Tang: Treasures from the Silk Road Capital highlights not just the objects but the ethos, the open, inquiring, talented spirit of those globalising times. It celebrates the Tang dynasty (618-907), which most people Countermove It’s not often that Sydney Dance Company looks this wild and tough. As Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tenebris starts the dancers prowl around like feral cats, get into lightning-fast tussles with others and then do a runner. It ends that way too, everyone fleeing from something. The title may translate as “light in darkness” but Lux Tenebris operates almost entirely in the shadows. The atmosphere is edgy and mysterious, created in no small part by the commissioned electronic score from Nick Wales that evokes the vastness of the universe as it buzzes, hums, clanks and drones. These dancers always look sharp but here sleekness gives way to ferociously strong and muscular attack. They need it for this hugely demanding work. The evening opens with the return of Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, first danced by SDC in 2013. It’s a laugh-aloud funny jeux d’esprit that fizzes with energy. Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic Square, Canberra. Opens Thursday, 7.30pm. Tickets: $30-$69. Bookings: (02) 6275 2700 or online. Until May 21.