Work by Sydney Dance Company x Sydney Symphony Orchestra. A film by Pedro Greig, choreographed by Rafael Bonachela.

“An uplifting and joyful experience as four exceptional dancers from Sydney Dance Company and four virtuosic musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra have come together, separately, to make this new work, a creative response to the emotional impact of the global pandemic.”
Rafael Bonachela, Artistic Director

“How did we find ourselves in this extraordinary situation, how do we thrive and grow and what are our sources of comfort and support? Cuatro hints at the hope of better things to come and a society that has adjusted and developed more caring attitudes.”
Diana Doherty, Principal Oboe, Sydney Symphony Orchestra


Four dancers. Four musicians. Four Films. Cuatro

A four-part online work, created in isolation, as eight virtuosic artists respond to a new way of life.

A collaboration between Sydney Dance Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Cuatro was conceived and created through the lens and screens of our new Covid world.

Dancers and musicians began the collaborative process online, working with Rafael Bonachela and creative director and film-maker Pedro Greig to conceive and realise these four unique works, responding to this extraordinary period in time. Online discussions and sharing of music took place over a number of weeks, with each element finally recorded in isolation at the Sydney Dance Company Studios in Ultimo, Sydney.

All four films, released every Friday in June 2020, are free to view and enjoy.

Cuatro 1 Released: Friday 5 June
Cuatro 2 Released: Friday 12 June
Cuatro 3 Released: Friday 19 June
Cuatro 4 Released: Friday 26 June

With Thanks To

Bianca Spender

Keep Australia Dancing

Whilst studios are closed and stages across the country are dark, Sydney Dance Company continues to create.

Cuatro is for you, our audience, our community, our most important collaborator.

Facing the biggest challenge in our five decades of defining contemporary dance in Australia, we are finding ways to respond and to make work, and when the time is right, we will come together and dance for you again.

At this time, your support has more impact than ever before and with your help, we will continue to reach out, to teach and share dance with communities across Australia and the world. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift. Thank you.


Produced and Directed by: Pedro Greig
Choreography: Rafael Bonachela

Cuatro 1
Dancer: Charmene Yap
Musician: Diana Doherty, oboe
Music: Heinz Hollinger, Sonata for solo oboe, I. Präludium

Cuatro 2
Dancer: Davide di Giovanni
Musician: Andrew Haveron, violin
Music: Niccolò Paganini, 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op.1: No. 11 in C

Cuatro 3
Dancer: Juliette Barton
Musician: Umberto Clerici, cello
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: IV. Sarabande

Cuatro 4
Dancer: Chloe Leong
Musician: Emma Sholl, flute
Music: Claude Debussy, Syrinx 

Costume Design: Bianca Spender
Set and Lighting Design: Pedro Greig
Audio Engineer: Guy Harding
Cameras and Lighting: Kindly supplied by SUNSTUDIOS Sydney

Release Dates

Cuatro 1 Released: Friday 5 June
Cuatro 2 Released: Friday 12 June
Cuatro 3 Released: Friday 19 June
Cuatro 4 Released: Friday 26 June

Media Reviews

“It lifts the spirits to find new work…Charmene Yap is as elegantly eloquent as ever.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Choreography was…liquid…its qualities of introspection were deeply moving… the filming was exceptional with its shadows and close-up shots. Barton was technically brilliant.” – Michelle Potter, dance critic

“Live performance can be paused…you can’t stop creativity.” – Broadsheet

“It’s three minutes of magic.” – The Australian on Cuatro 3

“The real tour de force…comes from Pedro Greig behind the scenes. He designed the sets, produced, directed, filmed and lit the pieces. All looked stunning.” – The Australian