Sydney Dance Co to open German festival

Sydney Dance Company, supported by Arts NSW, has been invited to perform this year at one of Germany’s biggest cultural events, Movimentos Festival.

Sydney Dance Co to open German festival

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Sydney Dance Company will open the festival tomorrow, 10 April, with Rafael Bonachela’s multi-award winning work2 One Another and lead a series of workshops.

Shaun Parker & Company will also perform at the opening with its work,AM I.

This will be the second time Sydney Dance Company has featured at the festival, and its four performances and two workshops have already sold out.

Australia’s Ambassador to Germany, David Ritchie, will attend on Friday evening and the company has other European presenters lined up to visit over the weekend.

Bonachela, with two dancers and SDC’s rehearsal director Chris Aubrey, will lead creative and choreographic workshops on Saturday and Sunday.

2 One Another premiered in Sydney in 2012 and has since toured extensively around Australia, and internationally to North and South America, Russia and New Zealand.

‘We are so proud to be opening Movimentos, which is recognised as such a dance powerhouse in Europe and all around the world,’ said Sydney Dance Company artistic director Rafael Bonachela.

‘The dancers are so looking forward to returning to this amazing event and venue, to perform in front of sell-out crowds.’

Arts NSW executive director Mary Darwell said,‘Arts NSW has long recognised the fantastic work produced by the Sydney Dance Company and Shaun Parker & Company.

‘Their invitation to join what is such a hugely prestigious festival among the international dance community is further proof of the international quality of, and interest in, their work.

‘We are proud to support both companies, which are making a rich contribution to the NSW creative economy and proving NSW to be a formidable artistic force, internationally.’

Sydney Dance Company has a date back in Sydney with Sydney Symphony Orchestra the following weekend (17 and 18 April)—so it's a 6 am start for some of the crew and dancers the morning after their final performance for the long trip home.

SSO has invited SDC to join them on stage for 'music made visible' in seductive physical realisations of music by Astor PiazzollaLe Grand Tango,The Four Seasons of Buenos AiresandLibertango. Check it out here:http://www.sydneysymphony.com/production-pages/2015/concert-season/le-grand-tango.aspx

Movimentos Festival is held at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg from April 10 to May 17, 2015 and the theme of this year’s festival is ‘peace’. More about Movimentos:www.movimentos.de/en/

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