Sydney Dance Company heads to the global stage, as international tours resume

Their suitcases are packed, new passports issued and international vaccination certificates are ready – after three years of isolation, 17 dancers from the Sydney Dance Company are preparing to take off on their first international tour since 2019.

“It’s another step towards normalcy,” says company executive director Lou Oppenheim. “We have been producing and reproducing tours for a long time. Venue and show company schedules are out of sync, all of our planning cycles too, so it’s back to re-establishing ourselves on the world stage.

Sydney Dance Company Executive Director Lou Oppenheim with rehearsal director Richard Cilli and dancers Davide di Giovanni, Jesse Scales and Rhys Kosakowski.
Credit:Steven Siewert

The 25-member entourage of Australia’s largest contemporary dance company will leave Sydney on Sunday to perform Rafael Bonachela a B [intra] in Paris at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, then at the Maison de la Danse in Lyon and at the Théâtre Olympia in Arcachon and the Théâtre de Gascogne in Mont de Marsan.

A B [intra] toured Spain, Poland, Finland and Austria in June 2019, and the duo was featured at the Paris Opera Ballet’s 350th anniversary gala concert in September 2019.

The arrival of the global pandemic in March 2020, however, scuttled the French tour.

“It’s been a wild ride, but so exciting to be just about on the eve of departure for the long-awaited French tour, scheduled for 2020, then rescheduled for 2021, and now with all systems off for 2022,” said producer Dominic Chang.

“We are prepared for all possibilities,” says Jesse Scales.

“We are prepared for all possibilities,” says Jesse Scales. “Even the technical team has understudy.”Credit:Steven Siewert

Sydney Dance Company is one of several performing arts companies to seize a window of respite from the Omicron outbreak to relaunch disrupted shows and tours. Belvoir St Theater has announced that it is taking its acclaimed project Count and Crack at the Birmingham Festival in August.

The Bangarra Dance Theater will stage a small series of its works for children Waru – Voyage of the Little Turtle in the United States in 2023. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has tripled its annual tour of the NSW region, performing three of its shows – Tchaikovsky, Energy and Exhilarationand The masters of the novel – anywhere from Port Macquarie to Wagga Wagga.

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