Sydney Festival dance unveiled – Dance Australia


The Sydney Festival will come back to life in 2022 with the new artistic director, Olivia Ansell, at the helm. Ansell came to the Festival after her previous appointment as Head of Contemporary Performance at the Sydney Opera House and a family dance pedigree.

Her picks for her debut program include powerful works from major Australian dance companies.

Sydney Dance Company to perform decadence. Dance enthusiasts will know that this is the powerful and comprehensive work of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin.

Melbourne’s Chunky Move will also make an appearance with Yung Lung, described as “a rave on Mount Olympus”. Led by Antony Hamilton, the dancers will trample a divine effigy by artist Callum Morton, as a barrage of online footage manipulated by music video director Kris Moyes rains down and the lighting of Bosco Shaw vibrates. on the Melbourne soundtrack. techno experimenter Chiara Kickdrum.

Marrugeku will highlight Australia’s approach to locking people up, in a new work of visceral, turbocharged dance. Called Jurrungu Ngan-ga [Straight Talk], the new creation “examines the common thread that links outrageous levels of indigenous incarceration to the indefinite detention of asylum seekers.”

Three years of development between the Marrugeku twin houses of Broome and Sydney, this dance-theater creation draws on the perspectives on incarceration shared by Yawuru’s leader, Senator Patrick Dodson, the Kurdish-Iranian writer and former Island inmate Manus Behrouz Boochani and the philosopher Omid Tofighian. See more here.

Another hot topic will be explored by award-winning choreographers Charmene Yap and Cass Mortimer Eipper. Called Gray rhinoceros, it is described as a “daring new dance epic that warns us to beware of dangers hidden in plain sight”.

Inspired by the enigmatic optical phenomenon, Mirage is a complete new dance work by choreographer and dancer Martin del Amo and collaborator Miranda Wheen. See our interview here.

The Sydney Festival runs from January 6 to 30. For the full program, go here.


Gerald R. Schneider