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Sydney Dance Company announces annual program for 2021

Sydney Dance Company's Emily Seymour. Photo by Rafael Bonachela.
Sydney Dance Company's Emily Seymour. Photo by Rafael Bonachela.

Sydney Dance Company is pleased to announce its 2021 Annual Program, comprising of the world premiere of the eagerly anticipated collaboration between Rafael Bonachela and Bryce Dessner, Impermanence (16 – 27 February 2021); the return of the award-winning contemporary classic ab [intra] (7 – 11 September 2021); and New Breed, presenting the very best in emerging Australian choreography (22 November – 11 December 2021). In addition, the company will also be touring to more locations across Australia in 2021 than ever before. 

Rafael Bonachela's 'Impermanence'. Photo by Pedro Greig.
Rafael Bonachela’s ‘Impermanence’.
Photo by Pedro Greig.

Bonachela, Sydney Dance Company’s artistic director, said, “Following the excitement of our 50th anniversary in 2019, when 2020 began, we certainly didn’t expect that events would unfold as they did. Like all of us, Sydney Dance Company has had a challenging year, but we are still here and still moving forward!”

He continues, “After the heartbreaking disappointment of cancelling Impermanence a matter of days before opening night, we are absolutely delighted to announce that our first Sydney season in February will be its world premiere! The COVID shutdown inspired me to extend Impermanence to make it a full-length work. A response to the uncertainty we all face, Impermanence sees the dancers joined on stage by our dear friends, the exceptional Australian String Quartet, playing Bryce Dessner’s exquisite score live. How poignant that a work originally influenced by the fragility of existence is the first to be staged after the devastation of the pandemic. We are also thrilled that the global smash hit, ab [intra], returns for a special encore season in September, and that the year concludes with exhilarating new work in the eighth edition of New Breed. I can’t wait to share all of these works with you in 2021.” 

Rafael Bonachela's 'ab [intra]'. Photo by Pedro Greig.
Rafael Bonachela’s ‘ab [intra]’.
Photo by Pedro Greig.

Travel and border restrictions permitting, 2021 will also see Sydney Dance Company perform in more Australian cities and towns in one year than ever before. A part of this will be a national tour of Impermanence, which will tour to 16 towns and cities across six states and territories from May to August 2020, with Federal and NSW State Government support. In a first for Sydney Dance Company, the dancers will be joined on stage by the Australian String Quartet in two thirds of these locations, performing Dessner’s new score live. 

For more information, visit www.sydneydancecompany.com.

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