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Rising High With Sydney Dance Company

A breathtaking triple-bill of contemporary dance transports audiences to new heights via the mesmerising movement, poetic soundscapes and stunning visuals of the Sydney Dance Company.

By Betty Sweetlove

Sydney Dance Company is back in the NT with their new show Ascent, a curation of three dance works by internationally acclaimed and award-winning choreographers. Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela is thrilled to be bringing the show to Alice Springs and Darwin following its sell-out season in Sydney.

“This triple-bill is the perfect introduction to contemporary dance if you haven’t experienced the artform before, there really is something for everyone,” says Bonachela.

First up on the program is Bonachela’s arresting, delicately soundtracked piece I Am-ness. Set to the extraordinary score of Lonely Angel by Pēteris Vasks, this brand-new work weaves a story of connection, separation and emotion.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response from audiences and critics alike … Each work is so varied that audiences are treated to the breadth and complexity of three very different works,” says Bonachela.

Rolling next onto the stage are the sublime set pieces, costumes and dancers of The Shell, A Ghost, The Host & The Lyrebird, directed by Marina Mascarell. A major international star in the world of choreography, 

Mascarell is the freshly appointed Director of Danish Dance Theatre. A moving and thought-provoking feast for the senses, this work explores the body’s connection to the natural world, artificiality and technology.

“It’s the first time in six years that an international choreographer has created a work for Sydney Dance Company, so it’s a very special moment,” says Bonachela.

To close out the evening, the epic and acclaimed Forever & Ever by Antony Hamilton bursts onto the stage. This Helpmann Award-winning favourite fuses genres and breaks boundaries, with its hypnotic combination of techno, dance, vivid lighting and high fashion.

“All three works are so different, that audiences will be taken on a very unique journey each time – from emotion, to passion, to moments that make you want to get out of your seat and dance.”

A truly contemporary program of unexpected elements, awe-inspiring movement and sonic surprises, grab your tickets for Ascent and be lulled into the glorious, meditative and transformative world of Sydney Dance Company.

Sydney Dance Company - Ascent
WHEN WED 19 JUL | 7.30PM
COST $65 | $60 MEMB/CONC

Alice Springs
COST $69 | $65 MEMB

Photo: Pedro Greig

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