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The Narli Ensemble

Dance Rites 2019

Curated by Tura New Music, The Narli Ensemble will perform a version of Kimberley Echoes - a powerful cross-cultural celebration of Kimberley country and its people, inspired by local artists, traditional Joonba song and dance and the provocative Kimberley landscape. Ever-evolving, full of spontaneity and life.

On the Forecourt

Saturday 23 November, 6pm

Times are approximate and subject to change. 

This is a free event
No registration required

This is a free event. No registration is required.

Suitable for all ages

Young people under the age of 15 must be accompanied at all times.

Australian producers Tura create new music projects in regional and remote northern Australia, with a focus on collaborations with Aboriginal artists and communities. They proudly provide means, support and opportunities that enable the relentless pursuit of musical discovery.   

Kimberley Echoes is the result of five years of musical collaboration. The Narli Ensemble features didgeridoo virtuoso and singer Mark Atkins (Yamatji) singer/guitarist Stephen Pigram (Yawuru),  violinist Erkki Veltheim, guitarist Stephen Magnusson, cellist Tristen Parr, percussionist Joe Talia, and flautist Tos Mahoney. 

Songs by Pigram and Atkins, arranged by this unique ensemble, are juxtaposed with new music reflecting the complexity and beauty of the Kimberley.

Tura New Music acknowledges all of the Traditional Owners of the lands through which we passed, and honour their Elders past, present and emerging.

Presented by the Sydney Opera House.



Witness the powerful coming together of traditional customs and contemporary culture, with hundreds of First Nations dancers from around Australia and performers from around the world.

Join us on the forecourt, a First Nations meeting place for thousands of years, to share in this free festival of live dance, music and community. 

Find out more about Dance Rites

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the transport options to the Opera House?

Dance Rites will take place on the Opera House Forecourt.

You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. If you’re getting dropped off in a car head to the roundabout at the bottom Macquarie Street where staff will direct you to a safe place to pull over.

Driving? Park in Wilson’s Car Park, you’re just minutes to your seat.  Need a bit more info? Click here

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

Dance Rites runs from 3pm till late on both Saturday and Sunday, so you’re welcome to join us on the Forecourt at any point throughout the afternoon.  With performances running throughout the day there’s always something to do.

If you are attending a particular performance, please arrive 30 minutes  prior to your start time as there may be ques to enter the site.

Can I take photos during the event?

Yes, if you’re taking a few snaps for personal use. Make sure to switch off your flash and be conscious of the people around you and the performers on stage. We’d love for you to tag #sydneyoperahouse on your social channels.

What can I bring with me?

Your safety and security is our number one priority. As a safety precaution and condition of entry, mandatory visual bag inspections will be carried out by SOH venue security staff on all bags and personal belongings. Additionally, patrons may be subject to random electronic screening. 

Please travel lightly, arrive early and allow additional time to access the venue. 

There is no cloaking facility available for this event. Items that will not be permitted inside the venue include – but are not limited to – extra-large backpacks, umbrellas, briefcases, suitcases and other items that may be hazardous or restrict the movement of visitors. At the discretion of Opera House venue security staff, additional items of an irregular size may also be deemed a trip hazard or safety risk and will be prohibited from the venue footprint. 

We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. 

Find out more about venue security at Sydney Opera House.

What should I wear?

So long as you’re wearing shoes and a shirt, whatever you like. We’re pretty informal here at the Opera House.

Dance Rites will takes place outdoors on the Opera House Forecourt so comfortable shoes and sun-safe clothing are recommended. 

Where can I eat and drink?

Food and beverage pop-ups will appear across the Sydney Opera House Forecourt.

Dance Rites food pop-ups will open from 3pm, Saturday and Sunday.

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