A melting 2.7-tonne iceberg will be suspended 20 meters above Sydney Harbor for 10 hours a day as part of the 2022 Sydney Festival.
The free event, titled Thaw, is a new work by physical theater company Legs On the Wall, and is a dramatic theatrical statement on the need to act on global warming. The three-day feat will be accompanied by music by Alaskan composer and environmental activist Matthew Burtner.
Olivia Ansell’s first Sydney Festival as a director kicks off on January 6, with a program packed with live music, world premieres and the resurrection of two theater classics – A Chorus Line and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Musically, Australian party group Cat Empire will perform in front of a crowd of 12,000 at Parramatta Park, while artists such as Amyl and the Sniffers, Gordi, Jaguar Jonze and William Barton will perform in venues around the Great Sydney.
Ansell said the 2022 festival will expand its traditional CBD and Parramatta bases to include events in Manly, Mosman, Penrith, Campbelltown, Casula, Blacktown, Bankstown and Cronulla.
“We did the festival indoors, outdoors and online so that we felt like we were absolutely ready for anything and we can meet any appetite and confidence level. visitor, ”she said.
“If you are not sure if you are going out, we can bring the festival to your house. If you’re sure to go out, we’ve got enough outdoor works to keep you satisfied, and if you’re up for full throttle and thirsty for culture and just want to get back inside this theater, we’ve got a captivating theater program. too much.”
More highlights from the Sydney 2022 festival:
Wudjang: not the past
This new work – a collaboration between the Bangarra Dance Theater and the Sydney Theater Company – will feature 17 dancers, four musicians and five actors.
A giant inflatable audiovisual installation will illuminate Darling Harbor.
A queer version of the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear will be staged at the Hordern Pavilion, with an aging matriarch played by Minnie Cooper (AKA Aaron Farley) abdicating their throne with a musical nod to the venue’s famous history as the l one of Sydney’s favorite rave destinations.
Heavenly stages: submersible study
Held at the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, audiences will immerse themselves in the sound aquatic sound tapestries by British producer Leon Vynehall.
Sydney Symphony under the Stars
The tradition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture from picnic blankets will return in 2022 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra giving a free concert in Parramatta Park in front of a crowd of 15,000.
The acoustic life of boathouses
Social impact arts organization Big hART will stage a series of original performances around the harbor, with audiences transported to various locations via the Sydney ferry.
Girl from the north of the country
Lisa McCune will star in this multi-award-winning Broadway musical, featuring songs by Bob Dylan. The show is presented at the newly restored Theater Royal on King Street in the CBD.
Small metal objects
The immersive Back to Back Theater production, staged at Circular Quay and streamed through audience headphones, is making a comeback after its Sydney premiere 14 years ago.
Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran
Festival resident artist Javaad Alipoor will stage his award-winning piece at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which combines digital theater and a live Instagram feed.
The Museum of Modern Love
The world premiere of the stage adaptation of Heather Rose’s novel Stella will be held at the Seymour Center.
The Sydney Dance Company will perform excerpts from works by choreographer Ohad Naharin of the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv.
At Carriageworks, the indigenous intercultural dance company Marrugeku will present a review of incarceration with contributions from Yawuru chef Patrick Dodson and Kurdish-Iranian writer and former island inmate Manus Behrouz Boochani.
Gravity and Other Myths’ spectacular physical theater, The Pulse, which was a hit at this year’s Adelaide Festival, will come to Sydney, featuring a troupe of 24 acrobats alongside 26 voices from the Sydney Philharmonia Choir.
Seven methods to kill Kylie Jenner
British playwright Jasmine Lee-Jones’ hit, a work rich in acronyms, memes and tweets, will be performed in two venues – at the Darlinghurst Theater and the Riverside Theater in Parramatta.
Melbourne contemporary dance company Chunky Move will perform “a hybrid party / performance for the end of the days” to a soundtrack composed by techno experimenter Chiara Kickdrum.
Italian Baroque with Circa
Circa Contemporary Circus, in collaboration with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, will take the audience “on an exhilarating journey through Italy’s multi-level past”.
Free jazz and classical concerts
The Cutaway at The Rocks will host a take-out jazz and classical music concert series.
The Museum of Contemporary Art will remain open at night for a live music concert of rhythms from South West Asia and North Africa.