we unfold

27 March 2009 — 12 August 2011


Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela creates his second major work following the unstoppable success of 360°, his premiere work for the Company, which burst onto the dance scene in 2008, introducing its choreographer to Australian audiences.

Inspired by and set to the music of Italian composer Ezio Bosso, we unfold deftly combines rigour, freedom, strength and precision into one exquisite dance work of exploration and discovery. Witness a new era of innovation in Australian contemporary dance with we unfold, as the underlying sexuality and physical presence of Sydney Dance Company literally takes your breath away.

we unfold will be a revelation of the new look SDC.” – Dance Australia

“…modern art engraved in steel; thrilling in its newness… Rafael Bonachela is of the moment.” – Dance Europe

“60 minutes of pure dance” – The Guardian

Performance History


Sydney Theatre
27 March – 11 April 2009

Playhouse, Canberra ACT
5 – 8 May 2010

Albury Entertainment Centre, NSW
11 – 12 May 2010

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, NSW
14 – 15 May 2010

Griffith Regional Theatre, NSW
18 – 19 May 2010

Teatro Malibran, Venice, Italy
3 – 5 June 2010

Shanghai World Expo, China
8 June 2010

Civic Theatre Newcastle, NSW
23 – 24 July 2010

The Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
9 – 13 November 2010

QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
18 – 27 November 2010

His Majesty’s Theatre Perth, WA
26 – 30 July 2011

Albany Entertainment Centre, WA
3 August 2011

Bunbury Entertainment Centre, WA
6 August 2011

Darwin Festival, Darwin Entertainment Centre, NT
11 – 12 August 2011




Rafael Bonachela

Ezio Bosso

Video Artist
Daniel Askill

Costume Designer
Jordan Askill

Sound Designer
George Gorga

Lighting Designer
Hugh Taranto

Campaign Photography
Tim Richardson

Original Cast
Natalie Allen, Emily Amisano, Juliette Barton, Lachlan Bell, Adam Blanch, Richard Cilli, Janessa Dufty, Kynan Hughes, Fiona Jopp, Bernhard Knauer, Annabel Knight, Cameron McMillan, Chen Wen, Alexander Whitley, Charmene Yap




we unfold is beautiful, and with his inventive choreography, Bonachela has set the bar high and whet the appetite for his future creations.” – Canberra City News

“Against Daniel Askill’s video backdrop of stars, and galaxies, burning flame and falling water Bonachela’s choreography appeared to travel through masses of time and space, accumulating an astonishing variety of visual and emotional perspectives.” – The Guardian

“This work is an outstanding contribution to dance. Achingly beautiful and memorable, We Unfold is as close as one gets to poetry in motion” – Trespass Magazine 

“Visceral, passionate and achingly beautiful… utterly breathtaking… It is genuinely moving and other worldly; but for all that unmistakably human” – Dance Informa 

we unfold is a visual and aural sensation the bodies, the costumes, the music and the video backdrops work together to make something that is unequivocally beautiful to observe.” – West Australian 

“It is a magnificent thing to be carried deep, far and wide by this profound work.”InPress

“It goes without saying that the dancers were uniformly brilliant and physically stunning – as if there is any doubt when the Sydney Dance Company troupe comes to town.”Same Same