Sydney Dance Company - Project Rameau - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Sydney Dance Company - Project Rameau

11 July - 14 September 2013



Excerpts from Les Fêtes d’Hébé; Hippolyte et Aricie; Platée; Les Boréades; Les Indes galantes; Pigmalion; Dardanus; Naïs; Castor et Pollux
BACH Violin Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV1002, Sarabande
VIVALDI The Four Seasons, Summer: Presto
VIVALDI Sinfonia RV739, Andante


Rafael Bonachela Artistic Director and Choreographer
Richard Tognetti Artistic Director
Dale Barltrop Lead Violin
Sydney Dance Company

Artistic Directors Rafael Bonachela (SDC) and Richard Tognetti (ACO) bring Rameau's impassioned Baroque ballet and opera music roaring into the 21st century in their stunning collaboration Project Rameau. Fusing Baroque music with explosive contemporary dance, the collaboration's premiere season played to packed theatres and critical acclaim.

Bonachela's precise choreography sees the dancers stretched to the limits of their awe-inspiring athleticism while we perform a live on-stage score under the direction of guest violinist, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Dale Barltrop.


Special pre-concert talks will be held 45 minutes prior to Friday and Saturday performances. These talks provide insight into the music, dance and emotion of the Baroque period and how these are presented in Project Rameau.
BRISBANE: QPAC Playhouse Balcony Foyer
CANBERRA: Canberra Theatre Centre Playhouse Foyer
Presented by Professor Jane Davidson from ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Sydney Morning Herald

"...the chemistry on the night radiated joy, energy and its own kind of wit."

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Wentworth Courier

"...a fast-moving, non-stop program...a stunning production."

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Limelight Magazine

"...[ACO and SDC's] thrilling first collaboration...If only we could get these two intrepid ensembles together for an annual collaboration."

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The Australian

"Project Rameau looks supurb..."

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Sydney Morning Herald

"Energy pours off the stage in this combined effort from the Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Chamber Orchestra..."

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Arts Hub

"Two major companies in magnificent form... a shimmering, thrilling work.

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Audience feedback

“Thanks for Project Rameau, ACO! It was brilliant and inspired and fun and breathtaking and memorable in so many ways!” - Carmelan P


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