This is the first time that Catalan choreographer Rafael Bonachela brings Sydney Dance Company to Barcelona, then London in December, where they are performing two pieces, 6 Breaths and LANDforms, both of which are set to the original, emotive scores of Italian Ezio Bosso. LANDforms, in which dancers confront the tough, beautiful Australian landscape & climate is an incredible piece.
The choreography is a highly-skilled blend of classical and contemporary dance. Bonachela has said, “a dancer is an athlete … and Australian dancers are generally in very good shape.” Slick choreography and powerful performances focus on extension and equilibrium. Dancers interact with mathematical precision, like a geometry set come alive. “The idea,” according to Bonachela “is that the audience can see the dancer at all angles.” Bonachela compares dance to poetry in its ability to evoke more than it physically presents, yet what is also communicated to the audience is something of the visible structure of text: a fluidity punctuated by moments of suspension. Pure power this, highly-recommended.
In Barcelona: November 26th (Saturday) – 27th (Sunday). mercat flors
In London: December 1 – 3 at the South Bank Centre. south bank