Sydney Festival 2012 Program

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Summer 2012. Design: Churchward/Melhuish. Photography: Jamie Williams.

This is our city in summer January 7-29

Photo: Prudence Upton Detail of Sol LeWitt, Wall drawing #1091: arcs, circles and bands (room) 2003 © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

it’s Free! Sydney city streets & parks Saturday January 7 3pm-11pm Leave the car at home. For detailed public transport information visit or call 131 500. For information on road closures, alternate traffic routes and parking restrictions visit or call 132 701. Cycle to Festival First Night. Enjoy free bike parking at The Domain and Hyde Park. No BYO alcohol. No glass. Food and beverages are on sale throughout the event at St Mary’s Cathedral Square, Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street, Macquarie Street, The Domain and Queen’s Square. For more Festival First Night tips, see page 64. All areas are wheelchair accessible. See page 64.


The heart of the city is again transformed for Festival First Night – an extravaganza that invites everyone to experience Sydney in spectacular and surprising new ways. All are welcome, big and small. And it’s all free. Enjoy kids’ fun in the afternoon with Holly Throsby performing her children’s album See! from top to toe, plus Caspar Babypants with his very cool rockin’ sing-a-long. Share the shade with Erth’s puppets (if you dare) or get all tangled up in Polyglot’s bouncy sculpture. Hosted by Melbourne’s madcap Listies, this is one afternoon the kids won’t want to miss. The good times roll on with DJ Norman Jay parking his iconic double-decker bus

in Hyde Park, keeping Sydney dancing from 3pm with a marathon eight hour set of idyllic summer tunes. Meanwhile, one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Brook Andrew, presents an all-embracing spectacle that brings the buildings and streets around Hyde Park to life with massive projections and street performances amid a bevy of handpainted caravans.

The Art Gallery of NSW stays up late on Festival First Night with music, fi lm and performances for the whole family. Inspired by Picasso’s native Spain and his adopted home of Paris, My Sauce Good, Monsieur Camembert and more perform inside the Gallery until 11pm. Entry to the Gallery is free, the major exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is ticketed.

As the sun sets prepare yourselves for the breathtaking aerial performance As The World Tipped on College Street, telling a powerful tale of eco-crisis. Combining dramatic fi lm and visuals with stunning aerial agility, the stage literally tips skywards as performers cling on for dear life.

Pull on your retro threads and dancing shoes and head to Elizabeth Street to catch Jamaica’s mento masters The Jolly Boys. These dance hall legends get things swinging before The Sirens Big Band open an explosive outdoor Trocadero Dance Palace. The 40s and 50s jive and hop into life as Sydney’s swingsters and

rockabillies fi ll the streets in all their fabulous fi nery. For further additions to the Festival First Night program, including the announcement of The Domain line-up, head to rstnight


Australian Premiere

‘The most fiercely resonant dance theatre of the decade.’ The Guardian

‘An avalanche of surprising images, full of humour, imagination and poetry… a remarkable show.’


Two of Europe’s hottest dancerchoreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet bring a company of 18 dancers and musicians to Sydney with this swirling maelstrom of identity, ethnicity and culture. Language (both spoken and physical) and space emerge as the driving forces behind all human interaction, as Cherkaoui and Jalet combine western contemporary dance with different movement styles from around the world against a thrilling soundscape of voice and rhythms. Through an intense vocal fusion of East and West, live Hindi beats, Kodo drumming and medieval music, the dancers rush, herd or isolate themselves amongst a towering set of cubes created by British sculptor Antony Gormley. Photo: Koen Broos

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Antony Gormley (Belgium)

Sydney Festival in association with Sydney Theatre presents

Le Soir, Brussels

Sydney has already experienced the collaborative power of Cherkaoui and Gormley, with Zero Degrees, which opened Sydney Festival 2007, and the transcendental Sutra (2010).

A work of both heavenly beauty and despair, Babel is the climax of Cherkaoui’s uncompromising exploration of the links between ethnicity and identity and the myths that shape our beliefs. Produced by Eastman and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaire. Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay January 9-11, 13-14 at 8pm 1hr 40mins, no interval A Reserve: $89/$84 B Reserve: $84/$79 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Theatre: 9250 1999 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Latecomers will not be admitted during the fi rst 10 minutes of this performance.



‘One of the most thrilling and relevant musicians working today.’ The Guardian

PJ Harvey’s latest album Let England Shake is the fastest selling and most critically acclaimed album of her career and has just been awarded the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, making her the only artist to receive this award twice. Recorded in a 19th Century church on a cliff top in Dorset, the album was released in February 2011 and features longstanding allies Flood, John Parish, Mick Harvey and Jean-Marc Butty. Earlier this year, Harvey received the NME’s Outstanding Contribution to Music Award and also headlined a run of sold out shows in Europe and the US and performed on main-stage festival dates in Europe. Harvey will feature songs from Let England Shake in addition to material from past albums. She will be backed by a live band comprising of Mick Harvey, John Parish and Jean-Marc Butty. State Theatre January 18, 19 at 8pm A Reserve: $118/$112 B Reserve: $112/$105 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038


(USA) There is little Mike Patton won’t do, or won’t dare to try, when it comes to music – the man makes ‘eclectic’ look woefully inadequate. The charismatic front-man of Faith No More has conquered art rock, metal, opera and experimental vocalising, and now returns to Australia in the sharp fedora and heavy suit of an Italian pop crooner. Under the name Mondo Cane, Patton is backed by the joint forces of an orchestra, band and choir. Together the 25-piece

ensemble takes on popular tunes of the 1950s and 60s with macho gusto and zeal. Sit back and soak up Patton’s blistering renditions of Gino Paoli’s ‘Senza fi ne’ and Gianni Morandi’s ‘Ti offro da bere’, as well as hits by Ennio Morricone and Elmer Bernstein.

State Theatre January 16, 17 at 8pm A Reserve: $79/$74 B Reserve: $74/$69 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

Whether you’re an aficionado of Italian style, or a sucker for Patton’s punch, there’s love, heartbreak and despair in these very special nights at the opulent State Theatre.


Black Capital

Black Capital

Sydney Festival and Carriageworks present

Redfern is a place of many stories, of inspirational leaders, fiery rhetoric and activism. It is an urban meeting place for Aboriginal Australians from all over the country. Sometimes besieged, always resilient, at Redfern’s core is its thriving and dynamic community, home to many of Australia’s political and cultural trailblazers. Photo of David Leha by Lisa Tomasetti

Known to locals as the ‘Black Capital of Australia’, Redfern is home to artists, leaders and citizens who vigorously offer Sydneysiders an alternative history and, potentially, our alternative future. This January Sydney Festival, Carriageworks and the local community proudly welcome all Australians to Black Capital, a series of performances, seminars and exhibitions reflecting the diversity of contemporary Aboriginal practice, here in the heart of Redfern, in Australia’s black capital.

Thirty Aboriginal musicians, performers and creative artists from across the country come together for one of the most thrilling collaborations ever commissioned by Sydney Festival.

Carriageworks January 8-29

Director Wesley Enoch and his team have created a dynamic fusion of dance, performance, fi lm, art and literature with an array of musical styles.

All Carriageworks venues are wheelchair accessible.

At the centre of the work are three heroes of Aboriginal Sydney whose enduring spirits still inspire: the protest and resistance of the warrior Pemulwuy; the female embodiment of resilience with Barangaroo; and her controversial husband

Sydney Festival and Carriageworks present

Bennelong, the gifted interpreter who sought reconciliation.

Produced by Wendy Blacklock, Performing Lines.

I Am Eora (I am of this place) breaks new ground in contemporary Indigenous performance, telling the stories of Sydney’s Aboriginal continuity in a celebration of its heroes. With a cast of performers ranging from the emerging to the iconic, the project aspires to create a legacy for Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike.

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You are welcome on this powerful journey through the strength and hopes of Aboriginal Sydney.

Carriageworks January 8, 14 at 5pm January 10-14 at 8.30pm 1hr 20mins A Reserve: $59/$54 B Reserve: $49/$44 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

Sydney Festival in association with The Balnaves Foundation presents Carriageworks in the heart of Redfern is the place to be for Black Capital Family & Culture Day on Sunday, January 8. The official opening ceremonies for Black Capital start at midday with a Welcome to Country, kicking off numerous tasty, stimulating and colourful happenings throughout this unique celebration of place.


The doors open on Brook Andrew’s Travelling Colony as well as 181 Regent St, a milestone exhibition celebrating 40 years of black theatre making. Take in excerpts from Erth’s I Bunyip, enjoy live music acts from the Gadigal Music label and sample delicious Indigenous fusion food from Yaama Dhiyaan. And keep your eyes peeled for members of the South

Sydney Rabbitohs who’ll be around on the day. To everyone, that’s a big Black Capital welcome to Redfern. FREE Carriageworks January 8, 12-4pm

Directed by Wesley Enoch (Australia)

World Premiere


Black Capital

Black Capital

Sydney Festival in association with Carriageworks presents

The Barefoot Divas (Australia/New Zealand/Papua New Guinea)

Sydney Festival and Carriageworks present The Barefoot Divas are six soulful singers and songwriters from Australia and the Pacific – each a star in her own right, together a force to be reckoned with. Helpmann Award winner Ursula Yovich (Serbia/Burarra) and Black Arm Band favourite Emma Donovan (Gumbaynggirr) join their sisters Whirimako Black (Maori), Maisey Rika (Maori), Merenia (Maori/Roma) and Ngaiire (Papua New Guinea) to share hilarious stories of diva life on the stage and on the road, fortified by deep connections to their land and Indigenous cultures.

Brook Andrew (Australia)

This is an uplifting expression of shared culture, community and the power of song.

Photo: Vicki Gordon

Carriageworks January 8, 11 at 3pm January 8-11 at 7pm 1hr 40mins $30 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

Sydney Festival and Carriageworks in association with ABC present Forty years ago the National Black Theatre emerged from Regent Street, Redfern as an explosion of plays, activist poetry, biting satire and street theatre. This cultural renaissance spawned landmark playwrights such as Kevin Gilbert, Robert Merritt and Jack Davis and the careers of remarkable actors such as Bob Maza, Lillian Crombie and Justine Saunders, cultural activist Gary Foley and director Brian Syron.

Photo: Prudence Upton, courtesy Currency Press

Exploring this unique movement and its irrevocable impact on Australia’s arts and society, curator Rhoda Roberts brings together National Black Theatre alumni, leaders and artists for a series of talks, playreadings and fi lms.


A special exhibition from personal archives, fi lm and photographs celebrates the legacy of this extraordinary time. FREE Carriageworks Exhibition: January 8-29, 10am-6pm daily Symposium: January 14, 10am-4.30pm

Image: Brook Andrew

Symposium & Exhibition

Travelling Colony is a major new work by Brook Andrew, whose interdisciplinary arts practice travels internationally. For two decades this celebrated artist has been creating astonishing interventions into history through installation and interactive monuments, playfully seducing audiences into new ways of seeing compelling issues of race, consumerism and history. Inspired by his Wiradjuri tradition, the circus and pop culture, here he creates a cavalcade of dazzling hand-painted caravans in the huge industrial foyer of Carriageworks.

Enter each of the caravans in Travelling Colony and immerse yourself in the stories of Redfern – its personalities, its struggles and its community. Through this whirling zig-zag of caravans, archival footage, reflections and projections, we will be inspired by the histories of Redfern. Brook Andrew is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

FREE Carriageworks January 8-March 4 10am-6pm daily and open late on performance nights January 7 On Festival First Night Brook Andrew will bring the buildings and streets around Hyde Park to life with his caravans, hypnotic projections and street performances.


‘A brilliantly acted exploration of what makes boxers box and what happens when a shooting star shines brightly and falls to earth.’ The Guardian

‘Like Black Watch before it, Beautiful Burnout has all the ingredients of a knock-out hit.’ The Independent

From the sweat-and-sawdust world of a boxing ring, Beautiful Burnout is about those soul-sapping three-minute rounds that determine which young boxers become gods and which gods become mortal. This award-winning collaboration between Frantic Assembly and National Theatre of Scotland is stunning audiences with the same raw truth and explosive physicality captured in their tale of the Scottish regiment, Black Watch, a huge hit of Sydney Festival 2008. In Beautiful Burnout, Tony-nominated playwright Bryony Lavery gives voice to working class youth seeking transcendent ways to escape. An athletic cast sweats, skips and punches at the dreams and terrors of gifted young boxers. Told from the ring on a revolving stage, against banks of screens, this is spectacular storytelling choreographed to the pulsing heartbeat of music by Underworld.

