Sydney Dance Company in London for 3 nights only!

World-class Sydney Dance Company, with choreography from Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, hit London this week for three nights only. Make sure you don’t miss out! Here’s a sneak peak.


Catch Sydney Dance Company with choreography by Rafael Bonachela at Southbank Centre on 1 – 3 December 2011. 

Video: Bonachela’s Muse

Choreographer Rafael Bonachela and dancer Amy Hollingsworth have a special relationship, illustrated in this film made in 2004. They met when they were both dancers at Rambert Dance Company and Amy got involved in Rafael’s early creative work.

When, in 2002, Rafael Bonachela choreographed Kyle Minogue’s Fever Tour, Amy was Assistant Choreographer and Rehearsal Director. In 2006, she became a founding member of Bonachela Dance Company and when Rafael Bonachela became Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company, he invited her to join the company as a guest artist. Their latest collaboration, The Land of Yes and the Land of No, receives its UK premiere at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday 25 – Saturday 26 September.

 

Director: Tim Meara
Producer: Amy Hollingsworth

Get to know… Renaud Wiser

Renaud Wiser. Credit: Ione Saizar

Renaud Wiser. Credit: Ione Saizar

Renaud Wiser was born in Switzerland and trained at the School of Dance in Geneva.

After dancing for Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève he joined the National Ballet of Marseille in France, then went on to dance with Gothenburg Ballet, before joining Rambert in 2004.

Renaud choreographed At the border of you for Resolution! 2006 at The Place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you fear the most?
Losing someone  I care about.

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My girlfriend

What – or where – is perfection?
I think perfection is a concept hidden somewhere inside our mind. We have a vague idea of what it should be, and we spend a lifetime seeking it without ever really grasping it. 

Who is your favourite hero from fiction – and why?
When I was a kid my favorite hero was Luke Skywalker, from Star Wars, I must have seen the movies tens of times, braving all dangers and triumphing at the end, but now I am more interested by the anti-hero type who is struggling to find himself, like some characters of a Paul Auster’s novel. I guess it is much easier to relate to them, or at least their journey is less obvious.

What’s your favourite ritual?
I am a big fan of rituals rotating around food, so I would say most festive occasions, making biscuits for Christmas for example, which I used to do every year with my mum. 

Which living person do you most admire – and why?
That is a difficult one because I admire many people in various fields of activity, I guess I admire people that are the best in their field and have that touch of genius that takes them above the rest, like William Forsythe in dance or Roger Federer in tennis. 

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
I guess playing an instrument on a very high level would be something I would love to be able to do. I learned to play the flute for a few years but reaching a level of skill when technique is not an issue anymore must be really satisfying.

What’s your favourite website?
tsr.ch , the swiss information and media  website that keeps me in touch with what is going on in my homeland.

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
William Forsythe, Radiohead and rANDOM international.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Do not spend too much time looking back on things you think you should have done differently. What is to come is a much bigger and more exciting challenge, what ever it is.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
The Pretender by The Foo fighters, nothing quite like it to wake you up on the way to work.

 Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre?
My last performance with Rambert Dance Company for the Season of new choreography in a piece by Patricia Okenwa last spring was obviously a very emotionally charged evening. I was running around as I was already working with Rafael Bonachela as well as rehearsing  for that particular evening and had a blast during the performance with all my soon to be ex-colleagues.

Get to know… Cameron McMillan

Cameron McMillan - credit: Ione Saizar

Cameron McMillan - credit: Ione Saizar

Cameron McMillan is a dancer with Bonachela Dance Company.  Born in New Zealand, Cameron trained at the Australian Ballet School and danced as a principal with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and a soloist at English National Ballet.

In 2003, he joined  Rambert Dance Company, where he choreographed four works for company dancers. Cameron has also choreographed for Royal New Zealand Ballet and Intoto Dance.

The Land of Yes and the Land of No is his second project with Bonachela Dance Company.

 

 

 

 What do you fear the most?
Losing the ones I love.

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My partner’s.

What – or where – is perfection?
There is no such thing, which is what makes things interesting. Although some things/experiences can come close. 

Who is your favourite hero from fiction – and why?
The Little Prince. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

What’s your favourite ritual?
Cheese on toast when I can’t sleep, so I dream. 

Which living person do you most admire – and why?
There are many, today it was a dancer with cerebral palsy. 

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
To play the piano. To dive (Olympics style!). 

What’s your favourite website?
http://www.last.fm

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
William Forsythe, Patrick Wolf, Hedi Slimane, Bill Viola and Jean Cocteau. 

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
I am learning to trust my instincts, and learning that change is to be expected and embraced. 

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
It is constantly changing and usually very random because of my eclectic taste.  At the moment it is somewhere between Passion Pit, Nico Muhly, Patrick Wolf, Bon Iver, and a little of Nina Simone.

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre.
The first ever show I saw at Southbank Centre, was the ballet The Nutcracker at Royal Festival Hall during Christmas in 1996 – The Sugar-Plum Fairy fell flat on her bum!

Bonachela Dance Company – trailer

Trailer for Bonachela Dance Company’s new work, The Land of Yes and the Land of No, premiering in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday 25 September.

Choreography: Rafael Bonachela
Music: Ezio Bosso
Dancers: Amy Hollingsworth, Fiona Jopp, Cameron McMillan, Lisa Welham, Renaud Wiser, Paul Zivkovich
Lighting: Guy Hoare
Production Design: Alan Macdonald
Costume Design: Theo Clinkard

Get to know… Rafael Bonachela

Rafael Bonachela - credit: Ione Saizar

Rafael Bonachela - credit: Ione Saizar

Rafael Bonachela founded Bonachela Dance Company in 2006, following his time as a dancer and associate choreographer at Rambert Dance Company. Widely recognised as one of the most exciting and talented voices working in contemporary dance in the UK,  Bonachela is a busy man: as well as running his own company, he is an Associate Artist of  Southbank Centre and Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company. His new piece, The Land of Yes and the Land of No, will be performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 25 & 26 September.

Rafael inaugurates our Get to know…  feature. Check back regularly as other artists taking part in our Autumn season will also be answering our questions.

 

 

 

What do you fear the most?
Family loss

Which mobile number do you call the most?
It varies too much from week to week to say really

What – or where – is perfection?
Does perfection exist? Some moments can be perfect

Who is your favourite hero from fiction – and why?
I don’t have one, I prefer real life to fiction.

What’s your favourite ritual?
Eating the bag of peanuts as soon as I check into a hotel room.

Which living person do you most admire – and why?
Dancers in general – they work passionately, dedicate their whole life to their profession and get paid nothing.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
To be able to cook

What’s your favourite website?
Google earth

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
Shostakovich, Diaghilev and Baz Luhrmann

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Never stop dreaming

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
rRoad

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre.
It was the premiere of my own group, Bonachela Dance Company at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is the theatre where I first watched contemporary dance in London in 1990.