Dance masters in Whyalla

MASTER CLASS: The Sydney Dance Company (SDC) are bringing a formidable triple bill of three remarkable Australian choreographic talents to Whyalla.

MASTER CLASS: The Sydney Dance Company (SDC) are bringing a formidable triple bill of three remarkable Australian choreographic talents to Whyalla.

The Sydney Dance Company (SDC) are bringing a formidable triple bill of three remarkable Australian choreographic talents to Whyalla.

The work of Rafael Bonachela (also Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company), Gabrielle Nankivell and Melanie Lane will share one stage for the first time on the Sydney Dance Company's 50th anniversary tour.

Sydney Dance Company's leading teaching artists and the company ensemble will deliver a series of intensive workshops over three days which will culminate in a pre-show performance at the Middleback Arts Centre on August 3.

The workshops, supported by Bank SA, are a unique opportunity to experience how Sydney Dance Company creates and performs new, original movement.

Participants can expect to be guided through a contemporary technique warm-up, taught company repertoire and be led through a composition task utilised by the company to generate new movement for one of the works in Bonachela / Nankivell / Lane.

During the intensive, students will devise their own work which will be presented to family and friends before the performance by Sydney Dance Company.

Open to advanced contemporary dance students from ages 12 to 18 years. Places are limited, so bookings are essential.

The SDC show will feature a world premiere of Rafael Bonachela's Cinco -meaning five in Bonachela's native Spanish for the five dancers onstage - set to a dramatic string quartet composed in the 1950's.

Also a premiere, Gabrielle Nankivell's new work Neon Aether is a theatrical adventure into the infinite unknown. Inspired by science fiction, the solar system and outer space, audiences will be transported into a vivid, ethereal world beyond the clouds.

Completing the bill is Melanie Lane's electrifying and critically-acclaimed work, WOOF, which premiered in Sydney in 2017.

Set to a hypnotic, electronic score by UK musician Clark, WOOF is a snapshot of a future world with masterful choreography that takes inspiration from classical dance, Renaissance art and pop music.

"In celebration of this monumental year, it was really important to me to commission a range of Australian voices - a homage to the extraordinary investment that Sydney Dance Company has made to the Australian cultural landscape over five decades," said Rafael Bonachela.