A Triple-Bill by Rafael Bonachela + Stephanie Lake

Sydney Dance Company

Tracing an arc of emotions that move from a dark turbulent interrogation of recent times through to burgeoning buoyant optimism, Resound is a program of three unique dance works by Rafael Bonachela and Stephanie Lake that will ignite your senses.

Sydney Dance Company is thrilled to commission The Universe is Here by multi-award winning choreographer Stephanie Lake. A world premiere by the visionary Australian dance artist fuses boundary-pushing movement with a complex and uplifting electronic score to bring blistering light to the stage in a fizzing dreamscape. Ambitious, euphoric and explosive, Lake’s new work will feature incredible collaborators including costume design by Harriet Oxley and music composed by Robin Fox. This is thrilling and dynamic dance that hits you in the solar plexus.

The second half of the program delivers another world premiere. Summer, featuring the evocative score Cicadidae by Australian composer Kate Moore recorded by the Australian String Quartet, this new work by Rafael Bonachela captures the lightness of a world turning over a new leaf.  The aural backdrop is the quintessential sound of summer and with costumes by the incomparable masters of colour, Romance was BornSummer will set your spirits soaring.

Rafael Bonachela’s acclaimed work Ocho makes a welcome return to the stage. Featuring a driving score by Nick Wales, with the haunting vocals of Aboriginal artist Rrawun Maymuru and powerful set design by David Fleischer, Ocho won rave reviews from audiences and critics alike when it premiered in 2017. Set in a stark, glass room, eight dancers search for salvation and connection, finding a salve for the troubles of the world.

About Stephanie Lake

About Rafael Bonachela


Sydney Dance Company is Australia’s leading contemporary dance company, presenting new works in Sydney, around Australia and internationally, under the Artistic Direction of Rafael Bonachela. Since 1985 the Company has been resident in purpose-built and recently refurbished studios at Wharf 4/5 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. Its studios house the largest public in-studio and online dance class program in Australia, attracting nearly 100,000 attendances each year. A legendary force in contemporary dance in

Australia, Sydney Dance Company celebrated its 50th year in 2019. More information,

Sydney Dance Company welcomes back Major Partner, LG SIGNATURE as the Presenting Partner of Resound.

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