Stars of Billy Elliot, So You Think You Can Dance
and New York Ballet join the next generation of Australian dancers
for birth of new contemporary dance company.
This March, Australia’s next generation of outstanding contemporary dancers will take to the stage in
Melbourne for the first time as Mod Dance Company, presenting the world premiere season of Graeme
Murphy’s Suite Synergy.
Mod Dance Company has been launched to create opportunities for Australia’s best young dancers,
and to keep them working professionally at home, rather than being lost to overseas companies. For the
world premiere season of Suite Synergy, the company will feature 18 exceptionally talented young
dancers from diverse backgrounds including a former star of Billy Elliot The Musical, a popular finalist
from So You Think You Can Dance and an extraordinary young Australian dancer who has been lured
home from starring roles with the New York Ballet Company.
Just 16 years old, Rhys Kosakowski is the youngest dancer in the company. Whilst young in
years, Kosakowski has already amassed a long list of celebrated achievements having made his debut
in the professional performing arts in 2007 in the title role in Billy Elliot The Musical, a performance that
garnered him the Best Male Actor award at the 2008 Helpmann Awards. Kosakowski went on to be the
longest running ‘Billy’ in Australia, travelling to Melbourne and Sydney with the show. Whilst in the role,
Kosakowski auditioned for the Australian Ballet School and was awarded a scholarship but chose to
train at the National College of Dance in Newcastle. Since then, Kosakowski has entered the 2010
Grand Prix Ballet and was accepted for the competition in America. At the end of last year, he was a
finalist in the McDonalds Scholarship Sydney.
On joining Mod Dance Company for the tour of Suite Synergy, Kosakowksi says, "I am so privileged to
be part of such a wonderful company at my age. I am so excited to start this amazing journey!"
So You Think You Can Dance star, Henry Byalikov, is another new Australian talent to watch on the
stage this March. An accomplished ballroom dancer, Henry has claimed several Dance Sport titles
including State Open Champion, national finalist and finalist in the World Championships. In the first
season of So You Think You Can Dance, Byalikov made it into the top four dancers. Since then, he has
appeared on Dancing With The Stars and joined Jason Gilkison’s internationally acclaimed company,
Burn The Floor, touring to Broadway and around the world.
Henry Byalikov says of the hard work being put into this production, "nothing magically appears…but
when you work with passion and focus, you create your own magic."
The astonishingly talented Sarah Williams has recently returned to Australia after dancing with the New
York City Ballet for three years, during which time she performed in over 30 ballets including a leading
role in Angelin Preljocaj’s La Stravaganza. Williams originally moved to New York City in 2004 upon
receiving a scholarship to study full time at the School of American Ballet.
Williams says it’s an "absolute honour" to work with Graeme Murphy, "for these works to be brought back
to life and for me to dance them is something I look forward to every day … Graeme’s work is just so
much fun, and moulding myself into his style of dance brings wonderful challenges."
Suite Synergy is a dynamic creation by Australian dance icon and Chief Patron of Mod Dance
Company, Graeme Murphy, and is inspired by two of his most popular and critically acclaimed
productions from the 1990s, Synergy with Synergy and Free Radicals. The first contemporary dance
piece to be produced by Murphy in four years, Suite Synergy will feature eighteen exceptionally
talented young dancers, accompanied by a pulsating percussion score performed live by four
Says Murphy of the new company, “With Mod Dance Company, the future of Australian dance has a
new face – this fledging [sic] is set to fly high!”
Following its Melbourne season, Suite Synergy will travel to Sydney, Perth, Darwin, the Gold Coast
and Adelaide as part of the first national tour for this exciting new Australian dance company.
For more information on the national tour please visit www.suitesynergy.com.au
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Mod Dance Company presents
Graeme Murphy’s Suite Synergy
23-26 March 2011
the Arts Centre, State Theatre
Wed- Saturday 8pm
Thursday & Saturday 2pm
Show duration: 1 hour 40 minutes including 20 minute interval (Act 1 45 mins, Act 2 35 mins)
Tickets : $59.00- $109.00
www.theartscentre.com.au *, 1300 182 183* or the Arts Centre Box Office
*transaction fee applies