Sydney Dance Company
29 October - 3 November 2012
RAMEAU 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
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A mutual passion for Rameau’s perfumed and powerful French Baroque dance
music sparks this new production by Rafael Bonachela and Richard Tognetti. Rameau’s
flair for rhythm and melody, and feeling for choreography, leads many to name him
the greatest-ever ballet composer, certainly the most influential. Bonachela’s
dynamic choreography, innate musicality and theatricality serve to illuminate this
There is a special matinee performance for school groups on Tuesday 30 October 12pm. Tickets $30, only able to be booked by school groups.
For those visiting Sydney to see this production, Vibe Hotels are offering 10% off the best available online rates. Details and bookings.
Sydney Morning Herald
"...the chemistry on the night radiated energy, joy and its own kind of wit."
"This was Rameau without the wigs, bristling with life and irresistible."
"In a fast-moving, non-stop program which lasts a little over an hour, the two cutting-edge companies open up a cornucopia of musical and terpsichorean delights...a stunning production."
"Bonachela’s instinctive sense of rhythm held it all together, whether going with or against the musical grain...If only we could get these two intrepid ensembles together for an annual collaboration."
"Project Rameau looks superb..."
Sydney Morning Herald
"Energy pours off the stage in this combined effort from the Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Chamber Orchestra..."
"Two major companies in magnificent form...a shimmering, thrilling work."
"It’s not hard to see what drives the ACO to its rarefied, internationally-acclaimed
reputation, given Tognetti’s contagious, electric enthusiasm. In this way, the
orchestra effectively becomes part of the physical performance."
"…one can hardly complain about the presence of Antonio Vivaldi, or Johann Sebastian Bach, whose pieces were royal icing on a gorgeous, opulent gateau."