A quartet of new faces join the line-up when Sydney Dance Company takes to the stage for the world premiere of ab [intra] this month.
Four new dancers have become permanent members of the 17-strong dance ensemble following the departure last year of company members David Mack, Fiona Jopp and Sam Young-Wright.
Mack and Jopp are pursuing other dance projects while remaining as associate artists with SDC. The pair guested with the company on the international tours to South America and Europe earlier this year.
Young-Wright, who joined SDC direct from the company’s 2014 inaugural Pre-Professional Year has joined Jacopo Godani’s Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company.
Juliette Barton, who studied Communications with Griffith university while dancing, has taken maternity leave from dancing and is working with the company’s communications team ahead of the birth of her first baby later this year.
Enter Ariella Casu, Victor Zarallo, Chloe Young, and Emily Seymour. Both Casu and Zarallo have moved from established careers in Europe to join the Sydney-based company, positions they’ve been pursuing for some time now; while Young and Seymour are younger, local dancers.
“I want young talent – dancers like [current members] Chloe Leong, Nelson Earl, Josephine Weise and Izzac Carroll – but I also need experienced dancers who bring maturity, experience and knowledge,” says SDC artistic director Bonachela, choreographer of ab [intra].
“Both Ariella and Victor have worked with other choreographers and in other companies and are prepared to move to the other side of the world to make that commitment.”
Casu was born in America but grew up in Italy and has most recently been based in Germany with Gartnerplatztheater Munich where she danced for six years; while Spaniard Zarallo hails from Scottish Ballet where he danced for nine years.
Casu auditioned for Bonachela in Switzerland; while the artistic director met with Zarallo when he was in Barcelona last year. The pair debuted with the company during the recent European tour.
Young joins the company in 2018 as a trainee after graduating from the Pre-Professional Year in 2017. She had a super-quick introduction to the company’s repertoire, and international touring, debuting with the dancers mere weeks after joining, in Bonachela’s Frame of Mind and Lux Tenebris in Chile then Colombia when one of the dancers had to withdraw from the tour due to injury. It was only her second time abroad.
Seymour joins the company from West Australian Ballet, where she was a Young Artist; and previously an apprentice dancer with Houston Ballet in 2016.
“It’s interesting to see how things are shifting for this company,” says Bonachela. “I’m so lucky we have the Pre-Professional Year and a lot of incredible young students coming out of the schools in Australia.
“But one thing there isn’t so much of here is experienced matured dancers who [are willing] to join a company like Sydney Dance Company. We’re a repertory company that shifts from William Forsyth to Anthony Hamilton, so you have to be the sort of dancer who wants to do that.”
ab [intra] plays at the Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay (May 14-26) and the Arts Centre Melbourne (May 30-June 2) before touring regionally.