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  • Title
    File 4: Rafael Bonachela interviewed by Martin Portus, 9 June 2016
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  • Date

    9 June 2016
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  • Physical Description
    2 audio files (2 hrs 34 min.) - digital, WAV, 48 kHz, 24 bit

    Rafael Bonachela was born in Barcelona where he began his early dance training. He moved to London and in 1992 joined the legendary Rambert Dance Company. He remained as a dancer and Associate Choreographer until 2006 at which time he successfully established the Bonachela Dance Company to concentrate on his choreographic career. During his years based in London, he received choreographic commissions from companies around the world as his reputation of creating dynamic and innovative work developed and grew.
    In 2008 Rafael Bonachela premiered his first full-length production for the Sydney Dance Company, a commissioned production entitled 360°. He was soon after appointed Artistic Director.

    Reference: Library correspondence file
  • Scope and Content
    The interview covers a number of important and interesting areas relating to the development and work of Bonachela. Childhood outside Barcelona and his training in London; the nature of the Rambert company where he danced for over 14 years and was much influenced by big name choreographers and eventually was associate choreographer; the “pop” thread in his career, working with Kylie Minoque and Tina Turner; three years with his own Bonachela Dance Company; first work in 2008 for the Sydney Dance Company and his work as the Company’s artistic director

    Bonachela continues with a discussion of his evolution and collaboration with artists of many non-dance disciplines, filmmakers, diverse composers, musicians live on stage and fashion designers, jewellers, writers and photographers. He spoke about his choice of choreographers, drawn from his overseas networks and his growing contacts in Australia, who undertook his work in programs designed to appeal to a wide audience.

    Bonachela also spoke in detail about rebuilding the company following the departure of Graeme Murphy in 2006, his strategic approach to programming, touring in Australia and overseas, education outreach and social media, and why he anticipates remaining with the Company up to the 50th anniversary of the Sydney Dance Company in 2019.
  • Source
    Purchased from Martin Portus, June 2016
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright
    Copyright holder:: State Library of New South Wales
    Rights and Restrictions Information:: Download available for personal use
    Approval for publication required: Written permission required from Rafael Bonachela for public use
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Recorded in the sound studio of the Redfern Community Centre on 9 June 2016
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