This week we’re taking a bit of a turn from the usual offerings in our Culture Guide and putting a spotlight on the Sydney Festival. With its curated selection of local and international acts spanning performance, installation and visual arts, the yearly festival takes over north Hyde Park and venues from Camperdown to Campbelltown. Now in its last week for 2018, here’s our pick of the shows not to miss.
Some of the most exciting work not just at the Sydney Festival but across the arts has been attempting to integrate virtual reality or augmented reality into artistic works. This piece of immersive theatre, inspired by the works of Sigmund Freud, takes viewers on a journey through desire, dreams and fear. At the end of the performance, participants will receive a personalised analysis of their psychological state, inviting further introspection and engagement with the originator of psychoanalysis.
Whist runs hourly at Carriageworks six days a week until January 28. Buy tickets here www.ticketmaster.com.au/artist/2427645
The Daisy Theatre
Bawdy, uncouth and cheeky puppets from Canada. Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes brings its outrageous performances to the Seymour Centre for an Australian exclusive. Each night is its own unique performance as Burkett improvises the satire, comedy and musical numbers that make up the performance. What we do know, however, is that the performance will take an irreverent look at the world in its absurdity.
The Daisy Theatre runs from Tuesday to Sunday at 7:30 pm. Buy tickets here www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/the-daisy-theatre
Barber Shop Chronicles
Fresh off a successful run in the UK, Barber Shop Chronicles eavesdrops on the conversations in salons across Africa and in the UK to hear the stories of young African men. Places where community, style and politics interact, Nigerian-born, UK-based poet, designer and playwright Inua Ellams puts these barbershops on the stage to show the dynamic and remarkable world that are discussed and dissected in the mirror.
Tickets for the Barber Shop chronicles are on sale here www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/barber-shop-chronicles
Lisa Reihana Cinemania
This first Australian survey show for Aotearoa New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana, on at Campbelltown Arts Centre, brings together a number of her photographic and video works. Challenging 18th century colonial depictions of the South Pacific, Reihana integrates complex cultural histories into her works that are recognised at being at the forefront of Aoteroa New Zealand’s artistic production.
Entry is free to Cinemania and the exhibition runs until March 29.