Dance Locale Premiers Sydney Dance Company Online

Rebecca Varidel
8th Oct 2020

Sydney Dance Company has this morning launched their involvement in the inaugural NSW Festival of Place, a year-long Festival celebrating NSW’s public spaces initiated as a part of the State Government’s COVID Safe Summer program.

Premiering online tonight as a part of NSW Festival of Place, Dance Locale is a series of films by filmmaker Pedro Greig starring Sydney Dance Company dancers, and featuring stunning choreography from Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela, inspired by the unique public spaces across NSW. The films will be publicly viewable for free online from 7pm tonight (Thursday 8 October) on Sydney Dance Company’s website, YouTube and the DPIE (Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) website.

A year-long festival celebrating our State’s fantastic public spaces as part of the NSW Government’s COVID Safe Summer program opens today with the release of a spectacular film series from the Sydney Dance Company and a live performance in The Rocks.

The film series, featuring new, never-before-seen dance suites performed in cherished public spaces across NSW, kicks off a year-long program of virtual and physical events exploring and reimagining our civic places.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said that the Festival of Place encourages people to re-emerge, celebrate and engage with our everyday public spaces safely during and after this extraordinary time.

“It’s been an unusual year and this is not your usual kind of festival – it's a chance for us to build on the new perspectives the pandemic has brought to our local public spaces, which we have come to appreciate and value more than ever this year.” 

The company’s involvement in the Festival will culminate in I Want To Dance With Somebody, a unique public participatory event, offering the public the opportunity to learn choreography from Sydney Dance Company and participate in a major virtual dance performance in January 2021.



Image Sydney Dance Company Dance Locale - Brickpit Sydney Olympic Par ~ photo credit Daniel Boud