The return of the Sydney Dance Company classic is a must-see

The return of the Sydney Dance Company classic is a must-see


Roslyn Packer Theatre, June 2
Until June 11


Figures emerge and disappear in a theatrical mist in this work, which uses the latin term for “within” as its title to refer to the inner thoughts that inspired the mind of its maker, Sydney Dance Company artistic director Rafael Bonachela.

The technical quality of this new generation of dancers is excellent.Credit:Laurent Phillip

It is the most interesting piece he has choreographed for the company, first appearing in 2018 with a group of dancers who had been with SDC for some time and had made their mark as individuals.

This group is mostly a new generation, and their technical quality is excellent, as usual with the SDC. How fortunate we are to be able to say that. But I do miss the originals and the character they brought to the choreography.

This brings the large ensemble together in a variety of ways. Sometimes they move together in inventive clusters. More often, they provide an action jigsaw of movement that frames the duets and solos.

These evolve beautifully in different moods to music by Nick Wales, capturing the essence of ideas and relationships. Partnering is complex and intriguing to watch, making this a particularly absorbing piece that neatly dovetails one thoughtful section into the next.

Lighting by Damien Cooper and design by David Fleischer contribute notably to the unified effect of the production. It is well worth seeing – especially if you didn’t catch it last time.

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