New Breed 2022

30 November — 17 December 2022

Four choreographers, four world premieres. This is the future of contemporary dance.

★★★★ “From sex and horror to romance and escapism: New Breed has it all” – Sydney Morning Herald

NEW BREED Principal Partner
Co-Presented with

Info, Dates & Prices

30 November – 17 December 2022

245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

85 mins (no interval)

Principal Partner
The Balnaves Foundation

Content Warnings
Haze and strobe or strobe-like lighting effects will be used.

Recommended for 10 years and older

New Breed 2022

Join us for the ninth edition of New Breed 2022 – our annual celebration of the best emerging Australia choreography in partnership with Carriageworks and generously supported by The Balnaves Foundation!

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

Drunk Tank Pink – by Charmene Yap

The Veil of Separation – by Sophia Ndaba

The remnants of – by Luke Hayward

S U C K E R – by Jenni Large

Running for 15 performances, don’t miss this limited season of raw talent and, unique fresh ideas from some of Australia’s most exciting dance creators.

“There is no understating the importance of New Breed for choreographers, composers and dancers alike, and there is no question Sydney Dance Company is back.” Fjord Review, New Breed 2021

Performance Dates

Wed 30 November, 7.30pm
Thur 1 December, 7.30pm
Fri 2 December, 7.30pm
Sat 3 December , 7.30pm

Wed 7 December , 7.30pm
Thur 8 December, 7.30pm
Fri 9 December, 7.30pm
Sat 10 December, 2.00pm
Sat 10 December, 7.30pm

Tue 13 December, 7.30pm
Wed 14 December, 7.30pm
Thur 15 December, 7.30pm
Fri 16 December, 7.30pm
Sat 17 December, 2.00pm
Sat 17 December, 7.30pm

Ticket Prices
Adult (All Performances)$59
Concession (All Performances)$49
Under 30 (All Performances)$49

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Meet the Choreographers

Dates 30 November – 17 December 2022

245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

85 mins (no interval)

Principal Partner
The Balnaves Foundation

Content Warnings
Haze and strobe or strobe-like lighting effects will be used.

Recommended for 10 years and older

Luke Hayward

Luke was born in Alice Springs, Australia and received his early training at Central Dance Theatre and Alice Springs Gymnastics before moving to Sydney to train at Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy and Studio Tibor.

Luke furthered his studies in Germany by completing a Bachelor of
Dance at Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden with Honours. Luke was previously a Company dancer with Balet Moskva, Russia from 2016 – 2018, performing in both the Ballet and Contemporary Ensembles.

Luke has worked with and performed the repertoire of an extensive array of Australian and international choreographers. Luke joined Sydney Dance Company in 2019 and New Breed 2022 will be his choreographic debut.

Click here to read his full bio.

Jenni Large

An award-winning choreographer and contemporary dance artist, based on palawa Country in lutruwita/Tasmania, Jenni is “grateful to live and dance upon the unceded lands of our First Nations People across Australia.” Jenni is a performer, teacher, and rehearsal director passionate about living and working regionally and sharing the vitality of the dancing experience through the various limbs of her practice.

Graduating from WAAPA in 2010, Jenni has worked extensively across independent and company environments, performing regionally, nationally and internationally.

Recent works include; Flesh Net – WAAPA, All Expenses Paid – STOMPIN, Trio for Harp, Harpist & Dancer (with Emily Sanzaro) – Tasdance/Ten Days on The Island and Faux Mo House Party – Mona Foma 2022. Jenni is thrilled to receive the 2022 Keir Choreographic ‘People’s Choice Award’ for her new work Wet Hard. Her new independent work, Body Body Commodity, is an investigation of the impacts of consumerism and capitalism on the female body.

Click here to read her full bio.

Sophia Ndaba

Sophia is a graduate of the McDonald College of Performing Arts and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), qualified with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance.

Sophia’s work is concerned with universal resonance. By exploring commonalities in our human experience she builds relationships, meaning and stories between bodies in space working to give audiences a deeply felt experience.

Her choreographic credits include working with the Sydney-based Dance Makers Collective, a solo work ‘In The Light of a Shadow‘ commissioned by Berlin theatre Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, and devising short works for The McDonald College’s Senior Contemporary dance program and WAAPA’s First Year students. She has recently completed a new commission for Ev and Bow Full Time Training Centre.

Click here to read her full bio.


Charmene Yap

Charmene is a multi-award-winning dancer, rehearsal director and choreographer. She is a graduate of WAAPA and Purchase College New York.

