When thinking about my Top Ten, I’m thinking about the shows I want to take my family to during January. A mix of dance, circus, music… and a bit of naughty too! Sharing time with friends and family is what January is all about, so I want to go events with them that we can all enjoy and talk about after.
Backbone Adelaide based circus company Gravity and Other Myths brings us their new show. Backbone is a tremendous example of Australia’s circus talent. This show has already been touring the world with its amazing daring and risk taking. Circus at its best.
Meow Meow’s Pandemonium Come spend the night with international sensation Meow Meow as she takes us into the Pandemonium of your dreams and fantasies. She joins the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House of hilarity and beautiful music.
You Animal, You Local dance company Force Majeure explores the animal instincts that lie under the surface of human beings. From birthing and bonding to smell and grieving emotions and our inner animal all play a role.
My Name is Jimi Jimi Bani is joined on stage by his mother, grandmother, brothers and his son, in a heart-warming play about telling stories through song, dance and language. Jimi plays a role in passing down his culture to the next generation.
My Urrwai This one-person show from Genoa Gela is a beautiful exploration of life and love.
Bayala Our Indigenous language program explores the words of the Sydney area that lay sleeping beneath the surface of our city. Come learn more about how to describe the places of Sydney.
Broken Glass This installation and performance explores Indigenous grieving rituals from history and today. Beautiful and haunting, this work gives you new ways of looking at a history and the practice of grief.
Pussy Riot Theatre: Riot Days The rebel Russians visit Sydney with their amazing brand of storytelling and music. Jailed for their opposition to Putin and the Russian government, Pussy Riot tell us their story and give audiences insight into rebellion.
Four Thousand Fish A free installation which invites people to explore a story about the early relationship between The Eora and the colonists. Come down and create a frozen fish and watch it melt back into the harbour.
Emel Mathlouthi with Rahim Alhaj and Karim Wasfi This double bill brings together artists from the Middle East who use their music to talk about the world and how it might need to change.
Sydney Festival takes place across the city and Parramatta from 6-28 January. See www.sydneyfestival.org.au for information.
Sydney Festival Director Wesley Enoch’s TOP TEN
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A mix of dance, circus, music… and a bit of naughty!