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Creation

Deborah Kelly, Lex Lindsay + collaborators

Do you need some ritual in your life? Costume? Collective singing? Then get thee to this cosmological, participatory art encounter. Expect liturgy, colour, dance and transcendence from way beyond gender polarities

In the Utzon Room | Talks & Ideas

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • From 15 December until at least 31 January 2022, the Opera House will continue to require that all visitors aged 16 years and over entering the building are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt). Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. This includes visitors and patrons attending a performance or event, taking a tour, or visiting the box office, retail store, bar or restaurant operated within the building (Bennelong and Portside). These requirements will not apply to visitors attending outdoor events or venues on the Lower Concourse, including Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and the Welcome Centre;
  • QR code check-in – all patrons and their guests must continue to check-in using the Service NSW QR code;   
  • Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Multipacks

General public on sale - 9am, Thursday 16 December

Single Tickets 

Insider Member Priority – 9am, Thursday 16 December
General public on sale - 9am, Friday 17 December

One event in four parts on Sunday 13 March 2022

Sunday 13 March, all day

11.30am – 1pm
Choral Workshop

1.30 – 2pm
Procession

3pm – 4pm
Performance and Artist Talk 

All day
Exhibition of Deborah Kelly's CREATION

Parts of this event require free registration

Parts of this event require free registration. Due to limited capacity, those wishing to participate in the Choral Workshop or attend the Performance and Artist Talk must register for free to secure their place.

11.30am - 1pm
Participatory Choral Workshop 

Free with registration, via expression of interest to creation@sydneyoperahouse.com

1.30pm - 2pm
Procession
Free, no registration required

3pm – 4pm
Performance and Artist Talk 
Free with registration, book via REGISTER on this page

All day
Exhibition of Deborah Kelly's CREATION
Free, no registration required

The only authorised ticket agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Children aged 0-23 months at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap free of charge. All children occupying a seat or aged 2 years of age must hold a valid ticket.

Suitable for all ages

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times, and children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask.


“A queer, insurrectionary science-fiction, climate change religion."

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A kaleidoscopic invitation to communal action

Sparking an eco-feminist rethink of living and engaging with the world, Deborah Kelly and collaborators will stage an ornate choral procession in and around the Opera House, adorned in rich regalia.

In a special free workshop, you can learn CREATION'S songs, composed by Lex Lindsay, then with CREATION collaborators, perform musical works based on poems by Ellen van Neerven, Evelyn Araluen, Jinghua Qian and Heather Grace Jones. Or you can simply take in the visual beauty of Deborah Kelly's work via a free outdoor exhibition on the Western Broadwalk and in the Lounge. Whatever your worship style, CREATION shifts our minds and spirits, demanding that we actively participate in shaping our futures.

At All About Women, CREATION will unfold over four parts. 

Presented by Sydney Opera House

CREATION

11.30am – 1pm

 

Participatory Choral Workshop

1.30pm - 2pm

 

Procession

3pm – 4pm

 

Performance and artist talk

All day

 

Exhibition throughout the House

Join the CREATION choir to learn the musical responses to CREATION’s central liturgy by artist S.J. Norman. Participants will have the opportunity to perform the songs to a live audience at the Opera House and be filmed for a new video to accompany the CREATION project.

No experience but singing enthusiasm required. Attendees will receive songbooks to take home. Participants are expected to attend the full workshop and have the option to participate in the concert from 3 - 4pm. Further information will be sent prior to the day. For any questions about participating, email, creation@sydneyoperahouse.com.

Deborah Kelly and collaborators will stage an ornate choral procession in and around the Opera House, adorned in rich regalia designed by James L. King

Witness CREATION collaborators perform the world premieres of musical works based on poems by Ellen van Neerven, Evelyn Araluen, Jinghua Qian and Heather Grace Jones with musical director/composer Lex Lindsay and guest Karen Cummings.

 

The performance will conclude with an artist talk with Deborah Kelly and Lex Lindsay in conversation with Michael Do and the CREATION Choir.

Throughout the day, experience an exhibition of the imagery accompanying CREATION’s Liturgy on the Western Broadwalk, and screenings of the CREATION music videos in the Lounge.

More about...

Deborah Kelly’s practice encompasses collage, installation, event and performance. Some of Kelly’s projects originate as political practices and others are picked up by cultural institutions. Beware of the God (2005), commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, appeared across Sydney as postcards, videos and words on clouds over Sydney Harbour. No Human Being Is Illegal (2014–19), for the Biennale of Sydney, unfolded through hundreds of collage workshops and is now in the collection of the Wellcome Trust in London. Other projects have involved mobile political billboards, a worldwide dancing memorial, 25000 black armbands, and building-sized projections.

More about the CREATION collaborators...

Lex Lindsay, Musical Director and Composer

Lex Lindsay is a writer, composer and performance artist with a 20-year career as a creative producer, curator and strategy advisor to arts organisations. He has composed music for theatre, dance and film productions including Deborah Kelly’s The Gods of Tiny Things, recently exhibited at the MCA Sydney and ACMI Melbourne

Su Goldfish, Producer

Su is a freelance producer and filmmaker. Su led the UNSW Creative Practice Lab for twenty years producing a range of cross-disciplinary performance experiences.

Alia Ardon, Filmmaker

Alia is an emerging French-Australian-Moroccan cinematographer, director, editor and animator. Intrigued by the moving body and its imagery she is subsequently drawn to dance films.

