Press Release: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Sydney Dance Company (Boston Debut)

March 4-5, 2017 — Boch Center Shubert Theatre

For Immediate Release
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(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Sydney Dance Company March 4-5, 2017, at Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. The performances will take place on Saturday, March 4 at 8pm and Sunday, March 5 at 3pm. The March 5 performance will feature a free, post-performance artist talk with Rafael Bonachela, Sydney Dance Company’s artistic director, held in front of the stage immediately following the performance. The Dance Series is sponsored by the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation and the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation. This performance is also generously sponsored in part by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate Company.

Tickets start at $65, and are available online at, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre Box Office, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the Boston Debut of Sydney Dance Company.

More than simply witnessing something beautiful, or engaging with culture, to experience dance is to be positively altered. From performances at the Joyce Theatre in New York, to the Grand in Shanghai, the Stanislavsky in Moscow and the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Dance Company has proven that there are no passive observers in a contemporary dance audience.

Alongside Bonachela’s original works, their programs have featured guest choreographers like Jacopo Godani, Alexander Ekman, Gideon Obarzanek and Cheng Tsung-Lung, as well as collaborations with the Sydney Festival, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Jones and composers Bryce Dessner, Nick Wales, 48nord and Ezio Bosso.

Sydney Dance Company has a broad community beyond the practice and performance of their lead dancers. They believe in the universality of dance, and with the largest public dance class program in Australia, they help more than 80,000 people a year connect with the grace, strength and creativity that lives within all of us. Their nation-wide education program offers a strategic curriculum targeting primary and secondary students through to career focused study for pre-professional dancers and university graduates.

Sydney Dance Company began as a group founded in 1969 by dancer Suzanne Musitz. Soon known as The Dance Company (NSW), from 1975-1976 the Company was directed by Dutch choreographer Jaap Flier, before the appointment of Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy in 1976. In 1979 Murphy and his partner Janet Vernon instituted the defining name change to Sydney Dance Company and proceeded to lead it for a remarkable 30 years. Murphy and his collaborators created work that enthralled audiences in Australia and in extensive international touring, including being the first western contemporary dance company to perform in the People’s Republic of China.

Sydney Dance Company has been led since 2009 by Spanish-born Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela. Over the past eight years the Company has cemented its reputation as a creative powerhouse, with an acclaimed group of dancers presenting new work by Bonachela and other choreographers, designers, composers and musicians. The Company has expanded its reach into the towns and cities it visits with work for schools and local dancers.

Since 1985 the Company has been a resident of the purpose-built studios at The Wharf in Sydney’s Walsh Bay, minutes from the city’s famed Harbour Bridge and Opera House.


FRAME OF MIND (Rafael Bonachela)

Music: Original compositions by Bryce Dessner in a recording by the Kronos Quartet

Rafael Bonachela’s emotionally charged Frame of Mind features a dramatic contemporary-classical soundtrack by Bryce Dessner, from popular indie-rock band The National, commissioned by Kronos Quartet. Frame of Mind is currently nominated for two Australian Awards: “Best Choreography” and “Best Dance Work.”

RAW MODELS (Jacopo Godani)

Music: 48nord, Ulrich Muller and Siegfried Rossert

Italian choreographer Jacopo Godani’s critically acclaimed Raw Models is a sinuous, sexy testament to the infinite malleability of the human body.

WILDEBEEST (Gabrielle Nankivell)

Composition & Sound Design: Luke Smiles / motion laboratories

Australian choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell’s Wildebeest is a high-energy tour de force of dancer’s physicality.

Program is subject to change.

About Celebrity Series of Boston

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 78-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 78 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, the Barr Foundation, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.


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