Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks’ New Breed program is set to open in Sydney in December for a limited season of eight performances

Sydney, Australia: Co-presented by two of Australia’s most dynamic arts organisations – Carriageworks and Sydney Dance Company – with generous support from The Balnaves Foundation, New Breed 2016 will provide Australian choreographers Rachel Arianne Ogle (Perth), Shian Law (Melbourne), Jesse Scales (Adelaide) and Richard Cilli (Perth) with an invaluable opportunity to work with Australia’s finest contemporary dancers on the creation of a newly commissioned dance work. The four new works created by the New Breed 2016 choreographers will be co-presented at Sydney’s premier multi-arts precinct, Carriageworks, from 29 November to 10 December 2016.

Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks’ New Breed initiative made its debut in November 2014, supporting five young Australian choreographers through the creation and presentation of unique new dance works. Two sold out seasons in 2014 and 2015 ensued.

The third instalment in the New Breed initiative, delivered during 2016, will see Carriageworks and Sydney Dance Company continue their commitment to the future of Australian contemporary dance, by supporting independent choreographers Rachel Arianne Ogle, and Shian Law, and Sydney Dance Company members Jesse Scales and Richard Cilli.

Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela says, “For almost half a century, Sydney Dance Company has been the home of contemporary dance in Australia, with a strong dedication to nurturing the next generation of Australian choreographic artists. We are proud to further contribute to this legacy through a unique program, and to invest in what we believe is the very foundation of the future of Australian contemporary dance – its creators.”

Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah says, “With New Breed 2016, Carriageworks reinforces its commitment to supporting the development of contemporary Australian Dance and to creating professional pathways for emerging choreographers. We are proud to be partnering with Sydney Dance Company and the Balnaves Foundation for the third year on this important initiative that is helping to develop new audiences for Australian dance.”

Victoria Balnaves of The Balnaves Foundation says,The Balnaves Foundation in association with Sydney Dance Company is excited to be involved in the third year of New Breed, an innovative partnership which showcases emerging choreographers. This partnership provides a commitment to ensuring that supportive creative pathways exist for independent artists. We are delighted that the previous performances of New Breed have been so well received both on a local and international platform and we are confident that this year’s selection of choreographers will enjoy equal success”


KEY DATES:

PERFORMANCES 29 NOVEMBER – 3 DECEMBER, 8PM
1 DECEMBER SCHOOLS MATINEE, 12PM
3 DECEMBER, 2PM & 8PM
4 DECEMBER, 5PM
9 & 10 DECEMBER, 8PM
TICKETS: $35
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ABOUT NEW BREED:

Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks’ New Breed debuted in 2014 as a platform for the next generation of Australian choreographic talent. The initiative is made possible thanks to generous support from The Balnaves Foundation.

‘How lucky are these five ’emerging’ choreographers to have the support and resources of the Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks for their early efforts? Best of all, to have the wonderful SDC dancers to help bring their ideas to physical reality.’ – Sydney Morning Herald

Being given such an opportunity to work with the Sydney Dance Company has been likened to ‘being taken into a Rolls-Royce showroom [and] … given a bunch of keys ‘The Australian


ABOUT SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY:

Sydney Dance Company is Australia’s leading contemporary dance company, presenting new works in Sydney, around Australia and internationally, under the Artistic Direction of Rafael Bonachela. Since 1985 the Company has been resident in purpose-built studios at Pier 4 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay, minutes from the city’s famed Harbour Bridge. Its studios house the largest public dance class program in Australia, attracting nearly 80,000 participants each year. Sydney Dance Company’s DancED program is a national initiative supporting dance education for all ages, from primary students through to pre-professional dancers. A legendary force in contemporary dance in Australia, Sydney Dance Company will celebrate its 50th year in 2019.


ABOUT CARRIAGEWORKS:

Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia. Engaging artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues, Carriageworks has a reputation for presenting large-scale immersive programs that are artist led and emerge from Carriageworks’ commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. The Carriageworks artistic program is ambitious, risk taking and unrelenting in its support of artists.


ABOUT THE BALNAVES FOUNDATION:

The Balnaves Foundation is a private philanthropic organisation established in 2006 by Neil Balnaves AO to provide support to charitable enterprises across Australia. The Foundation disperses over $2.5 million annually to organisations that aim to create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts, with a focus on young people, the disadvantaged and Indigenous communities.

Tickets are currently on sale for this limited season presentation, from 29 November to 10 December 2016 at Carriageworks. All tickets $35, for more information and bookings go to sydneydancecompany.com/newbreed2016 or carriageworks.com.au

The New Breed initiative is made possible through generous support from The Balnaves Foundation.

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