Destination New South Wales (NSW), the NSW Government’s leading tourism and major events agency, and Sydney Festival have announced the headline act for 2014 – operatic masterpiece, Dido & Aeneas.
Henry Purcell’s Baroque opera will be brought to life by the reigning queen of contemporary dance culture Sasha Waltz during her first visit to Australia.
The production opens with a unique underwater prologue, as dancers are literally submersed in Purcell’s music in a giant, Perspex tank.[ Also Read: Shahrukh Khan in Sydney for Temptation Reloaded ]
The production at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 16-21 January 2014 will feature 60 dancers, singers and musicians from Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Berlin Academy for Ancient Music.
“Sydney in summer is always spectacular particularly as Sydney Festival, Australia’s premier arts and cultural event and a highlight of the city’s vibrant annual events calendar, takes over Sydney’s streets, parks, theatres and iconic locations with an array of dance, opera, theatre and musical performances,” said Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase.
Destination NSW will promote travel packages to the Festival internationally encouraging visitors to experience the wonder of this production in Australia’s cultural capital, Sydney.