James Lionel King, Costumier

James has a degree in Design, majoring in textiles and ceramics from UNSW and a diploma of Fashion Design and Technology from TAFE. He has an exuberant desire to inspire people to new cultural ideas and movements. 

Kit Spencer, Performer and Choir Captain

Kit is a musician, artist and teacher, whose work focuses on music making as experimentation, performance-oriented practice, and accessibility.

Karen Cummings, Composer and Performer

Karen is a singer interested in new works for the voice. She has performed works by Australian composers Andree Greenwell, Sally Whitwell, Richard Vella, Martin Wesley Smith, Rosalind Page, Stephen Adams and has performed with Deborah Cheetham's Company, Short Black Opera, Opera Australia and the Victorian State Opera.

Malaika Mfalme, Performer

Malaika Mfalme {Angel King} is a singer, songwriter and guitarist producing on Gadigal Land. Malaika is here to create a safe space focused on healing with a powerful message of kindness, acceptance and reflection vibrating through every one of their sonic outputs. 

Zaya Barroso, Performer

Zaya is a captivating Sydney singer-songwriter and performer with a rich and diverse background. After launching her solo career in 2015, Zaya has been beguiling, entrancing and seducing audiences to think and feel ever since.

Eugene Choi, Performer

Eugene is a performance-based artist whose practice has evolved around the physicality of constructing internal and external structures working across sculpture, performance, installation and video.

Harriet Gillies, Performer

Harriet Gillies is an award-winning performance artist working across a range of performance modes. She has presented across Australia, New Zealand and North America.

Liza-Mare Syron, Performer

Dr Liza-Mare Syron’s family clan is Biripi from the Mid North Coast of NSW. She is a director, actor, teacher, dramaturge, and academic. Liza-Mare is an Indigenous Scientia Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW.

Andrew Bukenya, Performer

Andrew Bukenya is a multi-talented singer, vocal arranger and composer who most recently performed as a soloist in Paul Mac & Lachlan Philpott’s acclaimed The Rise & Fall of St George, Sydney Festival 2021. He currently hosts Sydney Symphony Hour on 2MBS, Thirsty Thursdays at Darlinghurst Theatre & the online artists interview series, Andrew Bukenya Presents ‘Chat & Dash!

James Tawadros, Musician

James Tawadros is a world-class percussionist and soloist, his main instrument is the req. He has performed internationally with many celebrated artists and regularly accompanies his brother Joseph in concert.

Acknowledgements

CREATION at Sydney Opera House's creative development is enabled by Janne Ryan and ARROW.   The project is also supported by the City of Sydney and UNSW.

Learn more about CREATION at www.creationtheproject.com

Sydney Opera House’s Curator Contemporary Art is enabled by Cathy & Andrew Cameron AM.

 

 

Experience all about women live on Stream

This year, All About Women will be livestreamed on Stream, Sydney Opera House's online streaming platform. Watch a single talk, or settle in for the day to reflect on burning questions about gender, equality, and justice with a Festival Pass.

A selection of ten talks will be livestreamed from this year's festival. Click here to explore the livestream program and see the talks that you can enjoy wherever you are.

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All About Women has partnered with Western Sydney-based literacy movement Sweatshop on an emerging writers mentorship program for First Nations, culturally and linguistically diverse writers.

Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage. 

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend the Opera House? 

From 15 December until at least 31 January 2022, the Opera House will continue to require that all visitors aged 16 years and over entering the building are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt). Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. This includes visitors and patrons attending a performance or event, taking a tour, or visiting the box office, retail store, bar or restaurant operated within the building (Bennelong and Portside). These requirements will not apply to visitors attending outdoor events or venues on the Lower Concourse: Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and the Welcome CentreCheck-in processes will be in place for verifying proof of vaccination upon entry.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Yes, please bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.

Some members of the community may have issues wearing masks due to health conditions. We ask that you be respectful to others as reasons for not wearing a mask are not always obvious.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts. If you have already received your tickets, the venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Please take your seats as soon as you arrive. 

If you are late, we will seat you as soon as we can and, where possible, in your allocated seat. However, to reduce movement in the venue as well as minimise disruption to the performance and other patrons, ticketholders may be seated in an allocated latecomer’s seat. Please be aware that some events have lock-out periods. In these cases, latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. On occasions, this may not be until the interval, or at all where there is no interval. 

Details of our right to refuse admission can be found in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Events.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

In accordance with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Cloaking facilities will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 60 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. However it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly to minimise contact and queuing. Any bags larger than an A4 piece of paper will need to be checked into the Cloak Room.

Can my baby sit on my lap?

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Babies aged 0-11 months at the time of a performance may be seated on an adult’s lap but they must hold a valid Babes in Arms ticket ($10). Children 12 months and older will need to hold a standard ticket.

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event? 

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller, you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

What if I can't come to my performance?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Will there be food and beverages available for purchase in the venue?

Foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars.

The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances.

Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottle but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available for you to enjoy.

Will there be pram parking at kids performances?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Will my experience be impacted by the Opera House's Renewal works?

In February 2020, the Opera House began major Concert Hall renewal works to transform the world-famous venue for 21st century performances. You can find out more here.

While the Concert Hall is closed, the rest of Opera House will remain open and vibrant, with unmissable performances and experiences across all other venues and the wider precinct.

Guests may experience some noise in foyers and theatres but we are working hard to minimise disruption associated with these important works.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House will become a smoke-free site from Saturday 1 January 2022.
  • By becoming a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment.