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2010 Event Media Release - Summer at the House

Media Release: January 1, 2010

The stage will sizzle at Sydney Opera House this summer with exciting new experiences for everyone!
From music and comedy to theatre and dance, Sydney Opera House will send temperatures soaring this summer with some of the best local and international entertainment on offer.

Alongside our resident companies, Sydney Opera House has programmed a series of popular works at affordable price points that will appeal to the entire family.

Whether it’s Brazilian street dancing, death-defying circus, mind-reading magicians or some of the world’s best musicians, Bennelong Point will come alive with something for everyone this January and February.

"There's nowhere else in the world like Sydney in summer and no Sydney summer would be complete without a Sydney Opera House experience,” Chief Executive Richard Evans said.

“This summer, we're presenting a huge range of artists to thrill audiences of all ages and backgrounds. If you haven't been down to the House before, then why not start with one of our sizzling summer shows?"

First up, Andrew Bird is a maestro of multi-layered pop – his songs steeped in the folk traditions with sweepings of jazz, swing and blues. An unlikely rock star, his music shifts between lofty grandeur and sweet intimacy, telling tales of twisted insight and nimble humour.

Performing songs from his back catalogue and hailed 2009 release Noble Beast, Bird will recreate new arrangements live on stage, using a sampling pedal to orchestrate live layers of fiddle, electric guitar, glockenspiel and vocals with frequently whistled melodies.

Next, Tom Tom Crew’s audacious acrobatics, phenomenal beat-boxing, master scratching and indescribable drumming displays collide as some of Australia’s most phenomenal talents “happily wage war with the laws of physics” (New York Times).

Graduates of the famous Flying Fruit Fly Circus flip, fly and slam up the stage as hard and as fast as the boys with the beats. The jaw-dropping finale sends them flying 6m into the air on a giant see-saw.

Best known from his 10 years on ROVE, Peter Helliar is one of Australia’s best loved stand-up comedians. It’s been two years since he hit the stage with a solo show and this time he’ll doing it in style with his Dreamboat Tour.

A highlight of Sydney Festival, Balé de Rua will explode onto the Concert Hall stage with its pulsating mix of African dance, hip-hop, samba and capoeira.

A sell-out in Paris, a triumph in Edinburgh and a hit in London, 15 adrenaline-fuelled dancers will create a blaze of percussion live on stage in a carnivalé celebration of breaks and beats.

One of Britain's leading mind readers and psychic illusionists, Phillip Escoffey will make his Sydney debut with Six Impossible Things Before Dinner after a sold-out season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Mind boggling and utterly compelling, Escoffey challenges audience beliefs by performing six seemingly impossible feats of prediction and guesswork.

After beguiling audiences with the Sydney Symphony two years ago, Joanna Newsom will make her much anticipated return to the Opera House to perform a vast selection of her sweeping song suites, accompanied by her band plus brass and string musicians.

Mixing gothic tales with her ethereal, melodic harp over expansive orchestrations arranged by Van Dyke Parks, Newsom’s music is a confounding mix of her delicately broken down voice – part child, part crone – threaded through Appalachian folk, bluegrass and psychedelic indie pop.

Mercury Prize winners Antony and The Johnsons will perform their ethereal and visually spellbinding symphony concert accompanied by a 41 piece orchestra.

With aching beauty, his rich, impassioned voice is able to capture despair and loneliness with raw vulnerability. More than just a concert, this Symphony Tour sees sound and vision unite as the stage pulsates with wondrous lighting, transforming performance into performance art.

A cunning and adept connoisseur of songs, Marianne Faithfull effortlessly stamps her own identity on every song she sings. Charismatically teasing beauty from sadness, each interpretation is at once dark, dazzling and exhilarating.

Performing with her stunning eight-piece band, An Evening with Marianne Faithfull will cover hits from her entire career as well as songs from her critically acclaimed new release Easy Come, Easy Go and a diverse range of songs written by legendary artists including Nick Cave, Morrisey, Dolly Parton, Duke Ellington and more.

Tex Perkins, deadset rock god and one of Australia’s most electrifying front men, walks the Johnny Cash line bringing the hard-living country legend to life. The Man in Black is two hours of Cash’s greatest hits interwoven with the story of his rise to stardom, fight for survival and eventual redemption.

Perkins will lead The Tennesse Four through two dozen hits including Folsom Prison Blues, Get Rhythm, I Walk The Line and Ring of Fire as well as exploring Cash’s relationship with the greatest love of his life, June Carter.

Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol shot nearly 500 screen tests of hundreds of famous and not so famous subjects, resulting in a fascinating collection of four minute masterpieces.

The Warhol Museum have commissioned US pop duo, Dean & Britta to create an intimate and lyrical soundtrack to accompany these films. Their wistful, 60s flavoured songs provide an ideal lyrical and music accompaniment to 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests.

Australia’s only Magnum photographer Trent Parke will continue to exhibit more than 40 large scale prints on the Sydney Opera House Western Broadwalk as part of the free exhibition, Please step quietly everyone can hear you.

Behind the grand operas and thousand of tourists, electricians set up lights, stage-hands move props, performers eat their lunch in the Green Room and people wait to let the final curtain fall. Parke’s wonderfully observant images capture layers of life and time accumulated over the years.
Tickets from $39. Bookings on 02 9250 7777 or

Media Contacts
Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist    
02 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121

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


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