ab [intra] is this year’s opening offering from Sydney Dance Company. No caps, all Latin. ab [intra] is the creation of Rafael Bonachela, who in 2018 is marking his tenth year as Artistic Director of SDC. Bonachela takes 17 dancers to the stage and asks: what drives you? From within? The offering is visually hypnotic, visceral and confronts the edges of our humanity.

ab [intra] is the newest creation from the highly-acclaimed Spanish-born choreographer Rafael Bonachela, who celebrates his tenth year as the Artistic Director of the Sydney Dance Company in 2018.

Spanish born Bonachela took over this role in 2009, and says he brought in new dancers with ‘open minds and intelligent bodies.’ ab [intra] is Latin, it means ‘from within’. The SDC website teases what is to come with the season opener, with twisted torsos, limbs extended, backs bended, a mess of bodies in tortuous unison.

Bonachela is a true choreographer, with a vision that extends outside of the rehearsal studio and dance stage. Bonachela’s vision is staid and impressive, driving and global. “Sydney Dance Company is our name but we see ourselves as Australia’s national contemporary dance company.”

The score was composed by Nick Wales who has created a mix of classical and contemporary, all electronic. Wales writes comfortably in the contemporary pop world, collaborating with Australian musicians like Sarah Blasko and Ngaiire.

ab [intra] is set to take over the Roslyn Packer Theatre from May 14th – 26th, before moving to Melbourne, and then onward to an extensive regional tour. Check out the Sydney Dance Company’s website for more information.

ab [intra] Touring Schedule – 14 – 26 May

Roslyn Packer Theatre

Monday 14 May, 8pm (Preview)
Tuesday 15 May, 8pm (Opening Night)
Wednesday 16 May, 6:30pm
Thursday 17 May, 8pm
Friday 18 May, 8pm
Saturday 19 May, 8pm
Tuesday 22 May, 12pm Secondary School Matinee
Tuesday 22 May, 6:30pm
Wednesday 23 May, 6:30pm
Thursday 24 May, 8pm
Friday 25 May, 8pm
Saturday 26 May, 2pm*
Saturday 26 May, 8pm

Arts Centre Melbourne – 30 May – 2 June

Wednesday 30 May, 8pm
Thursday 31 May, 8pm
Friday 1 June, 12pm Secondary School Matinee
Friday 1 June, 8pm
Saturday 2 June, 2pm
Saturday 2 June, 8pm


15 June Darwin Entertainment Centre


20 June Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
23 – 24 June Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
28 – 30 June His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth


12 July Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
18 July Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton
21 July Gladstone Entertainment Centre
25 – 26 July The Arts Centre Gold Coast


1 Aug Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
4 Aug Orange Civic Theatre
10, 11 Aug Civic Theatre Newcastle


30 Aug – 1 Sept Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra

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