Rafael Bonachela (2004)

The winner of the inaugural Place Prize in 2004 was Rafael Bonachela.

Rafael Bonachela was born in Barcelona and danced with Rambert Dance Company between 1992 and summer 2004. After creating several works for the company he was appointed as Associate Choreographer in April 2003. He will be creating a new work for Rambert in 2005. Rafael has also worked extensively with Kylie Minogue and choreographed the award-winning Fever world tour. His winning work, entitled E2 7SD, is a fast-paced duet performed by Lee Clayden and Antonia Grove to a sound sculpture created by Oswaldo Macia. Subsequent to winning The Place Prize, Rafael founded Bonachela Dance Company, and in 2008 was appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company.

The winner was chosen by a panel of judges from five finalists: Rafael Bonachela, Rosemary Butcher, Tom Roden & Pete Shenton, Hofesh Shechter and Bawren Tavaziva. The nightly audience-voted prizes of £1,000 awarded Bonachela £5,000 and Shechter £5,000 over the run of Finals performances in September 2004.

Rafael Bonachela was selected for the finals as the most popular choreographer of the original twenty commissions for The Place Prize as voted for by the semi-finals’ audiences. The remaining four pieces were selected by the judges. The panel of judges comprises Iwona Blazwick, Director of Whitechapel Art Gallery; Guy Cools, Artistic Director, Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault, Montreal; Keith Khan, Chief Executive of Rich Mix; David R White, independent arts producer and Consulting Producer-at-Large, Dance Theatre Workshop, New York; and Jan Younghusband, Commissioning Editor, Arts and Performance, Channel 4; chaired by John Ashford, Theatre Director at The Place.