DANCE NEWS


PAC reports that time running out for the government to save the arts sector

Posted on: 31/3/2020 6:00PM

PAC Australia says government funding must come now to save the arts sector. The call comes further to the Meeting of Cultural Ministers last week which failed to make an assistance package available.


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NEW! Virtual Fitness by Performance Medicine and Telehealth sessions

Posted on: 29/3/2020 6:00PM

Performance Medicine remains open during COVID-19 but for those who are unable to get into see the team in person, you can now access your favourite Physiotherapists, Myotherapists and Massage Therapists from your own lounge room or home office. There’s something for everyone! Andrew Pilcher, Senior Physiotherapist from the Performance Medicine team shares that "sessions are effective, a ray of hope for someone in isolation right now and a chance for people to get better from the comfort of their own home".


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COVID19 threatens ongoing viability of performing arts centres

Posted on: 25/3/2020 6:00PM

Performing Arts Connections Australia have said that performing arts centres across the country are dealing with the prospect of ongoing, long-term shutdowns, with the extension of the ban on events and gatherings across the country due to COVID19 affecting ongoing viability of performing arts centres.


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Olivier Awards 2020 – cancellation

Posted on: 24/3/2020 4:00PM

It is with deep regret that The Society Of London Theatre have announced the cancellation of the Olivier Awards 2020 with Mastercard at the Royal Albert Hall on 5 April. Following the government’s advice on social distancing and the subsequent closing of many theatres and public venues, they no longer feel that it is feasible to host the ceremony that they had planned to deliver.


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Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

Posted on: 23/3/2020 6:00PM

Director and Producer, BONNIE LYTHGOE is delighted to announce she has cast ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Judge TRISTAN MACMANUS to play the role of ‘The Prince’ and one Australia’s favourite performers RHONDA BURCHMORE returns for her second Panto to play ‘The Queen’. Young, up and coming performer  ANASTASIA FENERI also returns for her second panto to play ‘Snow White’. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS will this year play exclusively at the all-new Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ from Friday 3 to Sunday 12 July.


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Get ready Queensland – The Tap Pack are heading your way!

Posted on: 22/3/2020 6:00PM

Following sold-out houses on London’s West End, the Sydney Opera House, and most recently on tour in the USA, Australia's hottest tap dance sensation, THE TAP PACK are bringing their high energy, tap comedy show to 16 venues across Queensland this June and July!


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London Theatre Closures

Posted on: 21/3/2020 6:00PM

Following official government advice issued on Monday 16 March, which stipulates that people should avoid public buildings including theatres, SOLT (Society Of London Theatre) and UK Theatre have advised all member venues to close, to help slow the spread of coronavirus. The theatres will remain closed until further notice and will re-open as soon as possible, following government recommendations.


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Everybody’s Talking About Jaime to tour Australia

Posted on: 19/3/2020 6:00PM

The Australian premiere of the critically-acclaimed West End hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, starring Simon Burke AO, Helen Dallimore and introducing James Majoos, will be presented at the Sydney Opera House for a strictly limited season from 18 July – 30 August 2020, as the first season of the national tour.


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Midnight musical in Melbourne

Posted on: 18/3/2020 6:00PM

Stars of stage and screen Shane Jacobson and Rob Mills lead a soon to be announced cast in the world premiere of MIDNIGHT: The Cinderella Musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from June 26.


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Adelaide return season of Objekt by Garry Stewart

Posted on: 17/3/2020 6:00PM

Bringing together two Australian contemporary dance companies, Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) and Co:3 Australia, comes the Adelaide return season of Objekt by Garry Stewart this June at the Dunstan Playhouse SA. Presented by Australian Dance Theatre and Co:3 Australia in association with Adelaide Festival Centre.


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Inspired Dance Film Fest Australia

Posted on: 16/3/2020 6:00PM

Inspired Dance Film Fest Australia: Creative Choreography and Filmmaking will take Center Stage in Australia’s Newest Nationwide Dance on Film Festival 8 November 2020 at Hoyts Cinema Paris, Entertainment Quarter, Sydney. Inspired Dance Film Fest Australia is a nationwide dance on film festival, providing a platform for dancers, choreographers, and filmmakers to explore their creativity on film. The Festival is a fusion of dance and film, combining the two genres of artistic expression to showcase choreography in a short film format. Whilst the focus is on nurturing Australian talent, International submissions are also included.


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Elevate Dance Company, London UK have announced 2020 audition dates

Posted on: 15/3/2020 6:00PM

Elevate Dance Company is based in London UK and have announced their 2020 audition dates May 7th and July 16th. Members of Elevate Dance Company are talented young dancers - professionals, graduates and gap-year students - who wish to gain performance and teaching experience and to express their faith in dance.


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Premiere of Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities in Melbourne

Posted on: 12/3/2020 6:00PM

Dance Informa was at the Melbourne premiere of Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities on March 12th under the Big Top, Flemington Racecourse. The show is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. KURIOS™ – Cabinet of Curiosities has a cast of 46 artists from 16 different countries. About 60% of the artists have already worked with Cirque du Soleil before. The show will head to Adelaide from late May and then to Perth in July 2020. Cabinets of curiosities are the ancestors of museums, also known as cabinet of wonder in the Renaissance Europe. Aristocrats, members of the merchant class and early practitioners of science formed collections of historical relics, works of art or mysterious travel souvenirs or artefacts. 


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Broadway Theatres will close amid Coronavirus concerns

Posted on: 12/3/2020 6:00PM

It’s a sad time for Broadway theatres, who are now temporarily closing beginning 5 PM, March 12, by order of Governor Andrew Cuomo,President of the Broadway League. On April 13th Performances will resume. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that no gatherings of more than 500 people will be allowed, excepting schools, hospitals, mass transit, and nursing homes. That ban will be effective beginning 5 PM, March 13. For gatherings under 500, the seating capacity will be cut in half.