Through broken hearts and broken heads, heart-rending intimacies and knockabout comedy, Beautiful Burnout is total immersion in the world of boxing. York Theatre, Seymour Centre January 18-22, 24-29 at 8pm January 22, 25, 29 at 2pm 1hr 30mins A Reserve: $75/$70 B Reserve: $65/$60 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Seymour Centre: 9351 7940 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Captioned performances: January 22 at 2pm and 8pm See page 63 for booking information Audio described performance: January 29 at 2pm See page 63 for booking information

Frantic Assembly and National Theatre of Scotland (UK)


Photo: Gavin Evans

Written by Bryony Lavery Directed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett

Australian Premiere


‘L’Effet de Serge… demonstrates how the simplest object, the merest gesture, can produce wonder.’ The Village Voice

Meet Serge. Every Sunday he entertains his friends with a parade of homespun spectacles, animating everything around his basement and putting some magic back into their lives. With a nod to Jacques Tati, Samuel Beckett and Mr Bean, L’Effet de Serge is a haunting and humorous tribute to the pleasures and necessity of making art.

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre January 8-11 at 7pm January 11 at 10pm 1hr 15mins $45/$40 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Seymour Centre: 9351 7940 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

From the experimental Vivarium Studio in Paris, Serge has been embraced by audiences across 20 countries. His universe may be small, his rituals seem ordinary, but L’Effet de Serge will make you love the world a little more.

Australian Premiere

Philippe Quesne/Vivarium Studio (France)

Stefan Kaegi/Rimini Protokoll (Germany/Egypt)

Photo: Martin Argyroglo Callias Bey

Four Egyptian muezzins from the mosques of Cairo bring us this remarkable documentary theatre work. Their livelihoods singing the daily calls to prayer are threatened by a government decision to replace them, and Cairo’s cacophonous soundscape, with a centralised radio version.


The muezzins share their stories, their fervour and their differences in this multimedia insight into the complexities of contemporary Egypt.

Germany’s influential theatre collective Rimini Protokoll works with real people and situations, smashing boundaries between journalism, performance and political action. An outstanding example of their intensely exploratory process, Radio Muezzin has been applauded across Europe. Performed in Arabic with English supertitles. Produced by HAU Berlin and GoetheInstitute Egypt in association with Festival d’Avignon, Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, Festival d’Athènes et Épidaure, steirischer herbst festival, Graz and Zürcher Theater Spektakel.

Australian Premiere Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre January 16, 18-21 at 8.30pm January 21 at 4pm 1hr 20mins $45/$40 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Seymour Centre: 9351 7940 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Rimini Protokoll has been commissioned to direct 100% Melbourne on May 4, 5 and 6 at Melbourne Town Hall.


Sydney Festival in association with Sydney Theatre presents

Cheek by Jowl (UK)

Australian Premiere

‘Cheek by Jowl brings fresh life to the classics using intense, vivid performances like a laser of light to set the text ablaze.’

‘A deliciously excessive gory glory.’ The Sunday Telegraph on The Changeling (2006)

The Guardian

Written by John Ford Directed by Declan Donnellan Designed by Nick Ormerod Following legendary productions of The Changeling and The Duchess of Malfi, Cheek By Jowl, one of the world’s great theatre companies, returns to Jacobean tragedy with a new production of John Ford’s ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore. In this violent and bloody drama, we watch a brother and sister’s passionate descent into hell. Incest, morality, religion and corruption intertwine to make this play as shocking and controversial as it was almost 400 years ago.

Photo: Patrick Baldwin

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore is the vision of Britain’s renowned artistic team, director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod. Sydney audiences will remember their compelling production of Othello (Sydney Theatre Company 2004) and their all-male Russian version of Twelfth Night (Sydney Festival 2006).


Produced in association with The Barbican (London), Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/ Scène Nationale. This production is suitable for 16+. Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay January 17-21 at 8pm January 21 at 2pm A Reserve: $89/$84 B Reserve: $84/$79 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Theatre: 9250 1999 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Captioned performances: January 21 at 2pm and 8pm See page 63 for booking information

Known for an intense yet informal rapport between actors and audience, Cheek by Jowl have toured to more than 40 countries with their thrilling versions of European classics. Now, direct from its Paris premiere, they bring us ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, set in a not unfamiliar world of lust, vengeance and greed.


One of the greatest movie musicals and winner of ten Academy Awards®, West Side Story is reborn with the full power of Sydney’s magnificent orchestra in this exciting 50th anniversary presentation of a timeless classic. Sydney Symphony plays Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying orchestral score live while the newly remastered fi lm is shown in glorious high defi nition with the original vocals and dialogue. West Side Story famously transposes the feuding families from Romeo and Juliet to the gritty New York street gangs of the Jets and the Sharks. This classic romantic tragedy, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, features Robbins’ breathtaking choreography, songs by Stephen Sondheim and a screenplay by Ernest Lehman based on the masterful book by Arthur Laurents. Under the baton of David Newman, West Side Story comes to Sydney for three exclusive Festival performances. Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House January 27, 28 at 7pm January 28 at 2pm 2hrs 55mins, including interval Premium: $115/$110 A Reserve: $99/$94 B Reserve: $89/$84 C Reserve: $69/$64 D Reserve: $59/$54 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Opera House: 9250 7777 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

Audio described performance: January 28 at 2pm See page 63 for booking information West Side Story ©1961 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor Studios Inc. All rights reserved. ©A.M.P.A.S.

‘A magnificent, timeless creation.’ The New York Times

Sydney Symphony. Conducted by David Newman (USA)

Major Sponsor



Sydney Festival in association with Brisbane Festival and Melbourne Festival presents

Photo: Lucy Hawkes

Chunky Move and Victorian Opera (Australia)

Image: Juan Genovés, Courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York

Sydney Festival in association with Melbourne Festival presents

Ilbijerri Theatre Company (Australia)

‘History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.’ Gary Foley

Political agitator Gary Foley presents a swag of stories from a life lived in the spirit of resistance. As activist, academic and actor, the irascible Foley has for 40 years been a key figure in ensuring that the Aboriginal experience is not written out of the Australian story. Having spent decades spinning the yarns of black Australia, both past and present, he now uses his well-honed skills as troublemaker, teacher and teller of tales to bring his experiences to the stage in an event that weaves his extraordinary life around the major happenings that have shaped modern Australia. From land rights to native title, from treaty to reconciliation, from the referendum to the embassy, from black power to black arts, Foley brings his usual black humour to this engrossing chronicle of his life and times.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patrons are advised that this event will contain images of people who are now deceased. Playhouse, Sydney Opera House January 24-28 at 8pm January 28-29 at 5pm 1hr 20mins $45/$40 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Opera House: 9250 7777 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

With Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Devised by Chunky Move’s Gideon Obarzanek in partnership with Victorian Opera’s Music Director Richard Gill, Assembly investigates the enigmatic motion of crowds.

Together the entire cast is choreographed into an awe-inspiring mixture of movement and voice, shifting and swaying the action between perfect order and the unpredictable clamour of the mob.

Integrating dance with theatrical and operatic performance, this grand piece involves more than 60 performers on stage, combining the force and agility of eight of Chunky Move’s most exceptional dancers with waves of medieval and contemporary choral music from six principal singers and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

Obarzanek has been acclaimed for his use of technology and stagecraft – Assembly sees him return to a more stripped-back approach for this powerful exploration of our role as individuals in the human throng.

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City Recital Hall Angel Place January 11-14 at 8pm January 14 at 2pm 60mins A Reserve $89/$85 B Reserve $85/$80 Multipack discount: see pg 62 City Recital Hall: 8256 2222 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

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, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Sydney Festival and Brisbane Festival.


Griffin Theatre Company in association with Sydney Festival presents

Never Did Me Any Harm is a new dance theatre work by award-winning director and choreographer Kate Champion (Not in a Million Years, The Age I’m In), exploring the complexities of contemporary family life. Never before have parents been under such pressure when it comes to raising their children. Are kids today given too few boundaries or allowed too few risks?


Written by Gordon Graham Directed by Sam Strong

Force Majeure is known for making work that transforms the familiar and domestic into the poetic. Drawing inspiration from Christos Tsiolkas’ bestselling novel The Slap, Champion and her company interviewed people of all ages and backgrounds for their opinions on what makes a good parent.

‘Utterly absorbing.’ The Australian

Using a distinctive language of dance and text, Force Majeure and Sydney Theatre Company give full dramatic voice to these real life stories. In an unsettling yet familiar Aussie backyard, the fears of parents are danced, voiced and unravelled.

Photo: Tim Richardson

Wharf 1, Sydney Theatre Company Preview: January 6, 7, 9, 10 at 8pm Season: January 11-February 12 Wed-Sat at 8pm Sat at 2pm Mon 16, Tue 24, 31 Jan, 7 Feb at 6.30pm Tue 17 at 8pm Wed 18, 25 Jan, 1 Feb at 1pm Sun 29 Jan, 5, 12 Feb at 5pm $75/$60 Sat evening $79/Preview $60 Senior $70/Group $70/Under 30 $40 Multipack discount: see page 62 Sydney Theatre Company: 9250 1777 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

Photo of Josh McConville by Katie Kaars

Zip Industries applauds Australian Innovation

Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre Company and Force Majeure present


Devised by Force Majeure


World Premiere 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, Adelaide Festival and Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Twenty-one years ago audiences were lining the street to see the original Griffi n production. It has since become a classic of Australian stage and screen, winning an AWGIE and four AFI Awards.

As Brett’s disruptive force takes hold, tensions flare and he embarks on a drink-fuelled rampage, sweeping his brothers along with him – with terrifying consequences.

Now The Boys is back.

The Boys is a mesmeric, dangerous, visceral descent into the darker parts of our city and our selves.

Brett Sprague’s just out of jail. Reunited with his mum Sandra and brothers Glenn and Stevie, he’s ready to reclaim his life. But things at home have changed.

SBW Stables Theatre Preview: January 6, 7, 9, 10 Season: January 13-March 3 Mon-Fri at 7pm, Sat at 2pm and 7pm 2hrs 20mins, including interval $49/$36 Group 8+/Preview/Matinee $36 Under 30 $30 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812


Sydney Festival and Belvoir in association with Carriageworks present Co-written by Simon Stone, Thomas Henning, Chris Ryan and Mark Winter after Seneca Directed by Simon Stone

The Hayloft Project (Australia) If you mess with the Ancient Greeks, beware a little blood. In the charnel house of Greek legend one room is forever reserved for that most ferocious of tales – Thyestes, the deposed king whose sons were slaughtered and served as a feast to their unwitting father. Treating mythological atrocity as contemporary reality, fast-track director Simon Stone (the man behind Belvoir hits The Wild Duck and Neighbourhood Watch) retells this Greco-Roman epic as a series of domestic scenes exploring the mundanity of violence. Photo: Jeff Busby

Terrifyingly observed, savagely comic and ultimately heartrending, Thyestes is a modern journey through the darkest of legends.

Thyestes contains strong sexual themes and violent references. It is not recommended for people under 18. Carriageworks Preview: January 15 at 5pm January 17 at 8pm Season: January 18-February 19 Tue at 6.30pm Wed-Sat at 8.00pm Wed Jan 25 and Feb 1 at 2pm Sat at 2pm Sun at 5pm 1hr 40mins $62/$42/Senior $52/Preview $42 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Belvoir: 9699 3444 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038

In a gutted building primed for development, a group of security workers, labourers and a local teenager are getting set for a showdown over who builds the future and who gets to own it. Western Sydney’s celebrated Urban Theatre Projects (The Fence, The Lost Highway, Back Home) joins forces with Belvoir for this timely, thought-provoking show about a city and society redefi ning itself.

