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The Concert

A film by Angela Goh

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A fantastical journey of mythical proportions. Reimagining the original Acoustic Reflectors, affectionately known as “the doughnuts”, that hung in the Concert Hall from 1973 until 2020, Angela Goh’s film The Concert depicts these iconic objects as artefacts that point to other worlds. 

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In the Utzon Room | Contemporary Art

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.

Season runs from Thursday 17 November to Saturday 19 November, 2022

Thursday 17 November,  4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm
 
Friday 18 November, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm
 
Saturday 19 November, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Free registration (max two per order)

Ticket Description & price
Registration (max 2 per order) FREE

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times

The authorised ticket agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.

This event runs for 40 minutes with no interval

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

Suitable for all ages This production contains some nudity

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times, and children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

“An artefact is something from a different time that shows up and provokes our imagination. It is not only a thing, but a springboard into imagining who we have been, who we are, and who we might become.”

- Angela Goh

Other histories and new mythologies

The Concert uses fantasy, imagination and fiction to ask real questions about who we are, how we remember, and how meaning is made and remade throughout time. 

Created following a residency at the Sydney Opera House in 2021, Goh has assembled an exceptional artistic team to make The Concert, a 40 minute film weaving together dance, song, costume, poetry, sound and cinematography, and starring an extensive cast of performers ranging from seven to 76 years old.

Filmed entirely onsite at the Sydney Opera House, but in the interstices and hidden areas, The Concert takes one of the most recognisable buildings on the planet and renders it into otherworldly terrain.

The Concert will be screened in the Utzon Room across three days, free for the public to attend. Event registration is required; a link will be available closer to the date. 

Commissioned and presented by Sydney Opera House as part of New Work Now, enabled by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects.

Creatives

Angela Goh

Angela Goh is an artist who works with dance and choreography. Her work is presented in contemporary art contexts and traditional performance spaces. Most recently Goh’s work has been performed at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Sydney Opera House, and a range of venues in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America including Performance Space New York, Auto Italia, Baltic Circle, Shedhalle and Taipei Performing Arts Center.

She was awarded the Keir Choreographic Award in 2020, FBi’s Best Artist ‘SMAC’ Award in 2017, the Create NSW Performing Arts Fellowship in 2019-20, and the inaugural Sydney Dance Company Fellowship in 2020-21. Angela lives and works on Gadigal Land in Sydney, Australia.

Image credit: Jason Sukadana

Verity Mackey

Verity Mackey is a Costume Designer based on Gadigal Land (Sydney, Australia). Mackey works in a diverse range of contexts and roles, from styling for fashion editorials, working as a costume buyer for film and television, and designing and making for dance, performance and video works. With a love of tactility, and the borrowing of absurd and disparate semiotics, Mackey’s work results in a meshing of the visually adverse; soft with hard and cute but psycho. 

Verity’s past collaborators include collective Club Ate (‘In Muva We Trust’, NGA 2019), Angela Tiatia (‘The Fall’, The Australian War Memorial 2019; ‘Narcissus’, NGV 2019 & ‘The Golden Hour’, AGNSW 2020), Angela Goh (‘Mirador’, Phoenix 2021) & Ivey Wawn (‘In Perpetuity’ Live Works Performance Space 2021). 

Image credit: Joe Brennan

Matt McGuigan

Matthew McGuigan is a filmmaker, sound engineer, musician, & founder of record label + production house ~ Hospital Hill. He has made films for/with artists, musicians, galleries, & institutions. His 2020 work with Brian Fuata ‘a sheet assail’ won the ANTI Festival Live Art Prize (Finland).

Matt has produced recordings for a great many artists. He was the recording engineer & music editor for Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake: China Girl, & recorded music for Daina Reid’s forthcoming film Run Rabbit Run.

As a guitarist he has performed with the Adelaide Symphony & Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestras. His 2021 album ‘VERY FAST & VERY FAR’ with Tim Bruniges & Julian Day is currently an APRA Art Music Award finalist.

