Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed exists and why it works. Doyle doesn’t have an extensive choreographic resume but has a big hit in this year’s annual season of short new works. Five people shamble on to the stage, mumbling. They wear hazmat suits, or something resembling them. For these women and men the thin, transparent material seems to be more a psychological crutch than anything remotely useful against dangerous substances. Surprisingly Out, Damned Spot! is moving and, even better, is a work that never signals what it’s going to do next. It’s a delight, achieved in just 11 minutes. Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh. Today, 2pm and 8pm. Tickets: $35. Bookings: 1300 723 038 or online. Duration: 75min. recently has found renewed strength and inspiration drawn from David’s memory with Bangarra’s next show, Dubboo, a celebration of his brother’s life. Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh. Today, 1.30pm and 7.30. Tickets: $45-$60. Bookings: 1300 723 038 or online. Cinderella Jerome Kaplan’s surrealistinspired designs for Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella are a masterstroke, rigorously banishing sentimentality and revelling in fabulous visual high jinks. In this Cinderella, made especially for the Australian Ballet, you can hardly get a pin between dream and nightmare, which is as it should be: Prokofiev’s often melancholy and wistful score is the sound of hope tinged with uncertainty. The music is unjustly less famous than the composer’s Romeo and Juliet, and Nicolette Fraillon and the Opera Australia Orchestra, a few brass wobbles apart, did it proud. Sydney Opera House, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Bennelong Point. Today, 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: $35-$286. Inquiries: (02) 9250 7111 or online. Until December 19. which we can watch the retracing of his three voyages in succession: a simple, almost childish didactic tool, yet one that forces us to contemplate something of the extraordinary reality of spending years crisscrossing dangerous and unknown oceans in a small ship. National Library of Australia, Exhibition Gallery, Parkes Place, Canberra. Mon-Thurs, 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1.305pm. Free entry. Inquiries: (02) 6262 1111 or online. Until February 10. California Cool Woody Allen — or his alter ego in Annie Hall — explained the tidiness of the streets of Los Angeles by the fact “they don’t throw their garbage away, they turn it into television shows”. Somehow this barb seems to epitomise the culture of LA in the 1970s as surveyed in this curiously eclectic exhibition, which covers everything from Ed Ruscha’s copious and bland semi-conceptual art to softcore porn of gay beefcake magazines. Cool, indeed, as the title of the exhibition suggests, is the defining quality of the sensibility that underlies these works, or one might indeed say insensibility, for cool is ultimately an attitude of disengagement and indifference. More exactly, it is a superficial aesthetic response to novelty of design without content, belief or conviction. National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Daily, 10am-5pm. Free entry. Inquiries: (02) 6240 6411 or online. Until February.