The Art House presents

Bonachela / Lane - Sydney Dance Company

27 Jun 2020 Showing at The Art House Theatre

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The Art House Presents

Bonachela / Lane

Sydney Dance Company

In 2020, Sydney Dance Company will explode the everyday and take you into the sublime with an electrifying double bill featuring Rafael Bonachela’s newest creation Impermanence and Melanie Lane’s critically acclaimed WOOF. 

Impermanence sees Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela join forces with Bryce Dessner of iconic American rock band The National who will compose a world premiere score that explores the ephemeral nature of all things. Completing the double bill is Melanie Lane’s smash-hit WOOF. Set to a bold electronic score by UK musician Clark, WOOF imagines a futuristic, apocalyptic fantasy with choreography that is “witty and fresh” (★★★★, The Sydney Morning Herald).

2020 is the year to experience dance that will make your heart beat fast and your
blood run hot. Don’t miss Sydney Dance Company in all their quicksilver brilliance.


★★★★ “A thrilling dance work flush with wit and invention” – Daily Review (WOOF)


Dance changes you. More than simply witnessing something beautiful, or engaging with culture, to experience dance is to be positively altered. From performances at the Joyce Theatre in New York, to the Grand in Shanghai, the Stanislavsky in Moscow and the Sydney Opera House at home, Sydney Dance Company has proved that there are no passive observers in a contemporary dance audience.

The reward of truly moving audiences, and the raw pride of sharing Australian art
with the world has driven our ensemble of 17 dancers, led by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, to become one of the world’s strongest forces in contemporary dance.
Alongside Bonachela’s original works, our programs have featured works by guest choreographers like Jacopo Godani, Alexander Ekman, Gideon Obarzanek and Cheng Tsung-lung, as well as collaborations with Sydney Festival, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Jones and composers Bryce Dessner, Nick Wales, 48nord and Ezio Bosso.
We believe in the universality of dance, and with the largest public dance class program in Australia, we help over 70,000 people a year connect with the grace, strength and creativity that lives within all of us. Our nation-wide education program offers a strategic curriculum targeting primary and secondary students through to career focused study for pre-professional dancers and university graduates.  


Bryce Dessner’s music composition Impermanence is commissioned by the
Australian String Quartet and Sydney Dance Company. This commission has been
assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Cast & Creatives


Choreographer: Rafael Bonachela
Composer: Bryce Dessner
Lighting Designer: Damien Cooper
Stage Designer: David Fleischer
Costume Designer: Aleisa Jelbart
Australian String Quartet: Dale Barltrop - Violin, Francesca Hiew - Violin, Stephen
King - Viola, Sharon Grigoryan – Cello



Choreographer: Melanie Lane
Composer: Chris Clark
Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson
Costume Designer: Aleisa Jelbart



Choreographer, Impermanence

Rafael Bonachela was born in Barcelona where he began his early dance training before moving to London, and in 1992 joined the legendary Rambert Dance Company. 

In 2008, Rafael premiered his first full-length production 360° for Sydney Dance Company. Less than six months later, he was appointed Artistic Director making headlines around the dance world. His vision for the Company embraces a guiding principle that has seen the repertoire grow with the addition of commissioned dance works from Australian and visiting international guest choreographers. The premiere works are often programmed alongside Rafael’s own creations, ensuring diversity for audiences and providing much sought-after opportunities for his remarkable ensemble of dancers to be exposed to the work of some of the most in-demand choreographers of our time.

Rafael Bonachela’s internationally recognised talent has seen him work not only with contemporary dance at the highest level but also with artists from popular culture, such as Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, Bryce Dessner, Sarah Blasko and Katie Noonan as well as leading fashion designers Dion Lee and Toni Maticevski. Such collaborative efforts reflect the inspiration he finds and utilises from culture today.



Choreographer, WOOF

Melanie Lane is an Australian choreographer and performer. Based in Europe from 2000 - 2014, Melanie worked with artists such as Arco Renz, Club Guy and Roni, and Tino Seghal = performing internationally.

In 2015, Melanie was appointed resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc. and has created new works for Chunky Move (2016) and Sydney Dance Company (2017). In 2018 Melanie was choreographer for the English National Opera’s ‘Salome’ directed by Adena Jacobs.
Melanie has established a repertory of works presenting in international festivals and venues such as Tanz im August, Uzes Danse Festival, Arts House Melbourne, O Espaco do Tempo, Festival Antigel, Dance Massive and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin. She has been artist in residence at Dock 11 Berlin, Tanzwerkstatt Berlin and Schauspielhaus Leipzig.







The Art House Theatre


Sat 27 Jun 2020 - 8PM

Important Information

Running times:
Impermanence 40 mins
WOOF 27 mins


Adult $49
Concession $42
Member $39
Under 30 $35
Child $25