Dance and performing arts


From timeless classics in ballet and opera to dazzling contemporary dance, Sydney will take your breath away with exciting seasons of dance and performing arts in its theatres and concert halls. The Sydney Opera House is an iconic building in which to enjoy some of those astonishing performances.

  • Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Carmen
  • Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Dazzling performances in Sydney

Sydney is Australia's cultural capital where you'll find marvellous performances of ballet, opera and contemporary dance, as well as symphonies, drama and comedy. Seasons run a various times of the year and the exciting events calendar lists shows and venues such as the iconic Sydney Opera House.

This beautiful harbour city is home to Australia's leading arts and dance companies, including Opera Australia, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, and Bangarra Dance Theatre, the internationally acclaimed indigenous contemporary dance troupe.

The Australian Ballet has seasons each year at the Sydney Opera House, which is on the edge of one of the great natural harbours in the world. Opera lovers will delight in the outdoor Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in autumn, with the spectacular backdrop of the World Heritage-listed white sails.

Bangarra Dance Theatre

The Sydney Dance Company is one of Australia's most innovative performance companies. Artistic director Rafael Bonachela leads the contemporary dance troupe at Walsh Bay, a lively arts precinct with performance venues on heritage finger wharves. You can even take a dance class of your own.

Walsh Bay is also home to Bangarra Dance Theatre, which tells the story of the Dreamtime through contemporary dance. Nearby are the Sydney Theatre Company and the Roslyn Packer Theatre, where you can reserve your seats for musicals, dance, plays and other enticing performances.

The Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, the Seymour Centre at the University of Sydney, the Enmore Theatre in Newtown, and the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta all have exciting programs. You can watch more riveting works at smaller theatres in Potts PointKings Cross and Darlinghurst.

  1. Southern Lights, Northern Lights

    Wednesday 28 June 2017, City Centre

    World-renowned children’s choir Gondwana Voices celebrates its 20th anniversary with only one Sydney performance of Southern Lights, Northern Lights before embarking on a major tour of Northern Europe and Iceland. Led...

    28 Jun
  2. Thais - Opera at Sydney Town Hall

    Saturday 22 July to Monday 24 July 2017, City Centre

    There are wonderful things to do and see in Sydney, but no trip to Sydney is complete without a little music. Prepare for the most impressive night you’ve ever had. For all the fame and beauty of the music...

    22 Jul -24Jul
  3. Parsifal - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Wednesday 9 August to Monday 14 August 2017, City Centre

    There are wonderful things to do and see in Sydney, but no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to its most famous building. And the best thing to do when you visit the Sydney Opera House is to come inside and...

    09 Aug -14Aug
  4. A Taste of Omega: The Piano

    Wednesday 30 August 2017, City Centre

    Get to know the performers and instruments of Omega Ensemble, in the captivating lunchtime series, A Taste of Omega. Take time out from your busy day with exquisite chamber music performed by some of the finest...

    30 Aug

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