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THAW

Legs On The Wall

A frozen world floats high over Sydney Harbour. But for how long?

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On the Western Broadwalk | Sydney Festival | Special Event

Hanging in the balance

A colossal block of ice suspended above Sydney Harbour. On it, a woman alone. Isolated on this frozen world, the woman scrambles to protect it from the elements and the industrial crane that seems to toy with them both. How long will the iceberg last? How long before the system collapses? Her future hangs in the balance. Just like ours.

An embrace of epic scale and iconic location, THAW will stop you in your tracks. This visually arresting work marks a dramatic return to Sydney Festival for globally renowned local company, Legs On The Wall. Featuring a 2.7 tonne block of ice hoisted 20 metres above the Harbour and a score by Alaska’s Matthew Burtner, THAW is part art installation, part slow-drip suspense thriller.

THAW CAM
This event is available to view as a livestream on the Sydney Opera House Stream platform and as part of Sydney Festival's At Home digital program.

Lovers of Slow TV can enjoy the entire 10 hour performance as a live video feed on Saturday 15 January from 10am to 8.30pm. Free to watch and tune in at any time during the livestream.
 

TALKS & IDEAS EVENT
We look forward to bringing you a special Talks & Ideas event at Sydney Opera House alongside THAW, exploring its themes and prompting conversation.

Further details to be announced.

Make sure to sign up for THAW news and updates to be the first to know about THAW Cam, our Talks & Ideas event, and THAW-themed offers and content.

Presented by Sydney Opera House and Sydney Festival

Images by photographer Shane Rozario

Artist Information

Creatives

THE WOMAN Performed by, and developed with Victoria Hunt, Vicki Van Hout and Isabel Estrella
CREATOR, LEGS ON THE WALL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR [and 2nd CRANE OPERATOR] Joshua Thomson 
COMPOSER Matthew Burtner (Alaska, Turtle Island/USA) 
COSTUME DESIGNER Aleisa Jelbart 
1st CRANE OPERATOR / HEAD PERFORMANCE RIGGER David Jackson 
CREATIVE & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Cecily Hardy 
IMPACT PRODUCER Sophia Marinos
CONSULTING DRAMATURG Liesel Zink
PRODUCTION MANAGER Jason Thewell
ARTISTS IN DEVELOPMENT Lisa Fa’alafi, Gabrielle Nankivell, Leah Shelton, and Deborah Brown
COMPANY MANAGER James Beach 
CRANE PARTNER Active Crane Hire 
ENGINEER PARTNER Ironbridge Engineering 

The world premiere of THAW is supported by Sydney Festival, the Australia Council for the Arts, and Sydney Opera House. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Sydney Festival and Brisbane Festival. 

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 six min walk to the Opera House. 

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