Sydney - Wednesday 8 February, 2017. The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Dance Company have joined forces to create a unique live experience for primary school aged audiences designed to inspire young imaginations.
Premiering at the Opera House on 14 March, Crazy Times is a fascinating exploration of the fastpaced reality of life as a young person in the modern world, bought to life through dance. Four dancers lead the audience on a dream-like journey into the future, melding mind-bending dance moves, fantastical costumes and geometric objects brought to life. Having its world premiere at the Opera House, Crazy Times has been created in collaboration with Perth contemporary dance company Co3 Australia and marks Sydney Dance Company’s first foray into programming for younger audiences.
Sydney Opera House Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning, Bridgette Van Leuven, said: “There is a real demand from parents and teachers to offer challenging and diverse artistic experiences for children. The Opera House has a long history of presenting bold contemporary dance and we are thrilled to continue that tradition in a way that will resonate with our school audiences. Connecting young people with specially created work of this calibre is vital to fulfilling our ambition to build lifelong engagement with the arts.”
Created by award-winning Australian choreographer, Antony Hamilton, Matthew Whittet (dramaturge), Ben Cisterne (lighting), Paula Lewis (costume) and Julian Hamilton (sound), Crazy Times is designed to stimulate independent and imaginative thinking.
Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela, said: “As a first for Sydney Dance Company we are delighted to work with an exciting creative team led by the visionary Antony Hamilton to create this very special work specifically for young audiences. Students will have the opportunity to create their own stories, and find their own meanings through viewing and responding to Crazy Times. This innovative work will aim to move and inspire students by harnessing their imagination.”
Following each performance, audiences will take part in interactive activities with the Crazy Times dancers. Schools can book additional workshops to complement the in-theatre experience.
This project is supported by Fondation d'entreprise Hermès and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.