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A CELEBRATION OF SOCIAL LIFE BEFORE SOCIAL MEDIA, WHEN TO MEET WAS TO TALK, LAUGH AND MOVE TO MUSIC TOGETHER.
The Rivoli features some of Australia’s best dancers and a stellar live band. We invite you and your favourite dance partner to be swept into an immersive exploration of mid-century nightlife, desire and social connection.
From the early 1930s to the late 1960s, the Rivoli Dance Palace in Parramatta was Western Sydney’s favourite dance hall. Demolished in 1973 to make way for an office development, now nothing remains of ‘The Riv’ except the stories of the people who danced there.
The action at the Rivoli Ballroom was broadcast on radio stations across Australia’s eastern seaboard for over a decade during the 50s and 60s. It was a place where entire families could gather to share in dancing and music. Today, the venue only exists in the memories of those who danced there.
Throughout this work, you’ll hear the voices of people who danced at the Rivoli, as well as the voices of those who dance now, in this town. Dance has a way of bringing people and communities together in a way nothing else can. But in reflecting and strengthening certain communities, it’s also worth considering how these spaces can exclude others.
The performance contains strobe Lighting and fog and runs for 85 with no intermission. Bar facilities will be available.
TICKETS: $35 Adult, $30 Member, $20 Youth, $80 Family (2A + 2Y)