Sydney Dance Company to tour ‘De Novo’

EmergenceSydney Dance Company recently announced national tour dates for its celebrated production De Novo, a trio of stunning dance works brought to life by Australia’s premier contemporary dance ensemble.


This playful triple bill, which premiered to audience and critical acclaim in Sydney in 2013, features works by SDC Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, Adelaide’s Larissa McGowan and renowned Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman.


De Novo will tour for the first time in 2015, with 15 performances at 11 venues across the Northern Territory, South Australia, regional Victoria and Tasmania – from Darwin to The Alice, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Renmark, Mt Gambier, Adelaide, Bendigo, Frankston, Hobart and Launceston. The tour begins July 14 and runs till August 17.


In what promises to be one of the year’s most talked about touring performances, Australia’s leading contemporary dance company brings together three groundbreaking dance works in one un-missable show.


Alexander Ekman’s Cacti for De NovoThe evening begins with Rafael Bonachela’s Emergence, a sophisticated, intelligent work with a raw and discordant beauty, as set to a brilliantly dark, driving experimental original soundtrack by internationally acclaimed Australian singer- songwriter Sarah Blasko and composer Nick Wales. The music, commissioned by Sydney Dance Company in 2013, was recently released as an album via independent label Create/Control.


From Adelaide-based Australian choreographer Larissa McGowan comes Fanatic, a hilarious high-energy performance that pits Alien vs Predator in an interstellar dance showdown between two titanic film franchises. This tongue-in-cheek exploration of sci-fi fan culture features a trio of SDC dancers at their dramatic best and a soundscape of movie-bytes from two 20th Century blockbusters.


Intelligent, irreverent and highly entertaining, Cacti is the critically acclaimed work of one of Europe’s most highly sought-after artists, award-winning Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman. This brilliantly conceived, fresh and engaging theatrical performance featuring 16 dancers, a string quartet, potted cacti and a cat called Fluffy, celebrates the simple pleasure of dance, whilst simultaneously commenting with sharp wit and good humour, on the audiences’ obsessive desire to define and interpret art and performance.


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15 July, Darwin Entertainment Centre

18 July, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

22 July, Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA

25 July, Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie, SA

29 July, Chaffey Theatre, Renmark, SA

1 August, Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mt Gambier, SA

6–8 August, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA

12 August, Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

15 August, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, VIC

20-22 August, Theatre Royal Hobart, Hobart, TAS

27 August, Princess Theatre, Launceston, TAS


Photo (top): Sydney Dance Company performs Rafael Bonachela’s Emergence for De Novo. Photo by Wendell Teodoro. Photo (left): SDC performs Alexander Ekman’s Cacti for De Novo. Photo by Peter Greig.