Ensemble Kaleidoskop

“Kaleidoskop is on a mission to transform the traditional concert-going experience. Founded by cellist Michael Rauter and conductor Julian Kuerti, this young chamber orchestra from Berlin respects musical history, but experiments with context.

“Kaleidoskop wants you to hear things differently, so pay attention to the murmured secrets of their strings as they veer between the classic and the contemporary, the experimental and the orthodox  – W.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Purcell, Ikeda, Dillon and Saunders – in a program that explores the landscape of dreams.”

January 16

2001: a Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey is arguably the most perfect marriage of visuals and sound in cinema history, and recently made it into Sight & Sound’s top ten Greatest Films of All Time. Experience Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking masterpiece with the dramatic power of a live soundtrack from the Sydney Symphony and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and be transported on an unforgettable journey to the infinite beyond.”

January 24–25

About an Hour

“Over a long weekend at Carriageworks, Sydney Festival’s popular About an Hour series is back, with 45 performances of nine diverse works (both free and ticketed) spanning theatre, storytelling, movement and music – all programmed so you can see up to five performances within the one day.  A great way of making many festival discoveries in one go including Ligeti Morphed, a really fresh look at the music of György Ligeti by Ensemble Offspring and electronic duo Oren Ambarchi and Martin Ng.”

January 11–17


“Featuring French actor André Wilms and Amsterdam’s acclaimed Mondriaan String Quartet Bach playing Shostakovich, Ravel, Bryars, Goebbels and Crumb, Heiner Goebbel’s production of Eraritjaritjaka was awarded the Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival and Best Foreign Performance in the Parisian Grand Prix de la Critique. Live music, video and special effects combine to weave a powerful spell. It’s a feast for the senses that is not restricted by the confines of the physical theatre space.”

January 9–13


“A mesmerising marriage of video art and minimal music: four cellists are quite literally surrounded by video columns that radiate images of passing time and the fluidity of eternity. Gorgeous young Lithuanian composer Juste Janulyte takes us on a musical journey with subtle, hypnotic drones. A not-to-be-missed exclusive visit to Australia of this project.”

January 12