Buried City is an ambitious work about ever-changing cities where waves of immigrants make new lives on old land. Backed by that troubadour of RedfernWaterloo, Perry Keyes, this is a surprising show about the kindness of strangers and the brutality of old friends. Zip Industries applauds Australian Innovation

Audio described performance: January 21 at 2pm See page 63 for booking information

Sydney Festival, Urban Theatre Projects and Belvoir present


Written by Raimondo Cortese Original concept and directed by Alicia Talbot

Sydney Festival and Belvoir in association with BYDS present

Upstairs, Belvoir St Theatre Preview: January 6, 7 at 8pm Season: January 8-February 5 Tue at 6.30pm Wed-Sat at 8pm Wed 11, 18, 25 at 2pm Sat at 2pm Sun at 5pm 1hr 20mins $62/$42/Senior $52/Preview $42 Belvoir: 9699 3444 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

World Premiere


World Premiere Set in a Bankstown boxing gym, I’m Your Man is an adrenaline-pumping contemporary drama about the meaning of masculinity, courage and respect.

Photo: Bill Reda

Armed with her tape recorder, theatre director Roslyn Oades (Stories of Love and Hate) spent months following the stories of up-and-coming boxers, past legends and failures.


Wearing earpieces, Oades’ actors speak their lines directly from her carefully edited recordings from those ringsides, gyms and dressing rooms. The dreams of glory or escape in this boxing ring are real. No ordinary slice of life, this is fuelled-up, high-stakes theatre, up-close in this intimate venue – and with truly original voices.

Downstairs, Belvoir St Theatre Preview: January 12, 13 at 8.15pm Season: January 14-February 5 Tue at 7pm Wed-Sat at 8.15pm Wed 25 at 2.15pm Sat Jan 21, 28, Feb 4 at 2.15pm Sun at 5.15pm 1hr 10mins $42/$32/Senior $36/Preview $32 Belvoir: 9699 3444 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

Photo: Prudence Upton

Created and directed by Roslyn Oades


World Premiere William Yang (Australia) Photographer William Yang is renowned for his poignant work, exploring social diversity, belonging and travel. From behind the camera, he has connected with audiences around the world with his intimate photographs and observations of events and people around him. Now Yang gets really personal. Intrigued by Facebook and the voyeurism it invites, he opens the shutter on his own life with characteristic wry humour and emotional honesty in this very engaging slideshow.

Photo: Heidrun Löhr

I Am A Camera sees Yang collaborating for the fi rst time with celebrated composer Elena Kats-Chernin, whose work for live cello and percussion will drive Yang’s deeply-felt narrative and remarkable images.

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Martin del Amo (Australia)

World Premiere

Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre January 17-22 at 7pm January 21, 22 at 2.15pm 1hr 30mins $30 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Seymour Centre: 9351 7940 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Also in Parramatta, see pages 34-37

Produced by Performing Lines

‘ Fifty-two minutes of unrelenting wonder.’ Arts Hub

Two musicians take up more than 20 instruments to present Mike Oldfield’s cult classic Tubular Bells in a unique musical – and sometimes acrobatic – performance. Oldfield’s beautiful and sprawling progressive Celtic-folk-rock opus shot to number one in charts around the world in 1973-74, throwing the young composer into the international spotlight and kick-starting Richard Branson’s Virgin music empire. Now multi-instrumentalists Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts have arranged the entire score of Tubular Bells to be played live by just two blokes, bringing the influential masterpiece to life in all its multi-layered madness and subtle beauty. Produced by places + spaces


Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre January 10-15 at 8.30pm January 14-15 at 5pm 1hr 15mins $30 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Seymour Centre: 9351 7940 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Photo: Heidrun Löhr


‘ Paul White is simply the best male dancer in the country.’ The Australian

Also in Parramatta, see page 34-37

The enigmatic allure of Nijinsky’s legendary ballet, The Afternoon of a Faun, is reborn for a new century by choreographer Martin del Amo. Multi-award winning solo dancer Paul White navigates a dream-like landscape full of hidden dangers and secret pleasures, a kinetic combustion of animalistic grace and menace.

Produced by Performing Lines Playhouse, Sydney Opera House January 9-11, 13, 14, 16 at 8pm January 14, 15 at 4pm 60mins $40/$35 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Opera House: 9250 7777 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

Visceral and poetic, this contemporary, intimate dance work is performed to Mark Bradshaw’s haunting live score. Anatomy of an Afternoon is a unique collaboration tapping the same power and radical spirit of the original Ballets Russes masterpiece exactly a century ago.


Sydney Theatre Company and Ontroerend Goed in association with Sydney Festival present


World Premiere Text by Alexander Devriendt and Joeri Smet in collaboration with the cast, and with fragments of Sum by David Eagleman From the Big Bang to today, Belgium’s Ontroerend Goed takes on the vast astronomical history of our universe in this ambitious collaboration with Sydney Theatre Company’s resident actors. The Belgians’ last theatrical assault on Sydney Festival audiences was The Smile Off Your Face in 2009, followed up by their unforgettable show on adolescent anarchy, Once And For All We’re Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen. Now, inspired by Darwin and Dawkins on the theory of evolution, by cosmology and the realisation that we’re but a tiny dot on the timeline, A History of Everything spins backwards to the fi rst fiery bang before leaping to our possible hereafters.

Photo: James Green

In response to the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner composed the extraordinary 41 Strings. The piece is part concerto in the classical tradition, but with the modern rock ‘n’ roll feel one would expect from Zinner.


A musician who consistently surprises with his versatility, Zinner conducts and plays an in-the-round experience with an impressive line-up of acoustic and electric strings, ranging from violins to electric bass (with some drums and synths thrown in for good measure).

A profound rollercoasting journey, this production will make you treasure your place in the history of everything. Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre Company Preview: January 13, 14 at 8.15pm January 15 at 5.15pm Season: January 17-February 5 Tue 17 at 8.15pm Tue 24, 31 at 7pm Wed-Sat at 8.15pm Sat at 2.15pm Sun at 5.15pm 1hr 30mins $50/$40 Senior $45/Preview $40/Group $45/ Under 30 $35 (no concession Sat evening) Sydney Theatre Company: 9250 1777 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

Using Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as inspiration, Zinner’s music chronicles the ups and downs of the seasons in a swirling mass of strings and percussion. At times dark and moody, 41 Strings is also hopeful and ultimately joyful. Joining Zinner for the 41 Strings’ second ever outing are friends and co-collaborators Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Soft Circle, Black Dice, The Boredoms) and Ben Vida (Soft Circle, Town and Country, Bird Show). Together with a core band and members of the Australian Youth Orchestra they complete the large string ensemble. Part two of the program features a drum circle led by Bharoocha (of The Boredoms’ epic drumming events), again based on the Four Seasons. Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House January 22 at 5.30pm and 8.30pm 1hr 15mins, including interval Premium: $65/$60 A Reserve: $55/$50 B Reserve: $50/$45 C Reserve: $45/$40 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Opera House: 9250 7777 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

Australian Exclusive For the first time in Australia, comedian, music video fanatic and YouTube wrangler Adam Buxton reveals his favourite, most weird and inspiring videos from the edge of the digital revolution. Following sell-out runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London’s British Film Institute, BUG mixes big screen clips with snappy quotes from YouTube critics and Buxton’s own expert commentary and deadpan comedy.

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre January 26-29 at 8.30pm 1hr 30mins $30 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Seymour Centre: 9351 7940 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Exclusive to Sydney Festival, BUG takes you by the mouse through the new democracy of video-making, celebrating both well-known masters and newcomers on zero budgets, with hilarious insights into the online community. Suitable for 15+

A History of Everything



Australian Premiere

Adam Buxton presents BUG: The Evolution of Music Video


(USA) Hailed by the Boston Herald as “a jazz wunderkind,” saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of today’s most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists. After winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition in 1996, he quickly hit his stride, touring with the likes of Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Elvin Jones and Pat Metheny.

‘Mr Redman is a supremely affable and flowing improviser…working in a glow of clarity.’ New York Times

Brad Mehldau has garnered numerous awards and admiration from jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike, forging a unique path and embodying the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism and pop allure. He has also worked with a number of jazz greats including Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter and John Scofield. Having worked together in the early 90s, the duo has reunited after 15 years, with Sydney Festival the fi rst opportunity to hear this thrilling combination in Australia. The Concourse Chatswood, Concert Hall January 19 at 7.30pm 1hr 30mins A Reserve: $70/$65 B Reserve: $65/$60 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Ticketek: 132 849 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

‘One of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years.’ Los Angeles Times


City Recital Hall Angel Place January 20 at 7pm A Reserve: $70/$65 B Reserve: $65/$60 C Reserve: $60/$55 Multipack discount: see pg 62 City Recital Hall: 8256 2222 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812


While mixing folk music and electronics has become one of the musical trends of the 21st Century, Beth Orton has been exploring this arena since the mid-1990s. She was first heard as a languid vocalist on tracks by dance producer William Orbit before her Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, Trailer Park, and 1999’s Central Reservation explored the nexus between city rhythms and rural tones.

As the new genre of folktronica emerged in her wake, Orton left the electronics to delve deeper into the English folk music she had always loved, finding a bridge between Sandy Denny, Carole King and the bruising honesty of modern songwriters. After a five-year absence from Australia, and in anticipation of her soon-to-be released album on Anti- Records, Orton plays in the intimate space of City Recital Hall.

City Recital Hall Angel Place January 17, 18 at 8pm 1hr 20mins A Reserve: $65/$60 B Reserve: $60/$55 Multipack discount: see pg 62 City Recital Hall: 8256 2222 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812



Kurt Wagner is a southern gentleman of the old school. A Nashville resident, he just happens to look like a benign trucker, sing like a soothing draught and write with the eye of a drily witty playwright. While his Festival visit sees him in a variety of guises, all with the best company, it’s as the droll storyteller of Lambchop that he is best known. A loose collective that can stretch to near 20 members at times, Lambchop play country music as likely to include late night cocktail bar serenades, as cool jazz groove, as low rise soul. Lambchop play City Recital Hall, offering both songs from their deep catalogue and new material from the yet to be released new album, Mr M. City Recital Hall Angel Place January 21 at 9.30pm 1hr 30mins A Reserve: $65/$60 B Reserve: $60/$55 Multipack discount: see pg 62 City Recital Hall: 8256 2222 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812



On a busman’s holiday from Lambchop, Kurt Wagner accompanied fellow Nashville singer/songwriter Cortney Tidwell on a poke around the attic of Chart Records, the label her family ran in the 1960s. The songs they found and re-recorded as KORT may have been lost for years but they haven’t lost their ability to put tears on your pillow or remind you that love can go right. Played with the same attention to detail that marked the original recordings, the songs also shine as dusty duets for Tidwell and Wagner. Here performing in the pristine acoustics of City Recital Hall, KORT is a project that comes straight from the heart. KORT also appears at The Famous Spiegeltent, see page 41 City Recital Hall Angel Place January 20 at 9.30pm 1hr 30mins A Reserve: $58/$53 B Reserve: $53/$48 Multipack discount: see pg 62 City Recital Hall: 8256 2222 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812


Insomnia is a new conceptual work by Megan Washington, created to be performed four times only – once in Sydney, then Paris, London and New York. A multi-layered show, Insomnia incorporates art, poetry, photography and designs, all drawn from Washington’s personal archives. It offers a revealing insight into an intense 12 months for the double ARIA Award-winning artist, exploring all sides of her emotional and creative life. Insomnia’s four movements – Opiate, Amphetamine, Barbiturate and Nicotine – will be performed with very special guest

musicians and sound artists on a stage incorporating sculpture and set-design by Robbie Rowlands. Insomnia will be directed and arranged by noted producer Daniel Denholm. At the age of 24, Washington has slid musically from jazz to pop via spiky new wave. She is one of Australia’s most promising musical talents, and has collaborated with the likes of Tim Finn, Paul Grabowsky and Paul Kelly.

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House January 25 at 8pm Premium: $65 A Reserve: $59/$55 B Reserve: $55/$49 C Reserve: $49/$45 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Opera House: 9250 7777 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

Washington fans take note – this one-off show in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall will be the only time Insomnia will be performed as a complete work in Australia.


Sydney Festival Parramatta

Sydney Festival Parramatta

The Idolize Spiegeltent Parramatta’s very own Spiegeltent arrives in Prince Alfred Park with a ten day program of singers, bands, DJs and late night cabaret.

For ten huge days in Parramatta you can enjoy a full Sydney Festival program of events that not only welcomes local audiences but will also have the rest of Sydney jumping on trains and Rivercats to be where the action is.

Sister of The Famous Spiegeltent, The Idolize is a gorgeous Baroque-style mirror tent, and a magical haven for summer Festival fun!

