Sydney Dance Company: Untamed review (Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney)

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Untamed leads with Gabrielle Nankivell’s mesmerising journey through forms of animals, humans and mechanised tribes, and closes in a whirlpool of flying dance with Rafael Bonachela returning to his favourite sounds of strings and cello. In matching her work Wildebeest with his, Anima, Bonachela shows again his knack for good artistic direction at Sydney Dance

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Off the record Dance Review (Carriageworks, Sydney)

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Hobbled by the Black Friday cuts back in May, when Force Majeure lost all their Australia Council funding, the dance theatre company now explores the limits of identity in those with or without a disability. Off the Record is Force Majeure’s first show since founding director Kate Champion left the company last year but continues

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Cosi fan tutte review (Sydney Opera House)

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This merry tale about men betting on the inevitable infidelity of women was thought by Beethoven and Wagner as too inconsequential for Mozart’s musical talents. Most of the 19th Century dismissed it anyway as a scandalous anachronism. But in this outstanding new version, British director David McVicar brings to Cosi fan tutte vivid theatrical energy

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SDC’s Countermove (Southbank Theatre, Melbourne)

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With its now famous lampooning of dance critics and the vacuousness of so much contemporary dance, the compelling dance work of young Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman is a tough act to follow. In this Sydney Dance Company double bill, its artistic director Rafael Bonachela does so with a dark new work which appears to throw

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Symphony in C (Sydney Opera House)

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It must be intimidating to be plucked from the rows of the corps de ballet to create two brand new dances staged next to a defining masterpiece from the Russian–American father of 20th Century ballet. But you have to start somewhere – and ballet needs new blood.

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Swan Lake (Sydney Opera House)

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Around the world there must be enough Swan Lakes to fill an ocean. With such a tale perfectly weaving the key themes of Romanticism, and swept onwards by Tchaikovsky’s landmark score, in the popular imagination Swan Lake embodies what is classical ballet; it’s the Hamlet of its genre. No wonder that ballet companies everywhere have

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SDC CounterMove review (Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney)

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With its now famous lampooning of dance critics and the vacuousness of so much contemporary dance, the compelling dance work of young Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman is a tough act to follow. In this Sydney Dance Company double bill, its artistic director Rafael Bonachela does so with a dark new work which appears to throw

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Sydney Festival: Cut the Sky review

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Since its first hit two decades ago, when those Mimi spirits came stalking out of the Kimberley region on their long stilts, this now Broome-based company Marrugeku has been one to watch. Always a collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous inspiration and expertise, its latest show, Cut the Sky, now draws on interdisciplinary skills from around

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Sydney Festival: Fase review

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Staff at Sydney Festival smile indulgently at the habit of giving last time artistic directors more than usual freedom to run with their personal favourites. In Lieven Bertels’ significantly European program for 2016, austerely minimalist choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker — who’s also from Belgium — is clearly a captain’s pick.

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