French inspiration shows virtues of collaboration
Project Rameau at the STC featuring the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Dance Company. Richard Tognetti and dancers Bernhard Knauer and Charmene Yap pictured. Photo: Ben Rushton
When Project Rameau premiered at the Sydney Theatre last night it marked the first collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Dance Company.
It was ACO artistic director, Richard Tognetti, who suggested the 18th-century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau as the inspiration, and, according to an ACO spokeswoman, Rafael Bonachela, artistic director of SDO, ''pounced''.
''Having been introduced to Rameau's music about eight years ago, he knew he wanted to use it to choreograph a new work.''
Bonachela said the hardest part was whittling down the five or six CDs worth of music that Tognetti gave him to a manageable program.
''Bonachela loved them all, so in the end he left the curating to Tognetti. After toying with a bit of the Presets and even some Aphex Twin, they settled on 18 or so pieces from Rameau with a bit of Bach and Vivaldi thrown in. The orchestra is seated onstage behind with the dancers, although Tognetti has promised to leave the moves to the dancers.''