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Dorr-e Dari : A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love

Term 3

Performed for students for the first time after a sell-out Sydney Festival season, a bilingual, multimedia celebration of love, poetry and classical Persian culture from Afghanistan, created and performed by young artists from Western Sydney.

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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 5 - 6

This event is recommended for Years 9 - 12

Season runs from 7 - 8 September

7 September, 10am & 12.30pm
8 September, 10am & 12.30pm

Standard tickets from $39
One complimentary teacher per class

Ticket Description & price
Student All student ticketholders
Standard $39
Teacher All teacher ticketholders
One complimentary teacher per class $0

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Students must be accompanied at all times. '

Authorised ticket agency for this event is Sydney Opera House

The duration of this event is 75 minutes + a 10 minute Q&A

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

Teacher Resource Pack

A Teacher Resource pack is available for download here 

Curriculum links

Australian Curriculum: General capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Students experience and appreciate a range of technologies used by theatre practitioners in the practices of making and performing.

Work, Employment and Enterprise

Students develop their understanding of the roles of actors, writers, directors, and other drama and theatre practitioners

Civics and Citizenship

Students explore the work of key Australian theatre practitioners who have contributed to drama and theatre over many decades.

Difference and Diversity

Students respond to different cultural practises and expressions, viewpoints and beliefs in order to develop mature awareness, understanding and acceptance of difference and diversity.

Environment

Students become aware that they are a part of the environment’s interconnected structure, that drama and theatre is made and performed in different environments and is also affected by them.

 

Key Competencies

Students develop the key competencies of collecting, analysing and organising information, communicating ideas and information, and planning and organising activities through their authentic experience as audience members.

 

Literacy

As audience members, students explore a range of literacies and become aware of reading the signs, symbols and meanings of performances.

Multicultural

Students develop an understanding and appreciation about the diversity of cultures, beliefs, attitudes, values and customs in Australian society.

NSW Curriculum: Outcomes for Stage 4-6 (School Years 7-12)

English

EN5-5C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information and increasingly complex ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts in a range of contexts

EN5-6C investigates the relationships between and among texts

EN5-7D understands and evaluates the diverse ways texts can represent personal and public worlds

EN5-8D questions, challenges and evaluates cultural assumptions in texts and their effects on meaning

English Standard

EN11-1 responds to and composes increasingly complex texts for understanding, interpretation, analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure

EN11-2 uses and evaluates processes, skills and knowledge required to effectively respond to and compose texts in different modes, media and technologies

EN12-1 independently responds to and composes complex texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure

EN12-2 uses, evaluates and justifies processes, skills and knowledge required to effectively respond to and compose texts in different modes, media and technologies

English Advanced

EA11-1 responds to, composes and evaluates complex texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure

EA12-1 independently responds to, composes and evaluates a range of complex texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure

English Studies

ES11-1 comprehends and responds to a range of texts, including short and extended texts, literary texts and texts from academic, community, workplace and social contexts for a variety of purposes

ES12-1 comprehends and responds analytically and imaginatively to a range of texts, including short and extended texts, literary texts and texts from academic, community, workplace and social contexts for a variety of purposes

Persian

LPE5-9U explains and reflects on the interrelationship between language, culture and identity

LPE5-8U analyses linguistic, structural and cultural features in a range of texts

LPE5-2C identifies and interprets information in a range of texts

LPE5-3C evaluates and responds to information, ideas and opinions in texts, using a range of formats for specific contexts, purposes and audiences

Persian Continuers

3.1 identifies and conveys the gist, main points, supporting points and detailed items of specific information

3.2 infers point of view, attitudes or emotions from language and context

3.3 summarises, interprets and evaluates information

3.4 compares and contrasts aspects of texts

Drama

5.2.1  responds to, reflects on and evaluates elements of drama, dramatic forms, performance styles, dramatic techniques and theatrical conventions

5.3.2  analyses the contemporary and historical contexts of drama

5.3.3 analyses and evaluates the contribution of individuals and groups to processes and performances in drama using relevant drama concepts and terminology.

