Sydney is home to a couple of world class dance organisations and often attracts touring companies too. Here's our selection of what's coming up.
In the ten years since it kicked off at Carriageworks, this biennial festival of arts, music and performance has established itself as a sort of alt-Biennale: smaller, local-focused, but consistently facilitating artists with large visions, and creating a festival that has always been immersive and interactive in its presentation of 'art'. In 2017, under first-time Festival Director (and practising artist) Roslyn Helper, the festival is moving from Cockatoo Island (where it held the 2011-2015 editions) back into the inner city: National Art School. Underbelly is also extendings its Lab program this year, with tours of the artworks-in-progress over the two weeks (Sep 25-Oct 6) leading up to the weekend Festival (Oct 7 & 8). The opening night party, on Friday Oct 6, is the ticket you need if you like your art with bands + DJs + dancefloor. The full line-up for Underbelly Arts Lab & Festival is: Shian Law, Harriet Gillies and Natalie Abbott, Ivey Wawn, House of Vnholy (Matthew Adey), Anonymous Migrant (Sudeep Lingamneni and Nikki Lam), Fugitive Moments (Barnaby Lewer and Tristan Derátz), Pony Express (Ian Sinclair and Loren Kronemyer), Amrita Hepi with Prue Stent and Honey Long, Siân McIntyre and Sophie Mallett, Make or Break (Rebecca Gallo and Connie Anthes), Marcus Whale and Eugene Choi with Polyphony, Shahmen Suku/Radha La Bia, and Angela Garrick with Nic Warnock and Yarran Gatsby, Laurence Rosier-Staines, Nana Bilusabaffy, Jason Phu, Josee Vesely-Manning, Boni Cairncros
You could call The Australian Ballet’s 2015 production of Marius Petipa’s 1890 opus the most beautiful yet, and not be laughed out of school: it may well not be, but it could easily be, with its gorgeous colour palette, lavish costumes and French Baroque set design. Gabriela Tylesova – who already has a CV full of breathtaking set and costume designs for major operas, ballets and musical theatre shows – seems to have surpassed herself with this Beauty. And it’s not just her designs – it’s David McAllister's arrangement of them into beautifully composed tableaux. But never fear: McAllister hasn’t fiddled too much with choreography of the original; Petipa is regarded as the master of 19th century ballet, and his Sleeping Beauty competes only with his Swan Lake for top gong in the classical genre.