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Summer 2010. Photo: Ingvar Kenne.

This is our city in summer

January 9-30


THIS IS OUR CITY IN SUMMER

‘The arts event for everyone.’ The Daily Telegraph

it’s Free! Sydney city streets & parks January 9 2pm-11pm Leave the car at home and ride your bike. Cycle to Festival First Night and enjoy free valet bike parking at two central locations. For detailed public transport information visit 131500.info/events or call 131 500 closer to the event. For information on road closures, alternative traffic routes and parking restrictions visit rta.nsw.gov.au or call 132 701 closer to the event. No BYO alcohol. No glass in the CBD. Food and beverages will be on sale throughout the day.

All areas are wheelchair accessible.

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In just two years Festival First Night has become a Sydney tradition! In 2010, the story continues with visionary director Nigel Jamieson creating an epic theatre of music, spectacle and surprise in our city centre. Hyde Park is transformed into a spice garden with a feast of sumptuous delights. In the afternoon families can learn to juggle, dance or hula, watch


daredevil performances at the outdoor circus or sit back and enjoy family-friendly music from Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill & The Little Hillbillies. As dusk falls, a magical world comes alive in the park’s avenue of trees as 43 Rajasthani musicians take to the stage for a preview of the lush visual and musical celebration, The Manganiyar Seduction.

The Qantas Domain Concert opens with an inspirational message of hope and understanding from Indigenous supergroup The Black Arm Band. Their show Hidden Republic features a line-up of 25 songwriters and musicians including Jimmy Little, Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter and Dan Sultan, accompanied by a full orchestra.

Then legendary soul and gospel singer Al Green takes to the stage in his first ever Australian performance. Green made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with hits like ‘Let’s Stay Together’ and ‘Take Me to the River’ and is sure to be spreading the L-O-V-E. Down in Martin Place Big Bad Voodoo Daddy head a line-up to get you swinging, while at Chifley Square Uber Lingua’s

global urban sounds play across a cluster of stages. Performances big and small will transform the city landscape into a remarkable summer playground – look up, look around and look out for the unexpected! For further additions to the Festival First Night program and to find out how you can take part, head to sydneyfestival.org.au/firstnight

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Schaub端hne Berlin (Germany). Director: Thomas Ostermeier.


Photo: ©Arno Declair

‘Hamlet rages and blows across the stage, a Gollum on ecstasy, a mama’s boy, spoiled brat, an exploding nerd, who takes his feigned madness so far that it becomes his undoing.’ Süddeutsche Zeitung

‘Startlingly and shockingly replete with the issues of the here and now… It is a tour de force.’ British Theatre Guide

By William Shakespeare Director: Thomas Ostermeier Translator: Marius von Mayenburg

If you think you’ve seen Hamlet, think again. This most-quoted of plays is pushed to the extreme in the long-awaited Sydney debut of one of the world’s great theatre houses, Berlin’s Schaubühne. Director Thomas Ostermeier’s audacious production finds new human revelations and fresh political insights in the centuries-old story of Denmark’s corrupt court – a system that has become a paranoid maze for Hamlet. Murder, betrayal, manipulation and sexuality are just some of the weapons he uses in his fight to preserve power. Shakespeare serves up over 20 characters, shaping a political biosphere from the differing interests and

intrigues. In this production, just six actors constantly change roles and negotiate the psychologically risky and physically dangerous territory with gusto. Hamlet’s emotional decay and growing paranoia are immediately clear in Lars Eidinger’s portrayal. He is simultaneously magnificent and repulsive and, as the last person with scruples in a system with none, finally doomed. Thomas Ostermeier has been one of the artistic leaders of the Schaubühne Berlin since 1999. In this Hamlet he exposes a timeless dilemma: how the need for reflection conflicts with the short-term thinking that prevails in our political systems.

Performed in German with English surtitles. Contains smoking and gunshots. Latecomers will not be admitted.

Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay January 8, 11, 12, 14-16 at 8pm January 10 at 5pm 2hrs 30mins, no interval A Reserve: $99/$89 B Reserve: $89/$79 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Sydney Theatre: 02 9250 1999 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 1300 795 012 sydneyfestival.org.au/hamlet

For artist talk, see page 47.

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A Hal Willner production

Pirate ballads, sea songs and chanteys

6 Image: Marooned, by Howard Pyle – Courtesy of The Delaware Art Museum


Leave terra firma behind and cast off on a pirate adventure. Following hugely successful concerts in the UK and Ireland, producer Hal Willner (Came So Far for Beauty, 2005) brings another all-star line-up to Sydney. Rogue’s Gallery was conceived by actor Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean. The result was a compilation CD featuring a veritable who’s who of contemporary music performing pirate ballads, sea songs and chanteys.

Marianne Faithfull Tim Robbins David Johansen Gavin Friday Baby Gramps David Thomas Norma Waterson Sarah Blasko Katy Steele Glenn Richards

In an Australian exclusive, a stellar line-up of over 20 rock and folk icons, actors, punk rockers and more take to the stage on the Forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, along with an exceptional house band, to bring the lore and fables of the pirates and sailors of the high seas to life. The songs chronicle a life at sea – from sailors, convicts, travellers and pirates – and all the hardships, horrors, lusts and romance that went along with it.

Musicians Kate St John (musical director/ oboe/cor anglais/accordion/ saxophone) David Coulter (saw/fiddle/ banjo/mandolin) Leo Abrahams (guitar/hurdy gurdy/bouzouki) Martyn Barker (drums/ percussion) Rory McFarlane (acoustic/ electric bass) Roger Eno (piano/keys/ harmonium) Forecourt, Sydney Opera House January 28 at 8.30pm Gates open at 7pm 2hrs, no interval $145/$135 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Sydney Opera House: 02 9250 7777 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/rogues

For further line-up announcements visit sydneyfestival.org.au/rogues Originally commissioned by the Barbican Centre, London. Contains coarse language.

Plus more to be announced! ‘A serious exercise in musical archaeology and a lot of fun – mournful, bawdy, gory and daft by turns.’ H H H H H The Guardian ‘Stuffed to the rafters with unexpected moments and collaborations that don’t add up on paper, but make perfect sense on the stage. Sail on, sailors.’ The Independent

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Headlong (UK)

By Luigi Pirandello In a new version by Rupert Goold & Ben Power Director: Rupert Goold ‘Madly ingenious... brilliant... breathtaking.’ H H H H H The Independent

‘Dazzling... thrilling... an extraordinary night out.’ The Daily Telegraph (UK)

‘Scintillatingly clever... bitingly funny.’ The Financial Times

Following its critically acclaimed run on London’s West End, Headlong’s radical re-imagining of this celebrated satire comes to Sydney Festival. Six strangers arrive unannounced during the editing of a docu-drama, adamant they are fictional characters in search of an author. As the compelling narrative unfolds, their story is filmed and becomes entwined with the footage already being edited.

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Now updated and re-contextualised for the 21st century, Six Characters is a harrowing and witty play where reality and fiction become increasingly blurred. What unfolds is a sinister parable for a media-obsessed age and an exhilarating exploration of how we define ourselves and what we call ‘reality’. Master dramatist Luigi Pirandello’s innovative and probing play premiered in

Rome in 1921. It changed theatre’s perception of itself and is regarded as his tour de force. Six Characters in Search of an Author confirms Rupert Goold as “one of the most exciting directors of his generation” (The Daily Telegraph, UK). Produced in association with Chichester Festival Theatre.

York Theatre, Seymour Centre Preview January 19 at 8pm January 20, 22-24, 26-30 at 8pm January 23, 24, 27, 30 at 2pm January 31 at 5pm 2hrs 40mins, including interval A Reserve: $70/$65 B Reserve: $65/$60 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Seymour Centre: 02 9351 7940 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/six


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(India)

‘Whatever the style, A.R. Rahman’s music always possesses a profound sense of humanity and spirit.’ Baz Luhrmann

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Jai Ho! Prepare for a night like no other when Indian superstar A.R. Rahman takes to the stage for a free outdoor spectacular at Parramatta Park. Rahman, two-time Oscar winner for his work as composer and songwriter on the film Slumdog Millionaire, is the undisputed king of contemporary Indian music. His songs embrace Indian, Western and Asian influences, connecting with hearts and minds all over the world.

Sydney audiences have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see A.R. Rahman in the beautiful parkland setting of Parramatta Park. With an entourage of more than 40 musicians and Bollywood dancers on stage, this promises to be a fantastic night filled with colour, dancing and the irrepressible rhythms and melodies of contemporary India. Sydney Festival is proud to celebrate this inspiring and multidimensional artist – truly one of India’s international superstars.

Leave the car at home. Parramatta Park will be closed to cars on January 16. No need to BYO! A range of food and drinks will be available from early afternoon until the end of the evening. For further information about facilities, access and transport, visit sydneyfestival.org.au/rahman closer to the event. FREE Parramatta Park January 16 at 7.30pm sydneyfestival.org.au/rahman


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‘One of soul’s greatest singers.’ New York Times One of the all-time great voices of soul, Al Green, brings his joyous musical tour de force to Sydney for the first time. Green’s extraordinary voice became known to the world through a string of hits in the early 1970s like ‘Let’s Stay Together’ and ‘Love and Happiness’. These songs are etched into the minds of generations of music fans. In a career spanning more than four decades, the minister of L-O-V-E has sold over 20 million albums, won 11 Grammy Awards, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and is the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Join Al Green, his 13-piece band, singers and dancers for a passionate set of lovefuelled classics. Rejoice! Presented with the assistance of Chugg Entertainment. State Theatre January 11, 12 at 8pm 2hrs, including support act A Reserve: $125/$115 B Reserve: $115/$105 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/algreen

‘After four decades of shows, the legendary Reverend Al Green has lost none of his power.’ The Times

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By Igor Stravinsky With The Sydney Symphony and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Conductor: Joana Carneiro, Director: Peter Sellars Chorus Director: Brett Weymark

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Photo: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times. Cast members from 2009 production.

This rarely-performed double bill of Stravinsky masterworks features an epic staging by internationally acclaimed director Peter Sellars. Sellars’ production, created for a reconfigured Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, is brutally dramatic, visceral and starkly unadorned apart from seven magnificent thrones, created by Ethiopian artist Elias Sime to represent the main characters in the tragedy.

Last staged in Sydney over 30 years ago, Oedipus Rex is musically dazzling from its first explosive chorus to its violent, predestined conclusion. This telling balances the bleakness of Oedipus’ death with the redemptive chorus of Symphony of Psalms, allowing the myth to end in transfiguration and peace.

a dynamic American/ Australian cast of soloists including Rodrick Dixon, Ryan McKinny and Daniel Montenegro reprising their roles from the LA Philharmonic production, Yvonne Kenny as Jocasta, Paula Arundell as Antigone/Narrator and Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Elma Kris as Ismene.

In her Australian debut, rising star Joana Carneiro conducts the Sydney Symphony, 120 members of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and

Sung in Latin with English surtitles. This production originated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in April 2009.

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House January 28-30 at 8pm 1hr 30mins, including interval Premium: $189 A Reserve: $169/$154 B Reserve: $154/$139 C Reserve: $139/$129 Standing: $50 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Sydney Opera House: 02 9250 7777 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/oedipus Limited wheelchair seating. Entry via stage door. TTY 02 9250 7347

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Lemi Ponifasio, MAU (New Zealand)

Tempes: without a body

Photo: Lemi Ponifasio/MAU

‘An impressive choreographic tour de force.’ Le Soir (Belgium)

‘Clear. Beautiful. Masterful… The voice of this work, sentient and succinct, need not be interpreted. It speaks for itself with a sacred tongue.’ Lumiere (NZ)

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In Tempest: without a body, choreographer Lemi Ponifasio has created a poignant, poetic and frighteningly beautiful reflection on the post-9/11 world. An angel with a broken body and crumpled wings too small for flight, wanders on the landscape of blood and destruction. The dancers of the MAU company emerge from the shadows to pray on the ruins of history.

First staged at the Vienna Festival in 2007, Tempest: without a body interweaves Shakespeare’s The Tempest’s themes of institutional injustice with the ideas of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. The presence - activist on stage of Maori Tame Iti adds ceremonial and political potency. Part dance, part theatre, part oratory, Tempest grabs you by the throat with its authentic style and content.

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre January 10 at 1pm, 8pm 1hr 30mins, no interval $45/$40 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Seymour Centre: 02 9351 7940 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/tempest

MAU also present the 5th Pacific Thought Symposium. See page 47.


