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Presented by Darwin Entertainment Centre in association with Darwin Festival

Experience the power of dance and music performed live together when Sydney Dance Company returns to Darwin.

A visceral and thrilling exploration of the juxtaposition of beauty and devastation, Impermanence is Rafael Bonachela’s newest creation.

Contemporary composer Bryce Dessner, best known as a founder of American rock band The National and for his film scores for The Revenant and The Two Popes, has created a powerful new score. Initially inspired by the 2019 Australian bush fires and Notre Dame fire, both his music and Bonachela’s choreography were extended following 2020’s unexpected events, an exquisite response to the uncertainties of existence.

Bonachela’s choreography is “arguably the single best piece created by and for an Australian dance company for many years” (Adelaide Advertiser). Contemporary movement is performed by the 17 members of Sydney Dance Company with impressive athleticism and fierce grace. The dancers are joined by the Australian String Quartet who perform live onstage in this epic performance that packs an emotional punch.

Impermanence/Disintegration, an album of Dessner’s score has been released and is available to download or stream here.

  • A triumph of collaboration and passion.


    A hypnotically beautiful work, stunningly performed by the companys 17 dancers to music that is visceral and moving.

    Limelight Magazine
  • Choreographer Rafael Bonachela
  • Composer Bryce Dessner
  • Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
  • Stage Designer David Fleischer
  • Costume Designer Aleisa Jelbart
  • Music performed lice by Australian String Quartet
  • Photo Pedro Grieg

Bryce Dessner’s music composition Impermanence commissioned by the Australian String Quartet and Sydney Dance Company

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, Create NSW and Arts On Tour

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