Anne Lauren Luben's picture
  • Dish
  • 30 January 2017
Sydney Dance Company - Artistic Director: Raphael Bonachela

It's not uncommon to see nudity being used in dance nowadays - chances are you've seen a piece where the dancers are nude, or nearly nude. Maybe you've even done a nude work as well! But what would happen if the audience was completely bare as well?

Australia-based Sydney Dance Company decided to try it out. Their new piece, "Nude Live", is director Rafael Bonachela's reaction to a collection of nude works of art from London's Tate Museum, featuring artists like Picasso and Rodin. The dancers mingle and move among the statues and paintings in the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Don't worry, the audience doesn't strip down every night. The nude evening was actually the brainchild of Matt, the co-founder of Young Nudists of Australia. When he saw that the company was doing a nude work, he contacted the museum to suggest an evening performance where the audience was as nude as the performers. Surprisingly, the performances sold out - even faster than the clothed shows.  

Oh, Australia. We do so love you. Read one audience member's experience here