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The Gauntlet

An immersive choral experience by composer Sxip Shirey, featuring the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

In and around the Joan Sutherland Theatre staircase and foyer

“Sxip Shirey’s music sounds like stories. " 
Neil Gaiman


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A tonal experiment like no other

Formations of singers will create musical phrases and tones that echo around the Joan Sutherland Theatre staircase and foyer. Their accompanying gestures create waves of sound and movement as the 50 performers pass around each musical note to create an utterly submersive soundscape. 

With music by Sxip Shirey and choreography by Coco Karol; lyrics are inspired from interviews with Sydney’s cultural, social and environmental activists about global, local and personal issues. The Gauntlet explores the body as an archive of personal knowledge, creating an intimate choral chamber sharing the experience between the performers and you.


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Sxip Shirey is a composer, producer, director and performer based in New York City. Shirey is known as the composer and musical director for LIMBO and LIMBO UNHINGED. Shirey is a member of Luminescent Orchestrii, a 2011 United States Artist Fellow and has toured as the opening-act for the Dresden Dolls (collaborating often with Amanda Palmer). Shirey is the composer of STATUESQUE (written and directed by Neil Gaiman) and also created the music for Shaun Tan’s digital adaptation of RULES OF SUMMER. Shirey teaches workshops in Text and Object Oriented Composition at the Norwegian Theater Academy and is currently an artist in residence at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NYC.

Coco Karol is a New York-based dancer, choreographer and artist. Karol creates cross-disciplinary performances that invite conversation between the personal and the shared experience. She holds a BFA from Tisch Dance NYU and an MFA from Hollins University. Karol’s choreography has been toured internationally and premiered in reputable New York venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Galapagos, Brooklyn Studios for Dance and has been curated by AUNTS. She has worked with musicians including Bjork, Amanda Palmer and Ryan Lott.


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