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Contemporary Performance

Extraordinarily daring and spectacularly entertaining

Contemporary Performance at the Opera House offers the latest in contemporary dance, theatre, circus, magic, comedy, musicals and cabaret.  

In recent years the Opera House has featured preeminent international contemporary dance companies - including Akram Khan, Sylvie Guillem, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, DV8 and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company.  The Opera House has staged hit new musical theatre productions including Heathers: The Musical as well as modern adaptations of the classics, such as Sweet Charity.

Summer is the season for circus, magic and cabaret. Large scale spectaculars, such as The Illusionists and Circus 1903, fill the Concert Hall and variety shows like Club Swizzle, La Soirée, Barbu and Blanc de Blanc play before packed houses in the Studio.

Through its Contemporary Performance program, the Opera House presents accessible entertainment, bawdy nouveau-cabaret, and the reinvention and reinterpretation of classic art forms for audiences of all kinds.

Club Swizzle at the Playhouse in 2016. Image: Prudence Upton

Danielle Harvey, Head of Contemporary Performance

Danielle Harvey is Head of Contemporary Performance at Sydney Opera House Presents. She is the founder and curator of pop- and screen-culture festival BINGEFEST; and the co-curator of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and the All About Women festival. Danielle has led significant growth in digital programming for SOH Presents, including video, web, and audio content and has programmed several presentations that merge the digital and live experience.

Previously, Danielle spent five years as the Festival Executive Producer of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, where career highlights include producing Spencer Tunick’s mass nude installation The Base and touring comediennes Margaret Cho and Joan Rivers. Other parts of her resume include theatre directing credits, philanthropy programs and a terrible stint in a deli at age 15.

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