Performing arts and dance


Breathtaking performances

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 at its theatres and concert halls. The majestic Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most iconic buildings in which to enjoy some of those astonishing performances.

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

Incredible dance and performing arts 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 throughout the year at venues such as the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House and Sydney Lyric Theatre.

The beautiful harbour city is home to Australia's leading arts and dance companies, such as Opera Australia, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre and Bangarra Dance Theatre, the internationally acclaimed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company.

EORA projected onto South Pylon, Sydney Harbour Bridge. Vivid Sydney 2015.

The Australian Ballet has seasons each year at the Sydney Opera House, which sits on the edge of one of world's great natural harbours. The Sydney Opera House's extensive program of shows includes opera, classical music and plays too. Opera lovers will delight in the outdoor Handa Opera in autumn, with the spectacular backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour.

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 historic timber wharves. A stroll from The Rocks, be sure to see a performance or 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'll see classical works and plays by outstanding Australian writers.

Belvoir St Theatre, in Surry Hills, is one of Australia’s most respected theatre companies. The Enmore Theatre in Newtown, the Seymour Centre at the University of Sydney, and the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta all have exciting programs and you can watch more riveting works at smaller theatres such as the SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross.

  1. Talk and Tease - Stand-up Comedy Meets Burlesque

    Thursday 8 December to Thursday 14 September 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Talk and Tease is a cheeky, new cabaret that features a mixture of stand up comedy and burlesque dance. It brings together some of Sydney's funniest comedians with Sydney's most coveted burlesque performers for a...

    08 Dec -14Sep
  2. Flamenkisimo Presents Luz Y Sombra

    Friday 9 December to Sunday 11 December 2016,

    This December, one of Sydney’s finest flamenco ensembles, Flamenkisimo, premiers a captivating new show ‘Luz y Sombra’ (Light and Shade). ‘Luz y Sombra’ will explore the contrasting dynamics, tempo changes and complex...

    09 Dec -11Dec
  3. U.S.Oh! Show - A Night of Americana

    Friday 9 December to Friday 30 June 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Guys, shine your shoes and Gals, gloss your lips! Come down to the Bamboozle Room, Potts Point on a Friday night and get some much deserved R and R...that's an order Private!The "U.S.Oh! Show - A night of...

    09 Dec -30Jun
  4. Swan Lake

    Tuesday 20 December to Wednesday 21 December 2016, Pyrmont

    Russia’s critically acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre returns to Australia with two magnificent Tchaikovsky ballets in one thrilling season. The immortal Swan Lake and the beloved Christmas special The Nutcracker...

    20 Dec -21Dec

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