Photo: Wolgang Krichner

The Manganiyar ‘A joyous, communal experience of the seductive power of music.’ The Irish Independent

With a showman’s flair, director Roysten Abel has transformed a traditional Indian music concert into a dazzling theatrical event, placing 43 Rajasthani musicians in a whimsical ‘magic box’ structure. Inspired by the windows of Amsterdam’s red light district, the individual curtained compartments are framed by carnival lights, opening one by one to reveal one solo musician, then another and another.

(India)

Seducion

The build-up of instruments and voices unfolds into a lush spectacle of melody, rhythm and song. The Manganiyars are a caste of musicians from the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. Their repertoire ranges from ballads about kings to Sufi songs written by mystics and songs marking occasions such as birth, marriage, rains and feasts.

York Theatre, Seymour Centre January 11-14 at 7pm January 13 at 2pm 1hr 20mins, no interval $45/$40 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Seymour Centre: 02 9351 7940 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/manganiyar

This ensemble spans three generations of musicians whose exhuberance and joy are a celebration of life itself.

For artist talk, see page 47.

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Photo: Herman Sorgeloos

Muziektheater Transparant (Belgium)

With Collegium Vocale Gent Director: Josse de Pauw ‘One of the most original, haunting and troubling productions I have encountered in 20 years of Edinburgh Festival visits.’ The Daily Telegraph (UK)

A spellbinding recital of Schubert lieder is abruptly disturbed by people who wish to admit to their voluntary service in the SS. Drawing on an archive of 1960s interviews with Dutch veterans who enlisted with the Nazis in 1940, Ruhe (Silence) is verbatim theatre recounting the experience of those who cannot shake off the demons of their past. Through songs, soliloquies and images, we witness these confessions in a gripping performance, which unveils the ambivalence between victim and perpetrator in the historical experience of continental Europe. Ruhe’s complex emotional landscape is directed by Josse de Pauw and features the renowned musical ensemble Collegium Vocale Ghent. This

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is Muziektheater Transparant’s Australian premiere. Spoken in English, songs in German. This production is supported by Ghent UNESCO Creative City of Music. Muziektheater Transparant is supported by the Flemish Government and the Province of Antwerp. The Great Hall, The University of Sydney January 25-29 at 8.30pm January 27 at 2pm January 28, 29 at 6.30pm 1hr 15mins, no interval $75/$70 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/ruhe

For artist talk, see page 47.


Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM (Canada). Choreographer: Crystal Pite.

Photo: Dean Buscher

‘Think William Forsythe with a woman’s touch, drawn more to beauty than its opposite.’ The Independent

Dark Matters is a haunting portrait of the unknown, a performance that pulls itself apart in an attempt to discover what it’s made of. ‘Dark matter’ is the terra incognita of our day. Comprising roughly 96 per cent of the observable universe, it affects the speed, structure and evolution of galaxies, yet its nature remains a mystery. This potent darkness is paralleled in choreographer

Crystal Pite’s newest creation. Dark Matters emerges out of Pite’s fascination with the unseen forces at work on mind and body. It features six dancers and a stunning original score from long-time collaborator Owen Belton. Vancouver-based Crystal Pite is Associate Dance Artist at the Canadian National Arts Centre and Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater. She is an

extraordinary dancer and a supremely inventive choreographer whose distinct style fuses classical elements, the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation, and a strong theatrical sensibility. Dark Matters is co-produced by Dance Victoria, National Arts Centre (Ottawa), L’Agora de la danse (Montréal) and Arts Partners in Creative Development.

Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay January 19-23 at 8pm January 24 at 5pm 1hr 25mins, including interval A Reserve: $70/$65 B Reserve: $60/$55 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Sydney Theatre: 02 9250 1999 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 1300 795 012 sydneyfestival.org.au/dark

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(Australia) Sydney artist Lynette Wallworth’s three installations are intense, immersive experiences.

Produced by Forma. For artist talk, see page 47. *Also open some evenings, for further details visit sydneyfestival.org.au/wallworth

Photo: Rocco Fasano

Wallworth makes skillful use of video and responsive technologies to create deeply emotional and human experiences. Acclaimed around the world as individual pieces, Sydney Festival presents Invisible by Night, Evolution of Fearlessness and Duality of Light for the first time as a trilogy designed to take each viewer on a moving, unique and singular journey.

FREE CarriageWorks Bay 20 January 7-24 Tue-Sun 10am-5pm* sydneyfestival.org.au/wallworth

Ensemble Offspring (Australia) ‘Intellect meets sensuality.’ Sydney Morning Herald When Lucia tops her husband in Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor, her ensuing descent into madness is accompanied by a glass harmonica: an angelic-sounding instrument that fell from favour because it was thought to trigger insanity. When Sydney’s champions of weird and wonderful music, Ensemble Offspring, laid their hands on what is thought to be the only glass harmonica in the country, Donizetti’s ‘mad scene’ was just the beginning of a startling yet beautiful passage through a fragile soundworld of glass.

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Created by Damien Ricketson, Fractured Again is a striking multimedia experience featuring electronica by Pimmon fused with live violin, clarinet and percussion, alongside Andrew Wholley’s video projected onto a glass installation designed by Elaine Miles, which is performed like an exotic gong. The Great Hall, The University of Sydney January 21-23 at 8.30pm 60mins, no interval $30 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/fractured


Museum of Contemporary Art in association with Sydney Festival presents

(Denmark/Iceland) This summer the MCA presents the must-see contemporary art event of the year. Take your time: Olafur Eliasson is the first large-scale exhibition of works by the Danish/Icelandic artist presented in Australia.

practice is informed by Iceland’s primordial landscape and spectacular weather. He draws upon elements such as light, water, ice, fog, arctic moss and lava rock to create works that shift the viewer’s perception and sense of place.

Gathering works from major collections worldwide, it spans Eliasson’s diverse career from 1993 to the present and includes large-scale installations, sculpture and photography. Eliasson’s

From light-filled environments to walk-in kaleidoscopes, Eliasson’s unique, experiential works explore the intersection between nature and science, and the boundary between the organic and the artificial.

MCA, Circular Quay West December 10-April 11 10am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day) Adult: $15 Concession/Student: $10 Family (2 adults and 3 children aged 13-17): $40 Children under 12 free Door sales only sydneyfestival.org.au/eliasson

Photo: Olafur Eliasson, 360° room for all colours, 2002; installation view at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Private collection, courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; © 2007 Olafur Eliasson.

Major Partner: Pandora

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Photo: Wang Jianwei, Symptom, 2007. Courtesy the artist.

Campbelltown Arts Centre, Gallery 4A and Sydney Festival present

Edge of Elsewhere Edge of Elsewhere is a major three-year project that brings together some of the most exciting contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific to develop new artworks in partnership with Sydney communities. Sydney is one of Australia’s most rapidly changing cities and is now more culturally diverse than ever before. The continually changing demographics provide an imperative to examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, communities and cultures. Edge of Elsewhere reflects and engages with the diverse cultural mix of suburban Sydney.

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2010 Artists Brook Andrew (Australia) Arahmaiani (Indonesia) Richard Bell (Australia) Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (Korea) Dacchi Dang (Australia) Newell Harry (Australia) Shigeyuki Kihara (Aotearoa New Zealand) Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (Vietnam) Lisa Reihana (Aotearoa New Zealand) Khaled Sabsabi (Australia) Wang Jianwei (China)

Campbelltown Arts Centre January 16-March 7 10am-4pm (daily) Asia/Pacific Cultural Futures Forum: January 16 at 2pm Gallery 4A January 16-February 6 11am-6pm (closed Sun/Mon) sydneyfestival.org.au/edge


About An Hour is back and has moved to a new home in the Inner West. For those with a short attention span and a limited budget, this program of great local and international shows is just the ticket at $30 or less.

As always, the work is fresh, exciting and runs for, well… about an hour! Seymour Centre 02 9351 7940 Sydney Festival 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/hour

Playful, irreverent, witty and wry, from World Premieres to award-winning hits, these eight shows will have the Seymour Centre buzzing.

Photo: Marcus Lieberenz

Pan Pan Theatre (Ireland)

‘Mixes Jerry Springer moments and rock music with mutilation, catharsis and comedy.’ The Guardian

Anarchic Dublin company Pan Pan Theatre’s punk rock sensibility strikes a fierce chord in this savvy update of Sophocles’ classic drama of the ultimate dysfunctional family. They bring decidedly modern twists and ample humour to their explorations and yet stay more true to the thrust and themes of the original than you might first think. Oedipus is still counselled by the wise Tiresias, but

now the sightless sage is a Freudian analyst and ex-glam rocker. Sexual desire runs unchecked and tensions still seethe, but now the backdrop is the BBQ grill of Oedipus’ suburban hideaway.

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre January 21-23, 25 at 8.30pm January 23, 24 at 5pm 1hr 15mins, no interval $30. To book, see above Multipack discount: see pg 64 sydneyfestival.org.au/panpan

The dramatic tension is maxed up by Gavin Quinn’s remote-control direction and thrash metal performed live by the cast of five. Contains nudity.

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Sydney Festival, Musica Viva and the Seymour Centre present

(Australia) Sing, dance and play! Music comes to life in this performance by Zeeko, created especially for children aged 3-8 and their families.

Photo: Karen Steains

Zeeko’s original, energetic tunes explore the natural environment and are performed with boxes, rainsticks, bottles and electric guitars, created from natural and man-made items.

Zeeko is the latest ensemble from Musica Viva, Australia’s premier organisation dedicated to bringing quality music to people of all ages. Seymour Centre January 20-23, 27-30 at 10am, 12pm 60mins, no interval $16.50 To book, see page 21 sydneyfestival.org.au/zeeko

Zeeko performs in the ‘Proms format’ where big friends and little friends will enjoy the close engagement with the musicians and their instruments.

Image: Debra Hutchings

Oxford Playhouse (UK) ‘Silly, stirring, inspiring stuff.’ The Daily Telegraph (UK) Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, One Small Step by David Hastings is an actionpacked, fast and funny, full-throttled trip to the moon! Directed by Toby Hulse, the play’s two actors bring dozens of characters to life in a brilliantly inventive exploration of the space race. Together they show how it’s possible to land on the moon with little more than buckets, cardboard boxes and a thermos flask.

Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre Preview January 12 at 7pm January 13-15 at 7pm January 16, 17 at 2pm, 5pm 60mins, no interval Adult: $30 / Child: $15 To book, see page 21 sydneyfestival.org.au/smallstep Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres January 20-22 at 7pm January 23, 24 at 2pm, 5pm Adult: $30 Child: $15 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Riverside Theatres: 02 8839 3399 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038

6+ Supported by Parramatta City Council and Sydney Water.

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Sydney Festival in association with Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival presents

Happy aS Larry Shaun Parker & Company (Australia)

Photo: Stephen Oxenbury

World Premiere

‘Shaun Parker is a creative force to be reckoned with.’ The Advertiser

What makes us happy? Nine remarkable performers with nine very distinctive personalities explore the elusive nature of human happiness in Shaun Parker’s latest dance theatre work, accompanied by a vibrant electro-acoustic score from Nick Wales and Bree van Reyk. The cast of characters is developed from the Enneagram, a psychological system that maps nine personality types:

the Perfectionist, the Seducer, the Performer, the Tragic Romantic, the Observer, the Devil’s Advocate, the Optimist, the Boss and the Mediator – all rich inspiration for Parker’s insightful creativity. Parker’s choreography is driven more by human feelings and psychological idiosyncrasies than pure physicality. His work was last seen at Sydney Festival with his award-winning This Show is About People (2008).

Riverside Theatre, Parramatta Previews: January 22 at 8pm January 23 at 2pm Season: January 23 at 8pm January 24 at 5pm 1hr 15 mins, no interval $30 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Riverside Theatres: 02 8839 3399 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre January 27-30 at 8.30pm January 30 at 2pm 1hr 15 mins, no interval $30 Multipack discount: see pg 64 sydneyfestival.org.au/happy

Supported by Parramatta City Council and Sydney Water.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival.

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Isy Suttie

Love Lost In The British Retail Industry (UK) ‘Suttie has something of a contemporary Victoria Wood about her, being a talented musician with a canny eye for accents and the nuances of working folk.’ The Sunday Times Star of the BAFTA award winning UK cult sitcom Peep Show, Isy Suttie brings her debut solo show to Sydney. Love Lost is a story of lives intersecting in the aisles of a supermarket. A multitalented singer, comedian and wordsmith, Suttie plays all characters: the protagonist Lisa, a lovelorn cashier; Carl, a vegan shelf-stacker too weak to reach the top shelf; a panto-actress-fairy godmother; and the touring American singer-songwriter Mary, who conspires to make and break Lisa’s hopes of love in the British retail industry.

