  Sydney Morning Herald

“A tour de force for the Company… go and see it yourselves. You won’t be disappointed.” – Limelight Magazine

Interplay is a stimulating, highly theatrical triple bill” – Daily Review

Raw Models is a full and accomplished piece of contemporary art in which the dancers come into their own; their faces gleam with animal-like hunger and intensity as their leotard-wrapped bodies erupt in movement – large, grotesque and divine.” – Dance Australia

“Rafael Bonachela takes on Bach’s Violin Partita No 2 in D Minor for an intellectually challenging engagement between movement and music; the second new piece, Gideon Obarzanek’s L’Chaim!, has heart and joy; and the revival of Jacopo Godani’s Raw Models well, that gives the libido a workout.” – The Australian

“4 stars…Raw Models is one of the most exciting dance pieces we’re likely to see in Melbourne this year.” – The Age

“Triple bills are all about variety and Sydney Dance Company’s Interplay has that in spades” – Sunday Herald Sun 

Raw Models… sexy septet that absolutely explodes out of its boxy black set… a visual knock out” Sunday Herald Sun