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Les Illuminations

Choreography by Rafael Bonachela. Featuring Katie Noonan and musicians of Sydney Symphony.

An intimate evening of breathtaking dance celebrating the music of Benjamin Britten.

Experience an evening of breathtaking dance, contemporary design and spectacular music up close with Sydney Dance Company, Katie Noonan and musicians of Sydney Symphony. Featuring choreography by Rafael Bonachela and costumes by Toni MaticevskiLes Illuminations celebrates the centenary of one of the world’s greatest composers, Benjamin Britten.

28-31 August 2013
Studio, Sydney Opera House
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Tickets from $39 through Sydney Opera House

Set on a catwalk in the intimate surrounds of the Studio at the Opera House, Sydney Dance Company dancers will take to the stage in this 45 minute boutique performance of duets choreographed by Rafael Bonachela. Les Illuminations will also allow you to experience the sensory delights of some of Australia’s leading creative talents up close including Katie Noonan and musicians of Sydney Symphony.

Performed in two parts, Les Illuminations is a reflection of love in all forms. First performed in the early 1940s and devoted to lifelong companion Peter Pears, the score for Britten’s Les Illuminations is set around the suite of romantic poems by French poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Recently named one of Australia’s top 100 singers of all time (Herald Sun, 2013), this will be the second time Katie Noonan joins Sydney Dance Company, having previously collaborated with Rafael Bonachela for LANDforms (2011). Les Illuminations marks Toni Maticevski’s second foray into contemporary dance costume design, with his first venture winning a 2012 Helpmann Award.

‘Sydney Dance Company has never looked stronger, sexier or more playful’ – Sun-Herald, 2013