We’re also planning a special closing event at Old King’s School, Parramatta on January 21 at 7.30pm. Keep your eye out for full details to be announced soon at

Prince Alfred Park, Parramatta January 13-22, closed Monday Over 18s venue from 5pm Multipack discount: see pg 62 Parra Pack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Riverside: 8839 3399 Ticketek: 132 849

The Idolize Spiegeltent by arrangement with David Bates and Spiegeltent International AUS

Frank Yamma Hailing from the Central Australian desert, Frank Yamma’s music has struck a chord in the hearts of Australians. His rich voice and exceptional guitar skills combined with a brutal honesty are spine-tingling.

The Idolize Spiegeltent January 15 at 7pm 1hr 15mins $30


Fatoumata Diawara Born on the Ivory Coast and based in France, Fatoumata Diawara blends jazz and blues with the traditional Wassoulou music of her Malian parents to create her own contemporary folk sound.

The Idolize Spiegeltent January 17, 18 at 7pm 1hr 15mins $30

See page 42 for further information.


AA Bondy

You’re invited to a huge opening party offering a whole host of free events across the city. From the opulent Idolize Spiegeltent in Prince Alfred Park to the Old King’s School, from the riverside precinct to Church Street; Parramatta is transformed by big bands, soulful singers, top DJs and street theatre spectaculars. Holly Throsby and her band kick off the afternoon with a fantastical set of children’s songs, while the Listies keep the kids laughing. Notting Hill Carnival DJ, Norman Jay, parks his iconic double-decker bus in Eat Street for a marathon seven hour set of feel good summer tunes, creating an all-ages street party in the heart of Parramatta.


As The World Tipped takes over the evening skyline with its towering presence on Church Street. As the stage literally tips skywards, dramatic fi lm and visuals mix with breathtaking aerial performance and music. At Old King’s School prepare for a wonderful double bill. The evening starts with the Barefoot Divas, six fabulous singers from Australia and the Pacific. Then the mighty brass and swirling violins of Europe’s magnificent Taraf de Haïdouks and the Koçani Orkestar lift off into an exhilarating celebration of the night. Come on Parramatta – let’s party!

Former lead singer with ‘90s rockers Verbena, AA Bondy’s recent solo work has shifted towards a more stripped back alt-folk sound with Bondy playing beautifully evocative acoustic tunes on guitar and harmonica.

Parramatta city streets and parks Saturday January 14 4pm-11pm No BYO alcohol, no glass. Food and beverages are on sale throughout the event at Eat Street on Church.

The Idolize Spiegeltent January 19, 20 at 7pm 1hr 15mins $30


Ed Kuepper Ed Kuepper is one of Australia’s most distinctive and prolific singer songwriters. Co-founder of seminal punk band The Saints, Kuepper is joined by drummer Mark Dawson for an evening telling tales of love and longing.

The Idolize Spiegeltent January 21, 22 at 7pm 1hr 15mins $30

Visit for information on accessibility


Sydney Festival Parramatta

Sydney Festival Parramatta AUS

Same Same

Briefs slams together a beef-caked and disorderly line-up of Australia’s finest performers and mischief-makers in a circus-infused variety show for the not-so-faint-hearted. A gloriously vaudevillian experience, it brings together a ragtag team of skilful buccaneers in the perfect setting of the Idolize Spiegeltent.

The award-winning duo crash through all things sensible; raucous, slapstick, thoroughly entertaining and interactive, The Listies make adults belly-laugh and kids squirm.

The Idolize Spiegeltent January 13, 15, 17-22 at 9pm 1hr 30mins, including interval $30 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Parra Pack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Riverside: 8839 3399 Ticketek: 132 849


Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres January 17, 19-21 at 10am January 19-21 at 12.30pm 50mins $18

See page 45 for further information.


Tubular Bells for Two

Photo: Sean Young

‘Funny, exciting, sexy and a little in-your-face.’

The List Operators for Kids do Compooters

A night out at Briefs is variety in the truest sense – it even features a meat raffle!

Multi-instrumentalists Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts bring their considerable talents to Mike Oldfield’s cult classic Tubular Bells.

January 18-22 at 7pm January 22 at 2pm 1hr 15mins $30

See page 26 for further information. Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres


I Am A Camera With characteristic wry humour and emotional honesty, photographer William Yang opens the shutter on his own life in this engaging snapshot of life through his lens.

Riverside Theatre January 20, 21 at 8.30pm January 21, 22 at 4pm 1hr 45mins $40/$35

A brilliant cast, including Underbelly’s Chelsie Preston Crayford, breathes new life into the original 1962 characters, while a sole foley artist recreates every scary sound effect live on stage. This unforgettable and multi-dimensional production pumps new blood into old zombies and the 1960s horrors of middle America.

January 13-15 at 7pm January 14, 15 at 3pm 1hr 30mins $30

Photo: Heidrun Löhr

What better way to experience Herk Harvey’s stunning black and white horror classic Carnival of Souls than with an entirely new live soundtrack and an original score from New Zealand’s leading musical madman Leon Radojkovic?

See page 26 for further information. Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres

Reflections Ten days of screen treasures to ignite your dreams and imagination. From London’s National Theatre and the Paris Opera Ballet to Stephen Fry on Wagner and the genius of Glenn Gould, Riverside presents screenings that reflect the mystery and miracle of the performing arts.


Raffertys Theatre, Riverside Theatres January 14-22 (visit Sydney Festival website for screening times) $12 (The Collectors and The Nutcracker $15-$27) Riverside Theatres: 8839 3399


Asa & Fefe The Stage

Forceful, funny, powerful and poetic, La Putyka explores Czech pub culture using a fusion of acrobatics, dance, theatre, puppetry and live music. Just as the French have their wine, the Czechs have their beer and this colourful contemporary circus show creates a fantasy Czech bar with some rather interesting clientele.


Riverside Theatre January 13, 14, 18 at 8.30pm January 14, 15 at 5pm January 17 at 6pm 60mins $50/$45

Asa’s nod to 60s soul and Afro-beat combined with Fefe’s fusion of funk, blues and rock will charm Festival audiences. A talented and gorgeous double bill.

Riverside Theatre January 17 at 8.30pm 2hrs, including interval $50/$45

See page 54 for further information.

Photo: Martin Faltus

‘Visually inventive, vibrant and exciting.’

Bookings for events at Riverside Theatre and Lennox Theatre: Multipack discount: see pg 62 Parra Pack discount: see pg 62

Riverside Theatres: 8839 3399 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849


Festival Garden

Festival Garden

Malthouse Theatre (Australia)

Festival Garden in Hyde Park is a Sydney summer highlight, a welcoming oasis for a drink after work and the perfect setting to enjoy a balmy night fi lled with theatrical and musical delights. The Famous Spiegeltent sparkles by day with magical shows for kids, and at lunchtimes you can hear Festival artists share their inspiration in the free Microscope talks (see page 51). From dusk an eclectic line-up of music from Iceland to Jamaica and beyond heralds in the scintillating new Spiegeltent house show, Little Match Girl, starring the sizzling Meow Meow.

Late on Wednesday nights, laugh as you learn something new with the brainy wits of Bright Club (see page 51). And late Thursday to Sunday, groove-up in style with the welcome return of the free Late at the Garden. The Famous Spiegeltent is joined this year by another intimate bar space, the Jägermeister Hunting Lodge, a cosy lounge where music fans can kick back, enjoy a few drinks and catch DJs and live music. As the summer nights roll on, the Festival Garden will take you from fun to fantastical.

Festival Garden is an over 18s venue from 5pm. A selection of food and beverages is available. The Famous Spiegeltent by arrangement with David Bates and Spiegeltent International. Festival Garden Hyde Park North Cnr College & Park Streets January 8-29 Closed January 9, 16, 23 Festival Garden and The Famous Spiegeltent are wheelchair accessible

Featuring Mitchell Butel

‘ Leaving audiences dangling helplessly at her feet, the postmodern international diva proved that the world is her litterbox.’ Time Out New York The cat is back, and you won’t believe where she’s been. International sensation Meow Meow takes up residency in the magical Famous Spiegeltent, with a sizzling show that will defrost even the coldest of hearts. Hans Christian Andersen’s bittersweet fable is just a springboard into the wild realms of theatrical possibility. As our despairing match girl staves off the cruel cold of winter with her dwindling supply of flames, she turns to her dreams and the light of the stars to find a way home. With claws of humour and heartache, pathos and irreverence, Meow carves a tuneful trail through the icy reaches of the modern soul. Collaborating with Malthouse Theatre Artistic Director Marion Potts, composer Iain Grandage, the Wild Dog Orchestra and the ever-dexterous Mitchell Butel, Meow and her team create a fantastical flight of fancy with the darkest of edges. This is sure to sell out – make sure you book early to this year’s Spiegeltent smash hit.


The Famous Spiegeltent Preview: January 5 at 9.30pm Season: January 6-29 Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun at 9.30pm Fri at 7.30 and 9.30pm No performance January 7 1hr 15mins $65/$60 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Photo: Magnus Hastings

Photo: Prudence Upton

Zip Industries applauds Australian Innovation


Festival Garden

Festival Garden



Masters of mento, Jamaica’s answer to calypso, this band has rocked innumerable private soirées, charming the travelling elite and touring the world with their wild collection of covers and originals, leaving an indelible mark on everyone who has heard them.

The Famous Spiegeltent January 8 at 5pm and 7pm January 10 at 7pm 60mins $43 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

‘The mood is blissful and bewitching.’

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith January 6 at 8pm $49/$45/Group $42 JSPAC: 4723 7600

By means of loops and pedals, and occasional piano and percussion, she builds layer upon layer of abstract vocals to create a delicate sound of lush ambient folk.


Julianna Barwick’s atmospheric world is one of ghostly echoes, galactic lullabies and traditional chants.

The Famous Spiegeltent January 15, 17 at 7pm 1hr 15mins $38 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849


(USA) As the Godfather of alt-rock and founder and frontman of Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis hardly needs an introduction. Touring on the back of his first solo studio album, Several Shades of Why, Mascis delivers his trademark laconic guitar riffs with an acoustic delicacy. With beautiful, raw vocals sung in his signature style, this is J Mascis laid bare.

Merrill Garbus (aka Tune-Yards) slayed critics with her charming 2009 debut, BiRd-BrAiNs, a patchwork of loops and electronica recorded on a dictaphone. Her latest offering, w h o k i l l, is hailed for its distinctively subversive pop songs.

The Famous Spiegeltent January 11-12 at 7pm January 13 at 5.30pm 1hr 15mins $48 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

With her voice swaying from yodels and croons to an all-out roar, Garbus is hell-bent on doing her own thing with no apologies. The results range from the fiercely raucous to the truly sublime in a live show that will shake the Spiegeltent to its core.

Tune-Yards also appears at Keystone Festival Bar, see page 55 The Famous Spiegeltent January 18 at 7pm 1hr 15mins $38 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

(USA) After sellout shows with Grizzly Bear at Sydney Festival 2010, multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor returns with his solo project, CANT. Collaborating with Twin Shadow and inspired by D’Angelo’s Voodoo, Taylor’s superb debut Dreams Come True was his opportunity to indulge in his own tastes after six years touring with Grizzly Bear. The result is an unflinching and personal testament to his stunning compositional abilities.


The Famous Spiegeltent January 14 at 5pm and 7pm January 15 at 5pm 1hr 15mins $43 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Photo: Anna Campbell

Photo: William Richards

For nearly 60 years, and via the wild parties of Errol Flynn, The Jolly Boys have been integral to the fabric of Port Antonio’s musical landscape and cultural heritage.

(USA) The discovery of a dusty collection of old vinyl led to this collaboration between Kurt Wagner (Lambchop) and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Cortney Tidwell. Together they pay tribute to the noble art of the country duet that lay behind the many albums and singles released by Chart Records, started by Tidwell’s grandfather. Firmly ingrained in the fabric of Nashville life, the duets draw upon the past while looking to the future, shining a gentle light on Wagner and Tidwell’s romance with the city, its story and the universal truths these songs represent.

KORT also appears at City Recital Hall Angel Place, see page 32 The Famous Spiegeltent January 19 at 7pm 1hr 15mins $48 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849


Festival Garden

Festival Garden

(Mali) (Iceland)

Her debut album, Fatou, is a testament to her musical style – the fluid and graceful African rhythms infused with global influences, led by her lithe and sensual voice. This is a perfect opportunity to see a fresh new talent with a unique sound and a bagful of beautiful self-penned songs.

