Sydney Dance Company celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a program of three vibrant and divergent works. The celebratory performance is titled Season One: Bonachela/Nankivell/Lane, somewhat quirkily, neither alphabetical nor the order in which the works are performed. Oddities aside, it features brand new dances by Rafael Bonachela, who is celebrating ten years as the company's artistic director; a new work by Gabrielle Nankivell who previously choreographed “Wilderbeest” to great acclaim for SDC; and finally “WOOF” by Melanie Lane. “WOOF” was commissioned for Bonachela’s choreographic development program New Breed in 2017, and on opening night it made its mainstage debut.
Sydney Dance Company perform “Cinco” by Rafael Bonachela. Photograph by Wendell Teodoro
One way to get to know the history of a company is through the “liner notes” of its “Swan Lake” production, and for those of us continuing to build an admiring familiarity with Pacific Northwest Ballet via its digital season offerings, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell’s “Swan Lake” provides an interesting glimpse into PNB prior to Peter Boal’s leadership.FREE ARTICLE