Sydney Festival 2009


The legendary Grace Jones, part of the Sydney Festival line-up.
The legendary Grace Jones, part of the Sydney Festival line-up.

Well, it is Sydney Festival time again, and this year has to be one of the best in recent memory. I had the near-religious pleasure of seeing the one and only Ms Grace Jones at the Festival First Night in the Domain last evening, along with around 250,000 of my closest friends. Having been a devoted Jones fan since a tender age (about 9, in fact. Very innapropriate, but I think the Slave to the Rhythm video did something instrumental to my immature little mind), I could not pass up the chance to see her in the flesh, as it were. With a different Philip Treacy head-piece and costume for each song, the woman shows no sign of slowing down even though she is in her sixth decade on the planet. You can experience the icon which is Grace Jones too, if you are anywhere near the Enmore Theatre, from tonight until the 13th.

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If Grace Jones isn’t enough (a sentence I never envisaged writing), there is a ridiculously wide variety of performances, exhibitions, concerts and happenings on offer during the month of January.

La Clique are returning for a repeat season after their sell-out shows last year, offering “an inspired melange of cabaret, new burlesque, circus and contemporary vaudeville, La Clique is sexy, funny and dangerous.” It also features a man in a playboy bunny costume.

Over the 17th and 18th of January legendary Australian musician and all-round morose crooner Nick Cave presents ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’, conceived as a counterpoint to large commercial rock festivals, All Tomorrow’s Parties is “a music event unlike any other”.Think the like of The Necks, The Saints and Spiritualized, all in the heritage-listed surrounds of Cockatoo Island, in the middle of Sydney Harbour.

From 18th-22nd January Malthouse Melbourne present The Tell-Tale Heart, adapted and directed by Barry Kosky after the work by Edgar Allen Poe. As the guff states, “together with Austrian actor and angelic singer Martin Niedermair, Barrie Kosky creates a thrilling voyage into the morbid and fascinating world of the “Master of Horror” with a performance that is sharpened to steely perfection – straight to the heart”. I’m, like, totally there.

I could list all the other stand-out performances on offer, but I think it best to graze for yourself. Check out the Sydney Festival website and start planning what could be a very busy January…

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