Sydney Dance Company - Impermanence

Sydney Dance Company

This performance is on priority booking for BMEC members until 4pm on Friday 28 January 2022. Click here to learn more about the exciting benefits of becoming a 2022 BMEC member.

Returning to the stage for a national Australian tour after a sell-out Sydney world premiere season (Feb 21) and an Adelaide Festival smash hit run (March 21), Rafael Bonachela’s Impermanence is “arguably the single best piece created by and for an Australian dance company for many years” (Adelaide Advertiser).

A visceral and thrilling exploration of the juxtaposition of beauty and devastation, this full-length work features a new score full of emotional power from Grammy Award-winning composer Bryce Dessner.

Best known as a founder of American rock band The National and for his film scores for The Revenant and The Two Popes, Dessner was initially inspired by the tragedy of the Australian bush fires and the Notre-Dame fire in Paris. With an exquisite recording by the Australian String Quartet, and the full might of Sydney Dance Company’s “awe inspiring” (In Daily) ensemble, this is an epic, driven performance that packs an emotional punch.

When COVID-19 struck in March 2020, Impermanence was only four days from its world premiere and opening night. As the impact of the pandemic became apparent, performances were cancelled and artists sent into lockdown. Life, and recovery, were on hold, but the collaboration persevered. The ASQ recorded the compositions in lockdown, the dancers rehearsed in isolation, and with the added poignancy of a pandemic that has exposed so many vulnerabilities and changed us all at a profound level, Impermanence returns to the stage.

Experience the power of dance and music, laden with meaning, fleeting and vulnerable and from devastation, find energy, urgency, radiance and hope.


Choreographer Rafael Bonachela

Composer Bryce Dessner

Music Recorded by Australian String Quartet

Music Features ‘Another World’ by Anohni

Lighting Designer Damien Cooper

Stage Designer David Fleischer

Costume Designer Aleisa Jelbart

Australian String Quartet

Dale Barltrop – Violin I

Francesca Hiew – Violin II

Christopher Cartlidge – Viola

Michael Dahlenburg – Cello


“Extraordinary... form and function meet seamlessly in every aspect” – The Australian

“Dance moves for the end of the world... Choreographer Rafael Bonachela sets his excellent dancers on a whirling, bounding trajectory…” – The Sydney Morning Herald


Running time

Approximately 65 minutes.

Age recommendation




Wednesday 15 June 2022



Adult $60

Concession $56

Student/Junior $30

Family (2+2) $150

Additional Child $22


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