Beginning life as the string section for Sigur Rós, Amiina have a unique electronically-infused and ethereal sound. The band’s original line-up has since been augmented by the percussive sounds of glockenspiels and bells, as well as saws and other instruments.

The Famous Spiegeltent January 20 at 5.30pm January 21 at 5pm 1hr 15mins $38 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849 Sutherland Entertainment Centre January 22 at 8pm $48/$43/Groups 6+ $43 Bookings: 9521 8888

Live, Amiina deliver an aural treat, creating a dreamy, enigmatic and precisely organised chaos. A must for fans of the beauty and subtlety of contemporary Icelandic music.

Also in Parramatta, see pages 34-37

The Famous Spiegeltent January 24, 25 at 7pm January 26 at 7.30pm 1hr 15mins $43 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith January 27 at 8pm $39/$35/Group $32 JSPAC: 4723 7600



Photo: Samantha West

David Fricke, Rolling Stone

New York-based singer Sam Amidon has won massive acclaim for his ability to radically re-invent traditional songs. To augment his guitar, banjo and fiddle and deadpan vocals, Amidon draws on a host of collaborators for his latest album, I See The Sign, including Nico Muhly for string, woodwind and brass arrangements and Beth Orton for backing harmonies.

Amidon gives voice to the love, hardship and heartache in age-old songs while adding his own improvisations in narrative and structure. Through all this, he manages to sound untrained – a regular soul comforting himself with music before confronting a bleak world.

Sharpen those threads for a down-home revival with an uptown edge.

The Famous Spiegeltent January 21, 22 at 7pm 1hr 15mins $38 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

With loose, lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry, sharp suits and some seriously hot stage moves, frontman Ty Taylor and band will transform The Famous Spiegeltent into a righteously über-cool juke joint.

Mesmerising and energetic, LA-based Vintage Trouble put the soul back into rock, making for a whole lot of sultry and suave satisfaction.

The Famous Spiegeltent January 27, 5.30pm January 28, 29 at 7pm 1hr 15mins $48 (standing tickets only) Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Photo: Lee Cherry

‘In an era of overheated Nick Drake comparisons, Amidon is eerily close to the real thing.’

Photo: Lilja Birgisdottir

Born on the Ivory Coast and based in France, Fatoumata Diawara blends jazz and blues with the traditional Wassoulou music of her Malian parents to create her own contemporary folk sound.


Sung in his conversational tone, Wagner’s songs are as intimate as overheard voices through thin motel walls, but they are as rich musically as any five star accommodation. In the Spiegeltent it will be close quarter work.


Kurt Wagner also appears with Lambchop and KORT at City Recital Hall Angel Place, see page 32 The Famous Spiegeltent January 22 at 5pm 1hr 15mins $48 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

The Fiery Furnaces’ enigmatic frontwoman Eleanor Friedberger has stepped out on her own, releasing her first solo album Last Summer in 2011. Underscored by her compelling honesty and distinct style, Friedberger’s warm, piano-driven songs are reminiscent of pop songs of yesteryear. A supremely talented songwriter, Friedberger will no doubt continue to garner global attention. A perfect accompaniment to summer, sit back, soak up the vibe, and let the music refresh and revitalise your very being.

The Famous Spiegeltent January 28, 29 at 5pm 1hr 15mins $38 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849 Photo: Michael Rubenstein

Lugubrious and strangely romantic, Kurt Wagner’s songs paint the kind of pictures where every detail matters, fi lled with characters from Civil War generals to down-at-heel workers living through yet another recession.


Festival Garden

(Australia) ‘ Curious, spirited and sprightly… It’s rather tough to imagine an artist more suited to such an undertaking.’ Beat Magazine

A warm and bubbly dedication to the wide-eyed wonder of being little, Holly Throsby’s wonderful songs take children on kaleidoscopic adventures of motorboats, diamonds, kookaburras and shadows, all peppered with inventive sound.

The Famous Spiegeltent January 12, 13 at 10am and 11.30am 50mins $18 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Bringing her album See! to life on The Famous Spiegeltent stage, Throsby’s gentle wisdom and harmonies are powered by drums, keyboard, mandolin, guitar and heehaw-style strings – blended with a live collage of kooky effects and surprise voices. With five acclaimed albums to her name, this is Throsby’s first wild and wondrous musical journey especially for children. Suitable for all ages.

(Australia) Amiina with the films of Lotte Reiniger (Iceland/Germany) Lotte Reiniger was one of the greatest creators in animation history. Inspired by Chinese silhouette puppetry, she made 60 delicately wrought black and white films that revolutionised the film industry from the 1920s to 1940s, bringing timeless fairytales to life like never before. For this special family show, members of Icelandic group Amiina create a delicate and ethereal score for three of Reiniger’s films, including Cinderella. Well known for their work with Sigur Rós, Amiina utilise an assortment of instruments – including violin, glassophone, musical saw and water-filled glasses – to evoke magical soundscapes of wonder and possibility. Originally commissioned by Jersey Branchage Film Festival.

Suitable for 5+.

Amiina also appears at The Famous Spiegeltent and Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, see page 43 The Famous Spiegeltent January 24-25 at 11am January 25 at 1pm 50mins $18 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith January 27 at 10.30am $18 Family (2 adults/2 children) $64 JSPAC: 4723 7600

‘ The Lano & Woodley of the under-12 set.’ Herald Sun

‘ If your kids have never been to the theatre before, do them a favour and make this their first experience. It’s something they’ll never forget.’ The Scotsman

Once again the award-winning duo crash through all things sensible, with a mad take on the brave new world of cyberspace, that interweb thingo, myface, spacebook and fart-ificial intelligence. Raucous, slapstick, thoroughly entertaining and interactive, The Listies make adults giggle and kids shriek and squirm. Now the boys go geek, stepping into the virtual World of Wool-craft and Pong computer games, PowerPoint, water pistols and LOLz from the very edge.

York Theatre, Seymour Centre January 10-13 at 10am January 11-13 at 12.30pm 50mins $18 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Seymour Centre: 9351 7940 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Also in Parramatta, see pages 34-37

It’s the end of sanitised nice kids’ entertainment as we know it!

Suitable for 5+.



With four Helpmann Awards under his sequined belt – three alone for the Sydney Festival sellout Smoke & Mirrors – iOTA takes to the stage for this deeply personal and wildly theatrical concert.


Relive the outrageousness of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Smoke & Mirrors. Discover the songs that celebrate his idols from Mama Cass to Batman, and tracks from his most-loved fi lms. And revisit his own original classics from The Hip Bone Connection through to Beauty Queen of the Sea. Celebrated for his powerhouse voice, his allure and touch of melancholy, this enigmatic star shares the songs closest to his heart. Playhouse, Sydney Opera House January 17-21 at 9pm 1hr 15mins $55/$50 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Opera House: 9250 7777 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

The University of Sydney and Sydney Festival present


Australia’s most promising young architectural minds were challenged to design new performance spaces for three Sydney Festival venues – Festival Garden in Hyde Park, the historic Quadrangle at the University of Sydney and the massive Turbine Hall on Cockatoo Island. youtopia is an exhibition of the models, prototypes and digital designs from the University of Sydney’s Master of Architecture students, capturing 30 outrageously theatrical visions. Imagine light clouds twinkling to your step in the Quadrangle, a ceiling of shifting musical chairs in the Turbine Hall or the Garden’s totally immersive kaleidoscopic space of reflective multi-coned mirrors. Zip Industries applauds Australian Innovation

FREE Tin Sheds Gallery, The University of Sydney January 12-26 Tue-Sat 11am-5pm

Band of Gypsies (Romania and Macedonia) The legendary Romanian Taraf de Haïdouks (Sydney Festival 2004) joins forces with Macedonia’s celebrated Koçani Orkestar to bring us Band of Gypsies. Be ready for a raucous evening of wild new music and exhilarating arrangements of old favourites as the swirling and fiery violins, cimbalums and accordions of Taraf de Haïdouks battle it out with the mighty, funky brass and percussion of Koçani Orkestar. Feel the energy as the two bands draw on traditional Romanian music, urban Balkan pop, medieval ballads, oriental brass, Turkish influences and even a touch of Bollywood.

Enmore Theatre January 12 at 8pm 1hr 30mins A Reserve $65/$60 B Reserve: $60/$55 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Ticketek: 132 849 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

The Concourse Chatswood, Concert Hall January 13 at 8pm A Reserve: $65/$60 B Reserve: $60/$55 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Ticketek: 132 849 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

An irrepressible, joyous celebration.



Festival in The Domain

Festival in The Domain

Balmy nights and beautiful music: THE Sydney Festival picnic tradition. Our annual free concerts in The Domain are amongst the Festival’s most anticipated events. Join thousands of Sydneysiders and visitors to the city as we pull out the picnic rug and welcome the good times – all for free.

Supported by ANZ and China Southern Airlines

Symphony in The Domain



Turn up the summer heat as one of rock music’s most admired and distinctive voices returns to Australia in the guise of an Italian pop crooner. Mike Patton, the charismatic front-man of Faith No More, gives dramatic new life to popular and folk tunes of the 1950s and 60s.

Sydney Symphony

The night features songs from some of the great names of Italian music, including tunes made famous by the likes of Connie Francis and Frank Sinatra.

Experience classical music under the summer stars, with performances by a new generation of soloists, together with the Sydney Symphony.

Under the name Mondo Cane, Patton’s glowing vocals are given beautiful depth and colour by an orchestra, choir and band.

Soulful saxophonist Nicholas Russoniello, winner of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, plays Yoshimatsu’s beautiful concerto Cyber-bird.

Photo: Jamie Williams

Join us for this thrilling ride through Patton’s passion for all things Italian. Mondo Cane also appears at the State Theatre, see page 7

We strongly recommend using public transport – call 131 500 for information. Access Limited spaces will be available for RTA Mobility Parking Scheme Permit Holders and must be booked before the event on 02 8006 5700. An accessible viewing area for patrons with a disability is located on the eastern side of The Domain between Tower 6 and 7.


Summer Sounds in The Domain

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 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. DO BRING sunscreen, extra water and a hat. Ride your bike Bike racks will be available at The Domain.

FREE The Domain January 14 at 8pm

Conductor: Brett Weymark Soloists: Emily Sun (violin), Nicholas Russoniello (saxophone) Featured conductor: Nathan Aspinall

Bruch’s famous Violin Concerto in G minor is played by the outstanding young violinist Emily Sun, who has worked with orchestras across Australia and Asia since the age of ten. She recently starred in the inspirational film Mrs Carey’s Concert. Young Queensland conductor Nathan Aspinall will take to the podium with Strauss’ Blue Danube. Add the traditional concert climax, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and Sydney is in for a wondrous night of classical power. FREE The Domain January 21 at 8pm 2hrs 10mins, including interval


The Scope

The walk includes the remarkable early work of eminent architects Ken Woolley and Peter Webber, animated by Jubelin’s architectural interventions and a survey of her exquisite petit-points. Vision in Motion is a unique opportunity to engage with modernist art and architecture. FREE University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney Follow the path from the University Art Gallery to Fisher Library and the Chemistry Building and then along City Road to the windows of Tin Sheds Gallery, Verge Gallery and the Sci-Tech Library. January 7-March 30 Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm Sat 1-5pm (January only)

Campbelltown Arts Centre, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Sydney Festival present

(Australia and Asia-Pacific) Shigeyuki Kihara, Talanoa: Walk the Talk III, 2009, courtesy the artist; performance by Samoa Congretional Church Minto, Mukti Gupteshwar Mandir Hindu Society; and Shigeyuki Kihara; commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre. Sydney, photo: Susannah Wimberley.

From Campbelltown to Haymarket and way beyond, Edge of Elsewhere is a three year project engaging with the diverse cultural mix of suburban Sydney. In its fi nal year, Edge of Elsewhere showcases some of the most exciting contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific in specially commissioned works developed with Sydney communities. Presented across two venues, this large-scale exhibition places these communities within a wider Asia-Pacific context. Edge of Elsewhere is a bold commitment to artistic collaboration, community participation and the exploration of contemporary ideas.

