2018 International Tour

Chile, Colombia, Paris,
Serbia, Slovenia, Germany

Sydney Dance Company commences the year with a program of extensive international touring.

In January, the Company will tour to the prestigious Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil, performing at the Cultural Centre CA660 Itaú CorpBanca in Santiago, Chile, presenting Rafael Bonachela’s award winning Frame of Mind and Lux Tenebris.

In April, the Company will undertake a European Spring Tour of the exhilarating triple bill of Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tenebris, Cheng Tsung-lung’s Full Moon and Gabrielle Nankivell’s Wildebeest, with Sydney Dance Company’s first ever performances at Théâtre National de la Danse Chaillot, Paris. The Company will also perform at the Belgrade Dance Festival in Serbia, at Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Centre in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and in Germany at the Movimentos Festival, Wolfsburg.

Sydney Dance Company received grant funding for the 2018 South American Tour from the Council on Australian Latin America Relations of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


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In Serbia, Slovenia and Paris, the Company will perform Lux Tenebris, Full Moon and Wildebeest:

Belgrade Dance Festival
Serbian National Theatre, Novisad 3 April 8pm
Sava Center, 15th Belgrade Dance Festival & Dance Council of Serbia, 4 April 8pm


Gallus Hall, Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre, Ljubljana, Sat 7 April, 7.30pm


Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris, from 11-13 April 2018


In Germany the Company will perform Lux TenebrisFrame of Mind and Wildebeest:

Movimentos Festival
Autostadt, Wolfsburg 19 – 21 April at 8pm, 22 April at 6pm + workshop 21 April 11.30am (incl warm up for advanced amateurs)



In South America, the Company will perform Frame of Mind and Lux Tenebris:

Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil, performing at the Cultural Centre CA660 Itaú CorpBanca in Santiago 19 – 21 January


Bogota, performing at Teatro Mayor, Julio Mario Santo Domingo 26 -27 January


Lux Tenebris
Choreography: Rafael Bonachela
Nick Wales
Lighting Design: Benjamin Cisterne

Frame of Mind
Choreography: Rafael Bonachela
Designer: Ralph Myers
Costume Design RealisationAleisa Jelbart
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Cisterne
Music: Original compositions by Bryce Dessner in a recording by the Kronos Quartet
Dramaturgical Consultant: Samuel Webster

Full Moon
Choreographer Cheng Tsung-lung
Composer Lim Giong
Lighting Damien Cooper
Costumes Fan Huaichih

Choreographer: Gabrielle Nankivell
Costume Designer: Fiona Holley
Sound Designer & Composer: Luke Smiles, motion laboratories
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Cisterne

Lux Tenebris

★★★★ Utterly mesmerising’ – The Guardian

★★★★★ The dancing is astonishing!’ – ArtsHub

‘★★★★½ A winning combination that, on the one hand provokes and entertains, and on the other confronts and moves its audience in a dazzling evening of dance.’ – Limelight Magazine

Frame Of Mind

‘★★★★…Bonachela’s Frame of Mind delivers an emotionally engaging and overarching choreographic mastery…electric’ – Daily Review

‘★★★★ 1/2′ – The Age

Frame of Mind delivers captivating scores, wonderful choreography and dance fuelled with emotion..’ – ABC Arts

Frame of Mind drills a hole into your heart and brain and makes you leak emotion in that sneaky, visceral way only dance can do.’ – Concrete Playground Sydney

Full Moon

In Cheng Tsung-lung’s luminous Full Moon there is a profound sense of eternal motion, and not only because Cheng’s piece has thrilling eruptions of speed and full-bodied swirls. There is vivid life even in moments of what appears to be complete stillness.’ – The Australian

“It’s a splendid feast for eyes and ears with Fan Huai-chih’s gorgeously flowing costumes, Lim Giong’s gleaming commissioned score and Cooper’s magical lighting.” – The Australian

‘World class and deserves a place in permanent repertoire . . . an experience as enjoyable and enigmatic as the full moon.’ – Daily Telegraph


‘Nankivell sees beauty and wonder in the primitive, animalistic self, even with danger as a constant companion. Every molecule of the body is vibrantly alert, a state brilliantly captured by Bernhard Knauer at the beginning of Wildebeest and Janessa Dufty at the end’ – The Australian

‘★★★★ Every time you might think the Sydney Dance Company performers have reached their peak, they push their abilities up another notch’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘The standing ovation was testament to the dancer’s skill and beauty of movement and its power to move, entrance and transport the viewer to something less ordinary.’ – Daily Telegraph

‘The dancers move their incredible bodies in such a way that one forgets they are human.’ – The Plus Ones