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What a rollercoaster year it’s been. As we head into summer and – at long last – return to something resembling normal, we’re sending off the year with a bumper crop of online offerings to see you through the holiday season. We’re excited to debut the first drop of our UK/Australia Digital Season, co-presented with The British Council, encompassing 10 titles announced today and more to be announced in 2022. The season is available to watch for free for a limited time on Stream, featuring performance works from an array of unique young British artists – from revolutionary hip-hop to physically impared dancers, explorations of space to a Swan Lake ballet performed in a bathtub. We’ve also got a moving, joyous history of the Bangarra Dance Theatre, a series of digital performances from the acclaimed Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and our bold new contemporary music series, Liminal. Plus: all the suspense, chills and rubbernecking thrills of THAW, as one very brave woman attempts to stay atop a giant ice cube suspended high over Sydney Harbour. Could it be a metaphor for 2021? Tune in to Stream to find out.

UK/AU Digital Season

Presented by the Sydney Opera House and The British Council, this exciting free season of all-new digital performance work brings together artists and organisations from across the UK to explore the question ‘Who Are We Now?’. Over a range of art forms and formats, these unique, diverse voices engage with themes of identity and community in an era of unprecedented global challenges. It’s invigorating, essential viewing.

December | UK/AU Digital Season

Travel from the radical emergence of 20th century modernism to the fraught intimacy of the pandemic with these eclectic performances from some of the UK’s most gifted artists. Making its Australian premiere, the National Theatre of Scotland’s Adam is a remarkable drama inspired by the life of a young trans man and his struggle across genders and borders to be himself. . The explosive LADY BLACKSHIRT is a film that takes a 21st-century look back at the emergence of modernism and its accompanying radical ideologies, while dance film 8 Tender Solitudes explores yearning and sensuality, anger and frustration, grief, memory and love in a post-pandemic world. Louder Is Not Always Clearer is a moving and frequently funny film about a Deaf man’s quest for acceptance; and the remarkable Artificial Things, driven by a diverse creative team that integrates disabled and non-disabled dancers in a distinct performance aesthetic, will make you reconsider the possibilities of dance. Watch free for a limited time.

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January | UK/AU Digital Season

Our UK/AU Digital Season continues from January 7 with more innovative performance works to challenge and inspire. Notions of cultural identity come into question in as british as watermelon, as young queer artist mandla rae presents an unflinching, avant-garde autofiction of her life; and music, choreography and spoken word become the rallying cries of the dispossessed in R.E.B.E.L., a thrilling new dance film from British hip-hop company Boy Blue.. Cutting-edge theatre company Mind the Gap presents A Little Space, an exploration of personal escape devised and performed by five artists with learning disabilities, while Where I Go (When I Can’t Be Where I Am) is a bracing, intimate look at the isolation of living with a rare, synesthetic chronic pain condition. Plus: Tchaikovsky makes a splash in the funny and delightful Swan Lake Bath Ballet, as a group of 27 elite ballet dancers perform a modern-day Swan Lake in – you guessed it – their home bathtubs. Perfect inspiration for backyard synchronised swimmers this summer. Watch free from January 7. 

Also this summer

Firestarter | The Story of Bangarra Dance Theatre

Ahead of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s artistic director of 30 years, Stephen Page, stepping down from the role, be taken on a journey through the history of the Australian performing arts powerhouse. Firestarter celebrates the Indigenous dance company’s 30th anniversary by returning to its roots and the story of three young Aboriginal brothers – Stephen, Russell and David Page – who helped build Bangarra into a unique theatrical experience. This widely-acclaimed feature documentary is co-directed by Nel Minchin and writer, actor and filmmaker Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Top End Wedding) and is an exuberant, moving film that explores intergenerational trauma, reclaiming culture and the power of art to heal. Available to rent.

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Legs on the Wall | THAW

How long could a giant ice cube possibly last at the height of Sydney summer? What if said cube was precariously suspended above the city’s harbour by a crane, with one very brave woman perched atop, scrambling to protect the only thing separating her from a dramatic fall? Giving new meaning to the term thin ice, THAW – a dramatic return to Sydney Festival for globally renowned local company, Legs On The Wall – is a climatic nail-biter on an epic scale that will leave audiences frozen in their tracks. With a 2.7-tonne block of ice hoisted 20 metres above the harbour and one woman’s fate in the balance, this art installation-turned-suspense thriller is a timely reminder of the Earth’s delicate balance in a climate-changed future. Lovers of slow TV can enjoy the entire 10 hour performance as a free livestream on January 15, 10am - 8.30pm.

Liminal: A Music Film Series

Don’t miss this bold new contemporary music film series, featuring eight Australian artists.  For these unique live performances, the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage is transformed into a 360-degree, synesthetic art installation. Sydney film-makers Subversus bring their flair for kinetic set design and dramatic lighting to the series, which includes performances by ARIA-winning star Budjerah, dream pop duo EGOISM, R&B futurist Maina Doe, and cutting-edge electronic producer Young Franco. Plus: genre-smashing African-Australian rocker BLESSED, hyperpop hero Ninajirachi, alluring indie folk singer Liz Martin and legendary avant garde musician, The Necks’ own Chris Abrahams. Free to stream.

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Sydney Symphony Orchestra on Stream

Enrich your summer with this feast of music from Australia’s flagship orchestra, captured live in concert. From heavyweight classical hits to Australian works and lesser-known gems, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s digital series is a sonic journey sure to delight every listener. Experience the energy and colour of the SSO in full flight as they perform works by Dvořák, Bartók, Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky; see conductor Simone Young bring her power and passion to Wagner, Strauss and Puccini; and hear contemporary pieces by celebrated Australian composer Carl Vine and English composer Oliver Knussen. There’s also a spontaneous collaboration between the SSO and rocker Ben Folds, William Barton’s enthralling performance of his pieces for string quartet and didgeridoo – and much, much more. Free to stream.

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