SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2021: A homegrown event with a sprinkling of French themes 

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Sydney Festival 2021 starts today and runs until 26 January. Owing to COVID-19 and restrictions on international arrivals, the Sydney Festival does not have any international acts coming to perform. However, that does not mean that there aren’t ways to get your French fix at Sydney Festival 2021.

 

We’ve found 5 shows at Sydney Festival 2021 which have a French theme. We tell you about them below.

 

HEARTLAND 15 JANUARY $49 + BF

https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/heartland

French-Australian violinist Veronique Serret together with didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton come together again in Heartland. Traditional songlines are blended with modern storytelling including poetry from Aunty Delmae Barton. Heartland invites you to landscape, culture, language and Country.

 

THE LAST SEASON – 6-10 JANUARY – $55-$65 + BF

https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/last-season

A provoking dance work created in extraordinary times which explores ageing, environmental destruction, speculative paths to human survival.

The French link? Irish-Breton actor Olwen Fouéré who joins Australian stage icons Paul Capsis and Pamela Rabe and 13 young performers in an intergenerational conversation.

 

THE [UNCERTAIN] FOUR SEASONS – 12-13 JANUARY $25 + BF

https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/uncertain-four-seasons

This project is introduced by Australian of French descent, Damon Gameau who you may know for his Sugar film and the documentary 2040.

The performance harnesses climate prediction data to reimagine Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in an ambitious multimedia collaboration between Australian composers, designers, innovators and scientists.

 

EMILY SUN & ANDREA LAM: FRENCH FAVOURITES – 12 JAN – $69 + BF – JOIN WAITLIST

https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/emily-sun-andrea-lam-french-favourites

London based violinist, Emily Sun, and New York based pianist Andrea Lam will present a program of French composers:

DEBUSSY Clair de lune

BOULANGER Nocturne

DEBUSSY Three Preludes from Book 1:

  1. Les collines d’Anacapri
  2. Des pas sur la neige

VII. Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest

FRANCK Sonata in A major for violin and piano

 

EMILY SUN & ANDREA LAM: PARISIAN SALON – 13 JANUARY – $69 + BF – JOIN WAITLIST

https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/emily-sun-andrea-lam-parisian-salon

London based violinist, Emily Sun, and New York based pianist Andrea Lam will present a program of French composers:

PROGRAM

FAURÉ Violin sonata no.1 in A Major, op. 13

CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23

PIAZZOLLA Three Tangos – Adios Nonino, Oblivion, Escualo

 

So while Sydney Festival 2021 is definitely a lot more local than usual, you can still get a taste of France at the festival. Which shows are you going to see at Sydney Festival 2021?

 

For other things happening in Sydney and around Australia check out our list of events in January

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