Festival Director Lieven Bertels and the Sydney Festival team have revealed the full program for Sydney Festival 2013, an explosion of exceptional theatre, dance, music, visual arts, film and more that will take over Sydney’s venues, streets and parks from January 5-27.
Bertels’ first program as Festival Director continues the precedent established by previous Directors, bringing high quality programming sourced from around the world and within Australia, with a unique slant that reflects his background in musicology and radio & TV production.
“Sydney Festival is one of Australia’s premier arts festivals and a highlight of the city’s vibrant annual events calendar,” Premier of New South Wales and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O’Farrell said. “Sydney Festival brings together international and Australian contemporary performing arts and popular culture, wide community engagement, iconic free outdoor events and buzzing social hubs.”
From one-off musical experiences and intimate storytelling-based events to large-scale free visual spectaculars and plenty of opportunities for Sydneysiders to kick up their heels and dance, this year’s Sydney Festival has something for everybody. 92 events (18 of them free!) will take place across the Sydney CBD, Parramatta, the Inner West, Chatswood and Mosman.
Sydney Festival 2013 will open with a trilogy of free outdoor spectacles spearheading a weekend full of openings and premieres. Start Day One: An Opening in Three Acts with spandex and hot pants in Hyde Park with Fun Run, a non-stop marathon of music, dance and laughs. We then move to Darling Harbour for The Arrival, curated by Legs On The Wall’s Patrick Nolan, to welcome Florentijn Hofman’s larger-than-life Rubber Duck, our 15 metre high colourful bath time guest for the Festival. And in The Domain at night it’s the Daptone Super Soul Revue, a 3-hour dance party featuring Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, The Menahan Street Band, The Budos Band and Sugarman 3.
Sydney Festival Parramatta returns with 12 days jam-packed with free and ticketed events in the true heart of Sydney. With an even bigger and better Spiegeltent, the Salon Perdu, and free opening and closing events suitable for the whole family, Sydney Festival Parramatta expands Sydney Festival’s ongoing commitment to present great work in Western Sydney.
Fresh from a highly acclaimed season on Broadway, sexy Latino circus show URBAN from Circolombia promises to be one of the hot tickets of Sydney Festival 2013. It’s gravity-defying three-man towers, somersaults and flips will fill Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre with a high-energy depiction of life on the streets in Colombia.
This year’s About an Hour program will fill multi-arts venue Carriageworks over a massive long weekend, giving Festival devotees the opportunity to see five or more productions in the one day and soak in the Festival atmosphere.
In the hugely popular Honda Festival Garden, The Famous Spiegeltent plays host to not one but two house shows this year, with the World Premiere of INSIDE from physical comedy geniuses Frank Woodley and Simon Yates and the irresistibly dark cabaret/variety act Cantina from Brisbane’s Strut & Fret Production House.
Home grown talent is well-represented with the world premiere of Sydney Theatre Company’s The Secret River, directed by Neil Armfield and adapted for stage by Andrew Bovell. World Premieres continue with Sydney’s visual theatre magicians Erth’s Murder (based on Nick Cave’s chilling Murder Ballads), and a highly original fusion of street sport and dance Concrete and Bone Sessions from Branch Nebula, held at dusk around the rim of the Dulwich Hill Skate Park. Plus new work from Dappled Cities, Legs On The Wall, Ensemble Offspring, Performance Space and more.
Sydney Festival’s ongoing claim to being “the most wonderful summer festival in the world” makes perfect sense when you throw in highly anticipated performances from David Byrne & St. Vincent and Dirty Projectors, Australian debuts from artists including Richard Hawley and Mike Scott and The Waterboys, and work from La Fura dels Baus, Fabulous Beast and Heiner Goebbels are just some of the international acts appearing at Sydney Festival 2013.