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Sydney Festival

Our picks of Sydney Festival 2014

January is here and it’s our favourite time of year. New Year’s resolutions still seem achievable, there’s an abundance of balmy summer nights and – of course – Sydney Festival is upon us..  With a line-up that includes spectacular performances, critically acclaimed artists, touching theatre productions, film, magic, family fun and more – there’s something…

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Sydney Festival TV: Cantina

Set in a seedy watering hold, Sydney Festival’s Cantina blurs reality and fantasy, the past, present and future. The performance explores the rapture and torment of desire through illusion, contortion, tightrope and acrobatics. The production which has been produced by Strut & Fret Production House has enjoyed sold out seasons in Australia and abroad.  Co-directed…

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Sydney Festival TV: The Secret River

The Secret River sees playwright Andrew Bovell , director Neil Armfield and an illustrious cast, working together to bring Kate Grenville’s award-winning novel to life. The play explores the emotional clash between Indigenous Australians and European settlers on the Hawkesbury River in the early 19th Century. The Secret River plays at Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay…

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Sydney Festival TV: Song Dong Waste Not

Coming from his family home in Beijing, to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Waste Not is a transformative installation by one of China’s pre-eminent artists, Song Dong. Conceived by the artist following the death of his father, the work represents his mother’s process of mourning and remembrance. Consisting of the entire contents…

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Sydney Festival TV: Briefs

After stirring up a storm across Europe, Briefs is back with an all male circus to tantalise and tease. Under the Salon Perdu Spiegeltent’s sparkling canopy, your host Shivannah acts as ringmistress and clown. She leads a variety of acts ranging from trashy burlesque to old-school vaudeville and high-quality aerial stunts. Prepare yourself for a…

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Sydney Festival TV on STUDIO

From 5-27 January,  Sydney Festival returns to the Harbour City with another stellar line-up that includes 18 free events and almost 100 events overall across 30 venues. With something for everyone, Festival highlights will include two amazing show premieres at The Famous Spiegeltent; the premiere of INSIDE from comedy genius duo Frank Woodley and Simon…

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SYDNEY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST 2013 EVENTS

Sydney Festival has announced the first three events in their 2013 program, with early release tickets available for sale 9am Thursday Sep 13. Catch David Byrne (ex Talking Heads) and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) performing their exciting collaboration Love this Giant, backed by a brass band at the State Theatre. Vivienne Westwood collides with…

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Never Did Me Any Harm

Monday 29 October, 8.30pm

Striking a chord with audiences throughout Sydney Festival 2012, this bold production from Force Majeure and Sydney Theatre Company uses real stories in an exposé of contemporary family life in Australia. Award-winning director and choreographer Kate Champion uses dance, lighting and text to illuminate what goes on behind closed doors, drawing inspiration from Christos Tsiolkas’…

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STUDIO Goes for Gold

Wednesday 8 August , 9.30pm

As the world’s sporting best sweat it out in London, join us nightly in the STUDIO arena to watch Australia’s cultural heavyweights go head-to-head. From Monday 6 to Friday 10 we’ll be screening an exclusive performance every night. They’re all champions of their field – the best cabaret of the year (Meow Meow’s Little Match…

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STUDIO PRESENTS I Am Eora

Monday 2 July, 8.30pm

The jewel in the crown of Sydney Festival 2012, I Am Eora celebrates the heroes of Aboriginal Sydney, while breaking new ground in contemporary Australian performance. STUDIO takes a look at what went into the making of this epic production, going behind the scenes with cast and crew as they prepare for the world premiere….

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Artist Hijack: Sam Strong

Tuesday 1 May, 7.30pm

The gentleman of the arts in Australia share their influences and inspirations as they each curate an evening of programs for STUDIO’s Artist Hijacks. Sam Strong is an award winning theatre director and the current Artistic Director for the Griffin Theatre Company. His most recent production  “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” for the Sydney Theatre Company opened…

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Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl Sneak Peek: It’s Too Darn Hot

In this sneak peek from Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl, the international cabaret sensation arrives on stage in a supermarket trolley to perform It’s Too Darn Hot – in German! You can watch the whole performance, exclusive to STUDIO on Monday 19 March at 8.30pm.

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Artist Hijacks

Tuesday 1 May, 7.30pm

The gentleman of the arts in Australia share their influences and inspirations as they each curate an evening of programs on STUDIO. They’ll tell you about the artists, filmmakers, musicians and identities that shaped their artistic outlook, followed by the programs that impacted their careers. Guest Hijackers include Opera Australia’s Lyndon Terracini, theatre director Sam…

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Go Behind the Scenes as STUDIO films Never Did Me Any Harm

This week STUDIO filmed Sydney Theatre Company and contemporary dance company Force Majeure’s Never Did Me Any Harm at Sydney’s The Wharf. Stay tuned for the world television premiere coming to STUDIO in October 2012, or sign up for an email reminder closer to the date. In the meantime, check out these behind the scenes…

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Perth Festival: Beautiful Burnout

From 10-25 February at Perth Festival 2012, the most controversial sport of our time is examined in this explosive piece of physical theatre by the National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly. Set to the pulsuing music of Underworld, the production had it’s Australian premiere at Sydney Festival 2012 where it wowed audiences with its…

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Sydney Festival TV: Edge of Elsewhere

Isn’t it annoying when you’re at home playing Playstation, and a cow wanders in to block your view? Photographer Michel Tuffery’s satirical work is part of Edge of Elsewhere, a visual arts exhibition at Sydney Festival. From Campbelltown Arts Centre to Haymarket’s 4A Gallery and way beyond, the project engages with the diverse cultural mix…

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Sydney Festival TV: Thyestes

Fresh from his ‘Best Mainstage Production Award’ at the Sydney Theatre Awards for The Wild Duck, Simon Stone directs Thyestes at Carriageworks. The savagery of this Greek legend is reinterpreted into a shockingly funny, edge-of-your-seat and partially improvised new version. Catch the cast and crew rehearsing and improvising the tale of a King who unwittingly…

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Sydney Festival TV: iOTA – Young, Hard & Solo

With the runaway success of Smoke & Mirrors and three Helpmann Awards under his belt, iOTA takes to the stage for this deeply personal and outrageous Sydney Opera House performance. From Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, he revisits the songs close to his heart. Check out this sneak peek…

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