Nominated Best Female Newcomer – British Comedy Awards 2008 Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre January 16, 17, 19-23 at 8.30pm 60mins, no interval $30 sydneyfestival.org.au/suttie

Hoipolloi (UK) ‘Hugh Hughes, a one-man charm factory, has built up quite a reputation... for his touching storytelling shows.’ chortle.co.uk

Photo: Geraint Lewis

Hugh is finding things tough. People keep telling him to “grow up.” He returns to his childhood home in Anglesey to climb Mt Snowdon with his best friend Gareth. But as the ascent to the summit descends into farce, Hugh starts to ask some big questions about fantasy, friendship and bottling things up.

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Welshman Hugh Hughes has performed all over the world, making friends and winning legions of fans with his uniquely comic and big-hearted take on life. His first two shows

with Hoipolloi, Floating and Story of a Rabbit, toured five continents, including a sell out season of Floating in Sydney. Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre January 22-25, 27-30 at 7pm 1hr 10mins, no interval $30 sydneyfestival.org.au/360


The Invisible Dot (UK) ‘Injects new life into the hoary old genre of political satire... brilliant.’ The Independent

Winner of a 2009 Fringe First Award, Party is a new comic play about small minds tackling big issues – China, sex trafficking, cycle lanes, unfair trade coffee and when, exactly, they should break for cake. Writer Tom Basden (Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2007) is joined by a cast of bold and imaginative comics: Anna Crilly (British Comedy Awards Best

Newcomer Nominee 2008); Tim Key (Best Show Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2009); Katy Wix (Extras) and Jonny Sweet (Best Newcomer Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2009). Directed by 2008 and 2009 Fringe First winner, Phillip Breen. Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre January 12-15 at 8.30pm January 16, 17 at 8pm 55mins, no interval $30 Multipack discount: see pg 64 sydneyfestival.org.au/party

‘Tim Key is a one-off, an adorably diffident performance poet and stand-up. His charming show is full of surprises.’

Photo: Noel McLaughlin

From a humble garden shed in deepest suburbia, a group of young idealists form a new political party to save the world from itself.

The Invisible Dot (UK)

Edinburgh Comedy Awards Not all poems are epic. Tim Key’s verse captures life in tiny snapshots. Winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show 2009, The Slutcracker is a confused procession of idiosyncratic poetry and prose arranged into a brittle, theatrical and precarious performance.

Contains coarse language. Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre January 16, 17, 19-23 at 10pm 55mins, no interval $30 sydneyfestival.org.au/slutcracker

BAFTA nominee, Tim Key is an original new voice in comedy.

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Photo: T Charles Erickson

Fabulous Beast (Ireland). Director: Michael Keegan-Dolan.

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‘Brazenly and triumphantly new.’ H H H H H The Guardian

In the small town of Ballyfeeny where the cloud hangs low and people keep secrets for good reasons, a lonely Giselle McCreedy cares for her abusive brother. The town’s inhabitants are quick to exchange gloom for glamour when the line-dancing Bratislavan Albrecht arrives in town, and for the first time Giselle dares to dream of escape.

Described as “one of the most daring and highly original dance theatre companies in the world” (The Times), Fabulous Beast is an international ensemble led by Irish director and choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. Nominated for an Olivier Award following its London premiere, this radical reinterpretation of the romantic ballet is dark, shocking and sinister, illuminated with brilliant flashes of absurd humour. Keegan-Dolan and his virtuosic cast blend speech,

song, stunning imagery and superb choreography in this uncompromising production. Originally co-produced by Fabulous Beast & Dublin Theatre Festival. Contains strong language, material of a sexual nature and scenes which some may find disturbing.

CarriageWorks Bay 17 Preview January 20 at 8pm January 22, 23, 25 at 8pm January 24, 26 at 5pm 1hr 20mins, no interval A Reserve: $75/$70 B Reserve: $65/$60 Transaction fees up to $5.50 apply Multipack discount: see pg 64 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/giselle

Not suitable for children.

For artist talk, see page 47.

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Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre Company, Edinburgh International Festival and Malthouse Melbourne present

(Australia) By Tom Wright After Voltaire Director: Michael Kantor ‘[A] surreal, visually stunning and at times shocking take on Voltaire’s picaresque satire.’

Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide (Frank Woodley) is an openminded young man whose tutor, Pangloss (Barry Otto), has instilled in him the belief that ‘all is for the best’. But

when his love for the Baron’s rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is expelled from the land – forced to make his own way in the world. Directed by Michael Kantor, the irresistible Woodley leads a wonderful bunch of clowns on a road trip like no other. Our hero’s resolve never waivers as he travels across continents in search of his beloved. Join the criminally cheerful Candide for a journey to Utopia and back again.

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House Previews January 8, 9, 11 January 13 - February 14 (see p56-57 for full schedule) 2hrs 10mins, including interval Previews: $60 Season: $80/$70/$30(U30 yrs) Sat evening: all tickets $85 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Sydney Theatre Company: 02 9250 1777 Sydney Opera House: 02 9250 7777 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 sydneyfestival.org.au/optimism

Photo: Frank Woodley by Garth Oriander

Metro

Turning a quizzical eye to the woes of the heart, and reeking with scandal and scurrilous vice, this production transforms Voltaire’s classic satire of enlightened insanity, Candide, into a cutting commentary on the ‘no-worries’ bravura of the Australian swagger.

‘A rollicking good night.’ The Glasgow Herald

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Internationally acclaimed, and undeniably Australian, Circus Oz returns to Sydney with two hours of exuberant physicality, exquisitely executed aerial mastery, jaw-dropping acrobatic performances and comedic mayhem – all driven by the dynamic, original and eclectic music of the all new Circus Oz band.

‘Fast, funny and sexy… [Circus Oz is] guaranteed to bring out the awed inner child in the grumpiest adult.’ The Australian

‘A big, shiny crowd-puller of a spectacle by a group that is at the top of its game.’

Expect barely controlled chaos, a manic comic knockabout cyclone of absurd acrobatics and non-stop action that will have audiences both young and old on the edge of their seats.

The List

Photo: Jess Bialek

Circus Oz Big Top, Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour December 30 - January 26 (See pages 56-57 for full schedule) 2hrs, including interval Premium: Adult: $75/$65 Child: $40 Family (2 adults/2 children): $190 A Reserve: Adult: $55/$45 Child: $30 Family (2 adults/2 children): $140 B Reserve: Adult: $50/$40 Child: $25 Family (2 adults/2 children): $125 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 Group prices (10+): 02 8512 9020 sydneyfestival.org.au/circusoz

Circus Oz (Australia)

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The Fence

Urban Theatre Projects (Australia)

Four friends have just finished dinner. Two are watching the footy, the others are in the kitchen cracking jokes. Their voices drift through the fading light as a shadow enters the backyard, sinks into a garden chair and drops a bag. She’s been gone a long time…

After sell-out seasons of Back Home (2006) and The Last Highway (2008), Australian theatre company Urban Theatre Projects returns to Sydney Festival with their newest creation, The Fence. The Fence is an explosive story of love, belonging and dispossession. The performance takes place in a purpose-built family home in western Sydney. The story is of the resilience and wisdom of five middle-aged Australians, four of whom grew up in care as part of the Stolen Generations and Forgotten Australians.

delivers a raw and poetic portrait of contemporary life. The Fence was devised by a team of artists working in consultation with Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members with related experiences. Contains coarse language. A backyard in Parramatta Meeting Point: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta at 8.30pm Audience then have an easy 10 minute walk to site. Disabled access, please call 02 9707 2111 Preview: January 13 at 8.30pm Season: Mon-Sat January 14-30 at 8.30pm 1hr 25mins, no interval Preview: $30 Season: $45/$35 Transaction fees up to $5.50 apply Riverside Theatres: 02 8839 3399 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 sydneyfestival.org.au/fence

Director Alicia Talbot, renowned for her collaborative and dialogue-driven approach,

Bear WitneSS Bear Witness is a media artist, DJ and film editor based in Ottawa, Canada. Bear Witness explores stereotypical representations of Aboriginal peoples in North American media and popular culture, re-editing these images to create new narratives representing his experiences as an urban Aboriginal artist. While in Parramatta, Bear Witness will be creating a new video work in conjunction

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(Canada)

with the local Darug community for an visual art exhibition called The only good NDN (Indian). FREE Parramatta Artists Studios January 18-March 19 Mon-Fri 12pm-4pm Ph: 02 9687 6090 sydneyfestival.org.au/witness


Photo: John McDermott

‘From the beginning, The Arrival held its audience in a state of rapture and curiosity.’ The Herald (NZ)

Red Leap Theatre (New Zealand) Based on the illustrated book by Shaun Tan. What drives so many people to leave behind everything they know to journey alone to a land where the future is unknown? This question inspired Shaun Tan’s award-winning book The Arrival, now transformed from the page in this wondrous, wordless stage production. Fleeing an oppressive force and leaving behind his wife and child, a man travels vast oceans in search of a better life.

He encounters indecipherable languages, peculiar customs, curious animals and dazzling architecture. Baffled and bewildered, he endeavours to find a home, a job and the security he needs to reunite his family.

a land of flying ships, strange birds and travelling balloons. This story of overcoming hardship, and of humanity and hope, is a tribute to migrants and refugees throughout the world. 6+

Captivating audiences of all ages, The Arrival’s highly physical cast combines music, movement, puppetry and shadow play to send your heart and imagination to

Developed through ‘Watch This Space’, Auckland Festival.

CarriageWorks Bay 17 January 10 at 5pm January 11, 14, 16 at 7pm January 13, 15 at 11am, 3pm January 17 at 3pm 1hr 15mins, no interval A Reserve: Adult: $45/$40 Child: $15 Family (2 adults/2 children): $100 B Reserve: Adult: $40/$35 Child: $15 Family (2 adults/2 children): $85 Transaction fees up to $5.50 apply Multipack discount: see pg 64 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/arrival

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Sydney Opera House in association with Sydney Festival presents

(Brazil) ‘Stunning... If only I’d had a sixth star at my disposal.’ H H H H H The Scotsman, UK

‘A freewheeling mix of rhythm, high spirits and serious intent... a joy to behold.’ The Guardian

Balé de Rua brings the colour of carnivále and the passion of Brazil to the Concert Hall stage with a pulsating mix of hip-hop, African dance, samba and capoeira. Hailing from the streets of Brazil, this adrenalin-fuelled cast of 15 dancers and two vocalists deliver a high energy performance celebrating life, love and all things Brazilian.

Photo: Frédéric Desmesures

Breathtaking body movements and a vibrant backdrop of percussion ensure this dynamic street ballet will have you dancing in your seats.

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Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House January 8, 10, 12-17 at 8pm January 9-10, 16 at 2pm 1hr 15mins, no interval Premium: $99 A Reserve: $79/$69 B Reserve: $69/$59 C Reserve: $59/$49 Transaction fees up to $8.50 apply Sydney Opera House: 02 9250 7777 sydneyfestival.org.au/bale Limited wheelchair seating. Entry via stage door. TTY 02 9250 7347


‘On a par with Glenn Gould or Rostropovich—the sort of musician you only encounter once or twice in a lifetime.’ BBC Radio 3

More than any other player, Diabaté is responsible for bringing the sounds of the kora, a traditional West African 21-string harp, to audiences around the world. He has collaborated across the musical spectrum with artists including jazz trombonist and composer Roswell Rudd, blues legend Taj Mahal, singer-songwriter/producer Damon Albarn and Icelandic pop icon Björk. At the State Theatre, Diabaté and his six-piece band perform the Australian premiere of his Grammy nominated album The Mandé Variations exclusively in Sydney. This special concert will feature visionary interpretations of traditional kora music alongside ground-breaking improvised pieces, drawing on Western influences including jazz, blues and flamenco.

