They’re just recovering in Adelaide from the sold-out success of the Cabaret Festival which was directed by the wonderful, endlessly talented Barry Humphreys. But more quality (and fun) is on the way to Adelaide: the Sydney Dance Company production De Novo. With a national tour visiting four states and territories.
Already an established success, De Novo is a triple bill with works created by Larissa McGowan from Adelaide, renowned Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman, and the SDC’s artistic director Rafael Bonachela. The Sun-Herald was pretty enthusiastic: ‘10/10 Sydney Dance Company has never looked stronger, sexier or more playful than in this thrilling triple bill.’ The Australian called it ‘..effervescent, playful, surreal..joyously physical’.
The program begins with Bonachela’s Emergence to music from Sarah Blasko and Nick Wales. Then comes McGowan’s Fanatic, high-energy science fiction comic strip hilarity to movie soundtrack bytes from Alien and Predator. The third work, Cacti was commissioned from Alexander Ekman by the renowned Nederlands Dance Theater. It has the lot: 16 dancers, a string quartet, potted cacti and a cat called Fluffy, plus brilliant choreography and more fun.
This important, adventurous tour dances from Darwin to Alice Springs to Whyalla to… well everywhere! All this thanks to Commonwealth funding; George Brandis deserves to feel proud.
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