Sydney Dance Company's Impermanence
Sydney Dance Company


Choreography by Rafael Bonachela

Touring to regional centres across five states, Impermanence explores the fragile nature of everything around us – now more poignant than ever. This powerful work features an epic score by Grammy Award-winning Bryce Dessner, performed live by the Australian String Quartet.

Photography by Pedro Greig

A visceral and thrilling exploration of the juxtaposition of beauty and devastation, Sydney Dance Company’s full-length work, Impermanence is Rafael Bonachela’s newest creation. Time Out Magazine describes it as  “Moving and powerful, at-once capturing transience and fragility then strength and passion”

Contemporary composer, Bryce Dessner has created a new score full of emotional power. Best known as a founder of American rock band The National and for his film scores for The Revenant and The Two Popes, Dessner was initially inspired by the tragedy of the Australian bush fires and the Notre-Dame fire in Paris. The full power of Sydney Dance Company’s ensemble is joined live on stage by the Australian String Quartet. This is an epic, driven performance that packs an emotional punch.

When COVID-19 struck in March 2020, Impermanence was only four days from its world premiere and opening night. After a tumultuous year, Sydney Dance Company bring it to the stage for the first time in 2021, now with added poignancy.

Experience the power of dance and music performed live together, laden with meaning, fleeting and vulnerable and from devastation, find energy, urgency, radiance and hope.

A hypnotically beautiful work, stunningly performed by the Company’s 17 dancers to music that is visceral and moving ★★★★ 1/2


Previous Tour

May – August 2021

Choreographer Rafael Bonachela
Composer Bryce Dessner
Music Features Another World by Anohni
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Stage Designer David Fleischer
Costume Designer Aleisa Jelbart
Australian String Quartet:
Dale Barltrop – Violin I
Francesca Hiew – Violin II
Christopher Cartlidge – Viola
Michael Dahlenburg – Cello

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