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Sydney Dance Company's 2 One Another

After a stunningly successful world premiere season at Sydney Theatre, Sydney Dance Company’s new work, 2 One Another, will have its Melbourne premiere at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse from 21 November for a strictly limited season of ten performances only.

Featuring 17 of the best contemporary dancers in Australia, 2 One Another is the result of an exciting collaboration amongst an exceptional artistic team. Rafael Bonachela’s breathtaking choreography, designer Tony Assness’ visionary set and costumes, and Nick Wales’ unique sound design have all been sculpted though poetry, personal stories and emotional responses, creating a work that is dynamic, deeply personal and highly physical.

Charmene Yap was recently awarded the 2012 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production’ for her performance in 2 One Another. Chen Wen was also nominated for Best Male Dancer for his role in the work.

2 One Another explores and celebrates relationships, interactions and the beauty of the human form. The work was initially shaped during a creative development period with Bonachela, the dancers and poet and writer Sam Webster. Together they explored the philosophies of human relationships – the couple (2), the individual (One), and the group (Another) -­‐ and the impact of external dynamics on these connections. The result on stage is the union of a choreographer’s vision, a poet’s expression and the minds and bodies of some of the best contemporary dancers in the country.

Of 2 One Another, Bonachela says, “The feel of the piece is about creating a world of layers, both visual and metaphorical. Design and music are an integral part of this and both were completed through an iterative process that reflected the very idea of 2 One Another – that is, stimulation and reaction. It has been a delight to build a work that intersects art forms and processes so thoroughly.”

Melbourne audiences first experienced the work of Sydney Dance Company under Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela with the 2009 season of 360o which was critically acclaimed and sold every ticket. In 2010, the company returned to Melbourne with the brilliantly beautiful, We Unfold which received an overwhelming response from both critics and audiences.

2 One Another features bold set and costumes, designed by the brilliant Tony Assness (Creative Director for the Brisbane Festival). The design features a giant digital backdrop which showcases innovative motion design and animation. Also unique to this piece when compared to Bonachela’s previous work is the soundscape which uses a combination of existing music and original composition, created by contemporary composer Nick Wales.

Sydney Dance Company is Australia’s leading contemporary dance company, presenting new works around Australia and internationally under the Artistic Direction of Rafael Bonachela.

Tickets for the Melbourne season of 2 One Another are on sale now at the Arts Centre Melbourne.


Dates: Sunday 25 November 2012 – Sunday 25 November 2012



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