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					                           Bonachela Dance Company
                                 the UK premiere and UK tour of

                The Land of Yes and The Land of No
                    UK Tour: 25 September 2009 – 20 March 2010
            Press night & UK Premiere: Friday 25 September 2009, 7.45pm
                      Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

  Thursday 6 & Friday 7 October 2009, 8pm at Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome

Choreographed by Rafael Bonachela and dancers
Original Music by Ezio Bosso
Designed by Alan Macdonald / Lighting design by Guy Hoare
Costume design by Theo Clinkard
Dancers: Amy Hollingsworth, Fiona Jopp, Cameron McMillan, Lisa Welham, Renaud Wiser and
Paul Zivkovich

Rafael Bonachela presents the first new work for his UK based company since
being appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company in November 2008
The Land of Yes and The Land of No is a dynamic and emotional response to the signs we
encounter every day. Bonachela has used the literal directions that surround our lives as stimulus for a
choreographic process of sense-driven interpretation. The result is a work as powerful in its
compassion as it is precise in its structure, and which promises a captivating evening of dance.

Rafael Bonachela’s choreography mines the emotional impulses and intelligent action that constitutes
bodies’ movement. By garnering these urges he crafts sharp forms that disperse into liquid sequences
with carefully calibrated detail. He marries his movement to the elements that share their space,
constructing his choreography in close collaboration with the creation of music and design

Rafael Bonachela said:
“The creation of this piece has been an incredible voyage in many ways, not least the close
collaborative process between the creation of movement and composition of music. I feel privileged to
be working with such an extraordinary company of artists; dancers, composer and designers alike,
and am thrilled to be able to share the outcome of this amazing journey.”

Rafael Bonachela’s appointment as Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company reflects his
international standing as a choreographer of significant talent. In 2003 he was appointed Associate
Choreographer at Rambert and in September 2004 Rafael won the first ever Place Prize award for
choreography. In 2006 he founded Bonachela Dance Company and that same year he was appointed
Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre, London, where he is now an Associate Artist. Bonachela’s
far reaching career has seen him choreograph Kylie Minogue’s Fever tour and various of her
performances and videos.

Bonachela’s works are always realised through an outstanding company of collaborators and The
Land of Yes and The Land of No unites just such a collection of exceptional artists. Celebrated
Italian composer and double bass concertist Ezzio Bosso creates the original score. Bonachela’s and
Bosso’s process has been one of continued engagement as Bosso developed his compositions in the
rehearsal room alongside the choreography. Bosso has worked with a number of dance artists

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including Liv Lorent, Christopher Wheeldon and George Piper Dances. In contemporary cinema he
has worked with directors such as Tavarelli, Terracciano, Porporati, and in particular with Gabriele
Salvatores (Oscar® 1996). Bonachela works again with celebrated production designer Alan
MacDonald. MacDonald’s designs for feature film include The Queen (2006), Edge of Love (2007)
and most recently Stephen Frears’ Cheri (2009). He has worked previously with Rafael Bonachela for
Rambert on 21 (2002), Curious Conscience (2005) & for Bonachela Dance Company;Voices (2006)
and Square Map of Q4 (2008).
Bonachela Dance Company was founded in 2006 and since then Bonachela has choreographed two
new evenings of work for the company - Voices, nominated for a 2007 Critics Circle Award for
Outstanding Repertoire, Modern and Square Map of Q4, which opened the Venice Biennale for dance
in June 2008. Bonachela Dance Company has built a national and international reputation and in the
past year alone has toured to 25 venues in the UK and Europe.

A special, free preview excerpt of The Land of Yes and The Land of No will be presented on the
steps of St Paul’s Cathedral as part of City of London Festival 9-11July

The Land of Yes and The Land of No is co-produced by DanceEast, Danceworks UK and City of
London Festival, with additional support from Buster Foundation, Garrick Charitable Trust, Leche
Trust, Marina Kleinwort Trust, Mercers Charitable Foundation and Southbank Centre.

Rafael Bonachela - Choreographer
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Rafael trained at the London Studio Centre and joined Rambert Dance
Company in 1992. In Apr 2003, he was appointed Rambert's Associate Choreographer. In Sept 2004
Rafael won the first ever Place Prize award for choreography, audience vote award and the New York
Bloomberg choice award, for his piece E2 7SD. In Nov 2008, he was appointed Artistic Director of
Sydney Dance Company, a position he holds jointly with his directorship of BDC. Rafael was awarded
the Choo San Goh Award for the creation of Rambert’s Curious Conscience. His piece, Irony of Fate,
choreographed in 2004 was awarded 3rd place in the 19th International Choreographic Competition in
Hanover in Mar 2005. In 2002, Bonachela choreographed Kylie Minogue's routine at the Brit Awards
and her award-winning Fever tour, the Top of the Pops Awards, various music videos and co-
choreographed her Show Girl World Tour. Recent dance commissions include: Candoco Dance
Company, George Piper Dances, Transitions Dance Company, PROBE (for which Rafael won
Guglielmo Ebreo prize and the Critics’ Prize at Biennale Danza e Italia international competition for
choreographers). In 2007, Rafael premiered a new commission for Danza Contemporanea in Cuba,
which won the Critics Award and visited the UK in April 2008. Most recently, he has choreographed
two full length pieces for for Sydney Dance Company 360º and We Unfold.

