International Tour

24 Feb - 12 Mar

Sydney Dance Company presents a powerful triple bill from three remarkable choreographic talents, Rafael Bonachela, Jacopo Godani and Gabrielle Nankivell. Each has carved their own unique style, pushing at the possibilities of movement with acclaimed, innovative pieces. Now, for the first time, these three incredible pieces will share the one stage.

Rafael Bonachela’s emotionally charged and award-winning Frame of Mind features a dramatic contemporary-classical soundtrack by Bryce Dessner (from American hit rock band The National), recorded by internationally renowned Kronos Quartet. 

Italian choreographer Jacopo Godani’s critically acclaimed Raw Models is a sinuous, sexy testament to the infinite malleability of the human body.

While Gabrielle Nankivell’s Wildebeest is a high-energy tour de force of the dancers’ physicality.

Don’t miss this gripping evening of dance in its limited season.

Sydney Dance Company’s tour to New York and the East-Coast of the United States of America is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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24 February
Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA

28 February
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA

4 – 5 March
Celebrity Series of Boston
Boston, MA

7 – 12 March
The Joyce Theater
New York, NY


Choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell
Costume Design Fiona Holley
Lighting Design Benjamin Cisterne
Composition and Sound Design Luke Smiles / motion laboratories
Dancers The Company

Duration: 25 Minutes

Raw Models
Choreographer Jacopo Godani
Original Music 48 Nord, Commissioned Score: Ulrich Mueller & Siegfried Roessert
Costumes and Lighting Design Jacopo Godani
Dancers The Company

Duration: 26 Minutes

Frame of Mind
Choreographer Rafael Bonachela
Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Design Realisation Aleisa Jelbart
Lighting Design Benjamin Cisterne
Music Original compositions by Bryce Dessner in a recording by the Kronos Quartet
Dramaturgical Consultant Samuel Webster
Dancers The Company

Duration: 34 Minutes

‘★★★★…Bonachela’s Frame of Mind delivers an emotionally engaging and overarching choreographic mastery…electric’ – Daily Review

‘★★★★…a potent blend of technique, daring and playfulness.’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘★★★★…danced crisply and flawlessly…it is passionate yet highly precise, demanding and often breath-stealing.’ – The Guardian

Frame of Mind drills a hole into your heart and brain and makes you leak emotion in that sneaky, visceral way only dance can do.’ –Concrete Playground Sydney

‘Performed with speed, grace and sensitivity’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘An exhilarating evening of highly physical dance’ – The Conversation

Frame of Mind delivers captivating scores, wonderful choreography and dance fuelled with emotion.’ – ABC Arts

‘★★★★ Raw Models is one of the most exciting dance pieces we’re likely to see in Melbourne this year.’ – The Age

Raw Models… sexy septet that absolutely explodes out of its boxy black set… a visual knock out’ – Sunday Herald Sun

Raw Models is a full and accomplished piece of contemporary art in which the dancers come into their own; their faces gleam with animal-like hunger and intensity as their leotard-wrapped bodies erupt in movement – large, grotesque and divine.’ – Dance Australia

‘Gabrielle Nankivell, made the undisputed hit of the night. Wildebeest is an ambitious 25-minute work for 13 dancers and there is much more one could say about it. I hope to have that opportunity on a main-stage SDC program in the near future.’ – The Australian