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TOUCH

Starring the
Sydney Dance Company

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From rigid grasp to feather’s caress, in Touch, Australia’s movement maestros the Sydney Dance Company lent their limber bodies to a liquid exploration of space and movement. This was the first time since the pandemic’s outbreak that the dancers were allowed to embrace during performance. Rediscovering touch with and within Phoenix’s walls.

“Phoenix is an inspirational space, which embodies the nexus between architecture and creativity. Working with the Sydney Dance Company dancers to bring to life a creative response to Phoenix Central Park was a delight. Contemporary dance reflects the new, the future, the vanguard and it was incredible to have the opportunity to make a short film driven by the sinuous lines and surprises around each corner of this breathtaking building.”

Rafael Bonachela, Artistic Director 


“This film is centered around the first moment the Sydney Dance Company dancers were able to make physical contact again after months of adhering to a strict no-touch policy during Covid. The dancers move between tight, unified choreography and fluid, reactive movement prompted by emotional cues of not being able to touch and then finally joining. It unfolds as a spiralling journey through passageways and stairs down to the core of Phoenix - the rotating platform in the garage. Phoebe Twigg's (ptwigg) track 'Creation in Destruction' for the film greatly complemented the erratic pace of the edit and the intensity versus relief felt in the dancers movement. 

Claudia Brand, Director, Touch

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On Set | Behind the Scenes

“Phoenix is an incredible canvas to play in. Three of our directors collaborated with three sets of performing artists from different practices, and the Space | Action film series is the result. We wanted it to feel immersive, taking viewers inside the newly opened performance space and making every architectural corner come alive with action.”

Erin Moy, Executive Producer

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TOUCH Credits:

Production Company: Entropico
EP & CD: Erin Moy
Director: Claudia Brand
Producer: Jemma Cole
DOP: Tom Black
Stylist: Emilie Joy
H&MU: Celeste Gubb 
H&MU Assistant: Cassie Lapthorne 
Gaffer: Tom Keyes
Camera Assist: Gary Morris
Production Assist: Chloe Hayman
Grip: Joe Bruneteau
Grip Assist: Mark Glasgow
Music: ptwiggs 
Editor & Colourist: Andrea Chen
Compositing: Simon Jackman
Set Stills: Evo
Artwork Design: Bridget Peters
Artwork Animation: Tommy Stone
Promo Audio: Rowan Dix

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