World Premieres Open Sydney Dance Company’s 2017 Season
ORB | Rafael Bonachela’s OCHO & Cheng Tsung-lung’s FULL MOON
Sydney Dance Company opens the 2017 season with ORB – premiering the latest creation from Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, and the Company’s first ever collaboration with a Taiwanese choreographer, Cheng Tsung-lung.
Rafael Bonachela’s OCHO, meaning ‘eight’ in Spanish, marks his eighth year with the Company and features eight virtuosic dancers. Fusing a hypnotic electronic score by Nick Wales with an industrial dreamscape, OCHO explores the infinite connections that exist between us all.
FULL MOON by Cheng Tsung-lung, the Artistic Director of Taiwan’s phenomenal Cloud Gate 2 completes the double bill. This striking new piece harnesses the power of the moon and the mythology and poetry of mankind to thrill the audience.
Cloud Gate 2’s, Cheng Tsung-lung, said “Living in our modern world, the vibrant city lights have endlessly fascinated me and occupied the interspaces of my sight and feelings at night. On the contrary, the moon, nature’s symbolic beauty of night, shines light into my eyes and helps me uncover the mysteries of the unconscious world which I do not know, yet I feel exist.”
Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela, said: “Sydney Dance Company is thrilled to present Full Moon as part of our double-bill Orb. This very special and innovative work has been created for our dancers by Taiwan’s Cheng Tsung-lung, the Artistic Director of the internationally celebrated Cloud Gate 2. It will be the company’s first collaboration with an Asian choreographer, which is very exciting for us. Full Moon is inspired by the real and symbolic beauty of our planet’s nearest neighbour and the importance of the moon to Tawainese and Chinese culture. Tsung-lung wants to convey the idea that if we raised our heads and looked up at the moon, we might discovery the mysteries of the universe.”