The Sydney Festival isn’t on until next January, but a few events have been announced by festival director, Lieven Bertels. We’re thrilled because two of our favourite women, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) and Vivienne Westwood are in the line up, along with legend and non-woman, David Byrne.
Ex Talking Heads man, Byrne, returns to Sydney’s State Theatre with another festival friend, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark). Happenstance brought Byrne and St. Vincent together, but their new collaboration ‘Love This Giant’ feels more like fate. The NYC-based duo bring along a brass band in lieu of a traditional rock line-up, resulting in their boundary-erasing mix of melody, colour and sound.
At Sydney Town Hall, the eccentrically fabulous Semele Walk will take place. It’s the collision of Handel’s dramatic opera, Semele and costumes by fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Semele Walk features models and performers in Westwood couture rampaging the entire length of a 30-metre gleaming white catwalk. The music is vibrant, varied and wild, with Handel’s heroine Semele as the prototype of 20th century punk and Jupiter dressed in a sequinned kilt and diamond-studded socks.
The Festival also announced some changes to its free outdoor program. Symphony in The Domain will be held on Saturday 26 January as part of the Australia Day celebrations. Summer Sounds in The Domain returns on Saturday 12 January.
Tickets for these shows go on sale on September 13, with the full program announced on October 23.
Here’s a recap of the dates and venues:
Semele Walk – Sydney Town Hall, January 11-15
David Byrne & St Vincent – State Theatre. January 17, 18