An unconventional listening party featuring Samuel Beckett's first radio play; All That Fall is an unusual communal storytelling event performed in Pan Pan's atmospheric listening chamber. This multi-layered composition of voices is a black comedy, a murder mystery and a quasimusical score.
Shaun Parker & Company
Sydney Opera House
Choreographer Shaun Parker and composer Nick Wales have created a striking visual and theatrical world for Am I. An arresting music and dance collaboration, Am I investigates the meaning of “I”. Seven individuals seek to re-establish a new civilisation, in this stunning world premier.
The World's First Magic Supergroup
One year ago, four of the hottest young magicians of the moment met for the first time and the world’s first magic supergroup was born. Natural showmen, Justin Willman, Nate Staniforth, Justin Flom and Australia’s own James Galea are the faces of modern magic. Keep your wits about you for this one!
ANZACs untold story directed by Wesley Enoch
Sydney Opera House
Black Diggers is a play that is long overdue. Wesley Enoch returns to Sydney Festival with the world premiere of Black Diggers, uncovering the contribution of First World War Aboriginal Diggers from their homelands to the battlefields of Gallipoli, Palestine and Flanders. Written by Tom Wright.
Most notorious finale in show business
A stunt so dangerous even Houdini refused to attempt it, the bullet catch has claimed the lives of many since its conception. Writer, co-director and performer Rob Drummond, with the help of his audience, explores the life and death of a famed magician who died undertaking the trick onstage.
Theatre of chance by Kassys
For this innovative international collaboration, four theatre companies came together to create a Cadavre Exquis to be performed on stage. Each company made a 15-minute section that begins with the last image of the previous part, with each company only seeing 60 secs of the piece before theirs.
Taikoz and Lingalayam
A dynamic, cross-cultural partnership- the powerful drumming of TaikOz merges with intricate classical Indian dance movements of Lingalayam. The vocabulary of both companies is steeped in tradition and they now come together with their respective Japanese and Indian practices to break new ground.
Sasha Waltz & Guests
Sydney Lyric at The Star
The oldest love story in English opera, Dido & Aeneas is the myth of a queen, a soldier and the illicit love that tore them apart.
Contemporary choreography of body and machine
Lyrical, intimate and dangerous, this breathtaking performance combines choreography, contortion and aerial acrobatics on and around a working 2.5 tonne forklift. Directed by Kate Denborough this world premiere matches the lightness of limbs with hard edges and heavy metal.
Urban spaces & fantastical dreams
Bidwill Shopping Plaza
Developed with local communities of Bidwill, FUNPARK merges fantastical dream worlds with contemporary experiences. Walking through the disused Bidwill Shopping Plaza you might stumble into an interactive arcade cinema, a political rock opera or a spontaneous hula-hooping session.
Dalisa Pigram - solo dance
Named for the bird that calls when the tide is turning, Gudirr Gudirr, a solo dance piece and warning cry to a people facing cultural change. Marrugeku explores the experience of Aboriginal people in Australia today. Conceived and performed by Dalisa Pigram, and directed by Koen Augustijnen.
Sydney Chamber Opera stage Benjamin & Kurtag
Sydney Chamber Opera, a new force in Australian opera, is joined by Sydney Theatre Company resident director Sarah Giles to present a double bill of contemporary masterpieces. György Kurtág's ... pas à pas - nulle parte ... and George Benjamin's dangerously beautiful Into the Little Hill.
Shakespeare re-imagined by Tim Crouch
Acclaimed in London and New York for his one-man shows for all ages, Tim Crouch shoves Shakespeare's minor characters into the spotlight to hilarious effect. Crouch re-imagines Twelfth Night through the eyes of Shakespeare's most pent-up steward. A riotous rant from a man notoriously wronged.
Circus Ronaldo Tent
"Choreographed mayhem was never this beautiful" The List (UK) Kaput is a beautifully poignant & silent movie-esque debacle. Inspired by slapstick legends Buster Keaton & Charlie Chaplin, this side-splitting hit comes to Sydney after a critically-acclaimed season at Edinburgh Fringe. Suitable for 8+.
