6 Breaths

Work by Rafael Bonachela

“Rarely can music and movement be so perfectly combined.” – The Stage, London



Since the 2010 premiere of Rafael Bonachela’s award-winning 6 Breaths the work 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.

6 Breaths is the second collaboration between Italian composer Ezio Bosso and Rafael Bonachela, set to a commissioned score by Ezio. The work is divided into 6 sections. Each section starts with a solo piano mixed with the sound of life breathing, different lengths and themes, depending on the section. The main sections are played by 6 cellos and sometimes piano. * First Breath (life breath) * Out of Breath (breathless) * Crying Breath (weeping) * In the Same Breath (simultaneous) * Under One’s Breath (whisper) * Last Breath

“Seeing Ezio conduct ‘First Breath’, ‘Crying Breath’ and ‘Under One’s Breath’ is the most beautiful and engaging pieces of dance I have ever seen….if you imagine the cellos being the lungs and Ezio making them breathe for the first time. He took my breath away.”Rafael Bonachela


Choreographer: Rafael Bonachela in collaboration with the dancers
Composer: Ezio Bosso
Concept: Rafael Bonachela & Ezio Bosso
Video Art: Tim Richardson
Costume Design: Josh Goot
Lighting Design: Nick Schlieper

Media Reviews

“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

“The collaboration between Spanish-born choreographer Rafael Bonachela and eminent Italian composer and double bass maestro Ezio Bosso is a match made in heaven.” – The Stage, London

“Rarely can music and movement have been so perfectly combined.” – The Stage, London

2019 Performances

Roslyn Packer Theatre
1 – 9 November 2019

2011 Performances

Sydney Festival
21 – 23 January 2011

2010 Performances

Sydney Theatre, Sydney
19 March – 10 April 2010