New Breed 2018

29 November — 8 December 2018


In 2018 Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks continued their commitment to emerging choreographers to present the next edition of New Breed.

Showcasing a rich diversity of choreographic ideas, the fifth batch of incredibly talented choreographers, four extraordinary new dance creators Prue Lang, Katina Olsen, Holly Doyle and Janessa Dufty premiered brand new works, created on and performed by the dancers of Sydney Dance Company.

“★★★★ Nothing short of spectacular” – The Music

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Performance History

Carriageworks, Sydney
29 Nov – 8 Dec 2018


Towards Innumerable Futures
Choreographer: Prue Lang
Original composition: Chiara Kickdrum
Lighting Design: Alexander Berlage
Costume Design & Realisation: Aleisa Jelbart
Cast: Izzac Carroll, Ariella Casu, Holly Doyle, Charmene Yap, Victor Zarallo

Mother’s Cry
Choreographer: Katina Olsen in collaboration with the cast and 2018 Pre-Professional Year dancers
Original composition: Cameron Bruce
Lighting Design: Alexander Berlage
Costume Design & Realisation: Aleisa Jelbart
Cast: Janessa Dufty, Chloe Leong, Jesse Scales, Emily Seymour, Josie Weise, Chloe Young

Choreographer: Janessa Dufty
Original composition performed live: Tobias Merz
Lighting Design: Alexander Berlage
Costume Design: Aleisa Jelbart
Cast: Ariella Casu, Davide Di Giovanni, Bernhard Knauer, Todd Sutherland, Petros Treklis

Out, Damned Spot!
Choreographer: Holly Doyle
Original Composition: Dane Yates
Lighting Design: Alexander Berlage
Costume Design & Realisation: Aleisa Jelbart
Cast: Izzac Carroll, Nelson Earl, Chloe Leong, Jesse Scales, Charmene Yap

Audience & Media

★★★★ “Always worth seeing, this year is filled with surprises… a world of the imagination.”The Sydney Morning Herald

“Always a highlight of the city’s art calendar for a few reasons: you get to see the company’s astonishing dancers stretched in new and unexpected directions under choreographers who are often at the start of their creative journeys and willing to take an experimental leap.” – Time Out Sydney

“And that’s what has always driven New Breed and continues to do so in its sixth year: the ingenuity of dance-makers wanting to push boundaries and find new modes. Even when things don’t gel perfectly, it’s hugely exciting to watch an idea come to fruition in this brilliant initiative.”Time Out Sydney

“Katina Olsen’s ‘Mother’s Cry’, a work driven by sensual feminine power and the highlight of the program… The world Olsen establishes is one entirely absent of the male gaze, and the sensuality of the movement is imbued with power and agency.” – Time Out Sydney

“Holly Doyle’s sweet, sad, funny, goofy, utterly captivating ‘Out, Damned Spot!’ is exactly why Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed exists and why it works… a terrific night.”The Australian

Close-up, full-throttle energy…Sydney Dance Company’s end-of-year New Breed program has become an essential part of the festive season for dance fans” – Elissa Blake, The Audrey Journal

“Indigenous choreographer Katina Olsen’s work, ‘Mother’s Cry’, is electrifying throughout.”Elissa Blake, The Audrey Journal

★★★★ The current season of Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed is a must-see that features four exciting and challenging works.”ArtsHub