10 - 13 August 2022
State Theatre Centre of WA, Heath Ledger Theatre


10 - 13 August 2022 State Theatre Centre of WA, Heath Ledger Theatre Buy tickets

Presented by State Theatre Centre of WA
Performed by Sydney Dance Company and the Australian String Quartet  

Returning to the stage for a national Australian tour after a sell-out Sydney world premiere season and an Adelaide Festival smash hit run, Rafael Bonachela’s Impermanence is “arguably the single best piece created by and for an Australian dance company for many years” (Adelaide Advertiser).

A visceral and thrilling exploration of the juxtaposition of beauty and devastation, this full-length work features a new score full of emotional power from Grammy Award-winning composer Bryce Dessner.

Best known as a founder of American rock band The National and for his film scores for The Revenant and The Two Popes, Dessner was initially inspired by the tragedy of the Australian bush fires and the Notre-Dame fire in Paris. Sydney Dance Company’s “awe inspiring” (In Daily) ensemble is joined live on stage by the Australian String Quartet. This is epic, driven performance that packs an emotional punch.

When COVID-19 struck in March 2020, Impermanence was only four days from its world premiere and opening night. As the impact of the pandemic became apparent, performances were cancelled and artists sent into lockdown. Life, and recovery, were on hold, but the collaboration persevered. The ASQ recorded the compositions in lockdown, the dancers rehearsed in isolation, and with the added poignancy of a pandemic that has exposed so many vulnerabilities and changed us all at a profound level, Impermanence returns to the stage.

Experience the power of dance and music performed live together, laden with meaning, fleeting and vulnerable and from devastation, find energy, urgency, radiance and hope. 

★★★★★ “Dance moves for the end of the world... Choreographer Rafael Bonachela sets his excellent dancers on a whirling, bounding trajectory…” – The Sydney Morning Herald. 

★★★★.5 “A hypnotically beautiful work, stunningly performed” – Limelight

A tear-jerker without being baroque, with a finger on the vein of our collective anxieties and dislocations, Impermanence is a triumph of collaboration and passion.” – Arts Hub

Bryce Dessner's music composition Impermanence was commissioned by the Australian String Quartet and Sydney Dance Company. The Australian Government has assisted this commission through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. 

Please note:
  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance.
  • Mobile telephones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the performance.
  • Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.


  • $75.00 Adult

A Reserve

  • $65.00 Adult
  • $40.00 Concession (Full time students, Pension Card holders, Seniors Card holders, Children 16 years and under, Unemployed)

B Reserve

  • $55.00 Adult
  • $40.00 Concession (Full time students, Pension Card holders, Seniors Card holders, Children 16 years and under, Unemployed)


  • $70.00 Premium Groups 10+
  • $60.00 A Reserve Groups 10+
  • $50.00 B Reserve Groups 10+

  • $32.50 School Groups (8+) - A Reserve and B Reserve only
    Receive 1 complimentary ticket for every 8 tickets purchased.

    For groups bookings, call (08) 6212 9291 or email

Babes in arms permitted up to 2 years old. 

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