The Hospital Hill label has released 14 albums including works by Merzbow, Oren Ambarchi, & Chris Abrahams.

Corin Ileto 

Corin Ileto is a Filipina-Australian classically trained electronic producer, composer and performer working in the field of performance art, sound design, theatre and club spaces. In her compositions, traditional forms merge with hyper-digital sounds to create new imaginary realms. Her debut album ‘Manifest’ (2019) received nominations from the Australian Music Prize and Music Victoria Awards. Recent releases included 'Enantiodromia' EP (UIQ, 2021) and 'Araw' EP (2021). She has toured internationally performing at CTM Festival, Fiber Festival and Unsound Festival.

As a composer Ileto works across a broad range of mediums including video art, dance and experimental theatre with a focus on spatialized sound design. Recent music composition work include ‘Sky Blue Mythic’ performance work by Angela (Sydney Opera House, 2021), 'AEON†' (Liveworks Festival, 2017) and ‘Carrion’ (Liveworks Festival 2020) performance works by Justin Shoulder, 'The Pearl' video work by Angela Tiatia (Art Gallery of NSW, 2021) and  'Ang Idol Ko' video installation work by Club Ate (MCA Australia, 2022).

Image credit: Sly Morikawa

Credits

Lead Artist:
Angela Goh - Artist, Choreographer, concept and direction

Key Creative Team

Matt McGuigan - Cinematographer
Corin Ileto - Composer
Verity Mackey - Costume Designer

Further Artistic Contributions

Holly Childs - Writer
Marcus Whale - Songwriter
Amelia Fell - Hair and Make-up

 

Performers

Lily Golightly
Angela Goh
Lotte Flood
Bela Trezise
Cosima Trezise
Ginger Payne
Georgie Payne
Rozsa Pandolfini Kirkwood
Sabine Pandolfini Kirkwood
Willow Billy-Rowland
Eugene Choi
Ellen Davies
Verity Mackey
Ivey Wawn
Marcus Whale
Molly McKenzie
Gemma Sattler
Lee Serle
Lizzie Thomson
Alice Weber
Clare Grant

Costume Collaborators

Lily Golightly
Nichola Farnan
Georgia Harper

Film Assistants

Tim McGuigan
Eleanor Witt
Sam Powyer

Special thanks to: 

Matt Cornell, Isabel Rouch, Anna May Kirk, Aggie Choi, Joe Vella, Seet Dance, Charemaine Seet, Michael Crewdson, Bryoni Trezise, Sarah Linton, Dominic Kirkwood, Rafaela Pandolfini, Vanessa Billy, Dominic Rowland, Holly Smith, Legs on the Wall, Joshua Thomson, James Beach and Juan Villamor. 

Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Concert Hall, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre, Utzon Room and Forecourt. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

Our foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and 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 - 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

Can my family sit together?

Tickets purchased early will be sold in family groups within a designated seating zone, tickets purchased closer to the event will be sold in pairs. Please bear in mind that this will be subject to the restrictions in place at that time. Your confirmed seating allocation will be provided to you on the day of the performance when you receive your eTickets. To ensure correct capacities, all people in the theatre must hold a valid ticket. This includes babies aged 0-11 months who can be seated on a parents knee with the purchase of a Babes in Arm ticket ($10). Children 12 months and older will need to hold a standard ticket.

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.

Can my baby sit on my lap?

  • All audience members, including babies, are counted toward the allowable capacity and must hold a valid ticket for admission.
  • A specific children’s price may be available on certain events. On others a standard ticket price may apply. 
  • For our Sydney Opera House Presents programming, babies aged 0-11 months at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap but they must hold a valid Babes in Arms ticket ($10) and children aged 12 months and older will need to hold a standard ticket. 
  • Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

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

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event?

The authorised agency for this event is 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.

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 adhering to COVID-safe rules.

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