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. Fleet Foxes

    Friday 26 May to Monday 29 May 2017, City Centre

    Five years since their last, life-affirming shows, American band Fleet Foxes have chosen Vivid Live for their keenly anticipated return to the stage.These only Australian shows for 2017 will be among the...

    26 May -29May
  2. Vivid LIVE

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    Running from 26 May to 17 June 2017, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House is a celebration of ambitious popular music within the city’s annual Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid LIVE is the highlight...

    26 May -17Jun
  3. A Taste of Omega: The Bassoon

    Wednesday 31 May 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...

    31 May
  4. Vivid LIVE — Bill Callahan

    Friday 2 June to Saturday 3 June 2017, City Centre

    Bill Callahan returns to Vivid LIVE for a resonant, evocative show that dives deep into his unique take on classic Americana.Described as his generation’s Leonard Cohen, his underground influence on artists...

    02 Jun -03Jun
  5. Elvis The Wonder of You Tour: Sydney

    Friday 2 June to Saturday 3 June 2017, City Centre

    Elvis The Wonder of You Tour is a triumphant celebration of Elvis Presley™ and his music. It will feature Elvis Presley on state-of-the-art screens that have been specially designed for the arena tour, and backed by a...

    02 Jun -03Jun
  6. Sound Bubble Sound Party

    Friday 9 June 2017, City Centre

    For one night only, City Recital Hall transforms its foyers for a unique sound and light club experience.At the hub is Sound Bubble, a mad-professor style art installation and performance platform in the...

    09 Jun

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