For the first time since February, the Sydney Dance Company is performing live in Sydney with “New Breed 2021.” One year ago, I wrote the same sentence about the premiere of “New Breed 2020.” The performing arts had just endured what we thought would be their hardest year to date. But Covid-19 had other plans, and here we are again. This time we’re back, more weathered, masks firmly fitted, vaccination certificates at the ready. The crowd moves differently, everyone keeps just slightly more to themselves, eyes lower if shoulders accidentally brush on the way to seats. There is a sense that no one wants to do anything to jeopardize this performance, and this season, a collective sense of relief hangs in the air.
Sydney Dance Company perform “Given Unto Thee” by Jasmin Sheppard. Photograph by Pedro Greig