Aakash Odedra and Lewis Major's Little Murmur Term 3
7 – 9 August 2024
In the Studio
A Dance Theatre Performance | Stages 2 - 6 | Little Murmur is a new international dance theatre performance for schools. Groundbreaking projections, an extraordinary soundscape and a blizzard of paper and confetti, combined with dance and humour, the performance explores living with dyslexia and the warped and exaggerated realities of being in a world you struggle to process.
|Wednesday 7 August 2024||12.45pm|
|Thursday 8 August 2024||10.30am, 12.45pm|
|Friday 9 August 2024||10.30am, Onsite workshop: 12.30pm|
|Performance & onsite workshop||$50|
One complimentary teacher per class. Ratio required for supervision is 1 teacher per 15 students. The only authorised ticket agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.
For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the frequently asked questions below.
Onsite workshop: Student Artist Masterclass
This 45-minute workshop based on Little Murmur encourages the children to find their individual styles of movement. The workshop encourages each child to explore how they can express their own personality and identity in the space. With no dance experience needed the aim of the session to build each participants confidence in embracing and feeling proud of what makes them unique. This workshop was developed in partnership with the British Dyslexia Association.
- Limited capacity of 30 students only
- This workshop takes place onsite at Sydney Opera House after the morning performance of Little Murmur
- Friday 9 August 2024, 12.30pm
- Suitable for Years 3 - 6
Please contact the Creative Learning team for more details.
This workshop and performance is part of A Day out at the House.
Suitable for Stages 2 - 6
This event is recommended for Years 4 - 12.
The Opera House is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children that visit or engage with us. Read our Child Safety Policy
The duration of this event is 40 minutes, followed by a by a 15 minute Question and Answer session with the artists on stage.
Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.
Aakash Odedra & Lewis Major
Subhash Viman Gorania
Ars Electronica Futurelab (Austria)
Far and Away Productions
Watch bodies and words fly like flocks of birds, a murmuration, a little murmur
Diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, Aakash Odedra found school very challenging: he spelt his name wrongly until he was 21 and it wasn’t until he “found the missing ‘A’ that he felt he belonged. Defined by his learning difficulties, not his abilities, dance became his mode of expression.
Combining visual design and technology with dance and humour, Little Murmur explores the warped and exaggerated realities of living in a world you struggle to process. Based on Aakash’s hugely moving show Murmur 2.0, this stunning visual treat is an honest and heart felt conversation about the trials and tribulations of living with dyslexia, facing challenges and overcoming the odds.
Sydney Opera House presents an Aakash Odedra Company and Spark Arts for Children production
Vital Spark is a movement addressing the lack of diversity in the Performance for Young Audiences sector in the UK.
About Aakash Odedra Company
Aakash Odedra Company was founded in Leicester in 2011 and named after Artistic Director Aakash Odedra. Aakash was born in Birmingham, UK and lives in Leicester. He is a globally recognised and award winning dancer and choreographer. His choreography pushes boundaries, responding to and drawing inspiration from contemporary issues. As a British Asian, Aakash Odedra uses his voice to translate ancient and contemporary movement languages to tell new stories.
The Spark Arts for Children
The Spark gives children opportunities to immerse themselves in the arts. We offer children spaces to discover their own skills, passions and potential, as audience, participants and creators of their own work. We do this through commissioning and producing high quality, diverse and innovative programmes; organising a bold and imaginative children’s arts festival and by championing cultural education activity. The production of Little Murmur has been enabled through Vital Spark, a movement addressing the lack of diversity in the Performance for Young Audiences sector.
A Day Out at the House
Are you looking to extend your school excursion time onsite at Sydney Opera House?
For specific performances and workshops over the year we have combined a ‘performance/workshop’ with a walking tour of Sydney Opera House for a total 3-4 hour experience for your students at the House.
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.
The Sydney Opera House thanks and acknowledges our generous Arts Assist donors; The Greatorex Foundation and Sydney Opera House Ladies’ Committee.
The Centre for Creativity will adhere to a maximum capacity of 1 person per two square metres, in line with the current NSW Public Health Order.
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.
Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your students are bringing a packed lunch, Royal Botanic Gardens adjacent to the Opera House is quite pleasant in fine weather. Alternatively, our restaurants offer everything from casual snacks to kid friendly meals.
Food and drink are permitted inside the foyers, but not in the venues.
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.
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.
The health and wellbeing of everyone attending the Opera House is our top priority. We’re committed to making your experience safe, comfortable and enjoyable, with a number of measures in place including regular cleaning of high-touch areas, air conditioning systems that maximise ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations positioned in all paths of travel. We encourage you to wear a mask in indoor settings or when physical distancing can’t be maintained, and please stay home if you feel unwell. If you need to discuss your ticketing or booking options, contact our Box Office team on 02 9250 7777.
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.
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.
The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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