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UnWrapped: Dances for Now

Digital Season | Streamed from the Joan Sutherland Theatre

Time: Saturday, 8th August 8pm AEST
Genre: Contemporary Dance

On Demand from: 8th August
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Explore the contemporary dance works of five Sydney choreographers. On the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage, each artist dances their own choreography, responding to a soundtrack that has inspired them to reflect on this moment, its challenges and transformative possibilities. 

Featuring choreographers Martin del Amo, Angela Goh, Raghav Handa, Vicki Van Hout, and Nelson Earl with music from Corin Ileto, Marcus Whale, Shana O'Brien, Johnny Brown, Philip Downing, Clever Austin and Sofi Tukker.

Presented as a part of the Sydney Opera House's Artist & Sector Development Program. 

Special thanks to Martin del Amo whose Slow Dances for Fast Times (2013) inspired these micro-commissions. 

Meet the artists

Martin del Amo. Image: Daniel Boud.

Martin del Amo
feat. music by Marcus Whale, Vulnerable

Acclaimed for his full-length solo dance works that fuse idiosyncratic movement and intimate storytelling, Martin del Amo’s work in Unwrapped: Dances For Now will explore themes of vulnerability and isolation. Martin is a Helpmann Award winning choreographer, having acclaimed solo dance works and large scale productions feature at Sydney Festival. His work has toured nationally in Australia and internationally to the UK, Japan and Brazil. Martin’s contributions to the Australian arts sector were recognized with the prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2015.

Angela Goh
feat. music by Corin Ileto, Exo

This year’s Kier Choreographic Award winner Angela Goh lives and works in Sydney, and her work has toured across Australia and internationally to Europe, the UK, the USA and Asia. Her work poses possibilities for disruption and transformation inside the aesthetics and conditions of technocapitalism, planetarity, and the post-anthropocene. She has won numerous awards including FBi Sydney Music Arts and Culture Best Artist Award 2017 and the Keir Choreographic Award 2020. She is the recipient of a number of residencies, including the Create NSW Emerging Fellowship 2019/20 and the inaugural Sydney Dance Company x Create NSW Fellowship 2020/21. She has undertaken artist residencies across Australia, Europe, the UK, and Asia.

Angela Goh. Image: Daniel Boud.
Raghav Handa. Image: Daniel Boud.

Raghav Handa
feat. music by Sofi Tukker, Good Time Girl feat. Charlie Barker

Raghav Handa is an Australian choreographer and performer of Indian heritage with training in modern and Indigenous contemporary dance. His works combine traditional kathak principles and contemporary movement to create multifaceted and engaging explorations of modern Australian cultural identity. His works have been performed across Australia and internationally to strong critical acclaim, and his creations are woven through collaboration, incorporating diverse dance languages, spoken word, film and sculptural set design. Most recently, he has performed in Contemporary Asian Australian Performance’s Double Delicious at Syd Fest and Asia TOPA.  

Vicki Van Hout
feat. music by Shana O'Brien, Johnny Brown, and Philip Downing, I cry

The winner of last year’s prestigious Australia Council Award for Dance, Vicki Van Hout is an Indigenous independent artist with over 20 years’ experience. A graduate of NAISDA Dance College and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York, she went on to perform with major Indigenous dance companies, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, before joining forces with Marilyn Miller as a founding member of Fresh Dancers. With Marilyn, Vicki performed Dear Carrie for One extra Dance and Quinkin for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Her show Briwyant was the first ever show by an independent Indigenous choreographer to tour nationally and was nominated for an Australian Dance Award for Best Achievement in Independent Dance.

Vicki Van Hout. Image: Daniel Boud.
Nelson Earl. Image: Daniel Boud.

Nelson Earl
feat. music by Clever Austin, A1

Nelson was born in Sydney, where he began most of his dance training at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. While dancing at NHSPA he worked with established artists Adrian Van Winkelhoff and Garfield Lamonius. Nelson went on to achieve the Marcus Santos outstanding male dancer award in 2013. Previously of Sydney Dance Company, Nelson is a natural creator and collaborator, and Helpmann Award nominated artist and has most recently worked on the remake of Lloyd Newson’s Enter Achilles at Adelaide Festival.

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