Choreographer Rafael Bonachela and composer Ezio Bosso have formed a creative partnership that has enriched their work in ways neither could have predicted.
What does dance mean to you? A classical ballet like Swan Lake? Fred Astaire in top hat and tails? A primeval tribal rite? Or perhaps just getting your groove on to Saturday Night Feverafter numerous champagne toasts at a wedding? Dance means many things to many people, but one thing all these scenarios have in common – other than the dancing itself – is music. It’s hard to separate them – thinking of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairyfrom The Nutcrackerwithout hearing Tchaikovsky’s magical score, for instance.
Dancefloor antics aside, what generally happens is that a choreographer takes a piece of music, which may or may not have been composed for the purpose, and figures out that a jeté fits in very nicely here, or some “jazz hands” or a slinky John Travolta-style hip swivel there.
Last year, Sydney Dance Company decided to do things differently. Over ten days in...