Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company is a legendary force in Australian contemporary dance.

Founded in 1969, the raw pride of sharing Australian art with the world has driven our ensemble of 17 dancers, led by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, to become one of the world’s strongest forces in contemporary dance. Alongside Bonachela’s original works, their programs have featured guest choreographers like Jacopo GodaniAlexander EkmanGideon Obarzanek and Cheng Tsung-lung, as well as collaborations with Sydney Festival, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Jones and composers Bryce DessnerNick Wales48nord and Ezio Bosso.

Sydney Dance Company has a broad community beyond the practice and performance of their lead dancers. They believe in the universality of dance, and with the largest public dance class program in Australia, which help over 70,000 people a year to connect with the grace, strength and creativity that lives within all of us. Their nation-wide education program offers a strategic curriculum targeting primary and secondary students through to career focused study for pre-professional dancers and university graduates. The Company has appeared on the great dance stages of the world, from the Sydney Opera House, to the Joyce Theatre in New York, the Grand in Shanghai and the Stanislavsky in Moscow. Its dancers have left audiences breathless, it has presented Australian art to the world, and brought the world to Australia.

Since 2014, The Balnaves Foundation has supported the Sydney Dance Company to create opportunities for the next generation of choreographer through the New Breed program. New Breed is a production and presentation program that gives emerging choreographers a platform to create brand new works.

In 2021 Sydney Dance Company, Carriageworks and The Balnaves Foundation continue their commitment to emerging choreographers and present the eighth edition of New Breed. Showcasing a rich diversity of choreographic ideas, an incredibly talented group of choreographers will create brand new works on Sydney Dance Company.
New Breed 2021 will be showing at Carriageworks from the 25 November to 11 December 2021.


Find out more information on the 2021 showcase here.

Find out more about Sydney Dance Company here.

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