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Sydney Festival and Speak Percussion are seeking 16 local community participants to take part in the Sydney premiere of Liza Lim's Atlas of the Sky (Performance of the Year - 2019 Art Music Awards).

Atlas of the Sky is a work of dramatic and ritualistic power by acclaimed composer Liza Lim. The work is scored for solo soprano and three percussion soloists juxtaposed against the driving rhythms, swarming percussion and vocal sounds from a crowd of performers. Atlas of the Sky tells stories about the stars, the power of crowds, and changing constellations of memory.

This is an exciting opportunity to perform on stage alongside amazing percussionists and Australian soprano, Jessica Aszodi. 


The crowd will consist of a community of trained and untrained volunteer participants, who will create large-scale patterns that counterpoint the turbulent rhythms of our contemporary world. 

The crowd will be required to perform on small percussion instruments and to sing/recite in sections of the work. They will be an on-stage presence for the entire one-hour piece and will need to be capable of standing and moving for the duration of the performance. During rehearsal periods the crowd will be coached by Speak Percussion's Artistic Director, Eugene Ughetti, and Artistic Associate, Kaylie Melville.


All rehearsals will be held at The Red Box (Legs on the Wall, 91 Canal Road, Lilyfield NSW 2040).

  • Wednesday January 8, 6-9pm
  • Thursday January 9, 6-9pm
  • Friday January 10, 6-9pm
  • Saturday January 11, 10-5pm
  • Sunday January 12, 10-5pm
  • Tuesday January 14, 6-9pm
  • Wednesday January 15, 6-9pm - City Recital Hall
  • Thursday January 16, 3-9pm (dress rehearsal and performance) - City Recital Hall


To apply to take part in the crowd, please complete the online application form here.

For assistance with your application or to request further information, contact Kaylie Melville ([email protected]).

Applications must be received by 5pm, Friday 6 December 2019.