The Art House presents

Impermanence - Sydney Dance Company

19 Jul 2022 Showing at The Art House Theatre

Info Cast & Creatives Reviews


This performance is the rescheduled date from 7th-6th October 2021. All existing ticket holders have been transferred.

All Art House patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health Order guidelines at the time of performance. CLICK HERE to view the current COVID safety measures, updated as legislation changes.

The Art House Presents

Impermanence - Sydney Dance Company

“Extraordinary... form and function meet seamlessly in every aspect” – The Australian

Returning to the stage for a national Australian tour after a sell-out Sydney world premiere season (Feb 2021) and an Adelaide Festival smash hit run (March 2021), Rafael Bonachela’s Impermanence is “arguably the single best piece created by and for an Australian dance company for many years” (Adelaide Advertiser).

A visceral and thrilling exploration of the juxtaposition of beauty and devastation, this full-length work features a new score full of emotional power from Grammy Award-winning composer Bryce Dessner.

Best known as a founder of American rock band The National and for his film scores for The Revenant and The Two Popes, Dessner was initially inspired by the tragedy of the Australian bush fires and the Notre-Dame fire in Paris. With an exquisite recording by the Australian String Quartet, and the full might of Sydney Dance Company’s “awe inspiring” (In Daily) ensemble, this is an epic, driven performance that packs an emotional punch.

When COVID-19 struck in March 2020, Impermanence was only four days from its world premiere and opening night. As the impact of the pandemic became apparent, performances were cancelled and artists sent into lockdown. Life, and recovery, were on hold, but the collaboration persevered. The ASQ recorded the compositions in lockdown, the dancers rehearsed in isolation, and with the added poignancy of a pandemic that has exposed so many vulnerabilities and changed us all at a profound level, Impermanence returns to the stage.

“Dance moves for the end of the world... Choreographer Rafael Bonachela sets his excellent dancers on a whirling, bounding trajectory…” – The Sydney Morning Herald.

Experience the power of dance and music, laden with meaning, fleeting and vulnerable and from devastation, find energy, urgency, radiance and hope.

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

Music Recorded by: Australian String Quartet

Music Features: 'Another World' by Anohni

Lighting Designer: Damien Cooper

Stage Designer: David Fleischer

Costume Designer: Aleisa Jelbart

Australian String Quartet (recorded score):

Dale Barltrop – Violin I
Francesca Hiew – Violin II
Christopher Cartlidge – Viola
Michael Dahlenburg - Cello



“Moving and powerful…mesmeric” – Time Out

“A hypnotically beautiful work, stunningly performed” – Limelight

“A tear-jerker without being baroque, with a finger on the vein of our collective anxieties and dislocations, Impermanence is a triumph of collaboration and passion.” – Arts Hub


The Art House Theatre


Tue 19 Jul 2022 - 8PM

Important Information

Duration: 65 minutes (no interval)


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

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