2 One Another

5 – 14 Oct
Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay, Sydney

The 100th performance of an international masterpiece.

Between people flows an energy beyond words. Since its 2012 premiere, Rafael Bonachela’s multi award winning tour de force has left critics and audiences speechless and must be felt to be believed.

Crackling with exultant power and intricate physical conversation, a pulsing pixelated backdrop, baroque-meets-electronica soundtrack and fragments of poetry, 2 One Another is a bright hour of irrefutable sensuality, delivering a visceral charge that has rocked audiences the world over.

‘Always exhilarating’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘Akin to fireworks exploding… An omnipotent emotional journey that puts the audience in the driver’s seat.’ – Daily Telegraph


Save 15% on tickets to 2 One Another when you also purchase tickets to New Breed. Plus receive a range of benefits including free ticket exchanges and discounts at Sydney Festival, Dinosaur Designs, STC, MCA, Dendy Cinemas, ACO, Wilson Parking and more. Read full benefits here.

Warning: This production contains strobe lighting

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5 – 14 October
Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay
Subscriptions from $102

Thursday 5 Oct, 8pm (Opening Night)
Friday 6 Oct, 8pm
Saturday 7 Oct, 8pm
Tuesday 10 Oct, 6:30pm
Wednesday 11 Oct, 8pm
Thursday 12 Oct, 8pm
Friday 13 Oct, 12pm (School Matinee)
Friday 13 Oct, 8pm
Saturday 14 Oct, 2pm*
Saturday 14 Oct, 8pm

Duration: 65 mins, no interval

*Company Class Viewing & Matinee Performance: A unique opportunity to witness a behind the scenes class the Company take on stage before their performance of 2 One Another. Join us for an exclusive sneak peek into the life of a professional dancer on Sat 14 Oct, 11.30am – 12.45pm, prior to the 2pm matinee.


Warning: This production contains strobe lighting

Choreographer Rafael Bonachela
Production & Costume Design, Creative Direction of Screen Content Tony Assness
Lighting Design Benjamin Cisterne
Original Music Nick Wales
Text Samuel Webster
Costume Design Consultant Peter Simon Phillips
Costume Maker Fiona Holley
Screen Content Designed and Produced by Iloura
Executive Producer Alastair Stephen
Design Director Finnegan Spencer
Producer Simone Clow
Lead 3D Artist Kanin Phemayothin


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Register for FREE Artist Talk

Join us for a unique behind the scenes glimpse of 2 One Another on Wed 4 Oct, 6.30pm at Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay.

Held during the final stages of preparation for the opening of our new season and hosted by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, you’ll see excerpts of the performance and hear from some of the creatives, including music composer Nick Wales and the Sydney Dance Company dancers.

If you would like to attend this FREE event, please register below.


Despite being one of the youngest art forms, contemporary dance is perhaps the most primal and physical. Less emphasis is placed on narrative structure – contemporary dance engages you on an emotional level. The audience response to a performance is part of the work. Without leaving your seat, you are a collaborator.

Contemporary dance is open to your own personal interpretation – you can view it in the same way you experience art and ask yourself how it makes you feel. Read our ‘Collaborators Guide to Contemporary Dance’ here.

The performance of 2 One Another lasts for 65 minutes with no interval and will leave you inspired and energised.



2 One Another is an epic international masterpiece choreographed by Rafael Bonachela that runs for 65 minutes. Since it’s world premiere in 2012, 2 One Another has toured 30 cities on five continents and has won multiple awards.

Loosely structured in four parts, each with a unique visual aesthetic, 2 One Another’s movement closely follows the emotional trajectory of the music. Each section reflects the complex dynamics between individuals, couples and groups.

2 One Another opens with full Company on stage, using pedestrian gestures to communicate with each other. The piece then moves on to a number of shorter duets, at times sensual and fluid, at others powerful and aggressive. The journey finishes with a dynamic group section exploring our impulses and responses, with explosive jumps punctuating repeated phrases of movement.

Fun fact: This marks 100 performances since the world premiere of 2 One Another in 2012. Of the original cast, 5 dancers remain for this landmark season: Charmene Yap (winner of the 2012 Helpmann Award and 2013 Australian Dance Award for Best Female Dancer for her performance in 2 One Another), Janessa DuftyBernhard Knauer, Todd Sutherland, Juliette Barton and Jesse Scales.



