Sydney Dance Company (Australia)
In 2006, he founded his own company, with which he was invited to the 6th International Festival of Contemporary Dance at the Biennale in 2008, where he presented Square Map of Q4. For the past year, Bonachela has been artistic director of one of the largest Australian companies, the Sydney Dance Company, which comes to Venice and the Biennale for the first time with a triptych of shows over two evenings, all of which European premieres: the first evening is dedicated to Bonachela’s choreography, We Unfold, an explosion of movement that seems to reflect the images of the Big Bang projected on an enormous screen serving as backdrop to the action, and conveying the idea of the birth of the cosmos and of man; in the second evening, there will be the performance of 6 Breaths, which had its world premiere in Sydney little more than a week ago (March 23). This too is by Bonachela, and it is followed by Are We That We Are, a new show by Australian choreographer Adam Linder.
Like the preceding show, 6 Breaths can be seen to be in perfect symbiosis with the music by the Italian composer, Ezio Bosso, a resident in Sydney. “Last summer, I had a surgery and I started to think on the importance of breath”, writes Bosso in the programme notes. “Rafael asked me to think about something new for a small ensemble of players, and the idea of the breathing came through my images… 6 Breaths is a cycle exactly as breathing is. Starting with the first breath (breath of life) to the last breath. In the middle of this cycle, there is the other research of my work, the human being and his/her relations to the events of life”. The choreography evolves over six movements of music, trying to make the emotional potential come out, but above all to “illuminate my feelings about all of the facets of this simple human act of breathing”.