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Jack Frost: the new Australian Musical

Posted on: 12/3/2020 6:00PM

Jack Frost: the new Australian Musical written by Joseph May-Dessmann starring Tayla Muir (Australian Premiere of 'Decoration Day', 'Dreamsong'), Callum Andreas ('Memphis' and 'Lea Salonga: in Concert') and featuring Samm Hagen ('Legally Blonde', 'Ghost') premieres in Melbourne on March 17th at the St Martins Arts Centre in South Yarra.


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Rumbia Festival of Latin Dance

Posted on: 10/3/2020 8:00PM

 RUMBIA Join the party Friday 20 March - Sunday 22 March, 2020 in Prahan Melbourne! Come together and fall in love all over again with a festival designed to teach, inspire and celebrate Latin dance and music.Pack your dance shoes, ready your best party outfits and get ready to join us for the first ever RUMBIA Festival of Latin Dance.


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Harry Potter break ground in Melbourne

Posted on: 10/3/2020 6:00PM

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has established a new standard for blockbuster plays in Australia, drawing more than 325,000 attendees through the doors of the Princess Theatre in a run now entering its second year. Opening to rave reviews 12 months ago, the production officially celebrated its first birthday on Sunday, 1 March. Meet their new cast members, see their special plaque unveil and go behind the scenes with the Creative Team of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Melbourne by watching their exclusive videos and listening to the latest episodes of their podcast ‘Front Row’. To celebrate, brand new tickets are now on sale.


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International Dance Day Adelaide

Posted on: 9/3/2020 6:00PM

Adelaide is gearing up for International Dance 2020. There will be a Major Flash MOB, Pop-up Flash Mobs and other exciting dance events. The launch of the Major Flash Mob will be at the Adelaide City Council Town Hall on the 20 March at 5:30pm. This is for teachers who are interested in coming to learn The Major Flash Mob to teach in their school.


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Opera Australia and John Frost produce the glorious Cinderella

Posted on: 8/3/2020 7:00PM

Continuing their wildly successful collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless musicals including The King and I and South Pacific, Opera Australia and John Frost have announced they will be collaborating again to produce the glorious Cinderella for the first time in Australia.


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Marquee TV launches in Australia and New Zealand

Posted on: 8/3/2020 7:00PM

U.K. based Marquee TV, a multi-genre performing arts streaming service, have announced its launch into the Australian and New Zealand markets with its full slate of programming available on the web, iOS, Android, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. This recent launch shortly follows its U.K. debut in 2018 and successful expansion into the U.S. market in 2019.


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Rachelle Ann Go to join the superstar line up in Do You Hear The People Sing

Posted on: 5/3/2020 6:00PM

Enda Markey, the producer of Boublil & Schönberg’s DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING, has announced that Rachelle Ann Go, the acclaimed West End and Broadway star, will join the concerts celebrating the creators of Les MisérablesMiss Saigon and more. DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? will have its premiere at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June prior to dates in Sydney and Melbourne.


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Sydney's annual contemporary dance festival returns in March 2020

Posted on: 3/3/2020 6:00PM

March Dance, Sydney's month-long contemporary dance festival is back in 2020 for it's second consecutive year, from Sunday 1 to Tuesday 31 March. 189 artists will engage in 114 events across 26 venues over 31 days, incorporating everything from new dance works to workshops, dance classes, residencies, showings, forums, panel talks and cinema screenings.


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David Hallberg announced as The Australian Ballet’s new Artistic Director 

Posted on: 3/3/2020 10:00AM

Today The Australian Ballet announced the appointment of David Hallberg as its next Artistic Director, to succeed David McAllister, who will retire in December 2020. David Hallberg is one of the ballet world’s most exciting and unique talents and his appointment heralds an exciting new era for both The Australian Ballet and for dance in Australia.


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Mini SPIN! A Deaf-led participatory dance party for children

Posted on: 2/3/2020 6:00PM

From the makers of SPIN comes Mini SPIN, a Deaf-led immersive and interactive dance rave for Deaf, CODA (children of Deaf adults) and hearing children and their families at Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre on 14 and 15 March.


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The Secret Garden cast is announced

Posted on: 1/3/2020 4:00PM

Producers John Frost and Opera Australia today announced the full adult cast for the 25th anniversary production of The Secret Garden which will play at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star from 2 August, then transfer to Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from 13 November.


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The Production Company announces final closure

Posted on: 27/2/2020 6:00PM

The Production Company have closed their doors sooner than originally announced. Their statement says: “given the unique challenges of the current economic climate, we will not be proceeding with previously announced plans to present a musical in May.”


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Opera Australia and John Frost to present another Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece

Posted on: 25/2/2020 6:00PM

Continuing their wildly successful collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless musicals including The King and I and South Pacific, Opera Australia and John Frost have announced they will be collaborating again to produce the glorious Cinderella for the first time in Australia.


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Circa has joined forces with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Posted on: 25/2/2020 6:00PM

In a revolutionary world-first circus performance of Beethoven’s towering 9th Symphony, Circa has joined forces with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) to pay tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), in the year of his 250th birthday.


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Frozen casting announced

Posted on: 24/2/2020 6:00PM

Two exceptional Australian performers have been cast in the lead roles of Elsa and Anna for the much-anticipated Australian premiere season of the hit Broadway musical Frozen the musical. The show will be storming into Sydney from July 2020.


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Audition for Moulin Rouge! The musical

Posted on: 22/2/2020 6:00PM

Announcing Moulin Rouge The musical auditions in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney for the Australian tour of the hit Broadway show! You can submit online now!


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