Theatre & Dance

Theatre & Dance

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

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  • Dance Rites | 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 - 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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: Royal Shakespeare Company | Dream

    Dream (2021)
    The Royal Shakespeare Company, in collaboration with Manchester International Festival, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Philharmonia Orchestra

    Available free until 30 September 2021

    Inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this online performance from the Royal Shakespeare ...

  • Outlines: Serwah Attafuah x Soft Centre | Apotheosis

    Apotheosis (2021)
    Serwah Attafuah and SOFT CENTRE with Lydia Kivela & ptwiggs
    Available Free throughout 2021

    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...

  • Outlines: Omelia | R+J RMX

    R+J RMX (2021)
    Omelia
    Available Free throughout 2021

    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 wo...

  • 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!