Ezio Bosso - Composer
Born in Turin, Italy, Ezio Bosso is a composer and considered one of the rare double bass concertists.
Since 1996 he has composed for theatres in Italy, France, Australia, USA, Spain and for the directors
Malosti, Galland and Cuocilo; while in the dance sector he has worked with choreographers Castello,
Bianchi, Tony Yap, Liv Lorent, Christopher Wheeldon, and George Piper Dances. In contemporary
cinema he has worked with directors like Tavarelli, Terracciano, Porporati, and in particular with
Gabriele Salvatores (Oscar® 1996) with whom he works on a regular basis after the success of his
score for I’m not scared, which brought Ezio international acclaim. Ezio Bosso is official artist of BMG
Classics and has received many awards and nominations. Since 2005 all his compositions have been
produced by Hector Castillo and Dan Bora (David Bowie, Lou Reed, Philip Glass) at Philip Glass’
Looking Glass Studio in New York.

Alan Macdonald - Production Designer
Alan Macdonald has been working as a production designer since the mid 1980s. His design credits
for feature films include Nora (2000), 51st State (2001), The Jacket (2004), Kinky Boots (2005), The
Queen (2006), and Edge of Love (2007) and most recently Stephen Frears’ Cheri (2009).
Dance/Theatre design credits include his collaborations with choreographer Rafael Bonachela
/Rambert, including 21 (2002), Curious Conscience (2005), Voices (2006) and Square Map of Q4
(2008). Alan has also been responsible for the production design and co-direction of the Live Tours for
Popstar Kylie Minogue, including Kylie Fever (2002), Body Language Live (2003) and Kylie Showgirl

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Dancers: Amy Hollingsworth trained at the Australian Ballet School before dancing as a principal
with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Peter Schaufuss Ballet. Amy joined Rambert Dance Company
in 2000 where she won the 2004 Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Female Artist (Modern). She
joined BDC as a founding member in 2006 and has appeared as a guest artist with Michael Clark
Company, Hofesh Schechter Company and BalletBoyz. Fiona Jopp trained in Australia, Germany
and The Netherlands, where she worked with Jiri Kylian, Nils Christe and Arlette van Boven and has
performed with the Michael Clark Company. Cameron McMillan was born in New Zealand, and
trained at the Australian Ballet School. After dancing as a principal with the Royal New Zealand Ballet,
and a soloist at English National Ballet, he joined Rambert in 2003. Lisa Welham trained at the
Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She then went on to join Phoenix Dance Theatre in 2002,
before dancing with Henri Oguike Dance Company in 2007. Renaud Wiser was born in Switzerland
and trained at the School of Dance in Geneva. After dancing for Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève
he joined the National Ballet of Marseille in France, then went on to dance with Gothenburg Ballet,
before joining Rambert in 2004. Paul Zivkovich was born in Australia and trained as a gymnast.
Since 2003, Paul has performed with Australian Dance Theatre, where he received “Most Outstanding
Performance by a Male Dancer” at the Australian Dance Awards, 2004.

Listings Details
9, 10, 11 July 2009                                     24 November 2009,
St Paul’s Cathedral steps, City of London               The Brewhouse, Taunton, 7.45pm
Festival 9&10 July 1.15pm/7pm, 11 July 6pm     / 01823 283244 - Free preview event
                                                        3 December 2009,
21 July 2009                                            Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, 7.30pm
Il Festival Bolzano Danza                      / 01792 296883 / +39 0471 053 800
                                                        22 January 2010,
25 & 26 September 2009                                  Macrobert Theatre, Stirling, 8pm
Press night: Fri 25 Sept, 7.45pm               / 01786 466666
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – UK Premiere / 0871 663 2500               11 February 2010,
                                                        Arts Depot, London, 8pm
6 & 7 October 2009                             / 0208 369 5454
Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome, 8pm / 01273 709709                     13 February 2010,
                                                        Corn Exchange, Newbury, 7.45pm
15 October 2009                                / 01635 522733
The Junction, Cambridge, 8pm / 01223 511 511                      19 February 2010
                                                        Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, 7.45pm
28 October 2009                                / 01271
Waterfront Studio, Belfast, 8pm                         324242 / 028 9033 4455
                                                        27 & 28 February 2010
3 November 2009                                         Teatre Auditoride Granollers, Spain
The Lowry, Salford, 8pm                        / + 34 93 / 0870 787 5790                        840 51 21

20 November 2009, 7.30pm                                19 & 20 February 2010
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead,            DanceHouse, Ipswich / 01628 788997              / 01473 639 230


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