05 February 2009


Here is a selection of some of the best images from Sydney Festival 2009. A big thank you to our wonderful Festival photographers Prue Upton and Trent O'Donnell for their tireless work capturing the Festival through their lenses - night and day, rain or shine.

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After the success of his debut album For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver enchants the audience with his soulful voice and atmospheric instrumentation at City Recital Hall Angel Place. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 2. The splendour of Clifton Gardens at sunrise matches the beautiful voices of the Philharmonia Choirs during Dawn Chorus. Image: Trent O'Donnell.

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds delight the masses at All Tomorrow's Parties on Cockatoo Island. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 4. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds rock Cockatoo Island. Image: Prudence Upton.

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Quirky Parisian chanteuse Camille entertains with her high energy performance. Image: Trent O'Donnell. Photo 6. Hayley McElhinney, Pamela Rabe and Luke Mullins passionately take the stage in Sydney Theatre Company's The War of the Roses. Image: Tania Kelley

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Sydney enjoys a night under the stars at Samsung Mobile Festival Garden. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 8. Movers & Shakers kicks off Sydney Festival 2009 with a myriad of unique dances in Martin Place during Festival First Night. Image: Jamie Williams

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Martin Hayes leads the Masters of Tradition at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 10. Many dedicated fans queue outside the Tix for Next to Nix booth in Martin Place every morning during the Festival. Image: Trent O'Donnell.

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A performance by The Fondue Set as part of Movers & Shakers. Image: Jamie Williams. Photo 12. Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová perform their heartfelt songs in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Image: Prudence Upton.

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Sporting the sculptural hats of Philip Treacey, Grace Jones blows the crowd away with her grand theatrics on Festival First Night. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 14. St. Vincent fills The Famous Spiegeltent with her swirling indie-pop sounds. Image: Prudence Upton.

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Fanfare Ciocărlia and the Gypsy Queens & Kings at the State Theatre gets the crowd up and dancing. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 16. The Gypsy Queens & Kings liven up the crowd on the Hyde Park Fountain Stage during Festival First Night. Image: Trent O'Donnell.

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The huge audience watching iiNet Films Afloat's screening of Run Lola Run with a live soundtrack by The Bays in Darling Harbour. Image: Trent O'Donnell. Photo 18. A scene from Budapest's Katona Jozsef Theatre's production of Ivanov. Image: Trent O'Donnell.

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Kristin Hersh performs Paradoxical Undressing in the intimate Bosco Theater. Image: Trent O'Donnell. Photo 20. A scene from Robert LePage's Lipsynch. Image: Prudence Upton.

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Marawa in La Clique thrills audiences at The Famous Spiegeltent. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 22. There was much fun to be had making elaborate tribal headdresses during Kids in the Garden. Image: Prudence Upton.

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Eska Mtungwazi sings for Matthew Herbert Big Band. Image: Trent O'Donnell. Photo 24. The crowd performs 'The Sydney' during Festival First Night. Image: Jamie Williams.

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The dancers from Christopher Wheeldon's Morphoses strike intricate poses during their performance of Commedia. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 26. Moscow Art Trio performing at The Famous Spiegeltent. Image: Prudence Upton.

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A scene from Nature Theater of Oklahoma's No Dice. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 28. A scene from the Australian premiere of Being Harold Pinter. Image: Trent O'Donnell.

Photo 29.
The crowd enjoys Aron Ottignon's performance on the piano at Harry's Café de Wheels as part of the Play Me, I'm Yours project. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 30. Reggie Watts outside the Bosco Theater, his "home" for the Festival. Image: Prudence Upton.

Photo 31.
The crowd relaxes with a drink in the Domain before The Gypsy Queens & Kings fire up at Festival Jazz. Image: Jamie Williams. Photo 32. The magical world of Patricia Wrightson's novel comes to life on stage in Erth's The Nargun and the Stars. Image: Prudence Upton.

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A Festival intern experiencing the strange sensory journey of The Smile Off Your Face. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 34. The Flying Fruit Flies Circus cast wows audiences in their performance of The Promise. Image: Prudence Upton.

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A view of the crowd in The Domain during Festival First Night. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 36. Risteárd Cooper & Rebecca O'Mara star in Brian Friel's The Yalta Game. Image: Trent O'Donnell.

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Edgar Allen Poe's haunting short story comes to life with Barrie Kosky's The Tell-Tale Heart. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 38. Dawn Chorus at Balmoral Beach. Image: Prudence Upton.

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Fresh from his Big Band performance at Sydney Opera House, Matthew Herbert mixes up a storm at The Famous Spiegeltent with a booty-shaking, genre-defying DJ set. Image: Prudence Upton. Photo 40. Wendy Houstoun incorporates dance and spoken word in her performance of Desert Island Dances. Image: Prudence Upton.

1 comment:

Johan Donald said...

Wow.. What a excellent series of Sydney Festival photos.. Thanks for this..