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Bodies as Buildings

Selected dates in Term 1 - 4

Underpinned by Utzon’s Design Principles, this workshop enables students to use the building and its structure to explore similarities in the mechanics of their own bodies. Students will create a series of dance sequences inspired by the architecture of the Sydney Opera House.

In the Centre for Creativity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Schools

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:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. 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; 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.

Suitable for Stages 2 - 3

This event is recommended for Years 3 - 6

Modules available from 23 March to 16 November, 2022

Wednesday 23 March 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Thursday 24 March 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Monday 27 June 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Tuesday 28 June 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Wednesday 29 June 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Tuesday 16 August 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Wednesday 17 August 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Tuesday 15 November 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Wednesday 16 November 2022 10am and 12.30pm

Standard tickets from $15
Minimum 25 students per workshop

Ticket Price & Description
Student $15
Group up to 25 students $375
Group 25-50 students $750

Ratio required for supervision is 1 teacher per 15 students. The only authorised ticket agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below. 

Event duration is 90 minutes

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change

Teacher Resource Pack

A Teacher Resource pack will be available from February 2022

Exploring the architecture of the body

Being inspired by nature, and connecting to the human experience, Jorn Utzon watched the wings of a seagull as it took flight as possible windows; how snow and ice, clouds and sand could inspire the colours and textures of a building; and how the actions of builders and engineers who constructed the Opera House could move to and 'perform' the rhythms of the building.

This workshop enables students to learn how to interpret the geometry, engineering, materials and elements of the building to create a series of movements, dance works and choreography with their bodies. Students will consider how architects create buildings for people to inhabit, work, move and explore in urban spaces.

In this workshop, students will:

  • use their imaginations and bodies to create movement and dance sequences, drawing from specific architectural spaces in the Opera House as repositories of physical 'memories'
  • learn how biomechanics from nature can inspire design and architecture
  • explore their own anatomy through movement and create abstract representations from their discoveries
  • develop expressive, formal and sensory qualities to interpret ideas and communicate through dance
  • acquire a deeper appreciation for the design and beauty of the Opera House and feel a physical and personal connection to the site and heritage of the building

Bodies as Buildings is a Creative Learning Workshop developed by Charemaine Seet with the Creative Learning Team at the Sydney Opera House.

Curriculum Links

Each Creative Learning Module is devised to align with the Australian National Curriculum cross-curricular priorities and general capabilities, in particular critical and creative thinking, ethical understanding, intercultural understanding, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture priority and Sustainability priorities.

Dance: ACADAM005 - Improvise and structure movement ideas for dance sequences using the elements of dance and choreographic devices eg using contrast and repetition to explore and generate new movement in response to stimuli such as stories, memories and the environment; altering movements in a set, teacher-directed or student-devised dance using the elements of space, time, dynamics and relationships to express ideas, for example, increasing the size of a movement to represent growth.
Dance: ACADAM006 - Practise technical skills safely in fundamental movements eg practising combinations of fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor movements to a range of musical accompaniment; demonstrating safe dance practices, for example, warming up their bodies before executing more complex movement patterns in dance sequences and cooling/calming down afterwards.
Dance: ACADAM007 - Perform dances using expressive skills to communicate ideas, including telling cultural or community stories eg Considering viewpoints – meanings and interpretations: Is there a story in the dance? How are you using grouping or pathways to communicate ideas or intentions in your dance?
Dance: ACADAM009 - Explore movement and choreographic devices using the elements of dance to choreograph dances that communicate meaning eg exploring stimulus or analysing other dances to devise a variety of movement possibilities
Dance: ACADAR012 - Explain how the elements of dance and production elements communicate meaning by comparing dances from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance eg accessing real or virtual performances that are representative of different times and places and comparing how elements of dance and production elements communicate meaning in each
Health and Physical Education: ACPMP048 - Adopt inclusive practices when participating in physical activities eg using cooperative skills to complete a movement task, such as a partner balance, or team strategy
Health and Physical Education: ACPMP049 - Apply innovative and creative thinking in solving movement challenges eg testing alternative responses to movement challenges and predicting the success or effectiveness of each
Mathematics: ACMMG114 - Describe translations, reflections and rotations of two-dimensional shapes. Identify line and rotational symmetries eg identifying and describing the line and rotational symmetry of a range of two-dimensional shapes, by manually cutting, folding and turning shapes
Mathematics: ACMMG088 - Compare and describe two dimensional shapes that result from combining and splitting common shapes, with and without the use of digital technologies eg identifying common two-dimensional shapes that are part of a composite shape by re-creating it from these shapes; and creating two-dimensional shapes from verbal or written instructions

 

Program information

These newly developed Creative Learning Modules use the site and building of the Sydney Opera House as a catalyst for learning about science, technology, engineering, arts, architecture and maths - transforming the way we understand STEM subjects and ideas through the creative and performing arts.