Vision in Motion


Sydney Festival and The University of Sydney present

Artist Narelle Jubelin invites you to take a ‘modernist walk’ through architectural landmarks at the University of Sydney. Temporary installations and videos make this a wild and witty excursion through one of Sydney’s least known modernist stories.

Artists: Brook Andrew, Arahmaiani, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Newell Harry, FX Harsono, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Lisa Reihana, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Michel Tuffery and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES. FREE 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art January 13-March 3, 11am-6pm (closed Sun-Mon) Exhibition launch: January 12 at 6pm

FREE Campbelltown Arts Centre January 14-March 18, 10am-4pm daily Exhibition launch: January 13 at 7pm Artists in Conversation: January 14, 10am-4pm

Bright Club Academics turn to standup comedy in this bold Festival event that lends some of Sydney’s fi nest minds to the city’s comedy circuit.

Sydney Festival and ABC Radio National present

Hope 2012 We’re in the midst of a technological revolution, with the global village spinning ever faster, its economics more precarious and conflicts screaming louder. Yet the Arab Spring and other effective voices inspire us with possibilities for change. Citizens, it seems, have found a way to express themselves confidently and exert political influence. Join some of Australia’s remarkable and surprising thinkers as they speak passionately about the causes closest to their heart and the changes they seek to encourage. Hope 2012 includes inspirational Professor Shane Houston from the University of Sydney, comedian and disability advocate Stella Young and international theatre director Nigel Jamieson.

Microscope Festival artists in conversation with Caroline Baum In The Famous Spiegeltent renowned journalist and broadcaster Caroline Baum brings her characteristic rigour and engagement to a series of lunchtime conversations with Sydney Festival artists. Illuminate your Festival experience with this intimate and free opportunity to explore why artists do what they do, and learn about the inspiration behind their creations. Visit the Sydney Festival website for full program details. FREE The Famous Spiegeltent From January 14 12.30-1.30pm

In The Famous Spiegeltent’s late night slot, a line-up of lecturers, researchers and PhD-types from the University of Sydney invite you to laugh along with them as they mine their area of specialty for comic potential. Be kind to them, they’re new to all this! Our would-be comics will be well supported by an experienced comedian (your host for the evening) before being unleashed on the Bright Club stage, alongside live music and cabaret. This is truly the thinking person’s variety night. Visit the Sydney Festival website for full program details. Bright Club was originally created by UCL, London’s Global University. The Famous Spiegeltent January 11, 18, 25 at 11.30pm 1hr 15mins $20 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

The evening also includes musical performances from Sydney songstress Holly Throsby, urban troubadour Perry Keyes and Stiff Gins, transporting us with their stunning harmonies. Visit the Sydney Festival website for full program details. Eugene Goossens Hall January 9 at 7pm 1hr 30mins $30 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849 Photo: Jamie Williams

Narelle Jubelin, with Carla Duarte, Key Notes, 2009, installation detail of Jubelin transcribing text onto the windows, Sullivan Galleries, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, photo by Carla Duarte


Edge of Elsewhere


The Scope


Australian Premiere

For the first time in Australia, the charismatic creator and host of This American Life shares the secrets of his compelling storytelling. Ira Glass’ multiaward winning public radio program is heard weekly on more than 500 stations across America and in Australia on ABC Radio National, and is one of America’s most popular podcasts.

Hyde Park Barracks Museum Framed by the timeless façade of the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Keystone Festival Bar brings you 14 fabulous nights of music, with an eclectic line-up of the hottest live bands and DJs.

Ira Glass has pushed broadcast journalism into new realms, employing the techniques of fiction – character, plot, music and suspense – to unearth the addictive drama and humour in everyday true stories.

Sydney’s favourite summertime venue will be bursting at the seams with electro-soul, Latin, house, hip-hop, indie rock, sultry chanteuses and tribal beats.

Live at his radio desk, Glass will mix tales from This American Life – funny, memorable and poignant – with clips, music and his own penetrating narration.

Photo: George Barcos

Sydney Town Hall January 11 at 7pm 1hr 30mins A Reserve: $45/$40 B Reserve: $40/$35 Multipack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

In a one-off for Sydney Festival audiences, Moon unpacks an intimately global experience. Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre January 22 at 5pm 1hr 30mins $15 Seymour Centre: 9351 7940 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812

Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro combine the rawest soulful grooves that would spark up anyone’s dancing shoes and the furious energy of rock and roll, laying it all down in the classiest of funk manners. Hailing from Japan, these gentlemen have been creating a storm around the world with

their fresh new take on how to make people dance. January 8, $32

Deerhoof and DJ Yamantaka Eye (The Boredoms) The cuddly and chaotic Deerhoof mix noise, sugary melodies and an experimental spirit into sweetly challenging and utterly distinctive music. Harder to pin down, The Boredoms’ founder, musician and Dada artist DJ Yamantaka Eye is one of the most

Photo: Jamie Williams

Now under nomadic label Small Planets, Moon is adventuring worldwide to film the lives and often remote cultures of traditional and edgy music-makers.

uniquely creative performers to ever come out of Japan. Both known for their energetic live performances, expect a night to remember. January 9, $32


Photo: Sarah Cass

After years on the road, armed with his amazing audio visual recordings, he stops over for a revelatory chat about amateur creation, creative networking and walking the earth from artist to artist.

Hyde Park Barracks Museum January 8-9, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28 Doors open at 8pm Free entry after 11.30pm (subject to capacity) Over 18s venue only Multipack discount: see pg 62 Sydney Festival: 1300 668 812 Ticketek: 132 849

Photo: Prudence Upton


Photo: Brantley Gutierrez

Meet your friends at the bar, grab a bite to eat, then hit the dance floor to the sounds and beats of summer. Keystone VIP packages available.

Defiantly lo-fi fi lmmaker Vincent Moon is globally renowned for his more than 200 influential Take Away Shows, glimpsing the lives and musical psyche of artists like Sufjan Stevens, The National and Grizzly Bear.


Keystone Festival Bar continues late into the night with free entry from 11.30pm. Late-night artists include new wave dance music from South Africa’s Shangaan Electro, Latin house from Tribalismo DJs and deep, funky tunes from Festival Bar favourites, Mad Racket DJs.




Photo: Joe Whitney


Photo: Raphaaél Frydman




Dan Deacon Ensemble & John Maus

FBi Night: Tune-Yards & Jonti

Electro-shocker Dan Deacon is renowned for his riotous, feel-good live shows. For his Sydney Festival appearance, Deacon is joined by his five-piece ensemble, taking the party to a new level. Add to the bill genre-defying John Maus (part time keyboard player for Animal Collective,

‘Rhythms collide and saxophones skronk wildly, but the real virtuosity is in Garbus’ voice: she can croon, she can yodel, she can roar.’ The Guardian

Panda Bear and Ariel Pink) whose live shows guarantee a night of madness and fun. Late night antics continue with Donny Benét wishing the Bar was a Vegas hotel lobby. January 11, $32

Merrill Garbus’ distinctive vocals, alongside live performances described as


raucous, bold, bawdy, joyful blasts of noise, have earned Tune-Yards a devoted cult following. Supported by Stones Throw’s Aussie signing Jonti, with Domeyko/ Gonzalez taking over for the late session. January 20, $42

Sons and Daughters, Songs & The Laurels

The Whitest Boy Alive & New Navy

Inspired by Italian cinema and Scottish serial killers, Sons and Daughters’ latest release Mirror Mirror tips its hat to a more electronic feel in the hands of producer JD Twitch (Optimo). Described as “brilliantly bloodthirsty” the Glaswegian four-piece’s sound hints of dark Americana with tons of

With Kraftwerk’s precision and the melodic-pop sensibility of Phoenix, Erlend Øyé’s band The Whitest Boy Alive creates sweet, highly danceable numbers that leave the dance floor punch-drunk and smiling in their wake. Support comes from indie rock/

Scottish heart. Songs and The Laurels complete the line-up before the late-night spot with Popfrenzy DJs. By arrangement with Popfrenzy.


pop sounds of New Navy, currently making waves with their hit ‘Zimbabwe’. Future Classic DJs continue till the small hours.

Photo: Katharina Poblotzki


January 21, $52

January 12, $42

FBi Night: Shabazz Palaces, Taylor McFerrin & Shangaan Electro

Mad Racket: Peven Everett

A boundary-pushing showcase helmed by hip-hop elder Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler (Digable Planets), Shabazz Palaces bring their intelligent and compelling brand of hip-hop to our shores. Son of legendary Bobby McFerrin, beat-boxer Taylor McFerrin blends futuristic hip-hop with

Underground phenomenon and prominent figure in Chicago’s house and R&B scenes, Peven Everett collaborated with Roy Davis Jr on the UK garage hit Gabriel before recording one of the most loved deep house records of all time, I Can’t Believe

60s soul. The late night slot serves up the unmissable Shangaan Electro, a flamboyant combo of decks, dance and revved up beats from Soweto. January 13, $42


I Loved Her. Mad Racket DJs add to your listening pleasure throughout the night. January 25, $32

Picnic: Andrew Weatherall & Neville Watson

The Pedrito Martinez Group & Watussi

Renowned knob-twiddler for Primal Scream and Fuck Buttons, and remixer of countless others, Andrew Weatherall is the seminal DJ of the last 20 years of dance music. Whether spinning a genre-leaping set or relaying his own tunes, the man can do no wrong! He’s joined by Neville Watson (Dissident/Clone/

Shake your cha chas because Pedrito Martinez is one of the world’s best congueros! With his Peruvian, Venezuelan and Cuban bandmates he brings Sydney a one-night-only Afro-Cuban party. Watussi’s rocking roots bass lines and blustering horn section will

Rush Hour) who has also been at the forefront of the UK scene for over two decades delivering deep, raw, jacking house. The late-night session continues with Picnic DJ sets. January 14, $32

have you howling for more. Tribalismo DJs hit the decks in the late-night slot. January 26, $32

So Frenchy So Chic: Asa & Fefe

The Stepkids & Electric Wire Hustle

Nigerian-French artists Asa and Fefe come to Sydney for the fi rst time. The sublime Asa has drawn comparisons to Erykah Badu with her smoke and honey voice and nod to 60s soul and Afro-beats. Hip-hop artist Fefe presents an explosive

The Stepkids are the newest signing to Stones Throw Records, home to groundbreaking artists like Madlib and J Dilla. Their stunning debut album is a soul-tinged pyschedelic masterpiece that has captured the hearts of critics. Joining them is NZ’s enigmatic Electric Wire

live show fusing elements of funk, soul, blues, rock and the odd ballad. January 18, $52

By arrangement with Niche Productions. January 27, $42

Future Classic: DJ Koze & Prins Thomas

Nouvelle Vague and Moriarty epitomise French cool. Nouvelle Vague, with original vocalists Melanie Pain and Phoebe Killdeer, transform punk classics and 80s hits in drawling, seductive covers. Moriarty dress like prohibition outlaws and take their cues from Irish folk,

In his fi rst visit to Australian shores, DJ Koze brings his electrifying, heartwarming, minimal house to the dance floor, joined in an amazing double bill by Prins Thomas (Norway).

January 19, $52


Hustle, whose live show blends classic soul with blues, beats and electronica.

So Frenchy So Chic: Nouvelle Vague & Moriarty bluegrass, jazz and cabaret to create a musical wonderland.



A space-disco king, DJ, producer, bass player, break-dancer, label honcho and party god, Thomas has produced the world’s best genre-defying dance. January 28, $42


Photo: First Light Photography

Dressed and decorated to the nines, Sydney’s beloved Lady Class ferries line up for one of Australia’s most popular and iconic free events.

Australia Day Celebrations Celebrate Australia Day in Sydney on January 26 as the city buzzes with heaps of things to see and do.

Ferrython vessels streaking to line honours, it’s really the perfect playground for Aussies and visitors alike to celebrate the day.

Come on down to Sydney Harbour with your picnic basket and cheer on your favourite ferry as they carve up the harbour and make their final dash to the finishing line under the Harbour Bridge.

Start at the beginning with the moving Woggan-ma-gule ceremony at Farm Cove from 8am. Visit Hyde Park for Main Stage entertainment and a bite to eat and then take in the stories of our newest Australian citizens. Check out the stunning vintage car display along Macquarie and College Streets with the NRMA Motorfest. And make sure you leave time to enjoy the soothing jazz sounds at the Sydney Ports Jazz on the Water at Pirrama Park as the sun starts to set.

