Years | Live at MPavilion

Queen Victoria Gardens,
Melbourne 5 February 2022

Info, Dates & Prices

Sat 5 February 2022, 6pm

Venue MPavilion

Duration 45 minutes

Price FREE

An elegiac meditation on the layers of legacy that shape both our past and our future, Years sees Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela’s choreography performed by the incredible dancers of Sydney Dance Company as they delve deep into the essence of movement and musicality.

Set to renowned Australian musician Stephen Emmerson’s reimagining of Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations for two pianos, this counterpoint-rich adaptation was recorded with celebrated Ukranian-Australian pianist and collaborator Sonya Lifschitz whose “powerful exposition” (The Sydney Morning Herald) of Bach’s work has earned her international acclaim. Years was conceived, filmed and streamed during 2021’s lockdown as an online work, directed by Clemens Habicht.

This live, site-specific performance of Years sees six dancers respond both to the 31 counter point-rich variations and the essence of the MPavillion itself. Bonachela reflects on his personal choreographic journey and echoes of the past to find clarity at the heart of a turbulent world. Sinuous costumes by Bianca Spender bring softness and grace to the angles of the architecture and the dancers’ movement.

Created and staged with the support of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, Years is also presented in honour of former Sydney Dance Company Board Member and patron of the arts, the late Carla Zampatti AC.



Choreographer: Rafael Bonachela 
Costume Designer: Bianca Spender 
Company Dancers: Dean ElliottJackson FischLiam GreenLuke HaywardEmily SeymourChloe Young
Music: ‘Goldberg Variations’, BVW988, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and arranged by Stephen Emmerson
Performed by: Sonya Lifschitz and Stephen Emmerson
Music Recording: Bob Scott, Jonathan Palmer
Sound Post Production at Dodgy Sound: Bob Scott

Original Film project produced by Collider Films and Sydney Dance Company.
Directed by: Clemens Habicht
Director of Photography: Florian Emmerich



Artistic Director’s Commissioning Partner 2021 (Years).

Supported by

Years is also generously supported by Sydney Dance Company supporters: Arab Bank Australia, Tony Berg AM and Carol Berg AM, David Mathlin, Jules Maxwell, Rebel Penfold-Russell OAM, Penelope Seidler AM, Matt Shelmerdine and Bianca Spender and Sam McGuinness.