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Bulnuruwanha - Taking Flight
Image credit: Lucy Guerin

Bulnuruwanha Taking Flight

with Emily Flannery

Term 2 & 4

A contemporary Indigenous dance work exploring the Wiradjuri Dreamtime stories of the Magpie, Willy Wagtail, Kookaburra and Cockatoo, choreographed and performed by First Nations dancer Emily Flannery.

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 Early Stage 1 - Stage 2

This event is recommended for Years K-4

Season runs from 31 May – 2 June, 2022 and 11 – 13 October, 2022

Tuesday 31 May, 10am & 12.30pm
Wednesday 1 June, 10am & 12.30pm
Thursday 2 June, 10am & 12.30pm

Tuesday 11 October, 10am & 12.30pm
Wednesday 12 October, 10am & 12.30pm
Thursday 13 October, 10am & 12.30pm

Standard tickets from $25
One complimentary teacher per class

Ticket Description & price
Student $25

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.

The duration of this event is 60 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

Curriculum links

Australian Curriculum: General capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities

·         Critical and creative thinking

·         Personal and social capability

·         Intercultural understanding

·         Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

 

NSW Curriculum: Outcomes for Early Stage 1-Stage 2 (School Years K-2)

English

·         ENe-10C thinks imaginatively and creatively about familiar topics, simple ideas and the basic features of texts when responding to and composing texts

·         EN1-10C thinks imaginatively and creatively about familiar topics, ideas and texts when responding to and composing texts

·         EN2-10C thinks imaginatively, creatively and interpretively about information, ideas and texts when responding to and composing texts

Dance

·         DAES1.3 Responds to and communicates about the dances they view and/or experience

·         DAS1.3 Gives personal opinions about the dances and their purpose that they view and/or experience

·         DAS2.3 Gives personal opinions about the use of elements and meaning in their own and others’ dances

Geography

·         GEe-1 identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people

·         GE1-1 describes features of places and the connections people have with places

·         GE2-1 examines features and characteristics of places and environments

Music

·         MUES1.4 Listens to and responds to music.

·         MUS1.4 Responds to a range of music, expressing likes and dislikes and the reasons for these choices.

·         MUS2.4 Identifies the use of musical concepts and musical symbols in a range of repertoire

Drama

·         DRAES1.4 Responds to dramatic experiences.

·         DRAS1.4 Appreciates dramatic work during the making of their own drama and the drama of others.

·         DRAS2.4 Responds to, and interprets drama experiences and performances

 

Cast & creatives

Choreographer – Emily Flannery

Dancers – Tamara Bouman, Amy Flannery and Jye Uren

Musician – Thomas J Kelly

Sound Designer – Amy Flannery

Cultural Consultant – Uncle David Acheson

Mentor – Jasmine Gulash

Costume Designer – Aunty Peta Strachan

Rehearsal Director – Natasha Rogers

Workshop Consultant – Sarah-Vyne Vassallo

Creative Producer – Anthea Doropoulos 

Thank you to our donors

Bulnuruwanha is a DirtyFeet production commissioned by the Sydney Opera House, as part of New Work Now, enabled by The Wolanski Foundation.

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Explore the Wiradjuri Dreamtime through dance

Bulnuruwanha is a contemporary Indigenous dance work exploring the Wiradjuri Dreamtime stories of the Magpie, Willy Wagtail, Kookaburra and Cockatoo and their roles in the creation of the land. Developed by recent NAISDA graduate, new Bangarra member, and First Nations choreographer and dancer Emily Flannery, Bulnuruwanha takes students through four different dances inspired by the birds and animals of the NSW Central Coast. Students will learn parts of the choreography and respond with reflections on animals and birds from their own country.

Thank you to our donors

Bulnuruwanha is a DirtyFeet production commissioned by the Sydney Opera House, as part of New Work Now, enabled by The Wolanski Foundation.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

About the Artist...

Emily Flannery

Emily Flannery is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Forbes in the Central West of NSW. Emily began her training at the McDonald College focusing on classical ballet. After graduating, Emily decided to further her studies and her connection to culture at NAISDA Dance College. While at NAISDA Emily was fortunate enough to spend time in both Yolngu and Moa Island communities.

Emily was the recipient of Young Regional Artist Scholarship (YRAS) which enabled her to spend five months at Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel during her final year of study. Since graduating, Emily has performed with Opera Australia, Phunktional Arts and Karul Projects, and collaborated with Cloe Fournier and Yolande Brown. Emily was the recipient of a Dirty Feet Choreographic Lab, which enabled her to begin her choreographic journey.

Emily is an Artist in Residence at PACT Theatre with the Lost All Sorts Collective for 2020. Emily is the recipient of the Joanne Harris Graduate Scholarship for 2020, which will enable her to study with Jasmin Vardimon Company in 2021.

As an emerging Indigenous dancer and choreographer Emily hopes to share her culture and her spirit through movement.

Emily Flannery headshot
Emily Flannery Image: Natalia Cartney

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 - Bulnuruwanha

Do I need to bring anything to the workshop?

All materials and equipment for activities are provided unless otherwise stated. There is limited and unattended storage space in the Centre for Creativity, so please bring a small bag if needed for personal belongings, remembering to leave any valuable items at home. Please bring your own water bottle if needed.

What do I wear to a performance workshop?

Please wear whatever you feel comfortable in - that you can move in or get creatively messy in! We may ask you to take off your shoes dependent on the activities.

What skill level is the workshop for?

The workshop is designed for beginners, however you can interact at whatever level feels comfortable to you.

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 walking locations to disembark from buses and coaches are on George Street and Loftus Street, please see this map for location drop-off details. We recommend allowing an additional 15 minutes for walking from George and Loftus Street locations. 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 queueing.

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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