For a high energy concert, head to Riverside Theatre for a night with Diabaté and his much-loved Symmetric Orchestra, in a super-charged celebration of Mali music. Toumani Diabaté also appears at Summer Sounds in The Domain. See page 45. State Theatre January 17 at 8pm 1hr 15mins, no interval A Reserve: $70/$65 B Reserve: $65/$60 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/diabate

Riverside Theatre, Parramatta (with The Symmetric Orchestra) January 15 at 8pm 1hr 30mins, no interval Tickets: $65/$55 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Riverside Theatres: 02 8839 3399 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 Photo: Youri Lenquette

Virtuoso musician Toumani Diabaté channels equal parts Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and ancient griot tradition. Celebrated as one of Africa’s most gifted musicians, Diabaté’s recording career spans more than 20 years, and includes the Grammywinning album In the Heart of the Moon, recorded with the great Ali Farka Touré.

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‘Neko Case is on her way to welldeserved status as a music legend for our generation.’ Bust Magazine

‘One of pop’s best voices.’ Spin Magazine

(USA)

Virginia-born singer-songwriter Neko Case makes audiences swoon with the formidable strength, clarity and emotional range of her voice and the downcast beauty of her music. Her five-piece band creates an instrumental bed of soaring country rock, power pop hymns and experimental Americana over which Case layers her smoky, sophisticated voice.

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A long-time member of Canadian indie-rock group The New Pornographers, Case’s contemporaries and collaborators also include M. Ward, Calexico, The Sadies and Giant Sand. The release of her latest studio album Middle Cyclone garnered Case her first top ten record in the United States, debuting at number three on the Billboard album chart.

City Recital Hall Angel Place January 11, 12 at 7pm A Reserve: $55/$50 B Reserve: $50/$45 Multipack discount: see pg 64 City Recital Hall: 02 8256 2222 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/neko


‘There’s enough light here to illuminate the darkest heart.’ H H H H H The Independent

Grizzly Bear (USA)

Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear are unanimously celebrated by fans, critics and musicians alike for their beautifully crafted and evocative pop music. Combining kaleidoscopic vocal harmonies, driving rhythms and off-centre melodies, Grizzly Bear create pop music in the tradition of some of the most revered experimental American music. The band’s hectic touring schedule has included performances with Radiohead, TV on the Radio, Feist and a prestigious UK performance with the London Symphony Orchestra. Experience Grizzly Bear’s spectral sounds in the perfect acoustic surrounds of the City Recital Hall. Grizzly Bear also appear at Beck’s Festival Bar. See page 52.

Photo: Tom Hines

City Recital Hall Angel Place January 11, 12 at 9.30pm A Reserve: $55/$50 B Reserve: $50/$45 Multipack discount: see pg 64 City Recital Hall: 02 8256 2222 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/grizzly

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Photo: Andrezej Tyszko

‘Their music converts rigid form into glorious freedom in the most sophisticated way.’ Evening Standard The mutual ease and intuition of Marcin Wasilewski Trio, one of Europe’s finest jazz groups, is something at which to marvel. These three exceptional young musicians honed their skills working with Poland’s iconic trumpet star Tomasz Sta n´ ko and have emerged as a potent force at the forefront of contemporary European jazz trios, with a brace of critically acclaimed albums for the renowned ECM marque.

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Sta´nko says, ‘In the entire history of Polish jazz we’ve never had a band like this one. They just keep getting better and better.’ Marcin Wasilewski’s feathery touch on piano, combined with slow transitions and subtle interaction between players Michal Miskiewicz (percussion) and Slawomir Kurkiewicz (double bass), creates a bewitching sound – balanced, complex and delicate.

Their eclectic repertoire includes music by Prince, Carla Bley, Björk, Gary Peacock, Tomasz Sta´nko and Ennio Morricone, as well as original compositions by Wasilewski.

(Poland)

City Recital Hall Angel Place January 27 at 6.30pm 1hr 50mins, including interval A Reserve: $60/$55 B Reserve: $55/$50 C Reserve: $50/$45 Multipack discount: see pg 64 City Recital Hall: 02 8256 2222 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/wasilewski


‘One of the five quartets you should know about.’ Gramophone

Photo: Guy Vivien Droits réservés

Program 1: January 23 at 2pm Onslow (1783-1853): Quartet Op.56 (1834) Toshio Hosokawa (b.1955): Blossoming (2007), – Australian premiere Bartók (1881-1945): Quartet No.5 (1934) 1hr 30mins, including interval

(France) City Recital Hall Angel Place A Reserve: $55/$50 B Reserve: $50/$45 C Reserve: $45/$40 Multipack discount: see pg 64 City Recital Hall: 02 8256 2222 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/diotima

Program 2: January 23 at 5pm Schubert (1797-1828): Quartet No.2 in C major D.32 (1812) Matthew Shlomowitz (b.1975): Theme Street Parade (2009) – Australian premiere Ravel (1875-1937): String Quartet (1903) 60 mins, no interval Diotima is a string quartet formed by graduates of the Paris and Lyon Conservatoires.

with programs juxtaposing European classical repertoire with bold new commissions.

Alongside an impressive classical repertoire, Diotima play great music for string quartet of the late 20th century. The result is performances of great range and virtuosity,

These three concerts will be exhilarating journeys through a variety of sound worlds and periods.

Program 3: January 24 at 2pm Ligeti (1923-2006): Quartet No.2 (1968) Alberto Posadas (b.1967): Liturgia Fractal Sections D+A (2004-08) – Australian premiere Beethoven (1770-1827): Quartet No.15 in A minor Op.132 (1825) 1hr 45mins, including interval

Ryan McKinny, bass-baritone. Sharolyn Kimmorley, piano. “I came here as a stranger, as a stranger I depart” – so the ‘Winter Journey’ of the rejected lover begins.

Photo: photo©hkvam

Franz Schubert/Wilhelm Müller

Winterreise, Franz Schubert’s song cycle of Wilhelm Müller’s poems, is an achingly heartfelt farewell to life and a study of isolation, alienation and morbid grief. The 24 songs describe a journey to self-destruction with irony, misanthropic ferocity and black humour, making this 1827 song cycle a dramatic challenge for singers.

same remarkable intensity to Winterreise as he does to opera roles such as Figaro, Escamillo, Hercules and Creon/Tiresias in Oedipus Rex. City Recital Hall Angel Place January 24 at 5pm A Reserve: $45/$40 B Reserve: $40/$35 C Reserve: $35/$30 Multipack discount: see pg 64 City Recital Hall: 02 8256 2222 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/winterreise

American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny brings the

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(USA)

‘Bonded as if in a purposeful and passionate quest to unite the opposites of discipline and spontaneity.’ All About Jazz Over the course of their near two-decade career, New York trio Medeski Martin & Wood have made improvisation their language. With bold intentions to popularise contemporary jazz their sound is tempered by soul, funk and rock embellishments. Through their long-honed group chemistry and individual precision, keyboard player John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood make even the most sophisticated rhythmic and harmonic ideas instantly accessible to their listeners,

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while imparting the simplest statements with a profound resonance and clarity. Their wide-ranging appeal has seen the group support rock bands Morphine and Los Lobos and members of the trio contribute to projects of Grammy-winner Rickie Lee Jones and revered American jazz musician John Scofield. With each performance, Medeski Martin & Wood spontaneously shape ideas, embarking on a journey whose destination is unknown even to them.

City Recital Hall Angel Place January 27 at 9.30pm 1hr 30mins, no interval A Reserve: $60/$55 B Reserve: $55/$50 Multipack discount: see pg 64 City Recital Hall: 02 8256 2222 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/medeski

The Famous Spiegeltent Festival Garden (acoustic set) January 28 at 5.30pm 1hr 20mins $45* To book, see page 39


This January, Hyde Park is again transformed into a musical and theatrical playground for all of Sydney to enjoy.

Early in the evening there is an eclectic line-up of music and later you can experience the craziness of Late at the Garden.

Festival Garden Hyde Park North Cnr College & Park Streets January 7-31 (closed January 9, 11, 18, 26) Multipack discount: see pg 64 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 sydneyfestival.org.au/garden *Booking fees up to $2.70 apply

Photo: Prudence Upton

Be among the first to see Smoke & Mirrors – a magical new show from the producers of La Clique created especially for The Famous Spiegeltent.

Festival Garden is an over 18s venue from 5pm.

(Canada) ‘The grimy booze-sodden blues of Tom Waits, the woozy widescreen drama of Portishead, the moody piano-bothering of Debussy and above all Watson’s mercurial vocals.’ NME Hailing from Montreal, Patrick Watson’s transcendent Jeff Buckley-esque falsetto and exquisite, filmic soundscapes have garnered him critical acclaim and an exponentially growing fanbase. Watson’s debut album took out Canada’s prestigious Polaris Prize in 2007 ahead of Arcade Fire and Feist, and he has since lent his ethereal vocals to the The Cinematic Orchestra song ‘To Build A Home’.

Revered for his spellbinding live performances, Watson is joined for his Sydney debut by Simon Angell on ukulele, banjo and lead guitar, Mishka Stein on bass and Robbie Kuster on percussion. Together they craft a dreamlike soundtrack to accompany Watson’s sweet, yet raw and world-weary voice. The Famous Spiegeltent January 10, 12, 13 at 7pm 1hr 30mins $45* To book, see above sydneyfestival.org.au/watson

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(Senegal/UK)

Photo: Judith Burrows

‘The Hendrix of the kora.’ Music News Seckou Keita is a shining advocate of the rhythmically rocking repertoire of southern Senegal. Keita and his quintet blend traditional West African roots music with modern European jazz and classical music influences to produce a unique sound driven by Keita’s spectacular innovations on the kora (a 21 string harp).

The Famous Spiegeltent January 19-21 at 7pm 1hr 30mins $45* To book, see page 39 sydneyfestival.org.au/keita

The quintet is formed by Keita, Egyptian violinist Samy Bishai, Italian bassist Davide Mantovani, Gambian percussionist Surahata Susso and the bluesy vocals of Binta Suso.

Sutherland Entertainment Centre January 23 at 8pm $39/$37 Ph: 02 4723 7600

Q Theatre, Penrith January 22 at 8pm $39/$30 Ph: 02 4723 7600

Sharon Shannon Band (Ireland)

Virtuosic accordion player Sharon Shannon is one of the most exciting and adventurous musical spirits to emerge from Ireland in the past ten years. She is revered as one of the great innovators, and has recorded and toured with artists including Sinéad O’Connor, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Steve Earle and Nigel Kennedy. Shannon performs with an all-star Anglo-Irish band: banjo legend Gerry O’Connor (Four Men and a Dog), acoustic guitarist Jim Murray and All Britain/All Ireland Champion fiddle player Dezi Donnelly. In 2009, Sharon Shannon was awarded the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Famous Spiegeltent January 29-30 at 5.30pm January 31 at 7pm 1hr 25mins $45* To book, see page 39 sydneyfestival.org.au/shannon Riverside Theatre, Parramatta January 27 at 8pm 1hr 25mins $50/$40 Riverside Theatres: 02 8839 3399 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038

Parramatta show supported by Parramatta City Council, Riverside Theatres and Sydney Water.

Supported by Culture Ireland.

‘Her music boldly goes into territory where other traditional musicians fear to tread.’ BBC Radio 3

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Photo: Jamie Williams

Director: Craig Ilott The luscious and utterly gorgeous Famous Spiegeltent has become one of the Festival’s favourite venues over the past few years. In 2010, Sydney Festival and the producers of La Clique unveil a brand new show – Smoke & Mirrors. Leave everyday life behind, enter the seductive world of The Famous Spiegeltent and

abandon yourself to a lavish and lyrical adventure of the fantastical kind. Part vaudeville, part fantasy, Smoke & Mirrors takes you on a journey across an illusory landscape, accompanied by some dangerously charismatic strangers and the extraordinary talents of iOTA (Hedwig and the Angry Inch).

Created and directed by Craig Ilott, Smoke & Mirrors will be a memorable night out for fans of Sydney Festival and The Famous Spiegeltent alike (it’s also a great way to celebrate the Spiegeltent’s 90th birthday!).

