Sydney Dance Company - Counter Move @ The Canberra TheatreShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
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.