Sydney Dance Company


Choreography by Rafael Bonachela

Touring to regional centres across four 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, this full-length work features a new score full of emotional power from Grammy Award-winning composer Bryce Dessner.

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. Sydney Dance Company’s “awe-inspiring” (In Daily) ensemble is joined live on stage by the Australian String Quartet. This is 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. As the impact of the pandemic became apparent, performances were cancelled and artists sent into lockdown. Life, and recovery, were on hold, but the collaboration persevered. The Australian String Quartet recorded the compositions in lockdown, the dancers rehearsed in isolation, and with the added poignancy of a pandemic that has exposed so many vulnerabilities and changed us all at a profound level, Impermanence returns to the stage.

 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.

Bryce Dessner’s music composition Impermanence is commissioned by the Australian String Quartet and Sydney Dance Company. This commission has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

“Extraordinary... form and function meet seamlessly in every aspect”

The Australian

Previous Tour

Choreographer Rafael Bonachela
Composer Bryce Dessner
Music FeaturesAnother 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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