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2010 Event Media Release - Spring Dance 2010

Media Release: Friday 2 July, 2010

Sydney Opera House launches Spring Dance 2010

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After the sell-out success of last year’s inaugural program, Sydney Opera House and SONY are proud to present Spring Dance 2010 from 31 August to 26 September.

With two world premieres, four Australian premieres and a new Sydney Opera House commission, Spring Dance encompasses multi-cultural and cross-art form collaborations, international stars and emerging artists in a celebration of all things terpsichorean.

Sydney Opera House Chief Executive, Richard Evans said, “There’s no question that dance is one of the hottest artforms around. Our Spring Dance 2009 program was a sell out success, with over 250,000 people around the glove engaging with our online dance competition and thousands dancing on the Forecourt before watching dance films under the stars. Thanks to our presenting partner, SONY, Spring Dance 2010 will once again celebrate all that is exciting in dance from ballet to hip hop and everything in between.”

Head of Theatre and Dance, Wendy Martin continued, “Sydney Opera House presented the inaugural Spring Dance program last year inspired by the huge popularity of dance on television. Audiences now watch work created by our most challenging choreographers in the comfort of their living rooms and choreography created for TV is dissected with the same intensity as a game of football. Whether people want to be challenged, provoked and entertained by the world’s most exciting dance artists or turn up in a tutu and take a class with David McAllister, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, Sydneysiders are invited to indulge their love of dance at Australia’s iconic performing arts centre. I hope you will join us this spring to celebrate our shared passion for dance.”

Bare Soundz: 31 Aug – 5 Sept: Widely hailed as the undisputed master of tap, American Savion Glover, will showcase his extraordinary musicality, technique and laidback style in this much anticipated Australian premiere.

Making his Broadway debut at 12 years old alongside Sammy Davis Jr, Glover has worked on a diverse range of projects from pop videos for P Diddy to a film with Spike Lee and the Oscar-winning movie, Happy Feet, where his feet and choreography joyously captured the tap-dancing penguin, Mumbles. Glover has also had his own self-titled character in Sesame Street for five years.

Sutra: 16 – 19 Sept: A new work by Belgian choreographer/dancer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and monks from the Shaolin Temple. Performed by 17 monks, it is a fascinating exploration of the philosophy and faith behind the Shaolin tradition incorporating Buddhism and its relationship with the more forceful Kung-Fu. Having performed to over 70,000 people world-wide and receiving unanimous critical acclaim, Sutra has a striking set consisting of 21 boxes designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Antony Gormley.

Ngurru-Milmarramiriw - Wrong Skin: 2 – 12 Sept: One of our great theatre makers, Nigel Jamieson has created an Indigenous Romeo + Juliet love story. Featuring the YouTube superstars, The Chooky Dancers, who perform traditional as well as unique interpretations of disco, Hollywood and Bollywood favourites, Wrong Skin tells what happens when you break traditional marriage laws.

Asphalte: 21 – 26 Sept: French choreographer Pierre Rigal returns to Sydney with his third work, Asphalte. Working with street kids, Rigal has created a dance work of humour and depth overlaid with his visually rich lighting of saturated colours.       

In Glass: 7 - 12 Sept: Dream dance team Paul White and Kristina Chan perform Narelle Benjamin’s new work, In Glass. Drawing on Freud’s theory of narcissism, Benjamin uses her characteristic amalgamation of dance, yoga, music and video on White and Chan - two intuitive dancers who complement each with extraordinary precision.

Singular Sensation: 14 – 19 Sept: Israeli choreographer Yasmeen Godder presents her intense, provocative work on finding excitement, thrills and connection in our hyper-informed world.

Faker: 21 – 26 Sept: Gideon Obarzanek will take to the stage for the first time in 18 years, in this new solo work exploring in a disarmingly honest way personal doubts about dance and theatre making.

Transports Exceptionnels: 9 – 12 Sept:  Free on the forecourt will be Frenchman, Philippe Priasso, performing a witty pas de deux with an earthmover accompanied by the sublime arias of Maria Callas.

Dance on Film 24 – 26 Sept: Last year, thousands turned up to watch the free dance films on the Forecourt. This year, Happy Feet, The Red Shoes and Footloose are bound to be crowd pleasers. Arrive early to catch the free dance classes themed to each film.

MyMutation: Online Dance Competition from 12 Jul Dance lovers across the globe are invited to reinterpret the choreographic challenge set by Kate Champion, Artistic Director of one of Australia’s leading dance companies Force Majeure. Kate will pick the finalists and the public will decide the ultimate winner, who will receive $2,000 cash, the opportunity to work with Kate on a performance and some fabulous prizes from Sony.

Begin by watching the starter solo and instruction video on YouTube

Further details about Spring Dance can be found here

Season Details
31 August – 26 September 2010 
Tickets from $35. Dance Passes to multiple shows available.
Bookings on 02 9250 7777 or

Media Contact
Claire Vince, Senior Publicist
02 9250 7825 / 0401 711 531 / 

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