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A new work by Dance Makers Collective and Future Makers for the 2021 Sydney Festival, enjoy performances by Future Makers at the World Premiere of In Situ from 21-24 January 2021 at Parramatta Park, Pitt & Macquarie streets, Parramatta. There are 6 performance times each day at 3, 3.20, 3.40, 5.30, 5.50 and 6.10pm. Get your tickets here.

Audience members are required to bring a phone with internet access and headphones to the performance which has a runtime of 90 minutes. Arrive at least 10 mins prior to scheduled performance time to ensure a COVID safe check-in. Capped at 20 people per performance, latecomers will not be admitted.

Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for walking in the forecast weather conditions. Keep Covid safe and follow government guidelines about masks and social distancing. You'll be taking a walk through Parramatta Park commencing at the George Street Gate and concluding at Buttons Bridge, which is approximately a 1km walk from start to finish. If you require further information about the accessibility of the route or have specific access needs, please contact access@sydneyfestival.org.au or call on 02 8248 6500.


For thousands of years, Aboriginal people gathered and conducted ceremonies in Parramatta Park with some of the first exchanges between traditional owners and colonisers taking place in this landscape. Today the land has changed, buildings have been erected as a city continues to grow around it. In Situ gathers inspiration from the stories of this landscape to present a promenade style performance where 20 audience members are taken on a curated journey through the parklands, witnessing 10 solo dance pieces tied together by the environment and sounds around them. The work is a response to the histories of the park, an exchange with the park, an intersection on the path from the past to the future.

Made by today's choreographers and performed by tomorrow's, the project sees 10 choreographers invited by Dance Makers Collective working with 10 performers from Future Makers, each creating a solo that is part of a tightly curated walk through the park. Through consultation with local elders Peta Strachan and Julie Webb, interviews with locals and historical stories, the work takes audiences through various areas in the park, responding to the valuable cultural, social and historical biography of Parramatta, and the park. Each solo work is tied to the next with sound created by local Western Sydney sound designer Del Lumanta.

Creative Producer Carl Sciberras and Curator Miranda Wheen from Dance Makers Collective have worked with each solo pairing on the curatorial framework of the overall experience. According to Miranda, "In Situ is a feast for the senses. Your own feet provide a steady beat as a rich aural landscape plays in your ears. Dancers moving in and out of the landscape evoke memories, futures, hopes, perhaps nightmares. This has all the pleasures of a walk in the great outdoors and so much more". Be sure to come along and experience it for yourself and immerse yourself in our cultural history. For other exciting Sydfest Events, see here.

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Why? In Situ - a collection of hidden dances at Sydfest 2021
When: 21 - 24 Jan 2021 - various performance times betwen 3 & 6.10pm
Where: Parramatta Park, Pitt St and Macquarie St, Parramatta, NSW
Cost: $29 plus BF
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