The most recent new for the Sydney Festival


A must-see on Sydney’s summer calendar, the Sydney Festival 2020 will take place over three major weeks from January 8 to 26.

At the center of the program is “Blak Out”, which showcases art from First Nations communities across Australia, Canada, Aotearoa, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. As part of this focus, the exuberant Aboriginal musical by Jimmy Chi and Kuckle Bran Naked Dae will receive a major revival, 30 years after its premiere, with legendary Australian actor Ernie Dingo reprising his role as Uncle Tadpole.

On the dance program, the brand new collaboration of hip hop dance innovator Nick Power, Two crews, which brings together the all-female Parisian band Lady Rocks and the Sydney band Riddim Nation. Reunited for the first time, the crews will present a high-energy, encrypted dance battle, set to music by Sydney composer Jack Perst.

At Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta, 16 young dancers from FORM Dance Projects and 48 musicians from the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra will perform MEET, a joyful in situ work produced by Fling Physical Theater, and celebrating the extraordinary of growing up in West Sydney.

Also in the programming is Romances Inciertos, Another Orlando, an opera-ballet love letter to centuries of Spanish culture from the extraordinary talents of French choreographer François Chaignaud and playwright Nino Laisné with a baroque orchestra of four musicians.

Still overseas, Canadian choreographer Dana Gringas and her multimedia dance company Animals of Distinction Frontera, a new “monumental” dance piece that uses intricate light fields and staccato projections.

The festival is Wesley Enoch’s fourth as artistic director. “The Sydney Festival brings to our city the latest works from the world’s most adventurous artists,” he said when unveiling his program. “We discover the interesting, the new and the exciting. Wherever there is debate to be had, a diversity of opinions or the need to talk about neglected history, the Sydney Festival is there. We are proudly diverse. We are equal parts cultural ambition and celebration.

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Gerald R. Schneider

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