Shanghai International Tour

22 - 30 October

In addition to 95 scheduled performances at 24 venues around Australia in 2017, Sydney Dance Company continues its strong tradition of international touring, showcasing Australian culture, ideas and talent on the global stage.

We are thrilled to be returning to China In October to perform at the prestigious Shanghai International Arts Festival.

Rafael Bonachela’s epic international masterpiece 2 One Another will be performed under the stars to thousands in two concerts and the critically acclaimed double bill CounterMove will thrill audiences in Shanghai Grand Theatre and Wuxi Grand Theatre.

CounterMove comprises of two exhilarating pieces – Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tenebris explores light and darkness with fiercely physical movement and deep, electronic beats by composer Nick Wales (long-term collaborator of Sarah Blasko). While Alexander Ekman’s Cacti is a brilliantly conceived, laugh-out-loud funny piece that dares to poke fun at contemporary dance. Featuring a string quartet live on stage, Ekman’s witty and energetic choreography has left a global trail of rapturous reviews.

★★★★ Utterly mesmerising’ – The Guardian

★★★★ A new work extends the dancers’ flexibility and boldness, while the return of a favourite reminds us that dance can be fun. Both engage the dancers’ feisty attack, admirable stamina and formidable technique.’ – Sydney Morning Herald

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Shanghai International Arts Festival

2 One Another

Jing’an Park (Outdoor Stage)
Friday 27 October

Baoshan Culture Center
Sunday 29 October

City Theatre
Monday 30 October

CounterMove (Cacti and Lux Tenebris)

Shanghai Grand Theatre
Sunday 22 October, 7:30pm
Monday 23 October, 7:30pm

Wuxi Grand Theatre
Thursday 26 October

 

2 One Another

Choreographer Rafael Bonachela
Production & Costume Design, Creative Direction of Screen Content Tony Assness
Lighting Design Benjamin Cisterne
Original Music Nick Wales
Text Samuel Webster
Sound Adam Iuston
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

Cacti

Choreography and Costumes: Alexander Ekman
Stage Design: Alexander Ekman and Thomas Visser
Lighting Design: Thomas Visser
Lyrics: Spenser Theberge

Lux Tenebris

Choreography: Rafael Bonachela
Composer: 
Nick Wales
Lighting Design: Benjamin Cisterne

★★★★ Utterly mesmerising’ – The Guardian

★★★★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

★★★★ A new work extends the dancers’ flexibility and boldness, while the return of a favourite reminds us that dance can be fun. Both engage the dancers’ feisty attack, admirable stamina and formidable technique.’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘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