• Jan Muir and Christa Lex

    Jan Muir and Christa Lex

  • Technical Director SDC Guy Harding, Rehearsal Director Chris Aubrey and Dancer Janessa Dufty

    Technical Director SDC Guy Harding, Rehearsal Director Chris Aubrey and Dancer Janessa Dufty

  • Daniel Roberts, Nelson Earl, David Mack and Todd Sutherland

    Daniel Roberts, Nelson Earl, David Mack and Todd Sutherland

  • Nick and Becky Carter

    Nick and Becky Carter

  • Gabrielle Affleck and Hillary Twinn

    Gabrielle Affleck and Hillary Twinn

  • Frank Madrid and Andrew Bartlett

    Frank Madrid and Andrew Bartlett

  • Roslyn Dundas and Adam Stankevicius

    Roslyn Dundas and Adam Stankevicius

  • Dania Khalil, Cathy Bryson, Sharon Fong, Kate Munnelly, Sharyn Csanki and Lauren Nolan

    Dania Khalil, Cathy Bryson, Sharon Fong, Kate Munnelly, Sharyn Csanki and Lauren Nolan

  • Chris Bourke, Gil Hugonnet and Harriet Elvin

    Chris Bourke, Gil Hugonnet and Harriet Elvin

  • Michael Tier and Lyn Allan

    Michael Tier and Lyn Allan

  • Lisa Mason, Karenya Ward, Liz Favelle and Emma Favelle

    Lisa Mason, Karenya Ward, Liz Favelle and Emma Favelle

  • Dave McCarthy and Karina Leotta

    Dave McCarthy and Karina Leotta

  • Doris Tong and Hannah Wandel

    Doris Tong and Hannah Wandel

  • Anna Garnock and Russell Canning

    Anna Garnock and Russell Canning

  • Katherine Arnold-Lindley and Charmene Yap

    Katherine Arnold-Lindley and Charmene Yap

Sydney Dance Company - Counter Move @ The Canberra Theatre

19 May 2016

Rafael Bonachela, choreographer and  artistic director of Sydney Dance Company, may have been absent for the Canberra season of Counter Move, but his spirit and was up on stage making us laugh out loud at the unique humour of Alexander Ekman’s ‘Cacti’ and hold our breath until the warp speed finale of Lux Tenebris punched oxygen back into Bonachela’s day night dichotomy and light and dark effects punched along by a musical score and emotional impact.

The joy of Cacti is contained in component parts that bring the unexpected to the choreography with particularly a duet sequence of precision ridiculousness as Charmene Yap and Bernard Knauer perform with a ‘ventriloquist’ like voice over talking us through the moves with all the oops, oh dear and oh no,  aspects of the very detailed sequence.

We love Charmene Yap, she’s been coming to our Canberra Theatre stage for many years now, and made a special appearance for the launch of the 2012 theatre season and for this opening night caught up with former SDC dancer Katrine Arnold-Lindley at the after-party.

And as this company goes from strength to strength it was good to see familiar faces, new kids on the block and the disparate shapes and sizes that have been integral to the SDC line-up over the years. It’s not the Rockettes and uniformity is for those dancing swans. Nelson Earl is one to watch as the trainee with SDC for 2016 after a full time year travelling with the company for their regional tour in De Novo. He’s a boy from Newtown with a cascade of red curls that glowed in the LuxTenebris lighting and while he tried to tame them for the afters we got him to let them be free.

Exuberant, exciting and entertaining. Counter Move joins a long list of SDC programs to file in the memory bank of contemporary dance excellence.