Louder Than Words

4 — 18 October 2014


Dance that explodes with power and beauty.

Louder Than Words features two world premieres, one by Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and the other by European star Andonis Foniadakis, both showcasing our award-winning dancers stretched to their physical limits in an awe-inspiring Sydney exclusive season.

Bonachela’s new work Scattered Rhymes is a collaboration with acclaimed GRAMMY® nominated British composer Tarik O’Regan and Australian composer Nick Wales. Taking inspiration from poetry and music it explores the ambiguities of unrequited, sensuous and divine love. Andonis Foniadakis’ new work Parenthesis investigates the theme of duality in an intimate relationship. This highly-athletic, tour-de-force of movement features an original score by French composer Julien Tarride and costumes by renowned Greek fashion designer/photographer Tassos Sofronious.

Brash and beautiful, fearless and impossible to contain, don’t miss your chance to be entertained by these modern masters and our 16 exceptional dancers.

Warning: Louder Than Words contains haze, strobe and partial nudity.

Performance History

Sydney Theatre
4 – 18 October 2014


Scattered Rhymes
Choreographer: Rafael Bonachela
Composer: Tarik O’Regan and Nick Wales
Costume Design: Rafael Bonachela
Costume Design Realisation: Fiona Holley
Lighting and Stage Designer: Benjamin Cisterne
Original Cast: Juliette Barton, Thomas Bradley, Holly Doyle, Janessa Dufty, David Mack, Cass Mortimer Eipper, Fiona Jopp, Bernhard Knauer, Paul Knobloch, Alana Sargent, Jesse Scales, Todd Sutherland, Jessica Thompson, Petros Treklis, Charmene Yap, Sam Young-Wright

Louder Than Words Campaign Photography: Justin Ridler


“Hi-octane dance, savvy LX and thrilling music…Don’t blink – this is seriously great work from a seriously great company.”Limelight Magazine

“The speed and physical virtuosity are undeniably exhilarating… Parenthesis is a big hit” – The Australian

“An enticing half-hour dance score that deserves more than one hearing.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“All praise to the dancers for their untiring efforts and extraordinary achievements in winding their bodies around the choreographic demands of the latest SDC program. They dance like well-drilled demons.” – Sydney Morning Herald

Parenthesis explodes on to the stage as a riot of music and movement; earthy, frenetic and utterly fabulous.” – Daily Telegraph

“Under Rafael Bonachela, Sydney Dance Company has become an ultra-sleek ensemble. The dancers are extraordinary and never more so than in Louder Than Words in which they perform an avalanche of intensely physical, ever-flowing choreography and make it look easy.” – Sunday Telegraph

“Endlessly fascinating…undeniably thrilling.” – Sunday Telegraph 

“Bonachela’s achieves that sublime experience when music, movement and design coming together in euphoric alchemy”  – Time Out Sydney

“The quality of the dancers, who move with incredible discipline and precision as individuals and as an ensemble but also with an electrifying intent; it’s perfection.” – Time Out Sydney

“The choreography is mind-blowingly complex while being beautifully fluid. It is mesmerising and sensual.” – ABC Arts

“With Bonachela at its helm, Sydney Dance Company has again produced a demanding contemporary work highlighting the strength and physicality of his dancers. Louder Than Words demonstrates that Sydney Dance Company has rebounded and has produced a delectable work which exposes the possibility of the human body.” – ABC Arts