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2009 Event Media Release - Spring Dance

Issued 14 July, 2009

Spring Dance
27 Aug - 27 Sep, Various Venues

Celebrate all that’s thrilling about dance!

Sydney Opera House in partnership with SONY presents Spring Dance, the first of our annual dance celebrations, from August 27 to September 27.

As Sydney embraces Spring, all people will be given the chance to experience and participate in the artistry and athleticism of dance with stars of the artform including Eva Yerbabuena,  Meryl Tankard, Lucy Guerin,  Kelley Abbey and Paul White.

There will also be many new names to discover, cutting-edge Japanese video artist, Hiroaki Umeda, along with bold new choreographers from Sydney Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre.

In collaboration with YouTube, Sydney Opera House will move away from its physical site to open up new ways to introduce people to dance through our online competition, MyMutation. By uploading their own interpretations of our choreographic challenge, the winner will get a chance to perform live at the House in the finale of Spring Dance, MyMutation Live, on September 26 and 27.

Sydney Opera House CEO, Richard Evans, said today, “There has been a recent flourish of interest in all forms of dance - from ballet to hip-hop and everything in between. Contemporary dance companies, whose work is usually only experienced by niche audiences, can now be seen in our living rooms. Dance schools across the country can hardly keep up with the demand for classes teaching the new styles made popular on TV.

“As the Opera House moves offsite and online, Spring Dance is the perfect platform to engage with local, regional and international audiences, using digital innovation to deliver performing arts experiences to people, whoever and wherever they are.”

In addition to events staged indoors and online, free public screenings of iconic dance films on the forecourt and free, pre-performance dance events around the House will give everyone the chance to participate in Spring Dance.

With $25 tickets and great value package deals, Spring Dance will give everyone the opportunity to indulge their passion for dance, meet the people who make it and reveal their inner dancer.

Download the Spring Dance Media Kit 

For further information contact:

Claire Vince
Senior Publicist
T+61 2 9250 7825  
M+61 409 560 742 

Helene Fox
T+61 2 9250 7596 
M+61 412 085 032 


With the wild success of televisions So You Think You Can Dance there has been a flourish of interest in all forms of dance from ballet to hip-hop and everything in between.  Now is the perfect time to pull all these elements together in a celebration of dance at Australia’s iconic performing arts centre.

From Spain’s Flamenco superstar Eva Yerbabuena, to young Japanese artist Hiroaki Umeda, a rising star on the international dance scene, whose work is influenced by everything from butoh to beatbox.

A specially commissioned new work in which renowned Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard provides her contemporary take on Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with dance phenomenon, Paul White.

Can anyone dance? Do we all have an inner performer? Lucy Guerin’s Untrained puts two people who have never done a dance class in their life alongside two of Australia’s finest contemporary dancers and asks them to follow her instructions. It’s a quirky and irreverent approach to making dance.

Who will be the next generation leading our dance companies? New Breed is an evening of short works by emerging choreographers working with two of Australia’s leading dance companies, Sydney Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre, uncovering the stars of the future.

Hollywood has forever been captivating our imaginations with dance. Sydney Opera House has invited David McAllister, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet to choose his dance film favourites. So for three consecutive nights this Spring Sydneysiders will be invited to join McAllister under the stars on the Forecourt of Sydney Opera House for free screenings of Fred and Ginger’s Swing Time; the classic choreography of Jerome Robbins in the Academy-Award winning West Side Story and the pursuit of a dream 1980’s style in Fame.

And if you think you can dance there’s MyMutation the Sydney Opera House online dance competition which we hope will create an explosion of creativity in cyberspace. Acclaimed choreographer Kelley Abbey who has created the dance magic on everything from George Miller’s Happy Feet to the arena spectacular The Boy from Oz has created a dance solo that will be posted on YouTube and everyone from professional dancers to those who like to dance alone in front of the mirror are encouraged to reinterpret Kelley’s choreography dancing to music composed by Coda’s Nick Wales. An elimination competition will be held online and dance lovers from across the globe can compete to win the unique prize of performing live at Sydney Opera House at our ultimate dance party, MyMutation Live.


Season Details


Entries open 13 Jul / Entries close 10 Aug / Competition runs till 8 Sept
The online dance competition that gives you the chance to perform live at Sydney Opera House.

Eva Yerbabuena
27-30 Aug
The world’s greatest flamenco dancer returns with a masterpiece of breathtaking solos.

Lucy Guerin: Untrained
2-5 Sept
Two trained dancers and two visual artists with no dance experience are juxtaposed in a courageous and hilarious performance.
New Breed: Sydney Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre 
9-12 Sept
Uncovering the stars of the future. Emerging choreographers from Australia’s premier dance companies present four new works.

Hiroaki Umeda 
16-19 Sept
Internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Hiroaki Umeda presents his street dance inspired moves amid dramatic lighting, flashing cyber-imagery and crackling digital soundscapes.

Meryl Tankard’s The Oracle 
16-20 Sept
A thrilling new work from internationally renowned choreographer Meryl Tankard – performed by dance phenomenon Paul White.

MyMutation Live 
26 & 27 Sept
The Studio goes into ‘club mode’ with a line-up of special guests as the MyMutation online competition winner performs a number created by Kelley Abbey. This is your chance to dance!

Swing Time (starring Fred and Ginger) 11 Sept
West Side Story 12 Sept
Fame 13 Sept
David McAllister (Artistic Director, The Australia Ballet) presents his dance film favourites over three nights on the Sydney Opera House forecourt, with pre-screening entertainment.

3 Sept
A post-show Q&A with Lucy Guerin and the cast of Untrained.

Stephen Page, Bangarra Dance Theatre
6 Sept
The Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre looks back at the 20 year history of one of Australia’s most acclaimed dance companies, showing highlights from their repertoire.

New Breed
13 Sept
A Post show Q&A with New Breed choreographers and Rafael Bonachela, Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company.

Meryl Tankard: The Choreographer
20 Sept
Meryl Tankard talks about her life and career showing footage of highlights from her extraordinary body of work.


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