Visit for more information and explore the Aussie Vault section for competitions and the chance to win great prizes.

FREE Sydney Harbour January 26 at 11am

Nothing quite compares to Australia Day on Sydney Harbour, with that cavalcade of colour and craft! With the famous

This year Sydney Festival is huge. We plan to entertain a million, at thirty-one Sydney venues, celebrate Australian Innovation in the performing arts, explore contemporary Indigenous arts at Carriageworks, share the love as never before, at Parramatta and Chatswood, and welcome dozens of extraordinary global artists to our City. Busy days. So often, while a cup of tea would be heaven, I have no time at all to wait for water to boil. That’s where Zip stars. I get boiling filtered water instantly. Chilled filtered water too. Thanks to Zip, II’m m treating m myself to a new way of life!

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Festival First Night Zone highlighted Sydney City 1. Belvoir St Theatre 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills 2. City Recital Hall Angel Place 2–12 Angel Place, Sydney


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5. Festival Garden (inc The Famous Spiegeltent) Hyde Park North, Cnr College and Park Streets, Sydney


6. 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art 181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket 7. Hyde Park Barracks Museum Cnr Macquarie Street and Prince Albert Road, Sydney 8. SBW Stables Theatre 10 Nimrod Street, Darlinghurst PARRAMATTA STATION


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Festival discount parking Secure Parking offers Festival patrons discounts on night and weekend parking rates at carparks close to a number of Festival venues. Simply visit and download Secure Parking’s Sydney Festival Parking Guide, including a handy map.



18. Carriageworks 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh Main entrance: Cnr Codrington and Wilson Streets






16. Prince Alfred Park (inc The Idolize Spiegeltent) Cnr Victoria Road and Church Streets, Parramatta 17. Riverside Theatres Cnr Church and Market Streets, Parramatta



9. State Theatre 49 Market Street, Sydney

Festival venues not on these maps: Campbelltown Arts Centre Cnr Camden and Appin Roads, Campbelltown The Concourse 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood Entrance: Ferguson Lane via Archer Street Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 597 High Street, Penrith Sutherland Entertainment Centre 30 Eton Street, Sutherland

19. Enmore Theatre 118-132 Enmore Road, Newtown 20. Seymour Centre Cnr City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale 21. Tin Sheds Gallery The University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning 148 City Road, Chippendale 22.University Art Gallery The University of Sydney, Camperdown


Throughout the Festival, between noon and 1pm and 6pm and 7pm, visit any of our Fast Festival Feasts restaurants listed below and receive a main course with a glass of McGuigan “The Shortlist” wine, or a bottle of Tasmanian Rain water for $30 or a Premium Fast Festival Feast where you will be treated to two courses with a glass of McGuigan “The Shortlist” wine and a bottle of Tasmanian Rain water for just $55. Just mention Fast Festival Feasts to take advantage of these special offers.

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To find out whether reservations are required please contact restaurants directly. Please note that restaurant opening times may vary, and times when the offer is available is at the restaurant’s discretion. Visit for menus.

8BROTHERS Level 2, 100 George Street, The Rocks 8070 9311 Chophouse 25 Bligh Street, Sydney 1300 246 748 Concrete Blonde Shop 2/33 Bayswater Road, Potts Point 9380 8307 Courtney’s Brasserie 70 Phillip Street, Parramatta 9635 3288 El Capo – Latin Street Food 52 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills 9699 2518 El-Phoenician Restaurant 7 Towns Place, Walsh Bay and 328 Church Street, Parramatta 9633 1611 Food Society Lower Ground Floor, 91 Riley Street, Darlinghurst 8090 3462 glass brasserie Level 2, Hilton Sydney 488 George Street, Sydney 9265 6068 Golden Century Seafood Restaurant 393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney 9212 3901 Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo 1300 546 475 The Meat & Wine Co, Parramatta Corner Church and Market Street, Parramatta 9630 2434 Ocean Room Ground Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks 9252 9585


Opera Bar Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House, Sydney 9247 1666 Port Bar & Restaurant 36 Charles Street, Parramatta 9687 8823 Restaurant Atelier 22 Glebe Point Road, Glebe 9566 2112 Rubyos 18-20 King Street, Newtown 9557 2669 Steel Bar and Grill 60 Carrington Street, Sydney 9299 9997 Subsolo Restaurant & Wine Bar 161 King Street (Corner Elizabeth Street), Sydney 9223 7000 Summit Restaurant & Bar Level 47, Australia Square, 264 George Street, Sydney 9247 9777 The Victoria Room Level 1, 235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst 9357 4488

The following restaurant partners offer Premium Fast Festival Feasts ARIA Restaurant 1 Macquarie Street, Sydney 9252 2555 (Lunch only) Assiette 48 Albion Street, Surry Hills 9212 7979 Balla The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont 1800 700 700 Bird Cow Fish 4/5, 500 Crown Street, Surry Hills 9380 4090

Black by ezard The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont 1800 700 700 Cotton Duck 50 Holt Street, Surry Hills 8399 0250 Sokyo Level G, The Darling, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont 1800 700 700 Wildfi re Ground Floor, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West 8273 1222

The following restaurants do not offer Fast Festival Feasts but will make you welcome with their á la carte menus Cafe Sydney 5th Floor, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay 9251 8683 Icebergs Dining Room and Bar 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach 9365 9 000 North Bondi Italian Food 118-120 Ramsgate Avenue, Bondi Beach 9300 4400

We want you to have a comfortable stay when you’re in town for Sydney Festival so we’ve joined forces with Toga Hospitality to provide Festival visitors with a special welcome at a great selection of Toga’s Sydney hotels. Medina Grand Sydney 511 Kent Street, Sydney CBD (+612) 9274 0000 Medina Executive Coogee 183 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee (+612) 9578 6000 Medina Executive Sydney Central 2 Lee Street, Sydney CBD (+612) 8396 9800 Medina Grand Harbourside 55 Shelley Street, King Street Wharf (+612) 9249 7000

Medina Classic Martin Place 1 Hosking Place, Sydney CBD (+612) 9224 6400

Vibe Hotel North Sydney 88 Alfred Street, Milsons Point (+612) 9955 1111

Medina Classic Chippendale 74-80 Ivy Street, Chippendale (+612) 9311 8800

Travelodge Sydney 27 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney CBD (+612) 8267 1700

Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney 359 Crown Street, Surry Hills (+612) 8302 1000

Travelodge Wynyard 7-9 York Street, Sydney CBD (+612) 9274 1222

Vibe Hotel Rushcutters 100 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay (+612) 8353 8988

Travelodge Philip Street 165 Philip Street, Sydney CBD (+612) 8224 9400

Vibe Hotel Sydney 111 Goulburn Street, Sydney CBD (+612) 8272 3300

Visit for full information.

Sydney Festival Big Night Out New for 2012, you can now enjoy a Sydney Festival cocktail for $15 at a selection of Sydney's coolest small bars and all Keystone venues. Visit for a full list of participating bars.

Festival Packages Together with Toga we’re putting together a great range of Festival ticket and accommodation packages to suit every taste and budget. Whether it’s a fun night out at the Keystone Festival Bar or an evening of international theatre, we’ve created some great Festival experiences that will leave you with lasting memories of a wonderful stay in Sydney.

With each package you will receive: • Accommodation at one of Toga’s conveniently located hotels or apartments • Festival tickets specific to your package • Pre-theatre dinner through our Fast Festival Feasts restaurant program • A Welcome Pack, including a limited edition Sydney Festival 2012 CD If you’d like to book a Festival Package or just want to fi nd out more, visit

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The following restaurant partners offer Fast Festival Feasts


ANZ Tix for Next to Nix (All tickets $25) Sydney Festival is committed to making the Festival accessible to all. During Festival dates (January 7-29), $25 tickets are made available for shows on that day*. Tickets are limited and it’s fi rst in best dressed.

How to book General sales open November 9 Ticketing agencies vary according to venue, so please refer to event pages to fi nd the correct booking agency and contact them to buy your tickets, or visit for more information. Tickets can be purchased from the relevant ticketing agency’s website, over the phone or in person (excluding the Sydney Festival Box Office). Please contact the relevant agency for a list of their outlets. Sydney Festival 1300 668 812 Ticketek (including Enmore Theatre and The Concourse) 132 849 Belvoir St Theatre 02 9699 3444

City Recital Hall Angel Place 02 8256 2222

Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay 02 9250 1999

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Ticketmaster (Carriageworks and State Theatre) 1300 723 038

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 02 4723 7600 Riverside Theatres 02 8839 3399 Seymour Centre 02 9351 7940 Sutherland Entertainment Centre Entertainment/Entertainment_Centre 02 9521 8888 Sydney Opera House 02 9250 7777

Festival Multipack Pre-sale November 4 - 8 Festival Multipack Line 1300 668 813 (closed Sundays) Online Multipacks 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 or 4 events and save 10% • Buy tickets to 5 or more events and save 15% Festival Multipacks can be purchased on the Festival Multipack line or via the website. Tickets are only available for events during Sydney Festival dates (January 7 - 29) and the discount only applies to full-price, Premium or A-Reserve. To qualify for a Multipack discount, tickets must be purchased in one transaction/booking. A transaction fee of $5.50 applies. Multipack tickets are strictly limited and subject to availability. Your Festival Multipack can be created by choosing from the following events: 41 Strings AA Bondy Adam Buxton presents BUG


Wharf 1 and 2, Sydney Theatre Company 02 9250 1777 Concessions Concession tickets are available for the following: • Full-time students • Pensioners • Seniors card holders • Children 14 years and under • Unemployed Proof of concession must be produced to obtain the concession price. Concessions are only available where indicated and may be subject to availability.

Introducing the Parra Pack Anatomy of an Afternoon Asa & Fefe in Parramatta Assembly Babel Beautiful Burnout Beth Orton Briefs Carnival of Souls Ed Kuepper Fatoumata Diawara (Parramatta only) Foley Frank Yamma Hope 2012 I Am A Camera I Am Eora iOTA: Young, Hard and Solo Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau Duo Keystone Festival Bar (all nights) KORT (City Recital Hall only) La Putyka Lambchop L'Effet de Serge The List Operators for Kids do Compooters Little Match Girl Mondo Cane Never Did Me Any Harm (excl Sat night) Radio Muezzin Reinventing Radio. An Evening with Ira Glass Taraf de Haïdouks & Koçani Orkestar Thyestes 'Tis Pity She's A Whore Tubular Bells for Two Walk a Mile in My Shoes Washington presents Insomnia West Side Story

Sales Open November 9 Thinking of seeing a few shows in Parramatta this year? If so, we’d like to introduce the Parra Pack!

Here are the rules • Cash sales only – no EFT or credit cards • Tickets must be purchased in person • There is a limit of two tickets per person per day • Events under $25 are not included in this offer • The number of tickets available at this price may vary for each performance • Tickets cannot be replaced if they are lost, stolen or damaged

We make every effort to ensure Sydney Festival events are accessible to our whole audience. To book your tickets, or if you have any queries, please call 02 8248 6500 or email To enable us to determine your requirements and assist you fully we are unable to offer this service online. Sydney Festival is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service.

Accessible performances We are proud to announce that in 2012 we are offering captioning and/or audio description for selected performances of Beautiful Burnout, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, West Side Story and Buried City. See event pages for dates and times. Bookings for these performances must be made by Friday December 23, 2011. Seats cannot be guaranteed after this date although we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Parra Packs can be booked by phone through the Sydney Festival Box Office, Riverside Theatres or Ticketek, or online at

This venue/location is wheelchair accessible or has been made accessible for the Festival. If this symbol is not displayed,

AA Bondy Asa & Fefe Briefs Carnival of Souls Ed Kuepper Fatoumata Diawara Frank Yamma I Am A Camera La Putyka The List Operators for Kids do Compooters Tubular Bells for Two The 20% discount applies to full-priced A Reserve tickets only, and tickets must be purchased in one transaction.

When is it open? January 7-29 Daily from 8am to 12 noon. The booth will close early if tickets sell out before closing time.

Parramatta Tix for Next to Nix for events in Parramatta will only be available from the venue box office one hour prior to the performance starting. *Not available for events at Sutherland Entertainment Centre or Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

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If you purchase tickets to any three shows in Parramatta, you’ll be eligible for a 20% discount.

