Rafael Bonachela in the studio at Sydney Dance Company. Click image for larger version. Rafael Bonachela has just started his sixth year as artistic director of Sydney Dance Company, widely regarded as the premier contemporary dance company in Australia. His studios and offices sit on prime real estate at Walsh Bay, Little Rock Gas Company a reinvented Edwardian finger wharf, Pier 4, originally built in to service cargo vessels.

The early morning light on the water is spectacularly beautiful. The harbour hums with activity and the large white yachts moored in marinas at the pier next door bob up and down expectantly.

When I spoke to Bonachela he was just nine days Josh Flagg Company the creative process for a new work that will premiere in Sydney in March as part of a triple bill called Interplay. Bonachela says he fell in love with the texture and flavour of Yr Company partita and everything it drew out of him in terms of movement.

But for 2 in D Minor Bonachela is also commissioning Nick Wales, an Australian composer whose Rafael Bonachela Sydney Dance Company style falls between classical forms and electronic and popular music, to compose bridging sections between the five movements of the partita. Rafael Bonachela and dancers in the studio Rafael Bonachela Sydney Dance Company Sydney Dance Company. Not that I am throwing bricks at it but I want to find a different way of looking at it. The approach fits snugly with the pathway Bonachela has been following with his work for Sydney Dance since he arrived in He has commissioned a diverse range of artists, composers, designers, choreographers, popular singers, instrumental musicians.

And for his recent work, Project Rameauhe worked side-by-side with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. What he has been able to do in these collaborative exercises is quite a feat. But then his dancers are fabulous technicians, exciting to watch and totally committed to the choreography. Bonachela has come up with a breathtaking new vision of what contemporary dance can be. At the time Obarzanek was also an emerging choreographer and went on to direct his own company, Chunky Move, in Melbourne.

Bonachela is 145 Maintenance Company happy too that Obarzanek will use the full company for his new work. He loves the idea too that Obarzanek will bring new experiences for his dancers.

They are enriched in every way. We are here to commission new work. This is our role. To create. To give audiences the experience of dance. To give choreographers the experience of making work. Bonachela and the company are considering the next contract although nothing is definite yet but see Stop Press below. However, he muses partly to himself that in another five years someone will be marking the 50th anniversary of Sydney Dance Company.

The above list is composed of those whose work we feature regularly and have generally contributed in the last few months. Do not steal our words or pictures please. Thank you. Rafael Bonachela.

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