2012 was certainly quite the year for Carriageworks, the urban arts centre that resides in the old Eveleigh Rail Yards. Its first comprehensive annual program, which included partnerships with major events like the Sydney Festival and the Biennale of Sydney, saw a whopping 220,000 people (double its 2011 numbers) visit the still relatively young institution.

Having successfully wrapped up another year with the Sydney Festival, the Redfern venue welcomes two new partnerships in 2013, presenting Australian Fashion Week and Sydney Contemporary in the coming months. And in welcome news for those holding the purse strings a little tighter this year, all ticketed events in the program can be snapped up at a flat rate of $35.

Read on for our top picks from Carriageworks’ artistic program for 2013.

Slow Dances for Fast Times
Critically acclaimed choreographer Martin del Amo creates 12 portraits, each representing a different act of solitary defiance against an environment of conformity. Each solo dance is set to a disparate and distinct soundtrack, making the entire work reminiscent of a concept album.
March 6–9

Birds with Skymirrors
Performed to global acclaim at Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Holland Festival (Netherlands) and Edinburgh International Festival (UK), climate change is the focus of this confluence of dance, ceremony and poetry by Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio. An intriguing work, Birds with Skymirrors skirts the line between theatre and dance.
May 1–4

Stories Then & Now
How much does our past inform our present? War robs a father of his children, obliterates a young woman’s village and deprives a young man of his ambitions. Six Asian Australians tell their personal stories of determination and defiance in a contemporary Australia.
May 22–25

Fight the Landlord
Three girls sit around chatting about celebrity gossip, property prices, love affairs, living off their parents and 3D films. Sounds like an average Friday night, no? Except, the girls are dressed as pandas, surrounded by a forest of plastic trees and begin a card game intriguingly termed ‘Fight the Landlord’. Not for the faint hearted (it is presented in Mandarin, with English subtitles), this comical theatrical performance aims to test the boundaries of relationships.
October 2–5

The full 2013 program can be found at carriageworks.com.au.