Classical Ballet / Artistic Director
Spanish born choreographer Rafael Bonachela’s stellar career both as a dancer and choreographer began in Barcelona where at the age of seventeen he performed with Lanonima Imperial. He travelled to England, joining London’s legendary Rambert Dance Company in 1992 where he remained as a lead dancer and Associate Choreographer until 2005. It was Rafael’s commitment to concentrate on the creation of his own dance works that saw him move away from Rambert to form Bonachela Dance Company in 2006.
His dynamic and exciting work has resulted in commissions from companies around the world. Among them, Sydney Dance Company, which in 2008 commissioned Rafael’s first full length production 360˚, to premiere at Sydney’s CarriageWorks. Less than six months later, Rafael’s appointment as Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company made headlines in the dance world and began a new era in Australian contemporary dance.
- Sydney Dance Company