Sydney Dance Company and Australian Chamber Orchestra Collaborate to Thrill Brisbane
Two of Australia's leading contemporary performing arts companies come together on stage in an exquisiteproduction inspired by the powerful French Baroque dance music of esteemed 18thcentury composer Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Directed by Sydney Dance Company's Rafael Bonachela and Australian Chamber Orchestra's Richard Tognetti, Project Rameau burst onto the stage in a sell-out season in Sydney last October. Bonachela's dynamic choreography and innate musicality blended perfectly with the Australia Chamber Orchestra's virtuosic and energetic performance style in a production adored by audiences and lauded by critics.
The Sydney Morning Herald described Project Rameau as "bristling with life and irresistible" while The Australian said the work "looks superb ... [and] sounds divine". Limelight Magazine declared: "If only we could get these two intrepid ensembles together for an annual collaboration". The Daily Telegraph agreed: "If marriages are made in heaven, then the union of Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Chamber Orchestra for Project Rameau has proved a divine one."
Now it is Brisbane's turn to experience Bonachela's stunning choreography, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), performed by Australia's pre-eminent contemporary dancers from Sydney Dance Company, alongside the Australian Chamber Orchestra, "the finest string ensemble on the planet" (The Telegraph, UK), led by guest violinist and Brisbane native Dale Barltrop.
Jean-Philippe Rameau, one of the greatest figures in French musical history, had a flair for rhythm and melody, exceptional feeling for choreography and almost limitless inventiveness, making him a favourite of the French court and leading to frequent premieres of his works at Versailles.
Project Rameau uses 18 separate movements from eight of his acclaimed operas alongside three interludes from Vivaldi and Bach - a wide-ranging playlist spawned by Bonachela and Tognetti's mutual passion for Rameau's music.