The Famous Spiegeltent Previews: January 7, 8, 10, 12 Season: January 13-31 Tue-Thu and Sun at 9.30pm Fri-Sat at 7.30pm & 9.30pm (excluding January 9) January 25 at 9.30pm (No show January 26) $55/$50 To book, see page 39 sydneyfestival.org.au/smoke

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(USA) ‘A kind of less-is-more future-folk, cliché-free and miraculously organic.’ The Independent With a cut-and-paste musical aesthetic, The Books’ Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong have perfected the audio collage. Combining found sound with lyrics and a traditional song structure, The Books create a brand of cinematic folktronica that is irrefutably their own. Delving into their vast digital library containing tens of thousands of audio and video samples, they use computer software and ragtag equipment to manipulate snippets of dialogue from

field recordings, home movies, TV, film and hypnotherapy cassettes. Layering these with their live vocals, guitar, cello and mesmerising video projections, The Books create a truly immersive electro-acoustic live experience. The Famous Spiegeltent January 16 at 5.30pm January 17 at 7pm 1hr 15mins $35* To book, see page 39 sydneyfestival.org.au/books

The HandSome Family

(USA)

‘Dark, elemental, mischievous and mournful.’ Mojo Husband and wife duo Brett Sparks (vocals, guitar) and Rennie Sparks (bass, banjo, vocals) have been recording as The Handsome Family for 14 years.

Photo: Mark Owen

Drawing on themes from Gothic fiction as well as American folk music, their storytelling style blends surreal, poetic lyrics about the miracles in everyday life with the sounds of traditional country, Tin Pan Alley, bluegrass and murder ballads.

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Showcasing songs from their most recent album Honey Moon, the Sparks celebrate their 20th year of marriage

with a series of love songs – odes to sex, devotion, redemption, sacrifice and New Mexico. The Famous Spiegeltent January 14 at 7pm January 15 at 5.30pm 1hr 20mins $35* To book, see page 39 sydneyfestival.org.au/handsome


(UK) ‘Marling enraptures live... with a clutch of songs so pure of emotion and soul that they couldn’t remain a secret for long.’ Clash Magazine Singer-songwriter Laura Marling is a rising star on the indie-folk scene. Combining a compelling yet husky voice, gently picked acoustic guitar and a talent for crafting bittersweet folk songs in the tradition of Joni Mitchell, Marling was only 18 years old when her acclaimed debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2008.

With a reputation for ‘pin-drop’ live performances, Marling and her band come to Sydney fresh from a sold-out performance at Royal Festival Hall in London and a US tour. The Famous Spiegeltent January 25, 27 at 7pm January 28 at 7.30pm 1hr 15mins $45* To book, see page 39 sydneyfestival.org.au/marling

(UK) ‘Fink’s ilk is so rare nowadays that we ought to embrace him with the kind of relish we would a well in a desert.’ Popmatters Hailed by the UK press as a 21st century John Martyn, Bristol-born singer-songwriter Fin Greenall, aka Fink, is an accomplished and versatile vocalist, songwriter and guitarist who combines folk, blues, electronica and dub influences in his music. Fink, with Guy Whittaker on bass and Tim Thornton on drums, has played over 400 shows in the last three years, supporting the likes of Zero 7 and Massive Attack. He has also written with artists including John Legend and Amy Winehouse, while lending his remixing skills to the works of Elbow, Nina Simone and Robert Belfour.

Fink began his career as a DJ and producer for independent record label Ninja Tune. His debut album saw him reincarnated as the label’s first singer-songwriter and he has since performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Milan’s San Siro Stadium. The Famous Spiegeltent January 22, 23 at 5.30pm January 24 at 7pm 1hr 15mins $35* To book, see page 39 sydneyfestival.org.au/fink

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The Festival’s annual free concerts in The Domain are among our most highly anticipated events. You and your friends and family are invited to join us for a summer evening of wonderful music under the stars – and best of all, it’s free!

Check The Daily Telegraph for information on the day of each concert or visit sydneyfestival.org.au/domain

Photo: Trent O’Donnell

Sponsored by The Daily Telegraph & ANZ

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Patrons are reminded of the following guidelines: • No pegging into the ground or reserving of unattended areas • No high chairs or beach umbrellas • No plastic sheeting or ice on the grass as this kills the lawns • Festival in The Domain concerts are Waste Wise Events so please recycle using the waste system provided and help save our environment.

No need to BYO! A whole range of food and drinks will be available from early afternoon through to the end of the evening. Wine and beer will be available at the Festival bars.

Photo: Youri Lenquette

We strongly recommend using public transport – call 131 500 for information. Limited spaces will be available for RTA Mobility Parking Scheme Permit Holders and must be booked before the event on 02 8006 5700.

DO BRING sunscreen, extra water and a hat. Ride your bike to the concert Bike racks will be available compliments of The Department of Environment and Climate Change.

Symphony in The Domain

Summer Sounds in The Domain (Australia)

with The Sydney Symphony Conductor: Paul Kildea Symphony in The Domain is one of Sydney’s favourite ways to spend a summer evening. This year, conductor Paul Kildea celebrates the music of brilliant American composer Leonard Bernstein in a vivacious program showing his genius across a range of music styles. Unafraid of broad popularity, and always open to new adventures, Bernstein inspired a new generation of boundaryfree composers, including many Australians. The second half showcases new Australian compositions for orchestra as Symphony in The Domain again introduces music lovers to a new generation of composers gaining attention on the world stage. Finally, of course, the 1812 Overture completes another glorious night under the stars.

with Vieux Farka Touré The Domain January 23 at 8pm 2hrs, including interval FREE sydneyfestival.org.au/symphony

Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra is an institution in Mali. Composed of musicians who fuse tradition and innovation, they play a mix of West African instruments including the kora, djembe, balafon and bolombatto alongside guitars and drums. Diabaté will be joined by Vieux Farka Touré, the son of Malian guitar legend Ali Farka Touré. Farka Touré represents the new generation of West African musicians, making music that is sophisticated, urban and globally connected, while deeply proud of its ancient heritage. Together with his band, he fuses pulsing Saharan rhythms with rock, blues and reggae.

(Mali)

Gather to celebrate Africa’s musical riches with two of Mali’s most gifted musicians. Toumani Diabaté also appears at the State Theatre and Riverside Theatre. See page 33. Vieux Farka Touré also appears at Beck’s Festival Bar. See page 52. The Domain January 16 at 8pm 2hrs 30mins, including interval FREE sydneyfestival.org.au/sounds

‘A jubilant polyrhythmic party of percussion, electric guitars, and Diabaté’s 21-stringed instrument showering notes like a musical waterfall.’ The Village Voice

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Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

Mazda Opera in The Domain (Australia)

Opera Australia and Sydney Festival join forces for a very special Mazda Opera in The Domain – Leonard Bernstein’s extravagent comedy, Candide.

Blindly following the advice of his tutor Pangloss (Paul McDermott), the relentlessly optimistic Candide (David Hobson) careers through a series of wild adventures and astonishing coincidences, to return home to his beloved Cunegonde (Emma Matthews) enlightened by a new, more realistic philosophy of life.

Based on Voltaire’s satiric novel of 1759, Candide is hilarious, harsh and hedonistic, and features some of American music theatre’s greatest moments.

This free performance offers Sydney a delicious opportunity to indulge in an evening of musical luxury with a cast of some of Australia’s best-loved

With the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra Conductor: Paul Kildea Glitter and be gay!

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singers, including Judi Connelli, the Opera Australia Chorus and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra conducted by Paul Kildea. The Domain January 30 at 8pm 2hrs 30mins, including interval FREE sydneyfestival.org.au/candide


The Scope Connecting Art and Ideas

The Scope connects Festival themes and artists with stories of Sydney and reflections on contemporary life in Australia.

Sydney Festival and MAU Forum present the 5th Pacific Thought Symposium – Bringing Forth the Ancestors Between performances of Tempest: without a body, MAU Artistic Director Lemi Ponifasio convenes the first Pacific Thought Symposium to be held on this side of the Tasman. This symposium is a rare opportunity to share different views and cultural philosophies and to provoke and propose new ways to grapple with Pacific thought. Ponifasio’s theme – Bringing Forth the Ancestors – seeks common ground with Sydney’s Indigenous and Pacific communities. Seymour Centre January 10 at 3pm-6pm FREE See page 14 for details of Tempest: without a body.

Audiences are invited to join in animated and provocative conversations with a dynamic mix of artists, academics, leaders, thinkers and dreamers. The Scope is part think-tank, part performance, part lecture.

Photo: Ingvar Kenne

Seize the promise of the New Year with this stimulating new series of public discussions inspired by the ‘ideas architecture’ of the 2010 Festival.

Visit sydneyfestival.org.au/scope for full program of events from mid-December.

Sydney Festival and ABC Radio National present Keynote 2010 – Crisis, Catharsis, Renewal What’s in store for 2010? For most, January is a time for the turning of a new page, a fresh start, new promises, hopes, dreams and fears for the world and those we love. What shall we resolve for 2010? What potential does the year hold, and what threats? In this agenda-setting event, five remarkable speakers, drawn from across Australia and around the world, share the stage and speak from the heart as they look to the year ahead. There will be opportunities for you to share your hopes and dreams (and your fears) for the year to come. To participate, look for details on the Sydney Festival and ABC Radio websites in December. City Recital Hall Angel Place January 13 at 7pm 2hrs $30 Multipack discount: see pg 64 City Recital Hall: 02 8256 2222 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038

Sydney Festival and The University of Sydney present Are We Happy Yet?

Microscope – Festival artists in conversation with Caroline Baum

Happiness: we seek it, feel it and express it in billions of different ways. But what is it?

Renowned journalist and broadcaster Caroline Baum’s conversations with Sydney Festival artists will offer insights into their thinking and creations, illuminating the Festival experience.

The search for happiness – and attempts to escape from unhappiness – emerge as recurring themes of the 2010 program, from Optimism to Hamlet; Giselle to Happy as Larry. Led by Dr Geoff Gallop, our inaugural World Café integrates performance and music into a rich discussion on the nature of human happiness, with perspectives from the worlds of art, psychology and spirituality. World Cafés have grown popular around the globe as an informal and effective way to bring people together to discuss big ideas in a relaxed environment. The Great Hall, The University of Sydney January 24 from 6pm $45 (includes a light meal and wine) Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038

Sunday Jan 10 (post show): Thomas Ostermeier and Lars Eidinger (Hamlet) Tuesday Jan 12 (post show): Roysten Abel (The Manganiyar Seduction) Sunday Jan 17 (CarriageWorks at 1pm): Lynette Wallworth Sunday Jan 24 (post show): Micheal Keegan-Dolan (Giselle) Tuesday Jan 26 (pre show at 7:30pm in the Quadrangle): Guy Coolen (Ruhe) More to be announced. FREE

Over 18’s venue only.

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Signal to Noise

Circa 1979

Sydney Festival & Modular present

From 1979 to 1985, parish halls, abandoned warehouses and run down apartments rumbled and screeched with new sounds during one of the most creative periods in Australia’s music history. Avant garde, post-punk, new wave and early electronic styles of music cultivated a thriving underground scene, heard on Sydney-based labels M Squared and Volition. It was a period when ‘little bands’, such as Pel Mel, SPK, Voigt/465 and Laughing Clowns were more concerned with artistic expression and experimentation than commercial success. Circa 1979: Signal to Noise is a celebration of this unique and influential period. For more information visit sydneyfestival.org.au/1979

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Signal to Noise Sessions A day of free talks exploring early experimentation in music, film and video and the cultural influences surrounding one of the most creative periods in Australia’s music history. Key panelists including Tom Ellard (Severed Heads), Andrew Penhallow (Volition Records), Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) and Roger Grierson (Thought Criminals) share their works, insights and experiences from the underground of Australian music. Full program announced late November at sydneyfestival.org.au/1979 Seymour Centre January 16 FREE Severed Heads appear at Beck’s Festival Bar. See page 52.


‘A pioneer who refuses to stop innovating.’ NME

Signal to Noise at the Sound Lounge An exhibition of fanzines, photography and album artwork will revive and recreate the Sydney underground music scene of 1979-1985. Coupled with unreleased music and a previously unseen video archive, this exhibition is the first of its kind. The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre January 16-17, 23-24 from 2pm to 10pm January 19-22 from 5pm to 10pm FREE

Founding member of seminal experimental rock band The Velvet Underground, John Cale’s work has had a major influence on Australian avant garde music and art.

John Cale also presents the Keynote Address for Circa 1979: Signal to Noise at the York Theatre, exploring New York avant garde, proto-punk and his work with Andy Warhol.

Musician, singer, songwriter, producer and visual artist, Cale’s career spans more than four decades. He continues to be an innovator in contemporary music, and in recent years he has worked with artists including dance-punk outfit LCD Soundsystem and producer Danger Mouse. In 2009, Cale represented Wales at the Venice Biennale.

Post-talk, join us for the Circa 1979: Signal to Noise Opening Night Party with DJs Magic Happens and Graz, and be the first to see the Signal to Noise exhibition.