The Modules can be delivered alongside a tour of the House exploring First Nations perspectives, the architectural practice of Jorn Utzon and his collaborators, as well as the contemporary uses of the site as a world-class performing arts venue. All Modules include pre- and post-learning activities, as well as a range of video resources designed for students to develop lateral connections with content for deeply embedded learning experiences.

Venue Information

In line with the NSW Public Health Order, venue capacity is currently limited to 75%. This includes all performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you may be seated directly alongside other patrons.

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 - Schools

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

We recommend your group arrives early at the venue, at least 45 minutes prior to the performance start time.

If you are late, we will seat you as soon as possible, but please be aware that some events have lock out periods where late comers cannot be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.  Occasionally this is not until the interval, and in some instances late comers won’t be admitted at all. 

Please call Front of House on 02 9250 7134 to notify us if your group is running late.

Where is the closest location for bus parking and drop off?

The closest location to disembark from buses and coaches is on Macquarie Street. Please contact City of Sydney to confirm bus and coach set down areas. We recommend allowing an additional 10 minutes for walking from Macquarie Street. There is no bus parking onsite at Sydney Opera House. 

What are the transport options to the Opera House?

Circular Quay is the closest station for public transport via train, bus and ferry. We recommend allowing 15 minutes to walk from Circular Quay for school groups. To view timetable information and ensure your public transport needs can be met, please contact Transport NSW. Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on COVID-19 safety measures for public transport.

Is there storage for school bags?

The safety and security of everyone visiting our site is paramount. We require all items larger than the dimensions of an A4 piece of paper to be cloaked. As our cloakrooms have limited space, we request that where possible teachers and students do not bring large bags/backpacks with them to the performance.

Does Sydney Opera House have a Risk Assessment policy?

Download our Risk Assessment Information 2021 here

Where can I eat nearby?

If your students are bringing a packed lunch, Royal Botanic Gardens adjacent to the Opera House is quite pleasant in fine weather. Or our restaurants offer everything from casual snacks to kid friendly meals. See our Restaurants. 

Can I take food and drink inside the venue?

Food and drink are permitted inside the foyers, but not in the venues.

What if our school group can't attend the performance?

Please contact our Creative Learning Ticketing Specialists on 02 9250 7770  as soon as possible to advise if your group can no longer attend. If your group can no longer attend because your school is located in a hotspot, or has had a positive case of COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you. 

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?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. 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 visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

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 - Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

We advise that you arrive 15 minutes prior to 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.

Are there change tables in the CFC?

Baby change table and nappy bins are available in the Centre for Creativity, as well as the accessible public toilets in the below locations. View our map here for more info.

  • Western Foyers – close to the Centre for Creativity, Drama Theatre as well and the Playhouse
  • Lower level of the Concourse
  • Main Box Office accessible toilets
  • Concert Hall Northern Foyer (both Male and Female)

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

In line with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, or within the western foyers, 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 only be open 60 minutes pre-show for Centre for Creativity activities. However it is strongly encouraged you travel lightly and do not bring items that require cloaking e.g. handbags bigger than A4-size, backpacks and umbrellas, which are not permitted inside our venues, this will assit with minimising contact and queuing.

What if I can't come to the event?

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 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 or as directed by Sydney Opera House staff, adhering to COVID-safe rules.

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.

Can my baby sit on my lap?

If you need to bring your baby to one of our activities that is not baby focussed, your baby may sit on your lap during the activity. Please note unless this is a baby-specific activity there is minumum pram parking onsite. Your baby will require a babes-in-arms ticket as they contribute to our venue capacities.

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

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

Will there be food and beverages available to be purchased in the venue?

Food and beverages will not be allowed in the Centre for Creativity, unless specified in the event. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available to purchase food before your event. Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment.

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