Sydney Dance Company opens 2016 with CounterMove — an exhilarating double bill that will intrigue, move and entertain you.

Alexander Ekman’s Cacti is a brilliantly conceived, laugh-out-loud funny piece that dares to poke fun at contemporary dance. Featuring a string quartet live on stage, Ekman’s witty and energetic choreography makes its Melbourne debut having left a global trail of rapturous reviews.

While Rafael Bonachela’s world premiere, Lux Tenebris explores light and darkness with fiercely physical movement and deep, electronic beats by composer Nick Wales (long-term collaborator of Sarah Blasko).

‘Forget everything you think you know about contemporary dance’ (Drum Media). Don’t miss CounterMove in it’s limited Melbourne season.

Free Artist Talk
Hear Rafael Bonachela in conversation with journalist Philippa Hawker from The Age.
Friday 27 May, 6.30pm – 7.15pm


News & Reviews



Utterly mesmerising

The Guardian

A winning combination that, on the one hand provokes and entertains, and on the other confronts and moves its audience in a dazzling evening of dance.

Limelight Magazine

A new work extends the dancers’ flexibility and boldness, while the return of a favourite reminds us that dance can be fun. Both engage the dancers’ feisty attack, admirable stamina and formidable technique.

Sydney Morning Herald

Ekman shows a wicked sense of humour — and generates our laughter, which is a rare pleasure amongst contemporary dance’

Daily Review

Cacti is a delight: witty, effervescent, playful, surreal and joyously physical.

The Australian

…infectious playful energy and absolutely incisive wit.

Time Out Sydney

Blindingly brilliant

School Matinee

See two contrasting contemporary dance works at Sydney Dance Company’s CounterMove school matinee. CounterMove will intrigue, move and entertain you.

As part of our DancED program, this matinee supports your teaching of dance for secondary school students through a pre-show talk and demonstration with Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and a post-show Q&A with the Company dancers. A free comprehensive Resource Pack is also available to support this production with curriculum links and activities to lead with your class.

‘To hear Rafael Bonachela talk about his inspiration, and to hear his advice, left me feeling inspired and grateful for the most incredible experience’ – Student

Where: Southbank Theatre, The Sumner
When: Thursday 2 June 2016
Time: 12 – 2pm
$25 student tickets – Early Bird ticket offer if booked and paid before 31 Dec 2015.
$28 student tickets – Booked from 1 Jan 2016.
Accompanying teachers FREE (1 teacher per 20 students, additional teachers at student price)
Suitability: Years 7-12
Subjects: Creative Arts – Dance, Drama, Music


Attendance Information

  • Lux Tenebris contains bright flashing lights