Theatre & Dance

Theatre & Dance

A selection of theatre, dance and contemporary performance works from Sydney Opera House.

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  • Bangarra Dance Theatre: ‘Salt’ from Terrain

    Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Terrain, choreographed by incoming Artistic Director Frances Rings, is inspired by the area of Australia known as Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, a landscape from where human beings draw life and express meaning to that life. The production explores the fundamental connection betw...

  • Legs On The Wall: THAW – No Time To Waste

    In January 2022, Sydney-siders were treated to an unusual spectacle: one brave woman perched atop a giant ice cube, suspended high above the city’s harbour at the peak of summer. THAW marked a dramatic return for renowned local company Legs on the Wall, who delivered an art installation as metaph...

  • In the Mood: A Love Letter to Wong Kar-wai & Hong Kong

    Starring Rainbow Chan, Eugene Choi & Marcus Whale
    Recorded Live at Sydney Opera House

    Duration: 40 Minutes
    Available throughout 2021

    Celebrating the landmark film’s 20th anniversary, 'In the Mood – A Love Letter to Wong Kar-wai & Hong Kong' is a fever dream live streamed performance featuring a...

  • Side By Side - Effie & Mary Coustas

    Logie award-winning writer and actor Mary Coustas chats with her alter-ego Effie about the premiere of her upcoming one-woman show This Is Personal at the Sydney Opera House. Effie is not appearing in This Is Personal, nor does she have a show at the Sydney Opera House, she would like to know why...

  • DANCERITES Deadly Moments

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following content may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

    For almost 10 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have travelled to Sydney to take part in Sydney Opera House’s various First Nations Festivals ...

  • Dance Rites 2019 - First Nations Dance & Culture

    Dance Rites — Australia’s First Nations dance competition — is the Sydney Opera House’s free celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dance and cultures on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt, taking place each spring. In November 2019, more than 350 performers from 19 Aboriginal and Torre...

  • Bell Shakespeare: John Bell, One Man In His Time | From Our House To Yours

    Presented in association with Bell Shakespeare.

    A special performance from John Bell AO, who founded Bell Shakespeare based on his belief that all Australians should have access to the works of Shakespeare in performance. In an excerpt from One Man In His Time, John shares his reflections on the...

  • Natalia Osipova | Artist Profile

    Few dancers boast a career as stellar as Natalia Osipova. In this interview, Osipova unpacks the moments that made her — from a mentorship with Alexei Ratmansky, to becoming principal artist at The Royal Ballet. Her new work, Pure Dance, balances the classical and contemporary disciplines, reflec...

  • The Gauntlet | Documentary

    Performed as part of Antidote in 2018, The Gauntlet is a genre-bending performance work, which combines choirs and vocal ensembles, contemporary choreography and site-specific storytelling. In this newly commissioned documentary film, composer Sxip Shirey and choreographer Coco Karol discuss what...

  • Side By Side - Angela Goh & Corin

    Dancer Angela Goh and composer/musician Corin talk about their collaboration on new work Sky Blue Mythic that premiered at Sydney Opera House.

    Sky Blue Mythic is a haunting, mesmerising solo dance work by one of Australia’s most daring choreographers and captivating performers, Angela Goh. This...

  • Side By Side - Steven Oliver & Michael Griffiths

    In this candid, hilarious one-on-one conversation, Bigger & Blacker star Steven Oliver and his musical director Michael Griffiths chat about their long and storied collaboration. Across an enlightening creative conversation, the pair reminisce on their friendship from their very first meeting in ...

  • UnWrapped: Dances for Now | From Our House To Yours

    Explore the contemporary dance works of five Sydney choreographers. On the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage, each artist dances their own choreography, responding to a soundtrack that has inspired them to reflect on this moment, its challenges and transformative possibilities.

    Featuring choreograp...

  • Outlines: Serwah Attafuah x Soft Centre | Apotheosis

    A real-time motion capture performance, in which movement artist Lydia Kivela explores a hyper-real 3D environment created by Serwah Attafuah, accompanied by an original score, performed live, by ptwiggs. Inspired by the glaring neon ambience of Spring Breakers and cyberpunk, Apotheosis ushers au...

  • Outlines: Omelia | R+J RMX

    Technology is now sophisticated enough to write poetry and enter into intelligent dialogue with humans - but what is the role of machines in the creative process? Masters, servants, or just a different set of tools? R+J RMX is a performance work that was developed using Omelia, a revolutionary ne...

  • How to Dance Ballet | Sweet Skills

    Learn new skills in this series of "how to" videos presented some very talented young people!

    In this episode 12-year-old Nathaniel demonstrates some beginner ballet steps for our host Curly.

  • Who's in the Lift? Two Ballet Dancers!

    Curious kids step through the giant doors of the scenery lift at the Sydney Opera House and meet some amazing people from the stage and behind the scenes.

    In this episode, Bartram, Lea and Owen spin, twirl and chicken dance as they discover what it takes to be a ballet dancer!

  • THAW - Performance 1: Vicki Van Hout

    THAW
    Legs On The Wall
    Performance One - Vicki Van Hout

    Co-presented by Sydney Opera House and Sydney Festival
    Originally broadcast 15 January 2022

    A colossal block of ice suspended above Sydney Harbour. On it, a woman alone. Isolated on this frozen world, the woman scrambles to protect it from ...

  • THAW - Performance 2: Jenni Large

    THAW
    Legs On The Wall
    Performance Two - Jenni Large

    Co-presented by Sydney Opera House and Sydney Festival
    Originally broadcast 15 January 2022

    A colossal block of ice suspended above Sydney Harbour. On it, a woman alone. Isolated on this frozen world, the woman scrambles to protect it from the...

  • THAW - Performance 3: Isabel Estrella

    THAW
    Legs On The Wall
    Performance Three - Isabel Estrella

    Co-presented by Sydney Opera House and Sydney Festival
    Originally broadcast 15 January 2022

    A colossal block of ice suspended above Sydney Harbour. On it, a woman alone. Isolated on this frozen world, the woman scrambles to protect it fr...