Sid's Waltzing Masquerade was created for Sydney Dance Company by Canadian born guest choreographer Aszure Barton in 2008, the year in which the company was without an artistic director following the death of Tanja Liedtke. The world premiere of Sid's, Barton's Australian choreographic debut, took place at Carriageworks, Sydney, on October 8, 2008.
In program notes, Barton described Sid's Waltzing Masquerade as 'a result of the impact that the dancers, collaborators and the country' made on her during the six weeks she spent in Australia creating the work. 'I am fascinated with the history, inner life and eccentricities of the artists. My goal was to create a world based on them, as individuals and as a family.' Bradley Chatfield's pivotal role in the work reflected his seventeen year history with the Sydney Dance Company 'family'.
The creative team for Sid's included Barton's collaborative assistant Ian Robinson, who also danced in the premiere season, set designer Gerard Manion, costume designer Michelle Jank, lighting designer Trudy Dalgleish and sound designer George Gorga. Barton's musical arrangement for the work incorporates an eclectic mix that ranges from Beethoven to Rolf Harris and includes a spoken and musical rendition of Waltzing Matilda.
Dancers in the premiere season were: Bradley Chatfield, Chylie Cooper, Emmie Dillon, Connor Dowling, Annabel Knight, Johanna Lee, Teagan Lowe, Reed Luplau, Rani Luther, Veronica Mahon, Ian Robinson, Simon Turner, Kalman Warhaft, Chen Wen, Jason Wilcock and Angus Woodyard.
Sydney Dance Company toured Sid's Waltzing Masquerade within Australia in 2009. The closing performance of the Canberra season on September 5 marked Bradley Chatfield's farewell appearance with the company.
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