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Sydney - Wednesday 8 February, 2017. The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Dance Company have joined forces to create a unique live experience for primary school aged audiences designed to inspire young imaginations.

Premiering at the Opera House on 14 March, Crazy Times is a fascinating exploration of the fastpaced reality of life as a young person in the modern world, bought to life through dance. Four dancers lead the audience on a dream-like journey into the future, melding mind-bending dance moves, fantastical costumes and geometric objects brought to life. Having its world premiere at the Opera House, Crazy Times has been created in collaboration with Perth contemporary dance company Co3 Australia and marks Sydney Dance Company’s first foray into programming for younger audiences.

Sydney Opera House Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning, Bridgette Van Leuven, said: “There is a real demand from parents and teachers to offer challenging and diverse artistic experiences for children. The Opera House has a long history of presenting bold contemporary dance and we are thrilled to continue that tradition in a way that will resonate with our school audiences. Connecting young people with specially created work of this calibre is vital to fulfilling our ambition to build lifelong engagement with the arts.”

Created by award-winning Australian choreographer, Antony Hamilton, Matthew Whittet (dramaturge), Ben Cisterne (lighting), Paula Lewis (costume) and Julian Hamilton (sound), Crazy Times is designed to stimulate independent and imaginative thinking.

Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela, said: “As a first for Sydney Dance Company we are delighted to work with an exciting creative team led by the visionary Antony Hamilton to create this very special work specifically for young audiences. Students will have the opportunity to create their own stories, and find their own meanings through viewing and responding to Crazy Times. This innovative work will aim to move and inspire students by harnessing their imagination.”

Following each performance, audiences will take part in interactive activities with the Crazy Times dancers. Schools can book additional workshops to complement the in-theatre experience.

This project is supported by Fondation d'entreprise Hermès and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

For further media information, please contact:

Caitlin Neville
Consulting Communications Manager, Tiny Fox Communications
+61 449 181 945
caitlin@hellotinyfox.com

Sydney Opera House

The Opera House is a masterpiece that belongs to all Australians. It is the country’s number one tourist destination and its busiest performing arts centre, welcoming more than 8.2 million visitors a year on site and hosting more than 2000 performances attended by more than 1.5 million people. Deloitte has estimated the total cultural and iconic value of the Sydney Opera House to Australia at $4.6 billion. On its 40th Anniversary in 2013, the Opera House embarked upon a Decade of Renewal to prepare it for future generations of artists, audiences, and visitors.

Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company is Australia’s leading contemporary dance company, presenting new works in Sydney, around Australia and internationally, under the Artistic Direction of Rafael Bonachela. Since 1985 the Company has been resident in purpose-built studios at Pier 4 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay, minutes from the city’s famed Harbour Bridge. Its studios house the largest public dance class program in Australia, attracting nearly 80,000 participants each year. A legendary force in contemporary dance in Australia, Sydney Dance Company will celebrate its 50th year in 2019. More information, sydneydancecompany.com

Choreographer

Antony Hamilton is an independent choreographer. His award-winning creations involve a sophisticated melding of movement, sound and visual design. His major works include the seminal Black Project 1 (2012), critically acclaimed MEETING (2015) and NYX for the 2015 Melbourne Festival. He has created numerous national and international commissions including Keep Everything and I Like This for Chunky Move, Black Project 3 for The Lyon Opera Ballet and Sentinel for Skanes Dansteater. Antony was the inaugural recipient of the Russell Page Fellowship in 2004, Tanja Liedtke Fellowship in 2009, a Creative Australia Fellowship in 2012, and Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2014. He was guest dance curator at The National Gallery of Victoria in 2013-14, honorary Resident Director at Lucy Guerin Inc in 2014 and inaugural Resident Artist at Arts House in 2015.