New Breed 2021

Four Choreographers, Four World Premieres
25 November — 11 December 2021

★★★★ “The programs ends on a buzzing high; the world is on fire, but we still make art, and maybe that makes the art even more urgent, even more beautiful.” – Time Out (New Breed, 2019)

Tickets $35 – $45

New Breed Principal Partner


25 November – 11 December


$35 – $45

90 minutes (approx.)

Content Advice
Jasmin Sheppard’s work contains themes that deal with issues of the misuse of power by religious institutions, explored through a First Nations lens.

Some performances contain smoke, haze and strobe lighting

We are back on stage! 

Sydney Dance Company will return to the stage at the end of November with New Breed, an annual celebration of the best emerging Australian choreography, in partnership with Carriageworks and generously supported by The Balnaves Foundation.

Showcasing a rich diversity of choreographic ideas, an incredibly talented group of choreographers have created new works on members of Sydney Dance Company.

We’re thrilled to announce that the four New Breed choreographers this year are Jasmin Sheppard, a Tagalaka Aboriginal woman with Irish, Chinese and Hungarian ancestry, Lilian Steiner who is Narrm/Melbourne-based, Rhiannon Newton who grew up on Dunghutti Land on the Mid-North Coast of NSW and Sydney Dance Company dancer, Italian born and trained, Jacopo Grabar.

Don’t miss this limited season of raw talent and, unique fresh ideas from some of Australia’s most exciting dance creators.

New Breed Dates
Thurs 25 Nov, 7.30pm
Fri 26 Nov, 7.30pm
Sat 27 Nov, 7.30pm

Tues 30 Nov, 7.30pm
Wed 1 Dec, 7.30pm
Thurs 2 Dec, 7.30pm
Fri 3 Dec, 7.30pm
Sat 4 Dec, 2pm
Sat 4 Dec, 7.30pm

Tues 7 Dec, 7.30pm
Wed 8 Dec, 7.30pm
Thurs 9 Dec, 7.30pm
Fri 10 Dec, 7.30pm
Sat 11 Dec, 2pm
Sat 11 Dec, 7.30pm

New Breed Ticket Prices
AdultConcession*Under 30

*Concession = Australian Pensioner / Australian Senior / Full Time Student / Unemployed

New Breed is made possible by Principal Partner The Balnaves Foundation and co-presented with Carriageworks.

Our first priority is always the health and safety of our audience. COVID safety measures will be in place for this performance season.

Please note you will be required to show proof of double vaccination or a medical exemption on entry to Carriageworks until 31 December.

Photos by the choreographers. Art directed by Rafael Bonachela and Pedro Greig.

Content Advice

Jasmin Sheppard’s work contains themes that deal with issues of the misuse of power by religious institutions, explored through a First Nations lens.

Some performances contain smoke, haze and strobe lighting.

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Meet the Choreographers

Rhiannon Newton

Rhiannon is an Australian dancer and choreographer who grew up on Dunghutti Land on the Mid-North Coast of NSW.

Her creative work draws attention to ways of understanding interdependence between bodies and the world. Currently working from Gadigal Land (Sydney), Rhiannon makes contributions to community and culture through creation, performance, collaboration, teaching, research and curation.

Her recent projects include Explicit Contents (Sydney Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2021); A Strange Place (Dance Nucleus, Singapore; Performance Space, Sydney, 2021); Long Sentences (Performance Space, Sydney, 2020; Sydney; Baltic Circle Festival, Helsinki, 2019 ); We Make Each Other Up (Dancehouse, Melbourne, 2018; Dance Massive, Melbourne, 2019) and Doing Dancing (Powerhouse, Brisbane 2018; Firstdraft, Sydney, 2017).

Click here to read her bio.

Jasmin Sheppard

Jasmin is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and director, a Tagalaka Aboriginal woman with Irish, Chinese and Hungarian ancestry. Jasmin spent 12 years with Bangarra Dance Theatre performing numerous lead roles such as ‘Patyegarang’, in which critics described her performance as “powerfully engaging, fluent dexterity” (Sydney Morning Herald).

She choreographed a major work for the company, MACQ, on the 1816 Appin Massacres under Governor Macquarie which toured Australian capital cities, regional Australia and Germany. MACQ was nominated for a Helpmann Award for best dance work as a part of OUR Land People Stories in 2017, and in 2018 received a Helpmann for best regional touring program.

Jasmin premiered her first full-length work The Complication of Lyrebirds in 2020 at Campbelltown Arts Centre. The work Premiered at Sydney Festival, 2021.

Click here to read her bio.

Lilian Steiner

Lilian Steiner is a Narrm/Melbourne-based choreographer, dancer and performer. Her practice champions the deep intelligence of the body in movement and its unique ability to reveal and comment on the complexities of contemporary humanity.

Lilian’s work has been presented both within Australia and internationally. Local presentations include Dance Massive, the Keir Choreographic Award, Next Wave Festival & Melbourne Fringe.

International presentations include B.Motion Festival (Bassano del Grappa), Deltebre Dansa (Spain), Rencontres Chorégraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris) and Les Plateaux de la Briqueterie (Paris). Her first full-length work Noise Quartet Meditation (2014) received a Green Room Award for ‘Concept and Realisation’.

Click here to read her bio.

Jacopo Grabar

Italian born Jacopo trained at Ateneo della Danza in Siena. In 2012 he joined Balletto di Siena as an apprentice, graduated to full time dancer in season 2013/14. Jacopo received his American Ballet Theatre NTC diploma in 2013, before joining Baltic Dance Theatre (Gdańsk, Poland) the following year where he worked with choreographers including Jiri Kylian, Patrick Delcroix and the director, Izadora Weiss.