Rafael Bonachela is originally from Barcelona and has been the Artistic Director at Sydney Dance Company since 2009. His internationally recognised talent has seen him work not only with contemporary dance at the highest level but also with artists from popular culture, such as Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, Sarah Blasko and Katie Noonan, as well as leading fashion designers Dion Lee and Toni Maticevski.

Quote: “At first, I start with nothing. A blank canvas. I explore until I begin to see a path unveiling before me, offering a promising gesture worth saving. I add layers, textures, visions, sound. I add bodies, connections, relations. To the music. To our bodies. To one another.”

Fun Fact: Rafael received his Australian citizenship in August this year – just in the nick of time to have his vote count for marriage equality! 



2 One Another in 2012 was Nick Wales’ first collaboration with Rafael Bonachela. The two have now collaborated eight times – most recently on Bonachela’s Ocho. Nick composed the original music in the third movement of 2 One Another, mixing new classical strings with driving electronics and percussion.

Nick works across contemporary dance, film, theatre, and popular and new classical music. He collaborated with Sarah Blasko on the score for 2 in D Minor. Nick composed the soundtrack for the feature film Around the Block, starring Christina Ricci, and is Founding Member and Co-Composer for CODA, a critically acclaimed music group combining classical styles with contemporary rock and electronica.

Fun fact: Nick was responsible for incorporating elements of poetry by Samuel Webster into the soundscape for 2 One Another. The recordings of Samuel Webster’s poetic phrases were electronically processed and then integrated into the score by treating each phrase as a ‘gesture’ in response to the movement.



Samuel Webster lives in Italy and works in writing, film and photography. He won the People’s Choice Award in 2010 at National Youth Work for his poetry, and is the recipient of an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council. Samuel first worked with Sydney Dance Company in 2011 on Protogenos, a book of visual poetry and photography inspired by Rafael Bonachela’s LANDforms.

Quote: “A poem is a comment, a short story is an idea, a novel is a world. When writing poetry I try to keep this in mind.”

Fun fact: Samuel worked with the dancers to develop phrases for the poetic elements of the 2 One Another soundscape. These phrases include:

These are open palms. There’s nothing here to give. Only space with which to take.

You held out your hand, so I ran for it. But it was gone.

This whole world is me. Even in silence I can show you where it ends and where it begins.



The 2 One Another set features a white floor and a digital screen that provides a strong, vivid space to showcase the movement. The pulsing displays on the screen frame the dancers’ bodies, complementing the choreography, music, lighting and costumes, to create a cohesive and thrilling visual poetry. The screen content and lighting in the first three movements are cool and stripped back, with the dancers dressed in grey, athletic costumes. In the final movement, there is a seismic shift in response to the music, with warm tones and blood red costumes.

Quote: “The intention of the production design is to frame the action, while my intention as a costume designer is to get out of the way of that action while simultaneously dressing it.” – Tony Assness, Production and Costumer Designer

Fun fact: The 2 One Another screen is 16 metres wide and 5 metres high, with 7,500 LED lights to make up background displays. There are 178 lights in the rig, as well as 6 strobe lights. 



There are 16 full time dancers in Sydney Dance Company. All dancers rehearse five days a week (six when required) commencing with a ballet, contemporary or yoga class at 9.30am, then rehearsals until 6pm. Many also undertake additional training of their choice, such as cycling, swimming or cross training.

The dancers’ typical performance day begins at 2pm and finishes at 10pm, when they submerge their legs in ice buckets to help their bodies recover and reduce inflammation.

Contemporary dancers often perform in bare feet or socks dyed to their skin tone, though you may see them wearing different footwear in some pieces.

The dancers also see the company physiotherapist a few times a week to manage any niggles or injuries they may have.

Fun Fact: Never say ‘good luck’ to a dancer – in the performing arts world you say ‘chookas’. This dates back to the 1900s, when a full house meant that the cast would be given chicken to eat after the show.

Blog: Interview with Company dancer Bernhard Knauer



The term ‘choreography’ refers to a sequence of steps that become phrases and make up a dance piece. Like actors remembering their lines, dancers learn and remember these movement phrases during rehearsals so that they can perform them perfectly on stage.

