#27: 1986 The Wharf


16 August 2019

Sydney Dance Company moved into their now-iconic home of the Wharf in 1986.

Janet Vernon rehearsing at the Wharf.

The ironbark perch was the perfect place for the growing company to stretch its limbs, with a meditative soundtrack of rippling water, distant views of the Harbour Bridge, and (rumoured, occasional) sightings of bull sharks.

Rehearsals taking place at the Wharf.

Once a maritime outpost, the 1900s wharves were on their way to becoming a cultural precinct, with Sydney Dance Company and Sydney Theatre Company blazing the trail for Bangarra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and many others.

The Wharf in 2018. Photo by Pedro Greig.

The transformation is ongoing: piers 2/3 and 4/5 are currently undergoing a $245 million renovation, which will see Sydney Dance Company take possession of five new studios next year.

The Wharf transformation artist drawing.

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