Festival Director: Lieven Bertels
2015 heralded the return of Sydney Festival favourites along with brand new productions. New Australian work featured strongly with the world premiere of Masquerade by Kate Mulvany, Kate Champion’s provocative final work with Force Majeure, Nothing to Lose, and composer David Chisolm and his collaborators with The Experiment. Indigenous choreographer Vicki Van Hout premiered Long Grass, whilst in Western Sydney, three new works explored original use of space: Disco Dome, BANKSTOWN:LIVE and PUNCTURE.
James Thierrée was back in Australia with his national exclusive Tabac Rouge (pictured above), and from the creators of The Manganiyar Seduction came The Kitchen, playing at the Festival in an Australian exclusive.
The popular public installations included Higher Ground, Maser’s colourful art installation, and Waterfall Swing, the large scale summertime playset in Darling Harbour. The Festival Village in Hyde Park again proved most popular with thrilling circus and cabaret shows, free activities and contemporary music performances.
The Festival presented another robust program in Parramatta, with the Parramatta Opening Party headlined by Paul Kelly in his new collaborative project The Merri Soul Sessions. Sydney Festival Parramatta was bigger than ever, with not one but two extra performances of the Festival hit Far From Folsom programmed at Parramatta Gaol.
Compagnie du Hanneton
Directed, choreographed and performed by James Thierrée
By Kate Mulvany
Based on the book by Kit Williams
Directed by Sam Strong and Lee Lewis
Griffin Theatre Company & STCSA
Urban Theatre Projects
On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco
Chekhov, Bach, Berio and Tchaikovsky
Directed by Denis Podalydès
Concept by Floriane Bonanni
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
UKCHUK-GA: Pansori Mother Courage
Directed by In Woo Nam
Written, composed and performed by Jaram Lee
Pansori Project ZA
Tamara Saulwick and Insite Arts
Kiss & Cry
Michéle Anne De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael in collective creation with Grégory Grosjean, Thomas Gunzig, Julien Lambert, Sylvie Olivé and Nicolas Olivier
Nothing to Lose
Directed by Kate Champion
Dancing for the Gods
Chitrasena Dance Company
Choreography by Heshma Wignaraja
Directed by Patrick Nolan
Choreographed by Kathryn Puie
Composed by Stefan Gregory
Musical direction by Elizabeth Scott
Legs on the Wall, Form Dance Projects, Vox-Sydney Philharmonica Choirs
Bach and the Italian Style
JS Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I & II Marathon)
Latvian Radio Choir
Conducted by Sigvards Kļava
Variations on Béla Bartók - 44 Duets
Iva Bittová and Hana Kotková
Darkness and Light
Bernard Foccroulle and Lynette Wallworth
The Artist (live in concert)
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Ernst Van Tiel
Composer, pianist: Ludovic Bource
Between the Cracks
Written by Sarah Ward
Music by Sarah Ward and Louise Goh
Directed by Anni Davey
Designed by Adrienne Chisolm
The Wau Wau Sisters Are Naked As The Day They Were Born Again!
Strut & Fret
A Simple Space
Gravity & Other Myths
ABOUT AN HOUR
Vicki Van Hout
Adrienne Truscott's Asking For It
The Long Pigs
Falling Through Clouds
The Last Great Hunt
Have I No Mouth
I Guess If The Stage Exploded
Wot? No Fish!!
Bread & Circuses
Dick and Christa Hughes
The Sound of Burning Water
Australian Theatre Forum: Making It
Theatre Network Victoria
The Listies Make You LOL!
ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor
Gotye, Sinkane, Money Mark, Luke Jenner, Pat Mahoney, Pharoah Sanders, The Mahotella Queens
Far From Folsom
Tex Perkins & The Tennessee Four with Rachael Tidd
Alela Diane, Olivia Chaney & Jessica Pratt
Anna von Hausswolff (supported by Aldous Harding)
Beat the Drum - celebrating 40 years of triple j
Hilltop Hoods, The Presets, The Cat Empire, You Am I, Vance Joy, Ball Park Music, The Preatures, Tkay Maidza, Nina Las Vegas, KLP (DJ Set), Special guests Adalita, Courtney Barnett, Remi
Ben Frost & Tim Hecker
Camille O'Sullivan - Changeling
Cornelius Presents salyu x salyu
Ed Kuepper & SCO String Quartet
How To Dress Well
Iva Bittova (solo)
Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds
Kirin J Callinan
Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa
Maria Schneider, Jef Neve & the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra
Nightmares on Wax
Opera in The Domain
Ross McHenry Future Ensemble
Rufino and The Coconuts
So Frenchy, So Chic
La Femme, Francois & The Atlas Mountains, Emilie Simon, The Dø
Summer Sounds Afterparty
DJ Beco Dranoff
Symphony in The Domain
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Johannes Fritzsch
Performer: William Barton
Readings: Anita Heiss
Mark Ravenhill and David Chisholm
Created in collaboration with Jude Anderson, Emmanuel Bernardoux, Mauricio Carrasco, Fernando Garnero and Matthew Gingold
Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions featuring Dan Sultan, Clairy Browne, Kira Puru, and Vika & Linda Bull; Radical Son, Christine Salem, DJ Small Change, Uptown Brown, Waratah Drumcorps, Stiff Gins, Soul of Sydney, and Fire Garden
Dear Hope Street
Maybe (_) Together
Fright or Flight
3 is a crowd
The Luck Child
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Created by Jonathan Worsley
Directed by Naomi Edwards
Puppets created by Puppet Kitchen
Set design by James Browne
JWR Productions & Michael Sieders
EXHIBITIONS & INSTALLATIONS
Bill Culbert Exhibition
Sydney Buddha: Zhang Huan
Carriageworks in association with Sydney Festival
Dash 7 Design
Created by Greg Barrett
Music composed by Simeon ten Holt
Inside There Falls
Choreography by Rafael Bonachela, Sydney Dance Company
Information and Cultural Exchange
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