Parra Packs can be created by choosing from the following events:

The ANZ Tix for Next to Nix booth is located at the bottom of Martin Place, near George Street.

access may be limited. Please note SBW Stables Theatre is not wheelchair accessible. Designated wheelchair spaces (where available) are sold at the lowest price in the house for that performance. This venue/location has an assistive listening system installed for use by patrons.

visit • as a PDF – visit or call 02 8248 6500 • as a Word document in large print format – visit or call 02 8248 6500 Festival First Night See page 64 for tips on access and staying safe. Festival in The Domain See page 48 for information on access.

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 the carer of a Companion Card cardholder. Please contact Sydney Festival directly to assist with your booking.

We would like to hear from you We want to know what we’re doing right and what we could do better. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 02 8248 6500 or email if you have any queries or suggestions.

Did you know you can get Festival information in alternative formats? This program is also available: • on audio CD – contact Vision Australia on 02 9334 3260 • as an mp3 fi le –

Please visit for further information.

Ticket prices include booking fees and GST where applicable. A one-off transaction charge may apply at the point of sale.

‘General Admission’ events do not have allocated seating and tickets cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or damaged.

All sales are fi nal – there are no refunds, exchanges or cancellations on completed bookings.

Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable time in the performance, and for certain events may not be admitted at all.

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.

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, alarms or chiming watches is not permitted.

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.

The fine print

Sydney Festival reserves the right to charge a fee for the replacement of tickets.

Sydney Festival presents artists and productions on the basis of merit and excellence. Any political affi liations 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.

Sydney Festival reserves the right to take video recordings and photographs at each event. By attending a Sydney Festival event you consent to be photographed and/or videographed and acknowledge that the intended use is for publicity and/or promotional purposes and authorise use by or on behalf of Sydney Festival.


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

Board Of Directors

Festival First Night returns on January 7, with a larger-than-life celebration exploding onto the city’s streets and parks. Come along and get a taste of what Sydney Festival has to offer and catch some of the biggest names in the Festival for FREE. For more detailed information about Festival First Night, including maps, FAQs and line-up information, visit our website rstnight. We’ll continue to update the site with all the essential event information as we get closer to the day – best advice is to sign up for Festival Buzz at to stay informed.

Everybody is welcome • All areas are wheelchair accessible • Kids' activities in Hyde Park from 3pm • Be sun smart – wear sunscreen, a hat and drink plenty of water • Wear comfortable shoes – closed-toed footwear is recommended • We recommend you leave pets, skateboards and rollerblades at home Access Limited spaces will be available for RTA Mobility Parking Scheme Permit Holders and must be booked before the event on 02 8006 5700. An accessible viewing area for patrons with a disability is located on the eastern side of The Domain between tower 6 and 7.

No glass • Festival First Night is a glass free event No BYO alcohol • Food and beverages will be on sale in Hyde Park, Queen’s Square, The Domain, Elizabeth Street, Macquarie Street and St Mary’s Cathedral Square. Leave the car at home and take public transport • For detailed public transport information visit or call 131 500 closer to the event • For information on road closures, alternative traffic routes and parking restrictions, visit or call 132 701 closer to the event Ride your bike • Free bike parking will be available in Hyde Park and in The Domain – for details visit

Special Thanks

The following companies and productions acknowledge the support of: A History of Everything Drum Theatre Plymouth Richard Jordan Productions Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Belvoir BYDS Campbelltown Arts Centre Chunky Move Force Majeure Griffin Theatre Company I Am Eora Ilbijerri Theatre Company Malthouse Melbourne Martin del Amo Performing Lines Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Sydney Symphony Sydney Theatre Company Urban Theatre Projects Victorian Opera Walk a Mile in My Shoes

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Belvoir BYDS Campbelltown Arts Centre Carriageworks Force Majeure Griffin Theatre Company I Am Eora Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Martin del Amo Performing Lines Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Sydney Symphony Sydney Theatre Company Urban Theatre Projects Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Chunky Move Ilbijerri Theatre Company Malthouse Melbourne Polyglot Theatre Victorian Opera


Anatomy of an Afternoon The Alexandra and Lloyd Martin Family Foundation Creative Practice and Research Unit in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts, UNSW Critical Path Black Capital Gadigal people of the Eora nation past and present Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo Aunty Millie Ingram Brooke Pettit Carriageworks Chris Bonney City of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee Darrell Sibosado Fred Copperwaite Gadigal Information Services Jason Glanville Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS Larissa Behrendt Lily Shearer Lisa Havilah Lisa Ffrench Lydia Miller Liza-Mare Syron Melodie Gibson Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council Moogahlin Performing Arts National Centre for Indigenous Excellence National Indigenous Television (NITV) Paul Morris Performing Lines Redfern Community Centre Ricky Lyons Sonny Dallas Law Susan Moylan-Coombs Wendy Blacklock AM Yaama Dhiyaan

I Am Eora Anita Heiss Fenn Gordon Michael Hutchings Michael McDaniel Performing Lines Sandra Bender Wendy Blacklock AM

Beautiful Burnout Arts Council England Scottish Government Scottish Government International Touring Fund

I Am Eora – Associate Producers Angela Brown Ann Hoban Antoinette Albert Australian Museum Bell Shakespeare Mind’s Eye Bonhams Auctioneers and Valuers Culture at Work David Mathlin Gillian Appleton Jacquie Feeney Jonathan Blakeman and Dr Helen Wirth Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS Kim Williams AM Mark Stapleton Mary Slaight Reads of Woollahra Robert Albert AO Roxanne Shore Scully Fund – in memory of Fr Ted Kennedy and Mum Shirl Smith Sydney Opera House The Balnaves Foundation Virginia Gordon

Campbelltown Arts Centre & 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Grasshopper Kirin Rydges Campbelltown

181 Regent St: Addressing Black Theatre Indigenous Department ABC Television Juno Gemes Mervyn Bishop Michelle Blanchard Rhoda Roberts Sally Riley Wendy Blacklock AM Brook Andrew National Australia Bank Art Collection The Electric Canvas Tolarno Galleries

BYDS Bankstown City Council Playwriting Australia

President The Hon. Barry O’Farrell MP Premier of New South Wales Chair Clover Moore MP Lord Mayor of Sydney Directors The Hon. George Souris MP Monica Barone Simon Corah Matthew Melhuish Sam Weiss Geoff Wilson Alternate Directors Barry Buffier (for The Hon. Barry O’Farrell MP) Clr Phillip Black (for The Lord Mayor of Sydney) Mary Darwell (for The Hon. George Souris MP) Ann Hoban (for Monica Barone)

Sydney Festival Staff Festival Director Lindy Hume Executive Director Josephine Ridge

Administration Financial Controller Tanya Bush Accountant Francesca Hendricks Payroll Carina Mision Executive Assistant Rachael McNally Executive Office Projects Coordinator Fiona Jackson Administration Officer Julie Gock Receptionists Rebecca Hunter Taline Vesmadian

Programming Head of Programming Bill Harris Program Manager Danni Colgan Programming Associate Adam McGowan Special Projects Loretta Busby Travel & Artist Coordinator Edwina Perrotta Project Manager Hannah Sanders Music Coordinator Janna Hayes Program Administrator Ella McNeill Project Coordinator Erica McCalman Programming Interns Ella Cook Stephanie Santos Ellie Rafter

Marketing Ilbijerri Theatre Company City of Melbourne Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Office for the Arts, through the Indigenous Culture Support fund FORM Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) Parramatta Artist Studios Richard Petkovic Never Did Me Any Harm Carriageworks Polyglot Theatre ArtPlay City of Melbourne City of Stonnington Polyglot Ambassadors’ Circle The List Operators for Kids Dirty Work Comedy Urban Theatre Projects Besen Foundation City of Sydney Pacific Group Walk a Mile in My Shoes Creative New Zealand New Zealand International Arts Festival Wired Aerial Theatre Arts Council England British Council Liverpool City Council

Head of Marketing, Communications & Digital Strategy Jill Colvin Marketing Manager Derek Gilchrist Marketing Coordinator Linly Goh Digital Marketing Coordinator Julia Thomas Publicity Manager Sarah Wilson Publicists Jane Davis Charlotte Greig Design Manager Mary Simpson Signage Coordinator Franzisca Geis Volunteer Program Coordinator Josh Wheatley Marketing Interns Tegan Abraham Celia Armitage Bernice Au Sam Bell Jorge Cerda Vargas Dane Hopkins Ingrid Kong Leo Messias Gabriel Podesta Nerida Ross Mark Staker

Ticketing Guest Services Coordinator Michaela Banks Ticketing Operations Coordinator Vanessa Knox Ticketing Assistants Georgia Thorne Sarah Neville

Our Principal Supporters

External Relations and Philanthropy Head of External Relations & Philanthropy Malcolm Moir (from November 2011)

Corporate Partnerships (formerly Business Development) Head of Business Development Malcolm Moir (to November 2011) Head of Corporate Partnerships Sasha Degen (from November 2011) Corporate Partnership Managers Kate Armstrong-Smith Catherine Bowe Kate Dezarnaulds Cassandra Kevin Olivia Wynne (to August 2011) Corporate Partnerships Coordinator Jessica Flood Corporate Partnerships Operations Coordinator Ben Stern Corporate Partnerships Interns Deanna Giang Claire Sinfield

Production Head of Production John Bayley Production Manager Katie Pack Catering Manager Fernando Motti Production Coordinators Alycia Bangma Paul Bearne Production Assistant Nicole Lombard Hospitality Coordinator Morgan McKinlay Transport Coordinator Melissa Hamilton Crewing Coordinator Jennie Bradbury Designers Mathew McCall Kate Roberts Production Interns Malinny Cheng Ashleigh Hudson

Domain Staff Domain Manager Tim Pack Senior Site Manager Tom Drury Site Construction Manager Peter Craig Domain Coordinator Luci Taylor Electricians Craig Adamson Ian Godfrey

Festival First Night Producer – Programming Vernon Guest Producer – Operations Margot Natoli Technical Manager Mick Jessop Government & Logistics Manager Briony Leivers Programming Coordinators Clara Iaccarino Kristal Maher Logistics Coordinator Sarah Sebastian Technical Coordinator Jack Horton Marketing & Public Relations Janet Glover (Janet Glover PR & Events) Lyndel Feher (The Fresh Group)

Sydney Festival in Parramatta Producer – Programming Imogen Semmler Project Manager Roger Press Logistics Assistant Kim Straatemeier Marketing & Public Relations Jacqui Bonner Marketing + Management Lyndel Feher (The Fresh Group)

Festival Design Agency Churchward/Melhuish

Thank You Ticketing Ticketing & Planning Manager Simon Keen Ticketing Systems Coordinator Stefanie Looho

Michael Abbott, Accessible Arts, Danesh Z Bamji, Alexandra Bowen, Bill Carter, John Chase, Steve Elliot, Cheryl Elvey, Anthony Laver, Ian Lyons, Aaron Michie, Celia Pavelieff, Fee Plumley, Kim Skildum-Reid, John Trevillian, Vision Australia, Oton Wu.


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Contributors Avant Card BMF Cabcharge Coates Hire Datalicious Deepend Dimmi Eardrum ES Group Australia Flourish Flower Merchants Icebergs Dining Room and Bar Motorola Rental Direct The Nest Pureprofi le

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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. Earlier this year Sydney Festival developed an Associate Producer program to secure specific fi nancial support for I Am Eora. This has proved to be a very attractive way for Festival supporters to assist with major new initiatives of the Festival. For information about the Director's Circle or the Associate Producer program please contact Malcolm Moir on 02 8248 6521 or by email



Driven to New Pastures. Created by Rosie Dennis and commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre. Photo: Heidrun Lohr


2012 PREMIERE MUSICALS See the world's best musicals in Sydney! Lose yourself in timeless classics, perennial favourites and all the new hits. If it's on the stage, it's on in Sydney! Legally Blonde The Musical Sydney goes Blonde as the feel-good comedy musical will host its Australian premiere season in Sydney, after its box-office success on Broadway and the West End. Sydney IT’S ON IN 2012! An Officer and a Gentleman Let Love Lift You Up Where You Belong when Sydney hosts the world premiere of the musical adaptation of this Academy Award-winning film. Lyric Theatre, Star City, Sydney IT’S ON FROM MAY 2012!

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If it’s on it’s on Please note that events are subject to change or cancellation (check relevant website for further details prior to the event).

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