To enable future casts to perform the piece, companies use a number of archival methods, including video-recording, passing it on from human to human (bringing back an original cast dancer to pass on the steps to a new dancer), and taking notes that describe the intangible parts of the work, for example, ‘how it feels’. There is also choreology – a form of dance notation that uses symbols to represent movement.



Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay is located at 22 Hickson Road Walsh Bay. Previously called Sydney Theatre, it is one of a number of industrial, heritage buildings converted into arts spaces along Sydney’s Harbour. Situated on the site of two old Bond Stores from the 1890s, the theatre took three years to build, opening in 2004.

From the beautiful bare brick walls to intact warehouse machinery, the rugged sandstone wall in the scene dock to wooden panels in the foyers made from timber salvaged from building demolished during the Walsh Bay development, the building speaks of its past. The total capacity for each performance of 2 One Another is 845, including the stalls and dress circle.



A contemporary dance crowd is diverse. Anything from what you’d wear to see a band, through to smart casual or formal, is appropriate.



The Walsh Bay area has many restaurants and bars with stunning views, where you can enjoy a meal and a drink pre- or post-show.

Venues include: Sydney Dance Lounge, Ventunos, Fratelli Fresh, Lotus Dumpling Bar, and Bar at the End of the Wharf.



Read the 2 One Another Program, watch behind-the-scenes videos and follow #SDC2OneAnother on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

“★★★★½ 2 One Another is a dynamic, engrossing hour of dance in which music, design and staging combine with the movement to give the whole production outstanding character and strength.” – The Sydney Morning Herald

“Just when you think the SDC dancers couldn’t possibly look more magnificent, more dynamic, more superhuman, they do.”  The Australian 

“★★★★★ Stunning, athletic, rigorous, precise, this is a reminder of how breathtaking and extraordinary dance can be. It is a rare treat to see dancing of this calibre.” – ArtsHub 

“★★★★ This is an expertly realised spectacle, an absorbing dance attack that makes you nod your head to the beats of rising climax. As for the deeper meanings of 2 One Another, one certainly became clear on opening night when, behind the curtain call, the LED switching to a rainbow of colours etched out the words, Vote Yes.” – Daily Review

“If you love dance, this is  a performance not to be missed. Simply stunning.” – Sydney Arts Guide

“Quite simply, 2 One Another epitomises the relevance and appeal of contemporary dance. This show stirs up excitement, wonder, fear, and respect and appreciation for the human form. In just 60 minutes SDC will take you on a journey of many emotions that will ultimately leave you in a very good place.” – Dance Life

“Popular with both audiences and critics, this work has a luminous beauty that is accentuated by Tony Assness’s ever-moving and changing digital background.” – Dance Australia

Winner of 2013 Australian Dance Awards:
Rafael Bonachela for Most Outstanding Choreography
Charmene Yap for Most Outstanding Female Dancer
Sydney Dance Company for Most Outstanding Performance by a Company

Winner of 2012 Green Room Awards:
Sydney Dance Company for Best Ensemble
Best Female Dancer

Winner of 2012 Helpmann Award:
Charmene Yap for Best Female Dancer 

‘Always exhilarating… ‘Bonachela has harnessed the strength and skills of the dancers in a thrillingly fluent piece that maintains its vibrancy over its hour-long journey’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘Akin to fireworks exploding… An omnipotent emotional journey that puts the audience in the driver’s seat.’ – Daily Telegraph

‘The kind of musical, dynamically diverse and physically challenging work dancers long to perform… this show is not to be missed.’ – The Age

‘Bonachela’s complex and ever-changing movement vocabulary, combined with Sydney Dance Company’s gorgeous ensemble, equals a winning formula… The non-stop choreography bursts with invention.’ – Herald Sun

2 One Another is a landmark and turning-point in the upwardly mobile career of this company and this director.’ – Crikey.com

‘Clean cut, sublime and fluid’ – Concrete Playground

‘a performance of astonishing stamina and physicality.’ – Limelight Magazine

‘2 One Another is full of moments that seem superhuman, transcending the potential of mere mortals.’ – Australian Stage

‘…purely brilliant dance with a beautiful freshness and immediacy a pleasure to watch.’ – Stage Whispers