It’s circus as performance art and beards across the board when the Québécois Cirque Alfonse brings BARBU to the Sydney Opera House this February. BARBU flings the audience into a fairground time warp of kooky curiosities and feats of spellbinding strength and skill, all inspired by Montreal’s burgeoning circus scene at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.
Murmuration Associate Director Dan Daw's autobiographical solo On One Condition will soon be presented at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in February.
This year, the Ballet Theatre of Queensland (BTQ) celebrates 80 years as the state’s premier youth dance company. To kick off this exciting anniversary season, it will present its adaptation of the Charles Perrault fairytale Cinderella to Brisbane audiences on January 19-21 at QPAC’s Concert Hall.
A new festival of contemporary dance is set to hit Brisbane in February! SUPERCELL will be presented at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts from 18 – 25 February.
Applications close this Friday for Bridge Dance Intensive 2017, being held in February at ACPE, Sydney Olympic Park. Workshop facilitators include Shaun Parker, Dean Walsh and Kay Armstrong.
Australian music favourites Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Marina Prior and Rhonda Burchmore are among the entertainment icons who have joined Arts Centre Melbourne’s 2017 Morning Melodies program. The feel-good concerts held each month at Hamer Hall will showcase an eclectic mix of celebrated Australian and international artists performing an array of musical and dance styles.
Calling all Adelaide musical theatre fans! Have you seen DUSTY The Musical since it opened last week at Festival Theatre? The production runs through 22 January and features an Adelaide native named Baylie Carson playing the young Dusty.
While some details are still being finalised, Melbourne Latin Festival organisers Natalie and Pauline Montano have announced that this year’s MLF theme is “The Great Gatsby.” Past themes have included Arabian Nights, Superheros and Villains, Burlesque, and even Walt Disney. The 9th Melbourne Latin Festival will be held April 7-9 at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance.
In the midst of the holiday season, Melbourne Ballet Company Director and Resident Choreographer Simon Hoy found time to reflect on all his company had accomplished in 2016. Likewise, he also cast his vision for the New Year.
Dancehouse in Melbourne is seeking a new Program Producer. Jessica Morris Payne, who has been serving in the role, is leaving the organisation. Dancehouse wrote in a recent newsletter that Payne’s contribution to the organisation has been “invaluable” and that she will be "dearly missed by everyone.”
In what promises to be one of the biggest theatrical events of 2017 in Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne is bringing Sir Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies to the State Theatre stage from 5 – 9 April. It has just been announced that New Adventures Principal Dancer Dominic North will play the principal role of Ralph alongside Luke Murphy (Piggy) and Dan Wright (Jack) in the Australian premiere. They will be joined by six Australian professional dancers – plus a company of 23 boys and young men who will be cast soon.
Ausdance ACT's TQI-registered Move Up professional learning program provides an invaluable opportunity for regional dance teachers to network, exchange ideas and learn new approaches in a hands-on and engaging environment. The program returns this summer featuring outstanding industry leaders.
The iconic ballroom spectacular Burn the Floor will soon launch its 20th anniversary year at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre on January 6-15! Featuring live singers and a band “re-imagining music from Santana to Led Zeppelin”, the production will present 14 top ballroom dancers in routines choreographed by Peta Roby, based on original choreography by Jason Gilkison.
Yellow Wheel and The Space School of Performance Arts in Melbourne will offer professional development programs for dance leaders and young, pre-professional dancers led by internationally acclaimed artists Lee Brummer and Israel Aloni (of ilDance/Sweden) and Yellow Wheel’s own Artistic Director Adam Wheeler.
It’s not too late to apply to audition for 2017 intake into the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) in Sydney! Audition appointments are still available to make the cut for the start of the first program intake in the New Year. If you’re serious about making a career out of Dance or Musical Theatre, apply now!
The new animated film Ballerina is set to be released in Australia on 12 January 2017. Co-directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin, it stars the voices of actress Elle Fanning, dancer and model Maddie Ziegler, actor Dane DeHaan, and Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen.
The Royal Academy of Dance has partnered with Ausdance NSW to assist independent dance artists residing in NSW through sponsored arts residences. This meets a serious need after a lot of artists' government funding was cut.
South Australia's Terry Simpson Studios will offer its Summer School next month. With qualified professional staff and some of the finest teachers in Australia leading classes, dancers will study Classical Ballet, Pointe, Repertoire, Contemporary, Yoga and Body Conditioning.
The Innovating Dance Practice Grant is an initiative of Ausdance NSW to assist professional dance practitioners residing in NSW to develop and innovate their practice through funds made available by Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. The first round of grant recipients has been announced.
Performing Camps of Australia (PCA) is offering a three-day Summer Dance Camp in 2017. With the minimum age set at 7, the camp will include overnight accommodation, all meals, dance classes, a PCA t-shirt, a drink bottle, an Energetiks Show Bag, plus activities like beach time, trivia night and movie night.
This week, nominations were announced for the 2016 Sydney Theatre Awards, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday, January 23 at the Seymour Centre, a much larger venue than previous years due to the burgeoning popularity of the ceremony. The nominees for the Best Choreography in a Musical Award are Amy Campbell, Andrew Hallsworth and Cameron Mitchell.
How would you like to dance with Kirsty Martin of The Australian Ballet School and David Mack of Sydney Dance Company in NSW this summer? If this sounds like a dream come true and you’re between 3 years old and pre-professional status, then the National College of Dance (NCD) has a summer school for you!
Queensland dance fans, have you heard the exciting news? The Royal Ballet is touring to QPAC in 2017! In exclusive performances, Britain’s flagship performing arts company will present Woolf Works on June 29-July 2 and The Winter’s Tale on July 5-9.
Many cultural luminaries were recognised at this year’s Ruby Awards held on Saturday, December 10 at the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Grainger Studio. Sally Chance, founder of Restless Dance Theatre, won Arts South Australia’s Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution by an Individual.
The International Summer School for Dancers and Dance Teachers returns next month to The McDonald College in NSW. Directed by Jacqui Dumont and Lisa Haack, this program offers Senior Courses (11 to 18 years) and Junior Courses (7 to 10 years) in modern, air-conditioned facilities. Bookings are still being accepted.
Last night’s final for the 2016 Genée International Ballet Competition was held in front a packed audience at the Sydney Opera House. The annual flagship event of the Royal Academy of Dance, the competition attracted 86 of the world’s finest young dancers from 12 countries, aged between 15 to 19 years old and culminated in a final that was judged by David McAllister, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, and Francesco Ventrigilia, Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Prestigious gold medals were awarded to Australian dancers...
Broadway and West End music theatre star Sierra Boggess is set to tour Australia for the first time in late autumn 2017. Known for her leading lady roles in blockbusters like Phantom of The Opera and Disney’s The Little Mermaid, she will visit Sydney’s State Theatre from June 3; Brisbane’s QPAC Concert Hall from June 8; and Arts Centre Melbourne from June 10.
Brent Street, a highly regarded performing arts training centre in Sydney, will soon be hosting its 2017 Summer Camps. If you’re an emerging talent in dance, music or song (and aged from 8 to 18), you’re invited to give those talents an extra boost at one of Brent Street’s weeklong intensive courses.
Melbourne Ballet Company (MBC) will launch its 2017 Season with the world premiere of its triple bill Being & Time. Set for March 11 and 12, it will present three new contemporary ballets by iconic choreographers.
Are you a ballet student aged 7 and up living in or near Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Sydney, Hobart or Auckland? If so, International Ballet Workshops is bringing elite ballet teachers from abroad to your area on its upcoming January 2017 tour!