Circa’s Yaron Lifschitz – the big arts companies protect no-one by protecting the few

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Dance, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

Yaron Lifschitz, CEO of the Brisbane based circus gave a speech in Sydney at a Currency House Creativity and Business Breakfast last week that challenged the major 28 arts companies (who include the major theatre, ballet and opera companies) that make up the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) to demand their funding pool be opened to anyone who

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Girl Asleep review (Belvoir, Sydney)

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Before writer Matthew Whittet and director Rosemary Myers’ Girl Asleep was a hit indie Australian film, it was a play from Adelaide’s Windmill Theatre Company, one of the country’s leading forces in theatre for young people. The play premiered at the 2014 Adelaide Festival to strong reviews and less than two years later was turned into a film

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The Major Performing Arts companies respond to Yaron Lifschitz’s challenge

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Last week the CEO of the circus/theatre company Circa, Yaron Lifschitz, threw down a challenge to the 28 major arts companies that make up the Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG).  In a speech delivered in Sydney at a Currency House Creativity and Business Breakfast he challenged these companies (who include the major theatre, ballet and opera companies) to demand their

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Lighten Up review (Griffin Theatre, Sydney)

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There’s no doubt that this debut play by Nicholas Brown and Sam McCool has something to say and comes from a perspective too rarely heard on Australian stages. Certainly it has the beginnings of a strong satire on race and racism in the Australian entertainment industry, but the play’s various parts never really come together. Brown, an

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Shakespeare, the eternal pop icon

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In 2016, we mourned en masse the deaths of Bowie and Prince on social media, but 400 years ago, the death of another pop culture icon, Shakespeare, on April 23 1616, went largely unnoticed. His First Folio of works would not be published for another seven years. Here in Australia, that publication’s centuries of British

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Kinky Boots producer and union reach agreement on imported musical stars

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

Australia’s musical theatre community has been speaking out for much of the last year over the rise in international performers winning prized roles in our biggest musicals. We’ve seen imported performers this year in leading roles in productions of Ghost, Kinky Boots, My Fair Lady and Aladdin, and just last month it was revealed that the Australian premiere of Book

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Survey reveals live music and theatre have suffered a huge hit at the Australian box office

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Live Performance Australia has released its annual ticket attendance and revenue survey for 2015, revealing a decline in ticket sales across the sector after two years of growth. Just over 18 million tickets were issued to live performance events in 2015, generating total ticket sales revenue of $1.4 billion. When compared to 2014, revenue is down

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Sydney Dance Company: New Breed 2016 review (Carriageworks, Sydney)

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Now in its third year, Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed has proven itself to be a wonderful laboratory for rising choreographic talents to test new ideas and stretch their choreographic muscles. Those choreographers have been drawn from around the country and within the ranks of Sydney Dance Company’s dancers, many of whom have tried their hand at

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