Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 14/03/2021
10) Frozen the Musical
14th March onwards
What: From the producers of Aladdin and The Lion King, Disney’s new hit musical Frozen is storming Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Adapted from the Oscar-winning film, Frozen the Musical is expertly brought to the stage by acclaimed Director Michael Grandage, giving life to this beloved story in an all new, unforgettable theatrical experience. An inspiring tale of sisterhood and true love, it features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. With gorgeous sets and costumes as well as sensational special effects, Frozen is everything a Broadway musical should be – moving, spectacular and pure joy.
Why: Just in case you thought Disney was done harvesting every part of this dead horse.
9) Johnny K ‘A Place to Dream’
What: The romantic notion of place is fully embraced by Johnny K in his latest exhibition of paintings. These sublime depictions of the Australian landscape are an evolution – the new vision emerging in the tradition of great Australian landscape painters. Johnny’s bold colour palette and material choices, along with his unique technique and talent create a rare combination of beautiful contemporary art built on traditional foundations. These works are more than a depiction of the artist’s love affair with the land. These are paintings of love – loaded with passion, emotion and positivity. Experience ‘A Place to Dream’.
Why: If this exhibition doesn’t involve flaming koalas, it shouldn’t be considered ‘contemporary’ art.
8) In Conversation: Gerwyn Davies with Hamish Sawyer
What: Gerwyn Davies’s photographs explore the expression of camp as an aesthetic strategy in photographic self-representation. Hear from the artist in conversation with curator and writer Hamish Sawyer as they discuss camp as a performative and aesthetic intensification applied to images and the image-making process itself.
Why: The ludicrously tragic has a photographic exhibition about camp out.
7) Michelle Chanique and Karen Lee: Respond
What: Michelle Chanique & Karen Lee present their latest exhibition ‘Respond’. A collaboration between the two artists working with chance and the everyday where they use seemingly banal, utilitarian objects as a starting point for making thought-provoking and visually engaging works.
Why: The true potential of an object lies in how useless one can make it.
6) Music of the Night
What: Set inside the glorious and historic Garrison Church at ‘The Rocks’, a trio will perform an evening of beautiful music such as Music of the Night, Sound of Music, You Never Walk Alone, Salut D’Amore, O Sole Mio and a program to welcome 2021 in style. Performers include: Touraj Vaziri on voice, Yerim Lee on piano and Jessica An on violin.
Why: Hear some of the most beautiful pieces of music ever constructed performed completely out of context and devoid of most meaning.
5) City Art Free Walking Tour: Chinatown at Night
What: Rediscover the lively streets of Chinatown and Haymarket on a walking tour of inspiring and imaginative artworks on display in this vibrant city. Led by a local art aficionado, you’ll encounter incredible sculptures, installations, light works and murals, each of which tells a unique story.
Why: An art tour with infinite exits.
4) Lawergren & Lowe: Dusk to Dawn
What: Soprano Susannah Lawergren and harpist Georgia Lowe will take you on a night-time journey from dusk to dawn filled with wild dreams and flights of fancy. With new arrangements for soprano and harp of Rusalka’s Song to the Moon, songs by Debussy, Fauré, Strauss, Rachmaninoff and Ross Edwards as well as new compositions by Elena Kats-Chernin, audiences will be surprised and enthralled by the sublime sound of this duo.
Why: Bet you never thought encountering a vision of angels could be so dull.
3) Sculptural Percussion
What: This sculptural percussion installation will be assembled and activated in performance by Niki Johnson, who will be accompanied in sonic duet with flautist/composer/musician Josephine Macken.
Why: Ah, so that homeless guy smacking the dead pigeons with his bloodied hands and screaming wasn’t mentally ill, he was a contemporary artist.
What: Véronique Serret is a genre defying violinist who loves creating sounds on her 6 string violin paired with electronics. Satsuki Odamura is a leading koto player, who has pioneered the teaching and performing of this ancient Japanese instrument in Australia, in collaboration with jazz, World Music and contemporary classical musicians. Experience them both live in this unique fusion performance.
Why: A performance so niche, just by being in the presence of it your IQ rises a couple of points.
1) The Other Art Fair
What: The Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art, gives you the opportunity to meet a curated selection of over 110 independent artists and browse thousands of pieces to suit every budget under one roof. This is an art fair for everyone. Whether you’re a first-time art buyer, seasoned collector, curator, investor, gallery owner, art lover or anything in between, you are guaranteed to find something to add to (or start!) your collection. Plus, with performances, DJ sets, art installations and a fully-stocked bar awaiting you, The Other Art Fair has everything you need to enjoy a cultural day out in a Covid-safe environment.
Why: Why blow your redundancy package on food and rent?