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ab [intra] by Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company’s National Tour of ab [intra] opened to rave reviews in Sydney and is ‘contemporary dance at its most evocative and beautiful’ (Timeout ★★★★).

ab [intra], meaning ‘from within’ in Latin is ‘an exploration of our primal instincts, our impulses and our visceral responses’, says choreographer Rafael Bonachela. From tenderness to turmoil, ab [intra] is a journey of intense human existence that will command your attention.

The music fuses lush cello concerto with ambient electronica and the exquisite dancers occupy a visually arresting ethereal world. This is a ferociously physical and heartfelt piece that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

 ab [intra] ‘has to be seen to be believed’ (SMH ★★★★). Don’t miss this electrifying journey showcasing Australia’s best contemporary dancers. 

Warning: This production contains haze

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“★★★★ Bold… impressive athleticism and energy… has to be seen to be believed.”  The Sydney Morning Herald

“Sydney Dance Company delivers intensity to startle and delight” The Australian

★★★★ This is contemporary dance at its most evocative and beautiful…moments of sheer wonderment and unexpected emotional catharsis.” Time Out

★★★★½ A dazzling, electrifying, heartfelt work. Highly recommended.” Limelight

“Bonachela says in the program that he wanted ab [intra] ‘to capture the energy and drive I feel each time I walk into the studio’. He and his company have succeeded brilliantly.” The Daily Telegraph

“★★★★½ The energy on stage is electrifying. The dancers display astonishing power and precision…ab [intra] is an impressive piece and clearly places the Sydney Dance Company as a leader in creating and performing new work.” Arts Hub 

“★★★★ A beautiful display of interconnected athleticism… It’s a captivating journey” Daily Review

“A truly engaging and emotional performance showcasing their technical brilliance and strength”  Dance Life 

This is a powerful and moving work – see it if you can.” Dance Australia 

“★★★★ I was gripped until the last second, after which I collapsed back into my seat.  If this is the sort of energy that Bonachela and his dancers walk into every working day, then it is a force to be reckoned with.” Bachtrack

“★★★★ One of the strongest seasons for SDC in recent years.” Herald Sun

“What the critics says: Rafael Bonachela’s emotionally complex new work draws unanimous praise.” Audrey Journal

“… ab [intra] opened to a standing ovation at the Roslyn Packer Theatre… be sure to book quickly.” Sydney Scoop

“Nothing short of engrossing…encapsulating rollercoaster…sumptuously moving and impressive.” The File

I just wanted to say the biggest ‘thank you’ to you and to the company  for the tickets on Monday night. I was completely blown away by Rafael’s  work and by the extraordinary abilities of the dancers. It was  breathtaking. Beautiful and athletic with moments that surprised me and  took my breath away. Completely in awe. Thank you.” Audience member



Original compositions for ab [intra] by Nick Wales.

Additional Music from Klatbune by Peteris Vasks, with permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Schott Music Ltd of Mainz.


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Thu, 12 Jul 2018 07:30 PM 12 Jul 07:30PM Ended
Empire Theatre

Empire Cardholder             $60.00

Adult                                       $60.00

Concession                              $60.00

Child U16                                $25.00

Group 10+                               $25.00


Original compositions for ab [intra] by Nick Wales

 Additional Music from Klatbune by Peteris Vasks, with permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Schott Music Ltd of Mainz

‘★★★★ Dancers illustrate the company’s skills as athletes’

The Sydney Morning Herald