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Sydney is home to a number of Australia's leading arts and dance companies, such as Opera Australia, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company and Belvoir St Theatre. The acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia's leading Aboriginal dance company, is also based in Sydney.

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Dance and performing arts in Sydney

Rafael Bonachela's 'we unfold' with members of Sydney Dance Company

Sydney is Australia's most cultured city, and you can be sure to find dance, ballet and opera performances, as well as a thriving theatre program, throughout winter.

The Australian Ballet presents a number of shows in the city's iconic Sydney Opera House over the winter period, including the ballet production of Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and The Dream. The Sydney Opera House's extensive program of shows also includes opera, classical music and plays.

The Sydney Dance Company is one of Australia's most innovative performance companies and has gone from strength to strength under Rafael Bonachela's leadership. Be sure to head down to Walsh Bay for a performance or even take a dance class of your own.

For indigenous performances, check out the world-famous Bangarra. The Bangarra Dance Theatre on Hickson Road is a centre that tells the story of ancient and modern Aboriginal dreamtime through dance.

Just down the road is the Sydney Theatre Company. Expect a choice of classical work mixed with plays by up-and-coming Australian writers.

Belvoir Street Theatre is an iconic venue in Sydney. Each night a new mystery guest from the exemplary roll-call of Indigenous performers is asked 20 questions. The questions are the same every night, but the answers will be very different. The idea is that out of this simple set-up comes a big, rich modern dreaming of story and song and a better understanding of how much more there is still to tell.

The Enmore Theatre is also home to some of the finest Australian-written and directed. As well as plays and bands, comedians perform regularly, and it's a great spot to discover up-and-coming talent.

  • Matilda the Musical

    It has received rave reviews around the globe and now the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical is set to make its Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in July. Based on the novel by acclaimed author Roald Dahl, the elaborate stage show tells the story of an extraordinary young girl who dreams of a better life.
  • Les Misérables

    Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misérables is now playing at the Capitol Theatre. Completely re-imagined with incredible new designs, and an astonishing cast, this is Les Mis like you have never seen it before. Hear classic songs including I Dreamed a Dream, Bring Him Home, One Day More, Do You Hear the People Sing and On My Own.
  • Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Aida

    A setting such as Sydney Harbour demands a spectacular opera, so prepare for a performance of huge proportions. A royal love triangle, a war, and the famous Triumphal March will light up the waters of Sydney’s magnificent harbour. Aida is the biggest opera ever performed on our harbour stage.

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Vivid Sydney light sculpture
Art and culture in Sydney - Vivid Opera House
Exterior view of Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney