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Rich Listers hit the Sydney Dance floor

Michael BaileyRich List co-editor

With Financial review Rich Listers dotted throughout the room, it’s little wonder that Sydney Dance Company has declared its ‘Dance Noir’ fundraiser on Saturday night one of its most successful ever.

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Australia’s largest contemporary dance company said $600,000 had been raised at the event, with more coming in as receipts were totted up on Wednesday.

The SDC was already in a relatively strong position relative to many other major performing arts companies, thanks in part to a pivot to offering online dance classes during lockdown.

Rafael Bonachela at the 2022 Dance Noir event. Berlinda Rolland

Attendees at the event, which had a ‘glittering glamour’ dress code, included Rich List stalwart Kerr Neilson (the founder of Platinum Asset Management was in a striking traditional Chinese costume) and his daughter Paris, Deborah Symond-O’Neill (daughter of Aussie Home Loans founder and another Rich List perennial in John Symond), former Young Rich Lister and Pedestrian TV founder Chris Wirasinha, and Rich Women member and Macquarie Bank boss, Shemara Wikramanayake.

The 450 guests, who coincidentally had paid $450 a seat, were entertained by SDC performances including of artistic director Rafael Bonachela’s critically acclaimed Impermanence, and Holly Doyle’s electric finale piece, Euphoria.

Sydney Dance Company dancers perform a duet by artistic director Rafael Bonachela at the 2022 Dance Noir event. Belinda Rolland

Earlier in the evening, the canapes were enlivened by SDC’s pre-professional year students, moving in intricate neon costumes by the Enmore Design School.

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