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Video artist Cherine Fahd’s Play Proximus (2021)

New to Stream this May

We're entering the second month of Stream, our new online space for the best in art, music and performance. This May, the premiere of specially-commissioned new artworks, irresistible new experiences for kids, and more.

Luke Goodsell

Our new video streaming platform Stream has officially launched. Click here to start watching.

As the planet slowly recalibrates after the events of the past year, we’re entering an unprecedented period for arts and culture – one in which the online space is emerging as an integral aspect of exhibition. In this spirit, we’re excited to be bringing you Stream, the Sydney Opera House’s new streaming platform for the best in art, music and performance. This month we’ve got four specially-commissioned new artworks from some of the most innovative artists across Australia and Asia – each responding to our rapidly changing landscape – plus two irresistible new experiences for kids, and much, much more to explore.

Returning: Chapter 1

What to expect?
Experience our changing world through visionary new perspectives

In this innovative and thought-provoking new collection of video works, specially commissioned by the Sydney Opera House, four artists from Australia and Asia respond to our collective moment in time, offering succinct meditations on the events, experiences and propositions prompted by the pandemic.

As we emerge from a tumultuous year, these new works transform our global reorientation into visions of a possible future – adjusting to the rhythms of the unknown and offering us a glimmer of the way forward.

Acclaimed Japanese visual artist Yu Araki reanimates the Greek underworld for Bivalvia: Act II, an experimental film featuring an opera-singing oyster puppet; New York-based Australian multi-hyphenate Caroline Garcia deploys a body camera, typically used by the police force, for a timely meditation on grief, violence and resistance in Force of a .22 Calibre Bullet; Australian photographer and video artist Cherine Fahd’s offers a tender document of public connection, embrace and yearning in Play Proximus; and interdisciplinary Japanese artist Koki Tanaka surveys personal archives to explore the effects of COVID and self-isolation in Reflective Notes (Reconfiguration).

Co-presented with The Japan Foundation Sydney, each artwork comes with behind-the-scenes interviews and past works by the artists.

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Caroline Garcia, Force of a .22 Calibre Bullet (2021)

Footlights & Booklights: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge read by Michael Caton

What to expect?
Immerse yourself in a childhood classic with one of Australia's acting icons

Pairing artists from the Sydney Opera House stage with your favourite Australian children’s books, our Footlights & Booklights series is fast becoming a storytime must-watch. (Catch up with Briggs reading his debut kids’ book, Our Home, Our Heartbeat, on Stream here.)

This month, beloved Australian film and television actor Michael Caton (The Castle, Packed to the Rafters) brings his warmth and wit to a reading of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Mem Fox’s 1984 children’s classic about a little boy who strikes up an unlikely, touching friendship with an elderly neighbour who is losing her memory.

Join us for storytime as Michael reads from this moving, intergenerational tale of friendship and the power of memories, alongside vivid illustrations by artist Julie Vivas.

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Footlights & Booklights: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge read by Michael Caton

Teeny Tiny Stevies

What to expect
Have the musical time of your life – and learn something along the way

Can something this much fun possibly be educational? Little ones, stressed-out parents and folk music fans alike will bond over this exuberant live performance from ARIA-award-winning ABC kids favourites Teeny Tiny Stevies, recorded at their recent Sydney Opera House Playhouse show Big Spaces.

In a colourful, music-filled live show, folky sisters Byll and Beth deliver rousing renditions of all their irresistible earworms, from the joyously kaleidoscopic ‘I Ate a Rainbow’ to the gender defiant ‘Boy or Girl Colour’ and toddler self-empowerment anthem ‘Boss of My Own Body’ – plus some instructional songs on social etiquette that plenty of adults could do well to brush up on!

The sisters’ perfectly crafted melodies will delight kids, while the songs’ hooks just might find their way into parents’ playlists – and hey, you may even learn a thing or two.

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Teeny Tiny Stevies

And in case you missed it:

The Gauntlet (2020)

This commissioned documentary – the first of its kind by the Sydney Opera House – takes us inside The Gauntlet, a genre-bending work staged around the world in 2018, including a performance at our Antidote festival. Don’t miss this insight into a performance that combines choirs and vocal ensembles, contemporary choreography and site-specific storytelling, as composer Sxip Shirey and choreographer Coco Karol reveal what it takes to create an immersive piece of this nature.

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Sxip Shirey in The Gauntlet

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