Frame of Mind crop
Sydney Dance Company

Frame of Mind

Frame of Mind Choreography by Rafael Bonachela
Wildebeest Choreography by Gabrielle Nankivell

"★★★★… a potent blend of technique, daring and playfulness."

Production photography by Pedro Greig

Sydney Dance Company’s Frame of Mind is a wildly powerful double bill featuring the smash hit Wildebeest by Australia’s own Gabrielle Nankivell and the multi award-winning Frame of Mind from Rafael Bonachela.

Bonachela’s Frame of Mind features a dramatic contemporary-classical soundtrack by Bryce Dessner (from American hit rock band The National), recorded by San Francisco’s virtuosic Kronos Quartet. Winner of all four categories for the 2015 Helpmann Awards including ‘Best Choreography’, ‘Best Dance Work’, ‘Best Male Dancer’, and ‘Best Female Dancer’ for its critically acclaimed premiere season.

Wildebeest premiered as part of Sydney Dance Company’s inaugural New Breed season. Choreographic prodigy Gabrielle Nankivell’s eloquent work showcases the power of dancers as individuals and strength en masse. Moody and animalistic, it’s backed by a stormy and industrial score by Luke Smiles.

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


"★★★★… … an ensemble of technically blessed young dynamos."
Herald Sun full review

"★★★★… … danced crisply and flawlessly… it is passionate yet highly precise, demanding and often breath-stealing."
The Guardian full review

"★★★★… Bonachela’s Frame of Mind delivers an emotionally engaging and overarching choreographic mastery… electric"
Daily Review full review

Previous Tour

June to August, 2017



Choreographer Rafael Bonachela
Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Design Realisation Aleisa Jelbart
Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne
Music Aheym for String Quartet,
Little Blue Something and Tenebre, written by
Bryce David Dessner. Published by Chester Music. By kind permission of the Music Sales Group Bryce Dessner’s Aheym for String Quartet, Little Blue Something and Tenebre, were written for Kronos Quartet and appear on Kronos’ ANTI- release Aheym: Kronos Quartet plays music by Bryce Dessner.
Dramaturgical Consultant Samuel Webster


Choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell
Costume Designer Fiona Holley
Sound Designer & Composer motion laboratories/Luke Smiles
Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne

If you are interested in touring get in contact!

Arts on Tour
02 8038 1880