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Sydney Dance Company: Full Moon/Lux Tenebris/Wildebeest
Full Moon Choreography: Cheng Tsung-Lung
Lux Tenebris Choreography: Rafael Bonachela
Wildebees Choreography: Gabrielle Nankivell
Sydney Dance Company began as a group founded in 1969 by dancer Suzanne Musitz. Soon known as The Dance Company (NSW), between 1975 and 1976 the Company was directed by Dutch choreographer Jaap Flier, before the appointment of Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy in 1976. In 1979 Murphy and his partner Janet Vernon instituted the defining name change to Sydney Dance Company. Since 2009 the Company has been led by Spanish-born Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela. It is touring Ljubljana with a triple bill.
Cheng Tsung-Lung’s Full Moon aims at exploring the issue in the centre of the dancer’s and the viewer’s interest – the intangible point at which man has exited the animal realm but keeps being pulled back involuntarily, driven by overpowering natural instincts.
Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tenebris journeys through the world of light and darkness, exploring visible and invisible phenomena, penetrating the mysteries of the physical and the audible. An etude consciously defying the tenets of classical ballet vocabulary, Lux effortlessly blends elements of various stylistic periods.
Wildebeest by Gabrielle Nankivell opens with a solo. The dancer is given fluid movements with limbs that are half human, half bestial. Primordial and verging on mythical, like the image of a wild animal that slowly emerges from the background. From the opening solo the work proceeds through a series of further solos, duets, trios and quartets, against the pack-like, wild and wilful movement. The backdrop of elusive soundscapes invests the etude with indefinable temporal and spatial dimensions.