Performing Arts in Sydney- Who to look out for

With the Sydney Opera House as one of the world’s most iconic venues for lovers of performing arts, Sydney is Australia's cultural capital where you'll find marvellous performances. Known for hosting a wide array of art like ballet, opera and contemporary dance, as well as symphonies, dramas, recitals, stage plays, musicals, concerts, and comedies.

Photo Credit: Diliff, Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Diliff, Wikipedia

This beautiful harbour city is home to Australia's leading arts and dance companies, including Opera Australia, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company, Restless Dance Theatre, and Bangarra Dance Theatre, the internationally acclaimed indigenous contemporary dance troupe.


The Australian Ballet

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Photo Credit: Kate Longley

The Australian Ballet is the largest classical ballet company in Australia. They have seasons each year at the Sydney Opera House, which is on the edge of one of the great natural harbours in the world. They work in close cooperation with the Australian Ballet School, of which many of the company's dancers are graduates. Giving approximately 200 performances a year, the Australian Ballet claims to be the busiest ballet company in the world. With a vast repertoire which includes the major classical and heritage works as well as contemporary productions, it follows its artistic vision of "Caring for Tradition, Daring to be Different".


The Sydney Dance Company

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Photo credit: Wendell Teodoro.

The Sydney Dance Company is one of Australia's most innovative performance companies. Artistic director Rafael Bonachela leads the contemporary dance troupe at Walsh Bay, a lively arts precinct with performance venues on heritage finger wharves. You can even take a dance class of your own.


Bangarra Dance Theatre

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Photo Credit: Lisa Tomasetti

Walsh Bay is also home to Bangarra Dance Theatre, is an Indigenous Australian contemporary dance company which tells the story of the Dreamtime. Acclaimed around the world for its distinctive theatrical voice, powerful choreography, unique soundscapes and design, Bangarra is Australia's leading First Nations performing arts company. The group also made significant contributions to the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Summer Olympics, and has received the Helpmann Award for Best Ballet or Dance Work multiple times.


The Restless Dance Theatre

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Photo Credit: Shane Reid

As an inclusive dance company, the work is informed by disability but not about disability. They have developed a way of working where participants are given a series of creative challenges and asked to respond in movement. Dance sequences are then built up from their responses. This produces unique and distinctive dance through a process that nurtures the creative voices of the dancers.

The company received a Ruby Award in 2010 for sustained contribution by an organisation. Restless was nominated for an Australian Dance Award for "Salt" in 2015. The company won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth or Community Dance at the 2010 Australian Dance Awards for Bedroom Dancing. The Necessary Games film triptych has received multiple awards both nationally and internationally.