Dance and Performing Arts

Enjoy stunning dance and performing arts performances in Sydney. From ballet and contemporary dance to opera and Aboriginal dance theatre, both local and touring companies offer the chance to experience exciting performances across the city.

What’s on

  • Magic Mike at The Entertainment Quarter
  • Nexus at Seymour Centre
  • Spirit: a retrospective 2021 by Bangarra Dance Theatre at The Headland at Barangaroo Reserve
  • EIREBORNE at Riverside Theatres
  • Moscow ballet La Classique at State Theatre
  • Romeo and Juliet by the Australian Ballet at Sydney Opera House

The Australian Ballet presents Romeo and Juliet, Sydney

Dance in Sydney

The beautiful harbour city is home to some of Australia's leading dance companies, including Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre, the internationally acclaimed indigenous contemporary dance troupe.

The Australian Ballet puts on a number of productions each year at Sydney Opera House. The company is considered one of the best in the world and the 2021 season will see performances of Counterpointe, Romeo and Juliet and New York Dialects.

The Australian Ballet presents New York Dialects, Sydney

The Sydney Dance Company is one of Australia's most innovative performance companies. Artistic director Rafael Bonachela leads the contemporary dance troupe, based at their newly studios at Walsh Bay.

Bangarra Dance Theatre are also based in Walsh Bay. The company is Australia's leading First Nations performing arts company, drawing on more than 40,000 years of culture, embodied in contemporary movement.

Bangarra’s Knowledge Ground, Carriageworks

Opera in Sydney

There’s no better way to enjoy Sydney Opera House, than by experiencing an Opera inside the sails. Opera Australia, the resident Opera company presents an extensive season of works each year, with 2021 offering performances of The Merry Widow, Tosca and Bluebeard's Castle.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour takes place each autumn on a magnificent floating stage over the harbour. Make sure you arrive early to enjoy drinks or dinner at one of the pop-up bars and restaurants on site.