P3.1 critically appraises and evaluates, both orally and in writing, personal performances and the performances of others

P3.2 understands the variety of influences that have impacted upon drama and theatre performance styles, structures and techniques

P3.3 analyses and synthesises research and experiences of dramatic and theatrical styles, traditions and movements

H3.1 critically applies understanding of the cultural, historical and political contexts that have influenced specific drama and theatre practitioners, styles and movements

H3.3 demonstrates understanding of the actor-audience relationship in various dramatic and theatrical styles and movements

P3.4 appreciates the contribution that drama and theatre make to Australian and other societies by raising awareness and expressing ideas about issues of interest

H3.4 appreciates and values drama and theatre as significant cultural expressions of issues and concerns in Australian and other societies

H3.5 appreciates the role of the audience in various dramatic and theatrical styles and movements

 

"Sequences can be naturalistic or theatrical, conversational or ceremonial, spiritual or didactical; there are dance sequences, comedic anecdotes, and videophone footage (live and pre-recorded), Dorr-e Dari is unconstrained in the ways it wishes to communicate"
 
Suzy Goes See

Intimate storytelling and epic ballads

Recognise the butterflies, and tune in to a thousand-year strong tradition of courtly Persian love poetry from Sydney’s leading theatre company for young professional artists, PYT Fairfield.

Through intimate storytelling and epic ballads from the streets of Kabul, Tehran and Quetta, via Western Sydney, your young Afghan-Australian hosts will guide you on the path to love – from getting caught in school writing love letters to the art of flirting, romance and forming relationships.

Inspired by the tradition of private recitals and ‘curtain shows’ performed throughout the Persian-speaking world, this rich and tender theatre work demonstrates there’s a verse for every condition of the heart.

Exploring Persian-language cultural traditions in a contemporary Australian context, the work is theatrical, conversational and spiritual – audiences will experience heavenly singing, joyous dancing, personal storytelling and sumptuous video imagery.

Dorr-e Dari not only invites students to experience the culturally diverse and rich cultures on their doorstep but also to consider how translation and interpretation of universal themes of love and relationships are celebrated and experienced across cultures over time.

Join our Afghan-Australian artists on stage, with guests appearing on video phone calls from Afghanistan, Iran and Canada, as they invite young people into the charmed space of a poetry circle where, at least for a moment, any problem might be solved with a couplet.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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Dorr-e Dari

09 Sep 2022 - 10 Sep 2022

A timely tale of love, poetry and classical Persian culture from Afghanistan, via young artists from Western Sydney.

About PYT Fairfield

PYT Fairfield’s vision asserts and celebrates Australia as a culturally diverse nation.

PYT Fairfield is the only professional theatre company in Western Sydney focused on the development and engagement of local young and emerging artists as core practice.

PYT has a reputation as a brave and transformative theatre company who make urgent work that explores the critical issues of our times. They challenge the conventions of traditional theatre and respond to the needs and aspirations of the next generation of artists. They do this by creating innovative performance and social artistic experiences in theatre spaces and across diverse urban sites of Fairfield, Western Sydney and beyond, and with a key focus on cultural diversity.

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Ticket and Travel Subsidy

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing the very best national and international performing arts experiences to NSW students as part of their educational studies.

The Sydney Opera House Arts Assist program provides the full cost of the Creative Learning performance ticket and $5 per student toward travel costs. School applications are assessed according to socioeconomic disadvantage, schools with special needs and individual responses regarding the School Profile and School Community.

Arts Assist is enabled by the Sydney Opera House Ladies Committee, Colin Adams, and Richard Adams.

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 - 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. It is encouraged that you 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. 

Ticketholders must comply with the directions of Opera House ushers to assist with contact tracing.

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 line 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.

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 to be purchased 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, and should be consumed while seated in designated foyers spaces. 
  • Drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues for most performances. 
  • 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. It is encouraged that you take your seats as soon as you arrive.
  • 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.

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