Season Two: Bonachela / Obarzanek

1 - 9 Nov
Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay,

Sydney Dance Company celebrates 50 years of defining contemporary dance with a thrilling double bill from Rafael Bonachela and Gideon Obarzanek, choreographers who have, in their unique ways, defined the art form and helped take Australian dance to the world.

Bonachela and Obarzanek will join forces in 2019 to celebrate a half-century of Sydney Dance Company dance making in a double bill climaxing in Us 50, a grand-scale work by Obarzanek featuring 50 performers made up of past dancers that have graced our stage, current Company dancers, and members of our community.

“When we speak about 50 years of a dance company we also speak about 50 years of dance making,” says Obarzanek. “What is made, however, is ephemeral. The dancer’s body… can be videoed and photographed but dance itself only truly exists when it is danced. So the history of the Company is stored and transmitted through the bodies of its dancers and collected in the memory of its audiences.”

Completing the double bill is Bonachela’s award winning 6 Breaths. Since it’s 2010 premiere 6 Breaths has toured to New York, London, Barcelona, the Venice Biennale in Italy and the prestigious Movimentos Festival in Germany. A symphony of dance, music by Italian composer Ezio Bosso and costume design by Josh Goot, this emotive work will take your breath away.

Join Sydney Dance Company in a celebration of its past, present and future. This is an anniversary you cannot miss!

“The history of the Company is in the bodies of the dancers and the memories of the audience.” Gideon Obarzanek

“If you imagine the cellos being the lungs and Ezio making them breathe for the first time. He took my breath away.” Rafael Bonachela (6 Breaths)

“The curtain-raiser, for six cellos and a piano, is a real beauty. 6 Breaths is an artfully abstract journey through the cycle of life but based upon breathing. Thoughtful, refined and musical…” – The London Times 

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1 – 9 Nov
Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay, Sydney


Fri 1 Nov, 7.30pm (Preview)
Sat 2 Nov, 7.30pm (Opening Night)
Mon 4 Nov, 12pm (Schools Matinee)
Tue 5 Nov, 6.30pm
Wed 6 Nov, 6.30pm
Thu 7 Nov, 7.30pm
Fri 8 Nov, 7.30pm
Sat 9 Nov, 2pm (Matinee)
Sat 9 Nov, 7.30pm

Pricing & Ticket Information

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6 Breaths
Choreography: Rafael Bonachela
Composer: Ezio Bosso
Concept: Rafael Bonachela & Ezio Bosso
Video Art: Tim Richardson
Costume Design: Josh Goot
Lighting Design: Nick Schlieper

Us 50
Choreography: Gideon Obarzanek
Costume Design: Harriet Oxley
Lighting Design: Ben Cisterne

Company Class Viewing
Sat 9 Nov, 12pm – 12:45pm (Prior to the 2pm Matinee)

A unique opportunity to witness a behind the scenes class the Company take on stage before their performance of Season Two: Bonachela / Obarzanek. Join us for an exclusive sneak peek into the life of a professional dancer.



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Us 50 On Stage Performance Volunteer

Join us for an exciting opportunity to be part of our 50th Anniversary Celebrations!

We are looking for 23 volunteers to perform each night on stage with Sydney Dance Company. This is not a call out to professional dancers. We are looking for a diverse range of people; all ages (14+), all shapes and sizes. No performance or dance experience is necessary.

All you need to do purchase tickets to Season Two: Bonachela / Obarzanek and fill in an application form. If you have already purchased tickets and wish to submit an application email



How many people will be participating?
There will be 23 volunteer participants per show, along with our company of dancers and 10 dancer alumni who have graced the stages with Sydney Company over the past 50 years.

How do you choose people if you’ve never met us?
We are looking to bring together as diverse a group as possible each night, other than this we have no special criteria.

I want to bring my child with me on stage.  Is this possible?
We are limiting participants to age 14 and up. If you are between the ages of 14-18 and are chosen to join the performance a parent/guardian permission form will also be required.

Can I organise a group of friends to all do it together?
Yes absolutely, please include full details of your friends in your application form.

When will I know if I’ve been successful?
We will be letting all applicants know in late September, via the email address entered with the application. Please keep an eye out for this!

What do I wear?  Will they make me wear lycra? 
You will wear your own clothing and flat closed in shoes  – high heels, sandals, thongs and strappy shoes are not allowed on stage.

How long will we be onstage?
You will be on stage for the last portion of the work Us 50, for approximately 10 minutes. Us 50 is after the interval for the evening, you will remain in your booked seats up to this time. More instructions will be provided in your pre-show briefing!

Are we all doing the same thing, or will I be singled out and expected to do things on my own?
You will receive instructions at your pre-show briefing and we don’t want to give too much away! However, we do promise it will be a supportive environment and lots of fun.

How hard is the movement going to be?
The movement will not be hard at all. You don’t need any experience in any style of dance or any performance experience, just a willingness to follow instructions.

Why do I need to be there an hour before to show starts?
We will be briefing volunteers 1 hour before the show starts about the performance – there is no rehearsal so it’s crucial that you arrive for this. At this briefing you will receive a set of in-ear-monitors (these are small headphones) from which you will get live instructions during the performance. We also need to pass on health and safety information from the theatre to make sure you and the other performers are safe on stage and in the venue.

Can I do this on my own?
Yes you can volunteer on your own, or with a guest or multiple guests. Everyone will need to have purchased a ticket to the show however and be seated in the stalls.

Do I take my belongings on stage with me? Or where do I leave them?
No you can’t take your belongings on stage, we recommend checking your bag at the coat check, or leaving at your seat with your guest if they are not also volunteering.

Will my friends be able to take photos / videos of me on stage?  Can I take my phone on stage with me?
We ask that you don’t take your phone on stage or ask friends to take photos as this will disrupt the performance, however we are arranging a photo opportunity for each performance that you can be part of.

I am in a wheelchair / have limited mobility.  Can I still participate?
Yes we aim to be as inclusive as possible, please provide details in your application so we are able to make appropriate arrangements.

My seat is in the Circle, can I still participate and go on stage?
Unfortunately due to the logisitics of getting patrons on to the stage, this opportunity is only open to people sitting in the stalls. If you are currently sitting in the Circle and wish to move to the stalls please contact our Box Office on 9221 4811. All subject to availability.

I’ve been successful but now I need to change my date.  Can I still go on stage on the new date?
If there is availability on your new date we will be able to include you in the performance, if not we can place you on a waiting list and keep you posted if the opportunity arises.

Will there be any strobe lightening or haze when we are on stage?
Haze and strobe may be used in the performance of Us 50 during the volunteer section, we will confirm this closer to the performance, as soon as we have that information. There will be bright lights and loud music which can be disorienting for some people. You should be in good health and free from any potentially adverse medical conditions triggered by these effects. You should seek medical advice if uncertain.

What if I change my mind while I’m sitting there watching the performance?
We are confident that you will be comfortable to get up on stage following our pre-show briefing. We would really like everyone to participate as it is an important part of the work and will make each performance unique and special. Talk to us if you are worried about what is expected!