John Cale and his band will perform at the Enmore Theatre, playing works from his astounding catalogue of music from The Velvet Underground and Paris 1919 to the present. Enmore Theatre January 16 at 8pm 2 hrs 30 mins, including support A Reserve: $75/$70 B Reserve: $70/$65 Transaction fees up to $7.15 apply Multipack discount: see pg 64 Ticketek: 1300 795 012 sydneyfestival.org.au/cale

John Cale Keynote & Opening Night Party York Theatre, Seymour Centre January 15 at 8.30pm $35/$30 Multipack discount: see pg 64 Seymour Centre: 02 9351 7940 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Circa 1979: Signal to Noise package $95 includes Keynote Address, Opening Night Party and John Cale in concert at the Enmore Theatre. Ticketek: 1300 795 012 Transaction fees up to $7.15 apply

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‘The lingering impressions are of vast distance and space, bold departures and sad farewells.’ The Independent (on Ocean Songs)

‘An enrapturing performance of their jazz-affected post-punk.’ Last FM (on Laughing Clowns)

Sydney Festival by arrangement with ATP and Feel presents a Don’t Look Back concert

Perform Ocean Songs and History of Rock ‘n’ Roll Vol. 1 Originating in the UK as an offshoot of the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, Don’t Look Back concerts present a retrospective of selected artists’ classic albums in their entirety. Sydney Festival is proud to present a double bill of two essential Australian albums on Australia Day. Dirty Three are Warren Ellis (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Grinderman), Mick Turner (solo/visual artist) and Jim White (Smog, Cat Power, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy). Formed in Melbourne in 1991, this violin-led trio has earned an international fanbase through

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years of relentless touring and spellbinding live performances. On Ocean Songs, Dirty Three set out to make a purely instrumental album, void of effects – an instinctual reaction to the primal sound that had been the band’s trademark. Retaining their poetically profound and emotionally honest sound, it has since gone on to become one of their most loved and influential works. In their initial incarnation, Laughing Clowns existed from 1979 until 1984, releasing some of the most brilliantly executed

post-punk and post-modern music ever produced in Australia. Featuring the prodigious talents of Ed Kuepper (The Saints) and drumming genius Jeffrey Wegener, this reunited version of Laughing Clowns also features saxophonist Louise Elliott, stand up bassist Les ‘Biff’ Millar and recent Ed Kuepper sideman, Alister Spence. History of Rock ‘n’ Roll Vol. 1 compiled many of the out-ofprint recordings from Ed Kuepper’s label Prince Melon Records. It also illustrated the remarkably smooth

co-existence of seemingly arthouse ambitions and the individualistic musical aspirations that made up the various line-ups of the Clowns. Enmore Theatre January 26 at 8pm 3hrs, including interval A Reserve: $65/$60 B Reserve: $60/$55 Transactions fees up to $7.15 apply Multipack discount: see pg 64 Ticketek: 1300 795 012 sydneyfestival.org.au/dirtythree


Hyde Park Barracks Museum Be the first to experience the new look Beck’s Festival Bar when it returns to the historic Hyde Park Barracks Museum this summer. An eclectic line-up with some of the world’s best live bands and DJs converge in Sydney for 14 nights at Sydney’s favourite pop-up venue.

Make the most of summer with late night gigs at Beck’s Festival Bar. Entry is free from 11.30pm until late. Meet friends, enjoy a drink at the bar or a light meal from the café and dance under the stars, as you are entertained by special guests and DJs playing the best music from around the globe.

Hyde Park Barracks Museum January 10-11, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30 Doors open 8pm Free entry after 11.30pm (subject to capacity) Over 18s venue only Multipack discount: see pg 64 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 *Booking fees up to $2.70 apply

Full Beck’s Festival Bar line-up, including more headliners and late night gigs, announced late November at sydneyfestival.org.au/becks

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Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy & Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears Fusing classic American jazz, swing, Dixieland and big-band music, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are renowned for their brassy horns, crooning vocals and jumping jazz rhythms. Their live shows hum with feel-good energy recalling the 1940s.

and his 7-piece band the Honeybears turn up the heat, taking a low simmer to a full boil with a turn-on-a-dime precision approach to their electrifying garage soul sound. January 10: $38*

Citing James Brown and Lightnin’ Hopkins as influences, Black Joe Lewis

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Grizzly Bear & The Middle East Brooklyn quartet Grizzy Bear make beautifully crafted and evocative music full of heavenly vocal harmonies, dense sonic build-ups and off-centre melodies. Townsville collective The Middle East combine perfect harmonies and lush arrangements to craft truly sublime

Australia

January 13: $48*

Stephen Mallinder of Sheffield electro pioneers Cabaret Voltaire and Sydney electro/tech DJ Mark Murphy round off the night. By arrangement with Modular as part of Circa 1979: Signal to Noise, see page 48. January 14: $38*

Vieux Farka Touré, The Mess Hall & Dan Sultan Vieux Farka Touré is the son of African music legend, the late Ali Farka Touré. Drawing on Malian traditions and incorporating his father’s signature desert blues style, Vieux’s music traverses reggae, funk, rock and R&B. Sydney duo The Mess Hall are renowned for their raw, explosive live performances.

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Grizzly Bear also appears at City Recital Hall, see page 35.

Severed Heads, The Reels & Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) DJ Set Severed Heads are pioneers of Australian experimental electronic music and multi-media performance, recently rediscovered by a new generation of fans. New wave band The Reels penned the hit ‘Quasimodo’s Dream’, recognised by APRA as one of the ten greatest Australian songs of all time.

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indie-folk music where delicate acoustic sounds build to soaring folk anthems.

Singer-songwriter Dan Sultan plays equal parts blues, soul and country. DJ Russ Dewbury mixes up the heaviest Afro-soul sounds. Vieux Farka Touré also appears at Summer Sounds in The Domain, see page 45. January 15: $38*


Camera Obscura, Slow Club & Popfrenzy DJs Scotland’s Camera Obscura create achingly beautiful tunes. Blending indie pop with hints of Motown and country, their music has a classic, timeless quality. Featuring Tracyanne Campbell’s flawless voice, their lustrous melodies and wistful songs full of heartache and dark romanticism have won over fans and critics alike, including legendary BBC broadcaster John Peel.

Sheffield low-fi folk-pop duo Slow Club and Sydney’s Popfrenzy DJs complete another instalment of Popfrenzy’s party nights at Beck’s Festival Bar. By arrangement with Popfrenzy January 21: $38*

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Trevor Jackson, Yen (live) & Future Classic DJs Trevor Jackson is known for his musical and visual innovation in electronic music. Founder of Output Recordings, he released Four Tet, LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture. He has remixed Massive Attack, U2 and UNKLE and worked with The Gossip, Doves and Franz Ferdinand.

Like his DJ Kicks mix, expect an uncompromising set traversing a vast sonic territory from nu-disco to rock and electro to house. Support by Future Classic DJs and Yen. By arrangement with Future Classic January 22: $28*

DJ Yoda’s National Video Vacation & DJ Sampology Turntable extraordinaire and audio-visual pioneer, DJ Yoda throws down styles as diverse as hip-hop, funk, Baltimore club, drum ‘n’ bass and even country music. Pushing the boundaries of audio visual manipulation, DJ Yoda brings his National Video Vacation to Beck’s Festival Bar, slipping underground grooves next to

January 27: $28*

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songs from their debut album Warm Heart of Africa, featuring vocals by M.I.A and Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend). Radioclit also play their own DJ set alongside Ro Sham Bo DJs. January 28: $38*

Breakestra, J-Rocc (Beat Junkies) & Space Invadas Formed from a love of golden era hip-hop and a fascination with the dusty samples that peppered the era’s classic records, eight-piece ensemble Breakestra are Los Angeles’ finest purveyors of gritty soul/ jazz, party funk and beats. Featuring ‘Music Man’ Miles Tackett, a Breakestra show promises a night of dancing and serious grooves.

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Sesame Street rave and mixing up Alan Sugar with electro, hip-hop and dubstep beats in a non-stop blast of good time spontaneity. Brisbane-based DJ Sampology warms up the dancefloor.

FBi Night: The Very Best, Radioclit & Ro Sham Bo DJs The Very Best is UK DJ/producer duo Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya. Radioclit back Mwamwaya on vocals, sung in his native Chichewa, with everything from Architecture in Helsinki to Michael Jackson. Be the first to catch The Very Best when they showcase

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Space Invadas (featuring Katalyst and Steve Spacek) deliver a live set to warm up the dance floor and Californian hip-hop turntablist and Stones Throw label artist J-Rocc (Beat Junkies) and Sydney’s Soulshaker DJs join the party. By arrangement with Niche Productions January 29: $38*

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Photo: Trent O’Donnell

The AAMI Ferrython is one of Australia’s best-loved free spectator events. Come on down to Sydney Harbour with your picnic basket and cheer on the little green and yellow catamarans as they race up and down the harbour, battling it out for line honours under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Everyone loves a race, especially when it involves our four favourite little Sydney Ferries decorated and dressed to the nines!

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FREE Sydney Harbour January 26 at 11am sydneyfestival.org.au/ferrython

Australia Day Celebrations Sydney will once again become the perfect playground for thousands of Aussies to celebrate Australia Day on January 26. Pay tribute to our unique cultural identity amongst Sydney’s iconic landmarks – Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Hyde Park or the city centre. Rise early for the Woggan-ma-gule Indigenous ceremony at Farm Cove from 8am, then take the

kids to Hyde Park for the Great Australian BBQ, complete with family friendly entertainment. Follow the display of pristine vintage cars on Macquarie and College Streets for the NRMA Motorfest and finally, as the sun sets, head to Pyrmont Point Park for the smooth sounds of Sydney Ports Jazz on the Water. Visit australiaday.com.au for more information and while you’re there, explore the new Aussie Vault section of the site.


January 9–30 Show

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Theatre The Fence

Backyard in Parramatta

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Hamlet

Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay

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Hugh Hughes In 360

Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre

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Isy Suttie: Love Lost In The British Retail Industry

Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre

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Oedipus Loves You

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre

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Optimism

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

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Party

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre

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Six Characters in Search of an Author

York Theatre, Seymour Centre

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The Slutcracker

Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre

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Al Green

State Theatre

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Beck's Festival Bar

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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The Books

The Famous Spiegeltent

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Diotima String Quartet

City Recital Hall Angel Place

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Dirty Three & Laughing Clowns

Enmore Theatre

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Fink

The Famous Spiegeltent

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Fractured Again

The Great Hall, The University Of Sydney

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Grizzly Bear

City Recital Hall Angel Place

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The Handsome Family

The Famous Spiegeltent

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John Cale

Enmore Theatre

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Laura Marling

The Famous Spiegeltent

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Marcin Waslewski Trio

City Recital Hall Angel Place

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Medeski Martin & Wood

City Recital Hall Angel Place

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Medeski Martin & Wood

The Famous Spiegeltent

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Neko Case

City Recital Hall Angel Place

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Patrick Watson

The Famous Spiegeltent

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Rogue's Gallery

Forecourt, Sydney Opera House

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Seckou Keita Quintet

The Famous Spiegeltent

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Sharon Shannon Band

Riverside Theatre, Riverside Theatres

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Sharon Shannon Band

The Famous Spiegeltent

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Toumani Diabaté

State Theatre

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Toumani Diabaté with The Symmetric Orchestra

Riverside Theatre, Riverside Theatres

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Winterreise

City Recital Hall Angel Place

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Balé de Rua

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

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Dark Matters

Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay

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Giselle

CarriageWorks Bay 17

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Happy as Larry

Riverside Theatre, Riverside Theatres

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Happy as Larry

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre

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Tempest: Without A Body

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre

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The Manganiyar Seduction

York Theatre, Seymour Centre

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Oedipus Rex/Symphony Of Psalms

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

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Ruhe

The Great Hall, The University Of Sydney

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Smoke & Mirrors

The Famous Spiegeltent

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The Arrival

Carriageworks Bay 17

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Barely Contained, Circus Oz

Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour

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One Small Step

Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre

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One Small Step

Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres

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MusicAlive: Zeeko

Foyer, Seymour Centre

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AAMI Ferrython

Sydney Harbour

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A.R. Rahman

Parramatta Park

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Candide - Mazda Opera in The Domain

The Domain

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Festival First Night

Sydney CBD

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Toumani Diabaté – Summer Sounds in The Domain The Domain

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Wonderful Town – Symphony in The Domain

The Domain

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Bear Witness

Parramatta Artists Studios

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Edge of Elswhere

Campbelltown Arts Centre

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Edge of Elswhere

Gallery 4A

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Lynette Wallworth

CarriageWorks Bay 20

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Olafur Eliasson

Museum Of Contemporary Art

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10 Dec

10am-5pm

10am-5pm

Are We Happy Yet?

