The Art House will be the first stop on Sydney Dancy Company’s national tour of Ascent which opened with three weeks at The Sydney Opera House in March.
Ascent treats audiences with two world premieres – I Am-ness by SDC Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and The Shell, A Ghost, The Host & The Lyrebird by renowned international choreographer Marina Mascarell which uses a complex pulley system of silk sails combined with the dancers’ movements.
The triple-bill concludes with the explosive re-mount of Antony Hamilton’s Helpmann Award-winning Forever & Ever. Set to an urban soundtrack composed by Hamilton’s brother Julian of The Presets, this work is a grungy, pop-culture-esque feast for the senses.
Opening night saw high profile dancers, international choreographers, and public figures gather in the Sydney Opera House to celebrate the powerful trio of intricate and visually arresting dances. The Art House is thrilled to host the company and creatives to kick off their tour which will also visit Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
Together the three pieces combine contemporary classical choreography with futuristic experimentation, brought to life by Sydney Dance Company’s superb ensemble. Yet this is not just a dance performance but a play of but inventive installations, musical scores, costume changes, and lighting.
Sydney Dance Company are the latest internationally renowned company to include a stop on the Central Coast, relieving locals of the need to travel and giving a welcome opportunity to support the surrounding local businesses of Wyong. The Art House stage has also hosted the likes of Opera Australia, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Bell Shakespeare with their major city shows.
★★★★ “The dancers break apart then come together in Bonachela’s signature waves of sinuous movement, their relationships always in flux.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Throughout the work the dancers wrestled with the ropes and fabrics to create ever-changing stage pictures, occasionally swaying side to side as if blown by wind, while fascinating with their ability to avoid potential disaster.” – CityNews
“Mascarell offered a strikingly beautiful abstract staging involving acres of ropes and fabric manipulated by 9 dancers to create, what appeared to be, a storm at sea.” – Australian Arts Review
★★★★ “…the visually arresting aesthetic – a stark white set like a photoshoot, bold block-coloured costumes, strobes, and that unforgiving loop soundtrack – makes you feel like you’ve stumbled into a music video.” – Sydney Morning Herald
The Art House presents
Ascent by Sydney Dance Company
Sat 06 May – 8PM
Tickets: Adult $49, Concession $42, Under 30 $35, Child $25
From www.thearthousewyong.com.au / 02 4335 1485