New Breed 2022: Meet the new breed of Australian dance creators

New Breed 2022. Photo courtesy of Sydney Dance Company.
New Breed 2022. Photo courtesy of Sydney Dance Company.

Co-presented by Carriageworks and Sydney Dance Company, with the generous support of Principal Partner The Balnaves Foundation, New Breed 2022 will provide Australian choreographers Sophia Ndaba (NSW Central Coast), Jenni Large (Hobart), Luke Hayward (Sydney) and Charmene Yap (Sydney) with an invaluable opportunity to work with Australia’s leading contemporary dance company on a newly commissioned dance piece. 

Showcasing a rich diversity of choreographic ideas, this talented group of emerging choreographers will create brand new pieces on members of Sydney Dance Company. These four new works will comprise the New Breed 2022 season from 30 November to 17 December. 

The New Breed initiative made its debut in November 2014, supporting emerging Australian choreographers through the commissioning and presentation of new dance work. The ninth instalment of New Breed will see Carriageworks, Sydney Dance Company and The Balnaves Foundation continue their commitment to the future of Australian contemporary dance.

From September, these dance makers will benefit from the extensive support of all the departments of Sydney Dance Company in readiness for their premiere season at Carriageworks, later this year.

New Breed is well established as Australia’s most exciting showcase of raw talent and fresh ideas from some of the country’s most gifted emerging choreographers.

Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela said, “Australia is blessed with an extremely rich talent base of dynamic young dance creators. Yet in order for them to grow in their careers and reach their full potential, they need the opportunity to practice – the chance to take their ideas and put them on the stage in front of an audience. New Breed is about giving the next generation of talented young artists the best possible opportunity to experiment and create. The best dancers, the best production, marketing and publicity support, the best space to perform in at Carriageworks. I am delighted to introduce the four choreographers we have commissioned to create for our New Breed 2022 program. I have been personally inspired hearing of their ideas and I look forward to seeing how their works resonate with dance audiences.”

Carriageworks CEO Blair French said, “Carriageworks is proud to work with Sydney Dance Company and The Balnaves Foundation on the ninth edition of New Breed. At Carriageworks, we are committed to supporting the development of new choreography and New Breed is an important platform for artists to develop new ideas that are compelling and ambitious. We are delighted to work with this year’s choreographers, and we can’t wait to bring their vision to the Carriageworks stage.  

Victoria Balnaves of The Balnaves Foundation said, “The Balnaves Foundation is thrilled to continue our support of Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed into its ninth year. As the arts sector continues to navigate it’s return to normality, opportunities to showcase emerging talent are vital for the next generation of creatives. The Balnaves Foundation’s support of these up-and-coming artists in their practice and seeing their vision brought to life by Sydney Dance Company remains an important part of our commitment to cultivating the future of the Arts in Australia.”

For more information, visit www.sydneydancecompany.com/performance/new-breed-2022.

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