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The Australian Ballet Kunstkamer

Kunstkamer

Never before has The Australian Ballet presented contemporary dance of this scale and ambition. Kunstkamer is the joint creation of choreographers Paul Lightfoot and Sol León; Marco Goecke; and Crystal Pite.

In the Joan Sutherland Theatre | The Australian Ballet | Dance

"It’s performed with the frame-by-frame urgency of a graphic novel and – herein lies its brilliance."

The Guardian

Enter a cabinet of curiosities

Kunstkamer was commissioned for the 60th anniversary of Nederlands Dans Theater, the world’s most celebrated contemporary company. This daring work draws together diverse elements – stark movement, song, film, spoken word – into an eclectic and fascinating whole, bound together by recurring motifs and characters and featuring music by a vast array of composers from Beethoven to Bach to Britten, Janice Joplin to Joby Talbot.

The choreography, moving from the intimacy and humour of solos and pas de deux to intricate waves of ensemble movement, references dance theatre traditions while exploring new frontiers of expression.

Like a modern museum curated with wit and incisive intelligence, Kunstkamer invites you to wonder at the endless possibilities of art.

Presented by The Australian Ballet, with Opera Australia Orchestra.

Kunstkamer is generously supported by Joan Clemenger AO and Peter Clemenger AO, Linda Herd, Shane Lloyd and Alan Joyce AC and The David Hallberg Fund.

Lead and Production Partner: QANTAS 

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The Australian Ballet Kunstkamer

Artist Information

Choreography Paul Lightfoot, Sol León, Crystal Pite, Marco Goecke
Composers Ludwig van Beethoven, Janis Joplin, Arvo Pärt, Béla Bertók, Franz Schubert, Benjamin Britten, Henry Purcell, Joby Talbot, Johann Strauss Jnr, Christoph W Gluck, Chavela Vargas, Ólafur Arnalds
Costume design Joke Visser, Hermien Hollander
Original lighting design Tom Bevoort, Udo Haberland, Tom Visser
Film Rahi Rezvani

       

The Australian Ballet Kunstkamer
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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 six min walk to the Opera House. 

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