Work by Rafael Bonachela

★★★★ “Virtuoso display thrills with speed and stillness”Sydney Morning Herald


Be moved by a “dazzling technical display of flexibility” (★★★★, Sydney Morning Herald) in Rafael Bonachela’s Cinco.

Watch “elastic dynamic dancing” (The Daily Telegraph) from our award-winning dancers, in delicate costumes by revered fashion designer Bianca Spender, set to Alberto Ginastera’s soaring String Quartet No.2.


Current Performances

26 March - 13 AprilRoslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay, SydneyNSW
2 - 4 MayCanberra Theatre CentreACT
8 - 11 May Arts Centre MelbourneVIC
16 MayWarragulVIC
18 MayFrankston VIC
22 MayBendigoVIC
25 MayMilduraVIC
27 JulyDarwinNT
31 JulyAlice SpringsNT
3 AugWhyalla SA
8 - 10 AugAdelaideSA
15 - 17 AugHobartTAS

Cast & Creatives

Choreography: Rafael Bonachela
Music: Alberto Ginastera, String Quartet No.2 Op.26
Costume: Bianca Spender
Lighting Design: Damien Cooper
Cast: Davide Di Giovanni, Holly Doyle, Riley Fitzgerald, Chloe Leong, Charmene Yap

Media & Audience Reviews

★★★★ “Virtuoso display thrills with speed and stillness” – Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ 1/2 “A masterclass in classical contemporary technique” – The Audrey Journal

“Inspiring, surprising and energising, Sydney Dance Company’s opening season performance lit a spark that will hopefully burn all year.” – The Daily Telegraph

“A beautifully detailed response to Alberto Ginastera’s second string quartet” – The Australian

Cinco showcases the inimitable, mature, magisterial Bonachela-God-given gift to ignite spine-tingling lyricism with brazen strength: to use the vernacular, he gives beautiful dancers balls when classical sensitivity meets shameless and bold defiance.” – Sydney Arts Guide

“Totally blew my mind, a triple bill of absolute bliss.” – Sheree da Costa, former Company Dancer

“Poetic, athletic, jaw-dropping aesthetics!” – Gretel Killeen

In Creation: Rafael Bonachela’s Cinco

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"I think what’s fascinating about designing for dance is that it’s not dissimilar from designing other collections in the fact that you can have a lot of freedom and considerations." - Bianca Spender

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"After deciding to use five dancers, I researched the geometry of the number five and that helped inform some of the choreographic tasks. I looked at the placement of the dancers on stage with the use of a pentagram. They use the star as a map and they return to it a few times in the dance." - Rafael Bonachela

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Cheat Sheet

“The impulse to feel, experience and understand a dance work in the theatre should be an individual one… when all explanations have been exhausted… the only thing left is to feel.”

Rafael Bonachela is originally from Barcelona. This year marks his 10th year as Artistic Director and resident choreographer at Sydney Dance Company. Since 2009, he has created 14 works for the Company’s repertoire. Read more.

Fun Fact: Rafael Bonachela’s work Cinco means ‘five’ in Spanish. In the Catalan dialect, it’s pronounced think-o.

“There is a daring sense of nature, unpredictability, freedom of thought and action, and harmony through conflict felt through Alberto Ginastera’s music.” – Rafael Bonachela

Alberto Ginastera was an Argentinian classical music composer, widely considered to be one of the most original 20th century Latin American composers. Over his career, he composed several operas and ballets, concertos, chamber music and eleven film scores.

LISTEN: Alberto Ginastera’s String Quartet No 2 Op.26.

Using the number five for reference, the five dancers are structurally placed on stage using a star or pentagram for reference. The set is minimal, allowing for the fluidity and grace of celebrated Australian fashion designer Bianca Spender’s blue and yellow toned costumes to dominate the palette.

Fun Fact: Bianca Spender also celebrates her 10th Anniversary this year heading her own fashion label.