The Great Hall, The University of Sydney

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Circa 1979: Signal To Noise Exhibition

The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre

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John Cale Keynote, Circa 1979: Signal To Noise

York Theatre, Seymour Centre

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Keynote 2010: Crisis, Catharsis, Renewal

City Recital Hall Angel Place

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MAU Pacific Thought Symposium

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre

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2. City Recital Hall Angel Place 2–12 Angel Place, Sydney

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3. The Domain Art Gallery Road Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney 4. Enmore Theatre, 118–132 Enmore Road, Newtown

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7. Hyde Park Barracks Cnr Macquarie Street and Prince Albert Road, Sydney

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15. Sydney Opera House Bennelong Point, East Circular Quay 16. Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay 17. Tumbalong Park Darling Harbour Festival venues that do not appear on these maps: Campbelltown Arts Centre Cnr Camden and Appin Roads, Campbelltown Q Theatre at Joan Sutherland Performing Arts 597 High Street, Penrith Sutherland Entertainment Centre 30 Eton Street, Sutherland

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Throughout the Festival from 12noon-1pm and/or 6pm-7pm visit any of the restaurants listed and treat yourself to a main course, a glass of Stoneleigh wine or a Little Creatures beer and finish off with Ferrero Rocher for just $30 (inc GST). Just mention Festival Fast Feasts to take advantage of these special offers. For further details and whether bookings are required contact the restaurant directly. Please note that restaurant opening times may vary, and times when the offer is available is at the restaurant’s discretion. sydneyfestival.org.au/fff *Vegetarian alternative available on request.

The following restaurant partners offer Fast Festival Feasts ArtHouse Hotel, Dome Restaurant Level 1, 275 Pitt St, Sydney 02 9284 1230 Handmade corzetti pasta with grilled prawns, chilli & asparagus.*

Etch – InterContinental Sydney 62 Bridge St, Sydney 02 9247 4777 Braised beef cheek with baby vegetables & madeira consommé.*

Steel Bar and Grill 60 Carrington St, Sydney 02 9299 9997 Wood fire grilled chilli chicken, burnt tomato salsa & lime crème fraiche.*

Ash Street Cellars 1 Ash St, Sydney 02 9240 3000 Grilled lamb cutlets with a chickpea salad & spiced yoghurt.*

Fix St James 111 Elizabeth St, St James Corner, Sydney 02 9232 2767 Cauliflower & anchovy orriechiette.*

Subsolo 161 King St, Sydney 02 9223 7000 Spanish Tapas Box – extensive selection of Subsolo’s signature tapas.*

The Bellevue The Bellevue Hotel 159 Hargrave St, Paddington 02 9363 2293 Grilled yellow fin tuna with Sichuan cucumber pickle & spiced tomato dressing.*

Garden Court Level 5, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip St, Sydney 02 9228 9188 Pan fried ocean trout with steamed zucchini flower & crustacean mousse, with pomme purée, asparagus, sauce vierge.*

Summit Restaurant Level 47, Australia Square, 264 George St, Sydney 02 9247 9777 Tagine - Petuna ocean trout, scallop & prawn with smoked eggplant, za’atar spices & cold pressed lemon oil.*

Bistro CBD Level 1, 52 King St, Sydney 02 8297 7010 Oven roasted spatchcock with spinach, golden pumpkin, muscatel & lemon chilli dressing.* Bistro Moncur The Woollahra Hotel 116 Queen St, Woollahra 02 9327 9713 Suzuki Mulloway with prawn filled zucchini flower, eggplant puree & nicoise tomato sauce.* Courtney’s Brasserie 70 Phillip St, Parramatta 02 9635 3288 Roasted organic duck with potato galette & compote of Oakdale plums.* Crossroads Bar Level 8, Swissôtel Sydney, 68 Market St, Sydney 02 9238 7082 Freshly grilled Atlantic salmon served with bean & citrus salad topped with a basil & shallot dressing.* El–Phoenician Restaurant & Bar 328 Church St, Parramatta 02 9633 1611 A mixed plate of tabouli, homous, shish kebab, shish tawouk & kafta, served with unlimited fresh & grilled Lebanese bread.*

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Glass Brasserie Level 2, Hilton Sydney 488 George St, Sydney 02 9265 6068 Confit chicken leg, cauliflower puree, asparagus, dates, almond salad.* Golden Century Restaurant 393-399 Sussex St, Sydney 02 9212 3901 Stir-fried king prawns with egg-white.* Icons Brasserie Level 2, Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel 30 Pitt St, Sydney 02 9259 7330 Tempura of soft shell crab, spicy tomato salad & saffron aioli. Ocean Room Overseas Passenger Terminal, West Circular Quay 02 9252 9585 Ocean Tasting Plate – ocean trout sushi roll, king prawn tempura with ginger tartare sauce, roasted chilli spiced snapper fillet with micro herb salad. Opera Bar Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House 02 9247 1666 Pan fried jewfish, sweet corn & basil puree with crab filled zucchini flower.

The Tilbury Hotel 12-18 Nicholson St, Woolloomooloo 02 9368 1955 Pan fried dory served with asparagus & a clam vinaigrette.* Verandah Restaurant & Wine Bar 60 Castlereagh St, Sydney 02 9239 5888 Suzuki jewfish served on sweet & sour eggplant with basil oil & crispy squid.* The Victoria Room – Bar Restaurant Level 1, 235 Victoria St, Darlinghurst 02 9357 4488 Crispy skinned fillet of barramundi with baby vine tomatoes & garlic confit.* The Watershed Hotel 198 Harbourside, Darling Harbour 02 9282 9444 Herb crusted barramundi fillet with sautéed kipfler potato, ratatouille & tomato herb salsa. Wildfire Overseas Passenger Terminal, West Circular Quay 02 8273 1222 Seared fillet of southern hapuka, chorizo & white bean cassoulet in a fennel saffron nage.*

The following restaurants do not offer Fast Festival Feasts; but will make you welcome with their à la carte menus: ARIA Restaurant 1 Macquarie St, East Circular Quay 02 9252 2555 Bécasse 204 Clarence St, Sydney 02 9283 3440 Cafe Sydney Level 5, 31 Alfred St, Circular Quay 02 9251 8683 Icebergs Dining Room and Bar 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach 02 9365 9000 Mad Cow 330 George St, Sydney 02 9240 3000 North Bondi Italian Food 118-120 Ramsgate Ave, Bondi Beach 02 9300 4400 Teppanyaki 330 George St, Sydney 02 9240 3000


Sydney is the place to be in summer and Sydney Festival keeps the holiday season alive well into the new year with exciting performances, fabulous food and the unmistakable buzz of Sydney in Festival mode. Whether you are from out of the city or just feel like a weekend in town to make the most of the Festival month, Sydney’s wide range of accommodation has something to suit you.

Stay for 3, your First Night’s Free Why not check out the special deals available through our Stay & Play promotion? For details on some great offers from our partner hotels (listed below), visit sydneyfestival.org.au/stayandplay You’ll find accommodation at all levels and in great locations to enjoy the Festival fun. Bayview Boulevard Sydney 90 William Street, CBD 02 9383 7222 The Grace Hotel Corner King & York Streets, CBD 02 9272 6890

Photo: Ingvar Kenne

InterContinental Sydney 117 Macquarie Street, CBD 02 9253 9000 Meriton Serviced Apartments 95 Liverpool Street, CBD 528 Kent Street, CBD 329 Pitt Street, CBD 180 George Street, Parramatta 1800 214 822 The Observatory Hotel 89-113 Kent Street, CBD 02 8248 5220 Sofitel Sydney Wentworth 61-101 Phillip Street , CBD 02 9228 9188 Swissôtel Sydney Level 8, 68 Market Street, CBD 02 9238 8888 Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel 30 Pitt Street, CBD 02 9259 7700 The Westin Sydney No. 1 Martin Place, CBD 02 8223 1111

Make the most of our city in summer

Things to do in Sydney

Getting around Sydney

Whether you are a local or a visitor, January is the best time to be in Sydney. Make the most of the Festival month by indulging in a long weekend at one of our partner hotels, seeing a few shows (remember we have a discount when you see three or more, page 64), and sampling a Fast Festival Feast or two (page 60).

Sydney is one of the world’s great holiday destinations with plenty of things to do and see, day and night. So while you are in town enjoying Sydney Festival, why not explore the rest of what the city has to offer?

The best way to get to Sydney Festival events is by public transport.

You are always welcome at the Festival Garden to relax and enjoy the Festival buzz (free entry after 5pm), or Beck’s Festival Bar (free entry after 11.30pm), and there is an array of free events to tickle any fancy. So come to the Festival in January, stay and play in true style and help us celebrate Sydney in summer.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or you’ve been here before, you’ll discover different ways to explore Sydney’s top attractions. You can climb to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a backstage tour of Sydney Opera House or go kayaking on beautiful Sydney Harbour. Summer in Sydney has the perfect weather for harbourside walks, picnics by the beach and dining alfresco in a leafy café packed with locals.

Visit 131500.com.au/events or call 131500 for public transport information for Sydney’s bus, ferry and train networks. Shuttle buses operate to and from Sydney Airport as well as the AirportLink train service, while a free shuttle bus operates around the city centre. There’s no better way to explore Sydney Harbour than by ferry so make sure you use one of the regular services or book a special cruise. Visit sydney.com/transportinsydney

Visit sydney.com/thingstodo

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Photo: Jamie Williams

Festival First Night returns on January 9 with an epic allembracing celebration of our Festival and our city. With the streets cleared of cars, the Festival explodes across the city with major international and local artists. Put on your dancing shoes and catch some of the biggest names in the Festival for FREE. For more detailed information about Festival First Night, including maps, FAQ’s and line-up information, visit our website sydneyfestival.org.au/firstnight

Everybody is welcome • T here is a special program of events for families in Hyde Park from 2pm • Make sure to be sun smart – wear sunscreen and a hat and drink plenty of water • A ll areas are wheelchair accessible • We recommend you leave the following items at home: glass, pets, skateboards, thongs and rollerblades No BYO alcohol. No glass in the CBD. • Food and beverages will be on sale throughout the day

Special thanks The following companies and productions acknowledge the support of:

Australian Children's Music Foundation Circus Oz Campbelltown Arts Centre Gallery 4A Hidden Republic, Developed and Produced by Arts House Malthouse Melbourne Opera Australia Shaun Parker & Company Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sydney Theatre Company Urban Theatre Projects

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Campbelltown Arts Centre Ensemble Offspring Gallery 4A Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Opera Australia Q Theatre Company Shaun Parker & Company Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sydney Theatre Company Urban Theatre Projects

Circus Oz Hidden Republic, Developed and Produced by Arts House Malthouse Melbourne Opera Australia

Leave the car at home & take public transport • For detailed public transport information visit 131500.info/events or call 131500 closer to the event • For information on road closures, alternative traffic routes and parking restrictions, visit rta.nsw.gov.au or call 132 701 closer to the event Ride your bike • Free bike parking will be available onsite – for details visit sydneyfestival.org.au/firstnight

Campbelltown Arts Centre and Gallery 4A Australian Centre for Asian Art & Archaeology, University of Sydney Circus Oz City of Melbourne Ensemble Offspring City of Sydney The Ian Potter Cultural Trust MLC School Burwood June Treadwell Hidden Republic, Developed and Produced by Arts House City of Melbourne The Melbourne International Arts Festival The Fred Hollows Foundation Besen Family Foundation Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Annamila Pty Ltd VicHealth Andyinc Foundation Qantas Malthouse Melbourne City of Melbourne Parramatta Artist Studios Parramatta City Council Canada Council for the Arts Sharon Shannon Band Seamus Finneran Urban Theatre Projects Bankstown City Council Thyne Reid Foundation


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Our weekly e-newsletter is jam-packed full of Festival news, behind-the-scenes info, competitions, artist interviews, program excerpts and special ticket offers for the most anticipated events in Sydney this summer.

Not only can you buy all your tickets online, our website hosts a huge range of multimedia including video clips, image galleries and audio streams. You can also download line-ups, mini-guides and venue maps, browse our interactive brochure, read show reviews and join in the discussion on our events.

