The world premiere of immersive audio installation and workshop After the Flood, a hopeful tale of how communities thrive in the future despite the climate crisis, leads the spring program of events and practical participatory experiences of the Opera in its Creativity Centre.
Developed by Melbourne-based performance company Triage Live Art Collective, After the Flood imagines a world five hundred years in the future where humans have created new life on water following rising sea levels. Audiences aged 7 to 11 and their families are invited into a calm and magical world to listen to children talk about this distant future. After The Flood explores the power of storytelling, courage and our relationship with the sea. The performance is followed by a hands-on workshop.
Tamara Harrison, Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning at Sydney Opera House, said: “Empowering works like After The Flood help give parents and children the language that can help make sense of to a world in crisis and shows how creativity can support uncertain futures After The Flood, Sydney Opera House BUILD’s second public lecture, and events with Rahim AlHaj and Bibi Goul Mossavi support the Opera’s commitment to United Nations Global Goals, where we imagine a better, more equitable and sustainable future by using our cultural impact to be a catalyst for change.
“The spring program offers 17 free and paid activities for all ages – from babies in arms to senior citizens and everyone in between – brought to life by the artists and creators behind the world-class performances presented on our stages and industry leaders in architecture and the arts.”
The busy program for adults in September, October and November includes:
- Dance Velvet Rewired – set the dance floor on fire in this contemporary disco workshop, with dance moves from the next season of Sydney Opera House’s Velvet Rewired – for ages 16 and up;
- Rahim AlHaj: Stories and the Oud – an intimate performance and storytelling experience with the Grammy-nominated Iraqi American oud virtuoso and composer – for ages 16 and up;
- Beading Workshop with Dorr-e Dari – learn the art of Afghan beadwork to create your own keychain with Bibi Goul Mossavi, co-developer of PYT Fairfield’s award-winning production Dorr-e Dari, while enjoying a conversation intercultural around cardamom tea and traditional Afghan cakes – from 12 years old;
- Spring for Seniors – a monthly dance theater workshop with dance artist, educator and filmmaker Diane Busuttil for seniors 55+ to get moving and explore creative expression. A gentle class that will develop strength, mobility, improve balance and increase hand-eye coordination, memory and musicality – followed by conversation and coffee;
- BUILD: Life Under Water – the second public lecture in the Sydney Opera House’s pioneering built environment program BUILD, presented in partnership with the Ove Arup Foundation. This talk will feature spatial designer and Budawang artist, Dr. Danièle Hromek, alongside industrial designer and Reef Design Lab founder, Alex Goad, in a conversation about how human-centered design and the non- people come together for the future of our marine environments;
- Architecture Club – a suite of Saturday afternoon workshops for design enthusiasts, inspired by the unique genius of Opera House architect Jørn Utzon. The September session explores Utzon’s connection to its local forest and how we can see nature-centred designs in Sydney and across Asia – for ages 12+; and
- Big Heart Sing – a free monthly public choir run by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs for singers of all abilities to share the joy of community singing – for ages 18+.
- Rain – a compelling, intimate and immersive sensory experience for babies 0-12m and their caregivers, which introduces the next generation of audience members to the bounty of rain through sound, touch and performance; and
- Baby Music Jam – an interactive introduction to music for babies 0-2 years old and their caregivers, through singing and musical instruments.
- Bulnuruwanha (Taking Flight) – a dance workshop and performance, choreographed by Emily Flannery of Bangarra Dance Theatre, which explores the Wiradjuri dream stories of the magpie, wagtail, kookaburra and cockatoo for children ages 5 and up more and their families;
- Dancer for a Day – a three-hour school holiday workshop for 9-11 year olds where ballet, contemporary and hip hop combine to create a beautiful explosion of dance led by award-winning dancer and choreographer Charemaine Seet;
- Alien Invasion – a three-hour school holiday workshop and interactive quest with theater artist Alison Bennett where 5-8 year olds will help find an alien baby who has been left behind at the Opera House;
- Shadow Puppets – a one-day workshop during school holidays by internationally acclaimed theater maker and visual artist Jumaadi that introduces children ages 9-12 to the art of Indonesian shadow puppetry (wayang kulit);
- Free Sunday morning creative experiences for 7-11 year olds and their families led by Laotian-Australian artist Anney Bounpraseuth, including Bare Your Bones, a special Halloween-themed session.
For all ages
- The free monthly Draw the House: The Sketchbook Tour examines the Opera House and its surroundings through the eyes of an artist and encourages different approaches to drawing, from traditional and observational to experimental and abstract.
Bulnuruwanha is a DirtyFeet production commissioned by the Sydney Opera House, as part of New Work Now, made possible by the Wolanski Foundation.