At State Theatre, NSW

Shaolin Warriors

Direct from China, the legendary Shaolin Warriors will return to Australia these October school holidays, punching, kicking and tumbling in a spectacular, dynamic production. Shaolin Warriors is more than a Kung-fu show; it’s a traditional strength through adversity story. Featuring rarely seen Buddhist meditation alongside deadly martial-arts prowess, this breathtaking extravaganza starring 20 kung fu masters follows the journey from a young child’s initiation into the monastery, to achieving fully fledged warrior status through diligent training and study. The original kung fu spectacular, Shaolin Warriors has had audiences around the world gasping in disbelief at the awe-inspiring demonstrations of hypnotic and death-defying feats. From balancing on sharp metal spears to smashing marble slabs with their heads, from the troupe’s incredible synchronization to their proficiency with 18 dangerous traditional weapons, the Shaolin Warriors will amaze audiences beyond the boundaries of their own belief. Over the last 16 years, the Shaolin Warriors have become a worldwide sensation, playing to sell-out audiences and standing ovations wherever they have performed – from North America to the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Tour Promoter, Andrew Kay says “We are thrilled to be bringing this great family show back to Australia. It is wonderful to see family’s of all ages transfixed by the mystical beauty of the Shaolin performance and thrilled by their Warriors amazing feats of strength and endurance”. Supported by stunning scenery, atmospheric music, spectacular lighting and costumes, Shaolin Warriors is the ultimate display of theatre and deadly physical prowess, and a “must-see” for adults and children alike.



At Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, NSW

Sydney Philharmonia: A Sea Symphony

Composers have sought to capture not just the seas sounds, but its mystery, its capacity to excite us with its power, or to calm us with its tranquillity, or to awe us by its immensity. A Sea Symphony was Vaughan Willliams' first Symphony for choir and orchestra and marked his emergence as one of the most distinctive musical personalities of the twentieth century. The sound of the sea permeates the entire work from the sailors' sea shanties "Song for all Seas, all Ships", to the tranquillity of "On the beach at night, alone", and the exulting dramatic waves in "The Waves", and the words the choir sings are by the American poet Walt Whitman. Thirty years earlier Wagner had his hero Siegfried leave his lover Brunnhilde and travel down the Rhine at dawn. Siegfried's particular quest for adventure is depicted by Wagner in a thrilling instrumental interlude which not only describes his journey but also foretells his ultimate doom. In this program, we premiere a choral commission Wonders by eminent Australian composer Carl Vine. The piece draws inspiration from another poem by Walt Whitman, Wonders. The choir, who will number 400, will be joined by acclaimed soprano, Penelope Mills, one of Australia's finest baritones, Christopher Hillier and the talented Sydney Youth Orchestra. Prepare for a thrilling concert event! Conductor: Brett Weymark Soprano: Penelope Mills Baritone: Christopher Hillier Choirs: Symphony Chorus, Festival Chorus Orchestra: Sydney Youth Orchestra