Each January the Sydney Festival weaves a brilliant cultural web through Sydney city streets with a three week long program of music, art, theatre, dance, opera, circus and cabaret events and installations. Drawing artists from all over the globe, the festival offers up a great set of out of the ordinary summer time activities and encounters – and the 2014 program is no exception. Here are 10 of the most unmissable, according to us.
The French artist’s first major installation in Australia, this immense and complex piece will allow you to witness lives unfolding, following the rhythm of births and deaths across the globe: the idea that all human life is the result of chance.
A tribute to the iconic music of indie heroes, Big Star and their third album Sister Lovers with performances by Mike Mills (R.E.M), Ken Stringfellow (The Posies), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (the dB’s), Cat Power, Tim Rogers (You am I) and Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus).
A perspective-skewing interactive installation involving a mirrored building facade that will surely be the ultimate Instagram photo frenzy.
A breathtaking performance that combines choreography, contortion and aerial acrobatics – all centred on and around a 2.5 tonne forklift.
This is Stonehenge – re-envisioned as a giant inflatable castle and everyone is invited to bounce.
An unconventional listening party by Ireland’s Pan Pan Theatre, All That Fall is an different kind of communal storytelling experience set in Pan Pan’s atmospheric, theatrically tuned listening chamber.
An afternoon of French music, food and wine featuring Lou Doillon, Fefe and Babylon Circus and hampers filled with fresh French fare by Simmone Logue.
Two brilliant sight and sound works take hold of the Sydney Opera House – one with former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton as HIVE and the other a cosmic collaboration between Sydney electronic outfit Canyons and artist Daniel Boyd.
An opera by Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz, baroque orchestra Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin and Vocalconsort Berrlin – entirely staged and danced underwater, in a glass aquarium that fills the stage.
A monologue written by Jean Cocteau in 1927 presented here by visionary director Ivo van Hove from the Netherlands – the performance is in Dutch with English surtitles.