News: Bonachela appointed Artistic Director

Friday 7 November 2008

Julian Knights, Chair of Sydney Dance Company, officially announced today the appointment of Barcelona-born, London-based choreographer Rafael Bonachela to the position of Artistic Director a role left vacant more than a year ago by the sudden death of director-designate Tanja Liedtke on 17 August 2007.

Julian Knights spoke of the extensive and thorough process the Board of Directors had undertaken to choose and appoint ‘the new artistic leader of Australia’s most high profile contemporary dance company’. The Board has unanimously endorsed the selection of Rafael Bonachela as a dynamic choreographer for the 21st Century, whose fresh and exciting vision will enable the Company to meet new challenges in a changing world.

Bonachela’s 360º was staged at Sydney’s CarriageWorks in July, drawing praise for ‘creative precision and exhilarating energy’ and for ‘absolutely dazzling dancing from the performers’.

Rafael Bonachela said: “I am over the moon that Sydney Dance Company has chosen me for this important role. My goal will be to inspire every individual in the Company and infect them with enthusiasm and commitment, out of which truly excellent dance will evolve through my own work and the work of other international and Australian-based choreographers. I am also delighted that the Board has understood my ongoing commitment to my own project company and my work at Southbank Centre in London and that I will be able to create work for two very different but inspiring companies.”

Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre Artistic Director said: “We are delighted that Rafael Bonachela has been appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company whilst continuing to be Artistic Director of Bonachela Dance Company and Artist in Resident at Southbank Centre.”

Bonachela will go to Sydney next week to create his inaugural work for the company in the role of Artistic Director, before returning to London in April 2009 to create a new work for Bonachela Dance Company.

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