In Sydney’s famous outdoor venue The Domain, two fantastic free events are set to delight, kicking off with Chicago’s R’n’B, soul and disco diva Chaka Khan on the opening weekend, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing Gustav Holst‘s astrological suite The Planets, conducted by Hamburg State Opera Artistic Director Simone Young, in Symphony in the Domain.
Against a backdrop of some of the world’s greatest theatre and dance, new Australian works of magnitude and cultural importance dominate this year’s theatre program. The world premiere of Black Diggers (directed by Wesley Enoch and written by Tom Wright) unfolds the untold stories of 1000 Indigenous soldiers who fought in World War One, whilst Michael Kantor and Tom E. Lewis’ indigenous re-working of King Lear in The Shadow King has recently premiered to a rousing reception by audiences in Melbourne, Australia.
A highlight of the 2014 program is Henry Purcell‘s romantic tragedy Dido & Aeneas in Sasha Waltz‘s wondrous reimagining of the great opera, featuring stunning choreography, a prologue performed in a giant fish tank underwater, and celebrated Baroque orchestra Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.
Internationally acclaimed choreographer Shaun Parker returns to Sydney Festival with the world premiere of Am I, whilst Halina Reijn performs the lead role in the retelling of the 1927 monologue by Jean Cocteau in La Voix Humaine. Philip Glass presents a live score to Godfrey Reggio‘s Visitors following its premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and after a five month sell out season on London’s Southbank LIMBO returns to heat up the 1920s Speigeltent in the wildly expanded Festival Village.
In Parramatta in Sydney’s west, the favourite free event Parramatta Opening Party is back with free music and festival fun, and everyone’s favourite yellow friend Rubber Duck is back too!