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Show us your city in summer Take a photo of what summer in Sydney means to you... and include our yellow balloon! It’s very big, it’s round, it’s yellow and it’s sure to make you smile. Email competition@sydneyfestival. org.au before December 10, 2009 with your name, address and the subject heading ‘Yellow balloon’ to go in the draw to be sent one of 100 Festival balloons. Then upload your balloon photos to our Flickr gallery at sydneyfestival.org.au/flickr The best photos – as voted by our Flickr community – will be featured on our website and projected onto big screens across the streets of Sydney as part of Festival First Night on January 9.

Be our friend Connect with us and thousands of other Festival friends through our social networks: Follow our regular Twitter updates sydneyfestival.org.au/twitter Join other fans on our Facebook page sydneyfestival.org.au/facebook Watch and upload YouTube videos sydneyfestival.org.au/youtube Browse and upload Flickr photos sydneyfestival.org.au/flickr Subscribe to our RSS feed for exclusive news sydneyfestival.org.au/rss

Who knows where else at the Festival your pic might pop up?

Photos: Samuel Byrnes

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Festival discount parking

How to Book

Festival Multipack

sydneyfestival.org.au

Secure Parking offers Festival patrons discounts on night and weekend parking rates at carparks close to a number of Festival venues. Simply visit secureparking.com.au and download Secure Parking’s Sydney Festival Parking Guide that includes a handy map and a selection of discount parking vouchers.

Festival Multipack Line 1300 668 813

Ticketing agencies vary according to venue, so please refer to event pages to find the correct booking agency and contact them to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased from the relevant ticketing agency’s website or purchased in person (excluding Sydney Festival Box Office). Please contact the relevant agency for a list of their outlets. Sydney Festival 1300 668 812 Sydney Festival Multipacks 1300 668 813 Ticketmaster 1300 723 038 City Recital Hall Angel Place 02 8256 2222 Q Theatre (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre) 02 4723 7600 Riverside Theatres 02 8839 3399 Seymour Centre 02 9351 7940 Sutherland Entertainment Centre 02 9521 8888 Sydney Opera House 02 9250 7777 Sydney Theatre 02 9250 1999 Ticketek 1300 795 012

The more you see, the more you save with a Festival Multipack. Make the most of the Festival this summer by creating your own mini-program. Buy tickets to 3 events and save 10% Buy tickets to 4 events and save 15% Buy tickets to 5 events and save 20% Festival Multipacks can only be purchased on the Festival Multipack line, are only available for events during Sydney Festival dates (January 9-30) and do not apply to preview performances that already have a discounted price. Your Festival Multipack can be created by choosing from the following events: Al Green Beck’s Festival Bar Circa 1979 Keynote~ Dark Matters Diotima String Quartet Dirty Three & Laughing Clowns Fink Fractured Again Giselle Grizzly Bear Hamlet Happy as Larry John Cale* Keynote 2010 – Crisis, Catharsis, Renewal Laura Marling Marcin Wasilewski Trio Medeski Martin and Wood

Neko Case Oedipus Loves You Oedipus Rex/Symphony of Psalms# One Small Step^ Optimism Party Patrick Watson Rogue’s Gallery Ruhe Seckou Keita Quintet† Sharon Shannon Band Six Characters in Seach of an Author Smoke and Mirrors Tempest: without a body The Arrival The Books The Handsome Family The Manganiyar Seduction Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra (Riverside Theatre) Toumani Diabaté (State Theatre) Winterreise Multipack discounts only apply to the events listed above. Tickets are strictly limited and are subject to availability. This offer is based on full-price, A Reserve tickets only. Transaction fees of $5.50 apply ~ Keynote ticket only, no Multipack discount on the Circa 1979 package * Concert ticket only, no Multipack discount on the Circa 1979 package # P remium and A Reserve tickets ^ Parramatta Lennox Theatre event only, no Multipack discount on the Seymour Centre event † Spiegeltent event only, no Multipack discount on the Sutherland Entertainment Centre or Q Theatre performances

Concessions Concession tickets are available for the following: • Full-time students • Pensioners • Seniors card holders • Children 14 years and under • Unemployed

VISA Platinum is Sydney Festival’s preferred card

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Photo: Jamie Williams

Proof of concession must be produced to obtain the concession price. Concessions are only available where indicated and may be subject to availability.


Miss out on tickets to your favourite act? Short of cash? Feel like taking a punt on a show without risking too much money? Join the queue at our Tix for Next to Nix booth and you can score tickets to whatever is on that day. During Festival dates (January 9-30), $25 tickets are available for all the shows on that day.* Tickets are limited and it’s first in best dressed. Here are the rules • Tickets are only available on the day of the performance • Limited tickets are available • Cash sales only – no EFT or credit cards • Tickets must be purchased in person at one of the locations listed below • There is a limit of two tickets per person per day • Events that are under $25 are not included in this offer • Sydney Festival reserves the right to determine seat allocation • The number of tickets available at this price may vary for each performance • Tix for Next to Nix are limited to performances within the 2010 Festival dates (January 9-30). When shows are on outside these dates Tix for Next to Nix will not be available. • Tickets cannot be replaced if they are lost, stolen or damaged The Tix for Next to Nix booth is located at the bottom of Martin Place, near George Street. When is it open? January 9-30 Daily from 8am to 12 noon. The booth will close early if tickets sell out before closing times. Parramatta Note that Tix for Next to Nix for events at Riverside Theatres (including The Fence) will only be available from the Riverside Theatres Box Office. Tickets will be available on the day of the performance, one hour prior to the performance starting. Tix for Next to Nix supported by

*Not available for Seckou Keita Quintet at Q Theatre and Sutherland Entertainment Centre.

Access This venue/location is wheelchair accessible or has been made accessible for the Festival. All venues have limited wheelchair seating. This venue/location has a hearing loop installed for use by patrons. This venue has a TTY phone. Information and bookings are available via a telephone typewriter. Festival information in alternative formats This program is available: • on audio CD – please contact Vision Australia on 02 9334 3260 • as a Word document in simple large print format – please contact Sydney Festival on 02 8248 6500 • as a PDF document on our website – visit sydneyfestival.org.au/access Booking tickets Sydney Festival supports the Companion Card program. Should you require the assistance of a companion or carer to attend events or venues, Sydney Festival will issue a second ticket at no cost to holders of a Companion Card. Please contact Sydney Festival directly to assist with your booking on 02 8248 6500. Designated wheelchair spaces (where available) will be sold at the lowest price in the house for that performance. Other services Other services may be available for people with disabilities or specific needs. For more information contact the Sydney Festival office. Sydney Festival is happy to receive phone calls via the ACE Relay service. Contact Sydney Festival on 02 8248 6500 or mail@sydneyfestival.org.au

Photo: Ingvar Kenne

Tix for Next to Nix All tickets $25

The Fine Print Unless otherwise stated, ticket prices include booking fees and GST where applicable. A one-off transaction charge may apply at the point of sale. All sales are final – there are no refunds, exchanges or cancellations on completed bookings. Program details are correct at time of printing but are subject to change where necessary and without notice. Sydney Festival has the right to add, withdraw, reschedule or substitute artists and/or vary advertised programs, prices, venues, seating arrangements and audience capacity. In the event of a change in cast, Sydney Festival will only refund the cost of the ticket when the cancelled performer was billed by Sydney Festival as the main attraction/star performer. Sydney Festival reserves the right to charge a fee for the replacement of tickets.

The use of cameras and other recording devices constitutes a breach of copyright and is strictly prohibited. The use of mobile phones, audible paging devices, alarm or chiming watches is not permitted. Sydney Festival presents artists and productions on the basis of merit and excellence. Any political affiliations or views expressed by artists or companies participating in, or sponsoring, Sydney Festival are not necessarily representative of those of Sydney Festival or its staff. Without the prior written consent of Sydney Festival or the seller, tickets may not be resold or “offered for a premium, or used for advertising, promoting or other commercial purposes, by either the original purchaser or a subsequent bearer. Should a ticket be sold or used in breach of this condition, the ticket may be cancelled without a refund and the bearer of the ticket may be refused admission.

‘General Admission’ events do not have allocated seating and tickets cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or damaged. Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable time in the performance, and for certain events may not be admitted at all.

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Patron

Business Development

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO Governor of New South Wales

Head of Business Development Malcolm Moir Business Development Managers Kate Armstrong-Smith Tamara Needham Business Development Coordinator Amalina Williams Business Development Executives Olivia Wynne Vanessa Marks Business Development Operation Coordinator Emma Doilibi

Board Of Directors President The Hon. Nathan Rees MP Premier of New South Wales & Minister for the Arts Chair Clover Moore MP Lord Mayor of Sydney Directors Monica Barone Simon Corah Carol Mills Sam Weiss Alternate Directors Mary Darwell (for Carol Mills) Ann Hoban (for Monica Barone) Councillor Marcelle Hoff (for Clover Moore MP) Vivienne Skinner (for The Hon. Nathan Rees MP)

Production Head of Production John Bayley Production Manager Katie Pack Catering Manager Fernando Motti Production Coordinators Amy Watts Mick Jessop Production Assistant Jack Horton Hospitality Coordinator Katherine Owens Transport Coordinator Luke Woolley Crewing Coordinator Emilie Sysavanh Designers Matthew McCall Kate Roberts

Sydney Festival Staff

Festival Director & Chief Executive Lindy Hume General Manager Josephine Ridge

Administration Financial Controller Tanya Bush Accountant Francesca Hendricks Executive Assistants Fiona Jackson Rachael McNally Administration Officers Julie Gock Taline Vesmadian

Domain Staff

Programming Head of Programming Bill Harris Program Manager Kristy Pinder Artist Coordinator Vicki Kay Program Administrator Katrina Rautenberg (until November) Project Manager Dan Koop Programming Coordinators Kathryn Holloway Adam McGowan Administration Anna Young Programming Placement (Barbican) Marie McPartlin

Marketing Head of Marketing & Communications Jill Colvin Marketing Manager Rachel Ligertwood Marketing & Online Coordinator Michelle O’Brien Publicity Manager Sarah Wilson Senior Publicist Helene Fox Publicist Charlotte Greig Traffic & Signage Coordinator Michelle Michael Volunteer Program Coordinator Clare Holland Social Media Advisor Ian Lyons

Ticketing Ticketing Manager Jerry Hodgins Ticketing Consultant Chris Frost Ticketing Coordinator Simon Keen Customer Services Coordinator Nick Beech Ticketing Assistants Cassady Booth Lucy Taylor

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Festival Domain Manager Iain Morrison Senior Site Manager Fred Michael Site Construction Manager Damion Holling Domain Coordinator Tara Whitfield Electricians Craig Adamson Iain Godfrey

Festival First Night Creative Director Nigel Jamieson Executive Producer Moira Hay Producer Fiona Pride Associate Director Gavin Robins Technical Manager Kathryn Pearson Government & Logistics Manager Melinda Booth Programming Coordinators Imogen Semmler Melanie Pose Logistics Coordinator Joanna Hurford Technical Coordinator Alistair Wyatt Public Relations Janet Glover PR

Festival Design Agency Saatchi Design

Thank You Michael Abbott Accessible Arts Alex Bowen Bill Carter John Chase Cheryl Elvey Monica Flanagan Melissa Hamilton Madison Johnson Hugo Leschen Casey O’Shaughnessy Roslyn Packer AO Stephen Page Celia Pavelieff Christine Petrou John Trevillian

Our Principal Supporters


Sydney Festival Sponsors

Leadership Partners

Strategic Partner

Major Sponsors

Special Distinguished Sponsors

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Sydney Festival Sponsors

Distinguished Sponsors

Star Sponsors

Festival Lawyers

Contributors Avant Card Coates Deepend Sydney Edwin Shirley Staging Flourish Flower Merchants Ferrero Rocher Icebergs Dining Room and Bar Lavazza Motorola Rental Direct Same Same Unilever World Vision Woolcott Research

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Festival Philanthropy Sydney Festival launched the Director’s Circle, a philanthropic program, for the 2008 Festival. This program has grown from strength to strength, providing supporters with personal insights that come out of a close relationship. Funds generated are of great assistance to the staging of the Festival and are expected to be of increasing importance in the future.

Membership of the Director's Circle is by invitation, nevertheless anyone interested in supporting the Festival in a philanthropic manner please contact Malcolm Moir on 02 8248 6521 or by email malcolm.moir@sydneyfestival.org.au


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