One of the upsides of the current state in which we find ourselves is seeing how the creative world is choosing to adapt and grow.
One institution that’s decided to turn bat soup into lemonade, is the iconic Sydney Opera House. Although the heart of SOH will forever be live performances in their world-class concert halls, they’ve chosen to weather the coronavirus storm with a steady stream of online performances (check musical genius Jon Hopkins performing ‘Scene Suspended’ in the hallways of the Sydney Opera House above) and the announcement of their new digital program, From Our House to Yours.
The new online program will include full-length performances and talks, never-before-seen footage, podcasts, long-form articles, and behind-the-scenes content. Launching today, new content will be released on the Opera House website every Wednesday, with a weekly schedule announced every Tuesday. Here’s just some of the premiere content dropping for your viewing pleasure this week:
Thursday 2 April: Chanel Miller – Know My Name – PREMIERE
For well over a year, Chanel Miller was known only to the public as ‘Emily Doe’—the survivor who was sexually assaulted in 2015 by college frat boy, Brock Turner. After Turner was found guilty on three felony counts back in 2016, Miller wrote an incredible 7,000 letter to her attacker (that was read over 15 million times) that revealed both her identity and brilliant writing skills. After releasing her powerful book, Know My Name, in the years following, Miller attended the Sydney Opera House’s All About Women festival earlier this year and spoke with Dr. Edwina Throsby about resilience, transcendence and owning your own story and identity. It’s a conversation and is set to premiere on their YouTube channel this Thursday.
Friday 3 April: Dance Rites 2019
Last November, Australia’s annual First Nations dance competition returned with more than 350 performers from across Australia meeting on one of the world’s most spectacular outdoor stages: Bennelong Point. Watch highlights of the 2019 event, including outstanding performances from all of the finalists. It’s a powerful show of traditional customs, language and contemporary culture, featuring hundreds of First Nations dancers, and we should be so lucky to be able to get a glimpse into this mind-blowing event.
Sunday 5 April: The Writers Room with Celia Pacquola, Josh Thomas, Luke McGregor, and Dan Harmon
If you’re a fan of Please Like Me, Community, and Rick & Morty, you’re going to enjoy this. The hilarious writers behind these award-winning shows pass on nuggets of knowledge about how they create characters, develop plotlines and deal with deadlines. PSA: If you haven’t yet watch panel member Josh Thomas’ new series Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (streaming now on Stan), you’re sorely missing out. It’s exactly the kind of show that’ll help you to decompress and forget about the outside world for a little bit.
Keep an eye on the Sydney Opera House’s YouTube channel for more content dropping as part of From Our House to Yours, and while you’re there you may as well check out footage from insane past performances… I’ll leave you with Solange’s ‘Cranes in the Sky’ from back in 2018.