Razorhurst Walking Tour | Blancmange Productions

In the 1920s and 30s, Sydney earned a variety of newspaper nicknames including Knifehurst and Bottlehurst but the one that stuck was Razorhurst. Blancmange Productions returns this year with another true crime event that dives into the actual locations of murder and revenge during some of Sydney’s bloodiest years.

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Spirit: a retrospective 2021 | Bangarra Dance Theatre

Image by Jacquie Manning

After a long interruption to performing in 2020, Bangarra return to the stage with Spirit, a show comprised of pieces from their repertoire over 31 years. The performance represents an opportunity for healing and reconnecting as Artistic Director Stephen Page says, “Dance is our medicine, a practice which connects the past, present and future through the communication, and passing on, of cultural knowledge.”

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Humans 2.0 | Circa

Image by Yaya Stempler

Much of circus is about the spectacle; making unbelievable feats of human strength and agility effortless and entertaining. After the success of Humans at Sydney Festival in 2017, Circa returns with the revamped Humans 2.0 which examines touch, intimacy, connection in the wake of COVID-19.

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Dislocation | Wild Hearts Youth Dance Company

Image by Josh Groom

Childhood is a precious time of freedom and imagination that we feel an innate desire to protect but not all children receive adequate protection. In Dislocation, eleven children navigate abandonment in a story of resilience and teamwork.

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Wooing People in Isolation | Silvio Di Baci

This year has been incredibly challenging for many reasons. One of which has been isolation from friends, family, and (potential) lovers. So how has this time alone been for the Italian stallion of Melbourne’s northern suburbs? Has quarantine tempered his steamy ways or only fanned the flames of his passions?

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SmartFone Flick Fest 2020

Image Still from Distant Friends by Jill Kingston and Molly Haddon

Australia’s international smartphone short film festival is back in 2020 to show off some of the best amateur and professional films shot with just the technology of a smartphone or tablet. All entries are competing for the opportunity to have their films screened in cinema and for prize packs totalling over $40,000.

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Theatresports Cranston Cup Grand Final 2019 | Impro Australia

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Image by Stephen Reinhardt

As another year comes to a close, Impro Australia gathers the best of the best theatresports teams from around Sydney to compete for the prized Cranston Cup in four rounds of improvised fun and theatrics. Hosted by Cranston Cup winning duo Mantaur, Harry Milas and Rob Johnson, the competition promised to celebrate the weird, the wonderful, and the entirely made up.

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Hans: Like a German | Eternity Playhouse

From the musical heritage of The Sound of Music (one border removed) comes a glittering, shimmying spectacle named Hans. Garbed in lederhosen, leotards, and leopard print, the German diva remixes some pop favourites with a polka twist for a night full of laughter and cheer.

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Mea Culpa | FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatre

Image by Heidrun Lohr

The audience enters a smokey display room or warehouse space with frozen mannequins in tense suspension of the entrance of their leader. Under her authoritarian instruction the ensemble bend and eventually break out of their restrictive moulds to take control over their own bodies. Mea Culpa is an abstracted exploration of female bodily autonomy and the power of cooperation to overthrow systems of oppression.

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Illume | Movement and Dance Society

Image by Ethan Fong

With over 140 dancers and more than 30 choreographed dances, the 2019 major production for Sydney University’s Movement and Dance Society (MADSOC) came out big and bold. Illume hopes to communicate the many unique facets of the human experience through the body’s language of dance.

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