I remember wanting to be a dancer when I was young, as most girls do, but then I found out the physical, mental and emotional demands of professional dancing. So I became a writer instead.
I was invited by the Sydney Dance Company to attend a rehearsal night of 2OneAnother, a multi award-winning ensemble choreographed by Rafael Bonachela who I found out is actually a REALLY BIG DEAL in the dance world. Known for his remarkably diverse ensembles, he’s one of the most in-demand choreographers and has been named one of Australias most interesting artists of our time.
2OneAnother is quintessentially Bonachela, it’s about human interaction, actions and reactions, gestures and relationships, connections and disconnections. Set against a pulsing, pixelated backdrop, with a drum-heavy electronica soundtrack and poetry excerpts, it’s unlike anything you’ve seen. I was lucky enough to chat one of the dancers.
What’s it like working with Rafael? He’s a beautifully passionate man, and really invigorating. He always gives 100% and you always feel so inspired coming into work. It’s rare to have a director like that.
How would you describe his choreography? Very collaborative- he really enjoys letting his dancers invest in the work. His choreography is really athletic and passionate. It’s very uniquely to the aesthetic that we have here at Sydney Dance Co.
What has the training for 2OneAnother been like? Is it technically different to what you’re used to? This production is really quite unique as it’s a full-length work [65 mins no interval] where you go on this uninterrupted journey.
What are people to expect from the show? A beautiful night of dance! It’s emotive, athletic and visually stunning with really interesting lighting, music and sound. It’s just really diverse- you get a lot in one piece. I really enjoy hearing peoples different interpretation of it as it’s quite a broad subject- human connection.
While I only saw the dancers perform part of the piece, without the fancy lighting, the energy you felt from the dancers alone was enough to give me goosebumps. This is a highly emotive piece that you won’t want to miss.
2 One Another
5 – 14 October 2017, Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney Buy Now