In 2015 he joined ImPerfect Dancers Company (Pisa, Italy), directed by Walter Matteini and Ina Broeckx and in August 2016 he joined Ballet des Stadttheater Bremerhaven, under the direction of Sergei Vanaev, where he worked with Itzik Galili and Ed Wubbe.

Jacopo joined Sydney Dance Company in August 2018.

Click here to read his bio.

Given Unto Thee
ChoreographerJasmin Sheppard with the dancers
MusicParanormal Pipe Dream – Naretha Williams
Servitor for the Stolen – Naretha Williams
Collective Consequences – Naretha Williams
#10 – Aphex Twin
Costume DesignerAleisa Jelbart
Lighting DesignerAlexander Berlage

Springtime Again
ChoreographerLilian Steiner with the dancers
ComposerAleisa Jelbart
Lighting DesignerAlexander Berlage
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship:

Emily Newham, French Horn
Miles Mullin-Chivers, Cello
Audio mix: Bob Scott
Recording Engineer: Sean Carey
Max MSP programmingFiona Hill
Additional software programming and support: Benjamin Carey

ChoreographerAleisa Jelbart
Lighting DesignerRhiannon Newton
Music: Peter Lenaerts
Costume Designer: Alexander Berlage

“Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed has once again provided a much needed choreographic platform for exploration and opportunity. Taking on diverse subject matter, the works are thought-provoking yet entertaining, and full of risk.” (Fjord ReviewNew Breed 2021)

“Choreography and storytelling are finely balanced to make an effective and moving work.” (Given Unto Thee by Jasmin Sheppard, The Sydney Morning HeraldNew Breed 2021)

★★★★ “Well worth seeing… Extraordinary… powerful… memorable (The Sydney Morning HeraldNew Breed 2019)

(The Sydney Morning HeraldNew Breed 2021)

★★★★ “Well worth seeing… Extraordinary… powerful… memorable (The Sydney Morning HeraldNew Breed 2019)

★★★★ “Full of a wonderful sense of adventure, but also with the choreographic and theatrical nous to pull off an eclectic and consistently satisfying night of dance.” (Timeout, New Breed 2019)

‘What a great night of dance: all of it brand spanking new, performed by some of the best movers on the planet and offered at $35 a ticket.’ (The Australian, New Breed 2019)

★★★★ “Elastic dynamic dancing… a thrilling dance work flush with wit and invention” (Daily Review, New Breed 2019)

As the staging tips us to the edge of a precipice we are treated to some riveting moments of almost magically achieved movement. It is extraordinarily emotional.” (Artshub, New Breed 2019)

“New Breed by @sydneydanceco at @Carriageworks is maybe it’s best year yet. Amazing works, especially Melanie Lane’s WOOF which is about as good as contemporary dance gets” (Subscriber, New Breed 2017)

“Last night caught @sydneydanceco New Breed show @carriageworks in Redfern powerful challenging stuff. Highly recommended.” (Subscriber, New Breed 2017)

Visitor Safety

We are thrilled to welcome you back into the theatre. Your comfort and safety are of utmost importance to us and we want to ensure that when you see us perform in 2021 at Carriageworks, it will be an amazing and safe experience.

The safety procedures for this season will be in line with Carriageworks’ COVID-Safe policies.

Please note you will be required to show proof of double vaccination or a medical exemption on entry to Carriageworks until 31 December.

You will find the answers to some of your questions about attending performances at Carriageworks below. If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 9221 4811. Information on attending performances at Carriageworks can be found here.


If you feel unwell
Please do not visit if have experienced cold or flu-like symptoms in the past 14-days, are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, or have returned from overseas or a hotspot area. Stay home and take care.

Wear a mask
Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times when visiting Carriageworks.

Register at entry
Check-In upon entry using the Service NSW App.
Verify your COVID-19 vaccination status or medical exemption before entering.

Good hand hygiene
Please use hand sanitiser provided at entry and throughout the site.

Physical distancing
Please practise physical distancing at all times. Avoid congregating in public areas, queue wherever indicated and always follow instructions from staff.

Attending a performance
On arrival, download your eTicket and have it ready on your mobile phone for scanning. If you do not have access to email, the box office team will assist you, but please keep interactions to a minimum. The box office will open 30-minutes before each event.

Follow staff guidance and head straight to your designated seat. You must sit in the seat assigned on your ticket. Patrons will not be permitted to change seats, as this will impact other audience members.

Cloak room open
The cloak room will be open during regular opening hours with strictly limited capacity.

Cashless payments only
Please bring a credit or debit card for any onsite purchases, as we accept cashless payments only.

Travelling to Carriageworks
We encourage travelling outside of peak hours.

We are committed to making Carriageworks accessible to all patrons. If you have any access requirements or questions, please contact us ahead of your visit. Further details can be found here.

Enhanced daily cleaning
We have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures across the precinct. This includes regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day. Please be mindful of high traffic areas and keep touching to a minimum.

We look forward to welcoming you to the theatre and greatly appreciate your support and cooperation.

Chloe Leong
Chloe Young
Coco Wood
Dean Elliott
Emily Seymour
Jacopo Grabar
Jesse Scales
Kai Taberner
Liam Green
Luke Hayward
Choreographer, New Breed 2022
Mia Thompson
Sophie Jones
Tamara Bouman