New Breed 2014

5 — 8 November 2014



In 2014 Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks presented the latest ‘New Breed’ of Australia’s most exciting and emerging choreographers. Showcasing a rich diversity of choreographic ideas, this incredibly talented quintet of choreographers created brand new pieces on members of Sydney Dance Company.

New Breed provides a unique opportunity for some of Sydney Dance Company’s dancers to step off stage and into the choreographic arena. Cass Mortimer Eipper’s Dogs and Baristas is inspired by the theme of portion-sized friendship, comically exploring the traces of affection generated by the small or limited interactions that keep us sane. Making their choreographic debuts, Charmene Yap’s Do We plays with music and movement while Juliette Barton’s work Scrutineer is a personal exploration into a dysmorphic state of mind and its potential to change.

Sydney Dance Company also welcomes two independent choreographers with very distinct styles. Lee Serle’s White Elephant is conceptually driven and constructs a surreal moving landscape inspired by the works of Australian painter Stephen Bush, while Gabrielle Nankivell’s new work Wildebeest is a high-energy tour de force of the dancers physicality.

Don’t miss this limited season of raw talent and fresh ideas at Carriageworks.

“The reason that I am here now, working in this position is because when I was a dancer, full-time for 12 years, I also had the curiosity and the desire to choreograph.” – Rafael Bonachela

Warning: Contains strobe lighting
Duration: 1 hr 40 minutes including a 20 minute interval

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Performance History

5 – 8 November 2014


White Elephant
Choreography: Lee Serle
Costume Design: Aleisa Jelbart
Lighting Design: Matthew Marshall
Music: Sound by Ben Frost: Leo needs a new pair of shoes; Venter; Hydrogen Sulphide
Cast: Christopher Aubrey, Juliette Barton, Chen Wen, Janessa Dufty, Fiona Jopp, Bernhard Knauer, Jessica Thompson
Duration: 12 mins

Do We
Choreography: Charmene Yap
Costume Design: Fiona Holley
Lighting Design: Matthew Marshall
Music: Gypsy Mandolin Gypsy Music Collection
Sound: Cass Mortimer Eipper
Cast: Holly Doyle, Bernhard Knauer
Duration: 5 mins

Dogs and Baristas
Choreography: Cass Mortimer Eipper
Text: Cass Mortimer Eipper
Costume Design: Aleisa Jelbart
Lighting Design:  Matthew Marshall
Music: Cosmic Trigger, Pt. 1: December, A setting sun
Someone to watch over me, Ella & Louis – 100 Plus Original Recordings 2012 Play Digital, Ella Fitzgerald, Composed by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, © 1926 Chappell & Co., Inc. By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd
A kiss to build a dream on, The ultimate collection: Louis Armstrong
La Vie En Rose, The Very Best of Louis, Louis Armstrong
Cast: Thomas Bradley, Holly Doyle, Fiona Jopp, David Mack, Jesse Scales, Charmene Yap
Duration: 18 mins

Choreography: Juliette Barton
Costume Design: Fiona Holley
Lighting Design: Matthew Marshall
Music: Animal Sacrifice, Owl Splinters, Deaf Centre
I, IX, Pentral, Jacaszek
Sound: Joe Fletcher
Cast: Juliette Barton
Duration: 8 mins

Choreography: Gabrielle Nankivell
Costume Design: Fiona Holley
Composition & Sound Design: Luke Smiles / motion laboratories
Lighting Design: Matthew Marshall
Cast: Chris Aubrey, Thomas Bradley, Chen Wen, Holly Doyle, Janessa Dufty, Fiona Jopp, Bernhard Knauer, David Mack, Alana Sargent, Jesse Scales, Todd Sutherland, Jessica Thompson, Charmene Yap
Duration: 25 mins


“New Breed is a handsomely produced, varied program of interesting inspirations” – Daily Review

 “This is an impressive and entertainingly varied collection of new dance.” – Daily Review

“The greatest pleasure in this program is the individuality.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Gabrielle Nankivell, made the undisputed hit of the night. Wildebeest is an ambitious 25-minute work for 13 dancers and there is much more one could say about it. I hope to have that opportunity on a main-stage SDC program in the near future.” –  The Australian
“Barton’s piercingly personal solo for herself is riveting” – The Australian
White Elephant is intriguing” – The Australian

“Yap’s playful duo for Holly Doyle and Bernhard Knauer reveals wit and poise.” – The Australian
“In Eipper’s marrying of voice and cartooning, he’s an impressive match to Gideon Obarzanek and Chunky Move.” – Daily Review