2017 National Tour

23 June — 26 August 2017


Sydney Dance Company’s Frame of Mind is a wildly powerful double bill featuring the smash hit Wildebeest by Australia’s own Gabrielle Nankivell and the multi award-winning Frame of Mind from Rafael Bonachela.

Having premiered as part of Sydney Dance Company’s inaugural New Breed season, choreographic prodigy Gabrielle Nankivell’s eloquent Wildebeest showcases the power of dancers as individuals and strength en masse. Moody and animalistic, it’s backed by a stormy and industrial score by Luke Smiles.

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

It was the winner of all four categories for the 2015 Helpmann Awards including ‘Best Choreography’, ‘Best Dance Work’, ‘Best Male Dancer’, and ‘Best Female Dancer’ for its critically acclaimed premiere season.

Dates & Times

23 – 24 June: Riverside Theatre Parramatta
28 June: Capitol Theatre Tamworth
1 July: Dubbo Regional Theatre
5 July: The Art House, Wyong
8 July: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

12 July: Capital Venues, Bendigo
14 July: Frankston Arts Centre

19 July: Theatre North, Launceston
21 – 22 July: Theatre Royal, Hobart

2 August: Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mt Gambier
5 August: Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie
9 August: Middleback Theatre, Whyalla
12 August: Chaffey Theatre, Renmark
17 – 19 August: Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide

23 August: Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
26 August: Darwin Entertainment Centre

Duration: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes (including interval)


Frame of Mind

Choreographer: Rafael Bonachela
Designer: Ralph Myers
Costume Design Realisation: Aleisa Jelbart
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Cisterne
Music: Aheym for String Quartet, Little Blue Something and Tenebre, written by Bryce David Dessner
Published by Chester Music
By kind permission of the Music Sales Group
Bryce Dessner’s Aheym for String Quartet, Little Blue Something and Tenebre, were written for Kronos Quartet and appear on Kronos’ ANTI- release Aheym: Kronos Quartet plays music by Bryce Dessner.
Dramaturgical Consultant: Samuel Webster


Choreographer: Gabrielle Nankivell
Costume Designer: Fiona Holley
Sound Designer & Composer: Luke Smiles, motion laboratories
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Cisterne


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

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

“★★★★…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