A dazzling display of slapstick
Circus Ronaldo Tent
The 6th generation of a renowned Belgian circus family, Danny & David Ronaldo have charmed audiences all around the world. With a tip of the chef's hat to slapstick, vaudeville and commedia, La Cucina dell'Arte offers up a hearty serving of buffoonery and the nostalgic romance of traditional circus.
Toneelgroep's reimagining of Jean Cocteau
An uncompromising one-woman show based on Jean Cocteau's self-destructive monologue. Shattered by their break-up, a woman calls up her ex-lover. Pleading with the voice on the other end of the line, she sinks deeper into despair. Directed by Ivo Van Hove andperformed by leading actress Halina Reijn.
Ancient rock'n'roll of the East
From the dusty plains of northwest China's Shaanxi Province comes the tradition of Lao Qiang or ‘old tunes'. Lao Qiang is energetic folk music accompanied by shadow puppetry. The Zhang Family Band performs this centuries-old form of storytelling with humour and energy.
Dirty & dangerous circus cabaret
"An irresistible cocktail of circus skills, live music and sexy humour" Time Out (UK)
LIMBO is circus as you've never seen it: wild, wicked and out of this world. Hot on the heels of a sellout London season, this otherworldly party, staged somewhere between heaven and hell hits Sydney.
Daring & whimsical aerial acrobatics
Ockham’s Razor, known for daring yet refined aerial acrobatics, brings three vividly theatrical works to Sydney Festival. Using tailor-made aerial equipment, the agile physical performers investigate themes of isolation, reliance and the way our actions impact on those around us.
Mad medley of theatre's greatest deaths
Belvoir St Theatre
Imagine every death scene in the most celebrated plays of all time united in one show. Oedipus Schmoedipus is a mad medley of the greatest deaths ever brought to life on stage: by poison, dagger, asp or broken heart. It promises big laughs, great insight and an outrageous body count.
Turning up the volume on Shakespeare's classic
Chicago hip-hop sensation Q Brothers take their inspiration from the original genius lyricist: Shakespeare. Together, the brothers have created a fiery, feisty musical ad-rap-tation of Othello. Innovative, intelligent and street smart, Othello: The Remix is suitable for ages 10+.
Fun topsy-turvy ingenious thingummybobs
Circus Ronaldo Tent
In Squaring the Wheel, a quirky character finds topsy-turvy ways to look at a pile of junk. With a little imagination, a frying pan turns into a friend, a broom plays music, an egg takes a walk, and even the most ordinary household items become extraordinary fun. Suitable for ages 5+.
Hop aboard an inter-faith minibus tour
ICE - Information and Cultural Exchange
Hop aboard an inter-faith tour (with a sonic and visual dreamscape) exploring religious architecture, sacred music and worship in Western Sydney. You will be sonically and physically immersed in the built and aural architecture of mosques, churches and temples in Auburn, Granville and Parramatta.
Retelling of The Pied Piper
An immersive retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a unique journey for children and adults. With an unusual twist- one part of the audience is invited onto the stage and into the story. Given wireless headphones, it is an intimate and participatory experience viewed by the seated audience.
A lo-fi celebration of cinema
Richard DeDomenici's cinematic forgeries have caused a stir all around the world. As part of his ongoing Redux Project, DeDomenici collaborates with locals to recreate sections of popular films, shot for shot, with budget props, costumes and effects - which he edits to be screened for an audience.
Communal celebration of storytelling & food
Combining storytelling, installation and great food, 5 remarkable Asian-Australians share dishes of special significance to them, and reveal the moving, humorous and provocative stories behind them. Featuring Pauline Nguyen (Secrets of the Red Lantern) & Indira Naidoo (Author, Journalist and TV Presenter)
A majestic and physical reworking of King Lear
The greatest of all epics about nation, is finally an epic about our nation. Bringing together the country's finest creative talents including performers Tom E. Lewis and Jimi Bani, this reworking of Shakespeare's King Lear speaks to the history and current circumstances of Indigenous Australia.