Sydney Dance Company takes to the stage with triple-bill ‘Ascent’

In 2023, the Sydney Dance Company takes to the stage of the Sydney Opera House as part of its 50thth anniversary with the thrilling triple bill Ascentco-commissioned by the Canberra Theater Centre.

Ascent features the work of three leading choreographers in the world of contemporary dance, with the premiere of renowned Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell’s The Shell, A Ghost, The Host & The Lyrebird; the reprise of Antony Hamilton’s Helpmann Award-winning work Forever & Ever; and the premiere of Rafael Bonachela’s I Am-ness.

Marina Mascarell, Antony Hamilton and Rafael Bonachela. Photo courtesy of Sydney Dance Company.

brimming with physicality, Ascent Explores ideas of the now, order, chaos and human behaviour, with three innovative works from local and international dance stars. Full of electric movement and emotional force, Ascent is a powerful and arresting portrait of contemporary dance today and its potential to move, thrill and activate audiences.

Brought to life by Sydney Dance Company’s superb ensemble, Ascent is a sensorial feast featuring immersive installations and magnetic musical scores.

This triple-bill is a creative union at once forceful, sumptuous and electrifying.

Sydney Dance Company will present Ascent from 9-11 March at Canberra Theater Center and from 15-26 March at Sydney Opera House, followed by a national tour from May to August. For tickets and more information, visit

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Andrew Naughtie

News reporter and author at @websalespromo