Dance and performing arts

Highlights

From timeless classics in ballet and opera to dazzling contemporary dance, Sydney will take your breath away with exciting seasons of dance and performing arts in its theatres and concert halls. The Sydney Opera House is an iconic building in which to enjoy some of those astonishing performances.

  • Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Carmen
  • Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Dazzling performances in Sydney

Sydney is Australia's cultural capital where you'll find marvellous performances of ballet, opera and contemporary dance, as well as symphonies, drama and comedy. Seasons run a various times of the year and the exciting events calendar lists shows and venues such as the iconic Sydney Opera House.

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, Belvoir St Theatre, and Bangarra Dance Theatre, the internationally acclaimed indigenous contemporary dance troupe.

The Australian Ballet has seasons each year at the Sydney Opera House, which is on the edge of one of the great natural harbours in the world. Opera lovers will delight in the outdoor Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in autumn, with the spectacular backdrop of the World Heritage-listed white sails.

Bangarra Dance Theatre

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.

Walsh Bay is also home to Bangarra Dance Theatre, which tells the story of the Dreamtime through contemporary dance. Nearby are the Sydney Theatre Company and the Roslyn Packer Theatre, where you can reserve your seats for musicals, dance, plays and other enticing performances.

The Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, the Seymour Centre at the University of Sydney, the Enmore Theatre in Newtown, and the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta all have exciting programs. You can watch more riveting works at smaller theatres in Potts PointKings Cross and Darlinghurst.

  1. Parsifal - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Wednesday 9 August to Monday 14 August 2017, City Centre

    There are wonderful things to do and see in Sydney, but no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to its most famous building. And the best thing to do when you visit the Sydney Opera House is to come inside and...

    09 Aug -14Aug
  2. A Taste of Omega: The Piano

    Wednesday 30 August 2017, City Centre

    Get to know the performers and instruments of Omega Ensemble, in the captivating lunchtime series, A Taste of Omega. Take time out from your busy day with exquisite chamber music performed by some of the finest...

    30 Aug
  3. A Taste of Omega: The Clarinet

    Wednesday 18 October 2017, City Centre

    Get to know the performers and instruments of Omega Ensemble, in the captivating lunchtime series, A Taste of Omega. Take time out from your busy day with exquisite chamber music performed by some of the finest...

    18 Oct
  4. Piano Lessons by Anna Goldsworthy

    Friday 20 October 2017, City Centre

    Part play, part concert, Piano Lessons tells the story of Anna Goldsworthy’s metamorphosis from gawky nine-year-old schoolgirl to concert pianist under the passionate tutelage of Russian émigré Eleanora Sivan. This...

    20 Oct
  5. Taikoz: 20

    Saturday 21 October 2017, City Centre

    2017 marks Taikoz’s 20th year of incredible music making and performance. To celebrate this outstanding achievement, Australia’s internationally acclaimed drumming ensemble presents a spectacular evening of...

    21 Oct
  6. A Taste of Omega: The Cello

    Wednesday 15 November 2017, City Centre

    Get to know the performers and instruments of Omega Ensemble, in the captivating lunchtime series, A Taste of Omega. Take time out from your busy day with exquisite chamber music performed by some of the finest...

    15 Nov

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