Charmene joined Sydney Dance Company as a Company Dancer in 2010, performing works from many Australian and international choreographers, receiving great critical acclaim for her dancing and performances.

Charmene choreographed for Sydney Dance Company’s first New Breed season in 2014. Her work Do We, was also performed in Perth by Co3 Company. More recently, as Assistant Choreographer, she worked with Gideon Obarzanek in creating Us 50 which celebrated Sydney Dance Company’s 50th Anniversary.

Click here to read her full bio.

Works & Creatives

30 November – 17 December 2022

245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

85 mins (no interval)

Principal Partner
The Balnaves Foundation

Content Warnings
Haze and strobe or strobe-like lighting effects will be used.

Recommended for 10 years and older

Works & Creatives

Drunk Tank Pink

Choreographer: Charmene Yap
Composer: Alyx Dennison
Costume Designer: Aleisa Jelbart 
Lighting and Set Designer: Alexander Berlage


Choreographer: Jenni Large in collaboration with the dancers
Composer: Anna Whitaker
Dramaturgy: Ashleigh Musk
Costume Designer: Aleisa Jelbart
Lighting Designer: Alexander Berlage

The Veil of Separation

Choreographer: Sophia Ndaba
Music by: Blue Pools – Tim Ayre and Jack Glass
Costume Designer: Aleisa Jelbart
Lighting Designer: Alexander Berlage

The remnants of

Choreographer: Luke Hayward
Original Poem: I remember by Rick Holland
Spoken Text: Luke Hayward
Costume Designer: Aleisa Jelbart and Annie Robinson
Lighting Designer: Alexander Berlage

Chair's Evenings

Join us for exclusive pre-show Reception hosted by Chair Brett Clegg during our New Breed season, with an introduction to the season from Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela.

Ticket price includes pre-show Reception and your Premium seat in the theatre.

Chair’s Evening

New Breed

Wednesday December 7
6.30pm: Pre-show Reception at Carriageworks
7.30pm: Performance at Carriageworks

Audience & Media


★★★★ “From sex and horror to romance and escapism: New Breed has it all” – Sydney Morning Herald ★★★★ “exhilarating contemporary dance”

★★★★ “exhilarating contemporary dance” – Sydney Arts Guide

“I felt like I was watching the future of dance, nothing like I’d ever seen before” – Audience member

★★★★ “Sydney Dance Company’s ninth annual season of new contemporary dance works is one of the most satisfying yet.”  – Limelight

★★★★ 1/2 “This is dance of the highest calibre… do not miss this.” – ArtsHub

“A grand assortment of artistry, oozing the many layers from sex and horror to desire, connectivity and escapism. New Breed’s 9th addition, certainly has it all.” – DanceLife


“Choreography and storytelling are finely balanced to make an effective and moving work.” – Sydney Morning Herald (Given Unto Thee by Jasmin Sheppard)

“The moves are interesting, athletic and often original, enhanced by the amusing contrast of operatic arias to accompany them, no doubt another nudge at stereotypes.” – Sydney Morning Herald (Stereotipo Jacopo Grabar)


“SDC’s dancers have re-emerged as technically stunning and emotionally compelling as ever, and this year’s New Breed presents fresh work from an importantly diverse range of Australian voices and backgrounds.” – Bachtrack

“Tackling vastly different subject matters, the works are immersive, full of risk and thoroughly enjoyable.” – Fjord Review


★★★★ “Well worth seeing… Extraordinary… powerful… memorable – The Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ “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

★★★★ “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

‘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

★★★★ “Elastic dynamic dancing… a thrilling dance work flush with wit and invention” – Daily Review

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 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

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

Visiting Carriageworks

Attending a performance
Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh and is easily accessible by bus or train, with limited on-site parking also available. You can visit their website for more information.

Your Ticket
Sydney Dance Company will email you your tickets on the day of the performance. On arrival at Carriageworks, download your eTicket and have it ready on your mobile phone for scanning. If you do not have access to email, our box office team will assist you. The box office will open 30-minutes before each event.

The cloakroom will be open during regular opening hours with strictly limited capacity.

Visitor Safety

Carriageworks is a COVID-safe business and the health and safety of their visitors, producers, contractors and staff is their top priority.

Please visit their website for up-to-date safety information prior to your visit.

If you feel unwell
Please do not visit if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms. Stay home and take care.

Masks are strongly recommended to be worn in all public spaces within the Carriageworks precinct and within seated theatre settings. Please bring your own mask.

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