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Calls for Turnbull government to support live performance as audience growth remains slow


While Australia’s live performance industry grew its revenue and ticket sales in 2016, industry body Live Performance Australia (LPA) is calling on the Turnbull Government to step up and make good on its innovation and jobs agenda for the sector. The industry last year made $1.43 billion with 18.78 million tickets sold to performances. Those figures represent

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Yothu Yindi reforms for 25th anniversary of Treaty at Sydney Opera House’s Homeground


In 1991, Australian band Yothu Yindi had an unexpected dancefloor hit with Treaty, a song responding to then Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s promise of a treaty between black and white Australia. The track, performed in both English and Yolngu language, not only charted in Australia, but went to number 6 on the US Dance Club Songs chart with the Filthy Lucre

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Australia Council announces leading artists for 2017 fellowships


The Australia Council has announced the recipients of its 2017 fellowships, recognising and supporting artists working across theatre, dance, music, visual arts and literature. The fellowships are worth $80,000 each over two years and will go to eight artists creating work across Australia. They’re awarded once a year, with applications for next year’s fellowships open

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The Australian Ballet reveals 2018 season including new Spartacus

Dance, News & Commentary, Stage |

The Australian Ballet will premiere a new version of Spartacus in 2018, choreographed and reimagined by Lucas Jervies. The ballet is particularly popular with Australian audiences, with the company’s 1990 production a perennial favourite. The company will also pay tribute to choreographer Graeme Murphy, who joined The Australian Ballet 50 years ago. Murphy is a kind of greatest hits package, featuring highlights

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David Atkins to direct the Helpmann Awards for three years

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

The Helpmann Awards ceremony looks set for a major rejig, following the appointment of a new production team for 2018-20. Live Performance Australia (LPA) today announced David Atkins OAM has been appointed Artistic Director with Will Sheehan as Executive Producer and Dawn Martin as Production Director. Atkins has a long history of directing both theatre

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The Australian Ballet says ‘YES’ to same sex marriage

Dance, News & Commentary, Stage |

At last night’s Melbourne opening of Christopher Wheeldon’s sumptuous Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Australian Ballet leant its voice to the marriage equality movement. During the curtain call, dancers from the company held balloons in the shape of love hearts, and letters spelling out ‘YES’, as well as posters encouraging people to vote for the legalisation of same-sex

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Stunning ultra-slow motion photography shows Australia’s leading dancers in a new light

Dance, News & Commentary, Stage |

“The decisive moment of a dance ‘extension’ is a wondrous sight but it’s over in an instant,” says Melbourne-based photographer Niv Novak. “What if this instant in time could be extended or elongated?” Novak’s new work, extension features some of Australia’s leading dancers in ballet, contemporary and break dance, shot in ultra-slow motion. The resulting video extends spectacular,

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Will private philanthropy save the arts in Australia? Survey reveals extraordinary growth


The Australian Major Performing Arts Group has today released the results of its annual philanthropy survey, showing that income from donations, corporate sponsorship, and fundraising to our major performing arts companies grew by 15.2 per cent in 2016. The survey showed revenue from these private streams grew by $12.6 million to a total of $95.7 million from

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