15 March — 10 May 2014


Bonachela, Godani and Obarzanek: three choreographers that have each carved their own, unique paths through the world of contemporary dance, pushing at the possibilities of movement with acclaimed, innovative works. Now, for the first time ever, these dance prodigies share the one canvas.

Rafael Bonachela, Sydney Dance Company’s award-winning Artistic Director, begins the program with the world premiere of his latest work 2 in D Minor, a drastic and vivid reimagining of Bach’s majestic Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor. Italian choreographer Jacopo Godani revisits his critically acclaimed 2011 composition, Raw Models – a sinuous, sexy testament to the infinite malleability of the human body. Finally, former Chunky Move director and dancer with Sydney Dance Company, Gideon Obarzanek returns with L’Chaim! (‘to life’ in Hebrew and Yiddish), an uplifting piece featuring the entire company.

Drawing together three distinct visions for dance, Interplay presents a triple bill of breathtaking ambition – a glorious salute to the state of contemporary dance, and an exhilarating reminder: that sometimes the things that set us apart are the things that bind us closest together.

Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including two 15 minute intervals.

Performance History

Sydney Theatre
15 March – 5 April 2014

Canberra Theatre Centre
10 – 12 April 2014

Southbank Theatre, Melbourne
30 April – 10 May 2014


2 in D Minor
Choreographer: Rafael Bonachela
Johann Sebastian Bach & Nick Wales
Stage and Lighting Design: 
Benjamin Cisterne
Veronique Serret
Costume Designer: Rafael Bonachela
Costume Realisation: 
Fiona Holley
Original Cast: Chris Aubrey, Juliette Barton, Thomas Bradley, Chen Wen, Andrew Crawford, Holly Doyle, Janessa Dufty, Cass Mortimer Eipper, Fiona Jopp, Bernhard Knauer, David Mack, Alana Sargent, Jesse Scales, Jessica Thompson, Charmene Yap

Raw Models
Choreographer: Jacopo Godani
48nord. Commissioned score: Ulrich Mueller & Siegfried Roessert
Costumes & Lighting: Jacopo Godani
Costumes Realisation: 
Fiona Holley
Cast A: Thomas Bradley, Andrew Crawford, Holly Doyle, Cass Mortimer Eipper, Jesse Scales, Jessica Thompson, Charmene Yap
Cast B: Chris Aubrey, Juliette Barton, Chen Wen, Janessa Dufty, Fiona Jopp, Bernhard Knauer, Alana Sargent

 Gideon Obarzanek
Composer: Stefan Gregory
Writer: David Woods
Costume Designer: Harriet Oxley
Stage and Lighting Design: Benjamin Cisterne
Actor: Sydney: Zoe Coombs MarrCanberra & Melbourne: David Woods
Cast: Chris Aubrey, Juliette Barton, Thomas Bradley, Chen Wen, Andrew Crawford, Holly Doyle, Janessa Dufty, Cass Mortimer Eipper, Fiona Jopp, Bernhard Knauer, David Mack, Alana Sargent, Jesse Scales, Tynan Wood, Jessica Thompson, Charmene Yap

Interplay Campaign Photography: Wendell Teodoro


“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