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WAAPA: 40 Years of Performing Arts Excellence

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

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On Wednesday night in the Richard Gill Auditorium at Edith Cowan University’s Mount Lawley campus WAAPA’s new Executive Dean, David Shirley, unveiled the beloved institution’s 2020 performance program as well as setting out his vision for the future of the Academy alongside some inspiring performances from WAAPA’s staff and students.

Surrounded by guests including The Honourable Kim Beazley AC Governor of Western Australia and encompassing representatives from the West Australian arts, entertainment and cultural sector, Professor Shirley outlined his vision for WAAPA and selected some highlights from next year’s program.

The hugely popular mid-year musical (Mamma Mia!) will move to His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth from 12-18 June, marking the beginning of a three-year partnership between WAAPA and The Perth Theatre Trust. The partnership will ensure WAAPA students have the ability to train and perform in WA's premier arts venues including the Albany Entertainment Centre which will host students from the Contemporary Music program and high school musicians from Albany SHS and Great Southern Grammar in Radio Active (21 August). Meanwhile WAAPA’s pre-professional dance company, LINK, will get to utilise the Studio Underground at The State Theatre Centre for their season, Well (1-3 April).

In an international first, the Minderoo Foundation continues its support of WAAPA through the facilitation of Pina Bausch’s Tannhäuser Bacchanal. This is the first time Tannhäuser Bacchanal has been performed outside of Germany and the first time ever WA audiences will have an opportunity to experience Pina Bausch’s work. This performance is global recognition of the calibre of dance training offered here in WA by the amazing dance faculty at WAAPA. The season this work will appear in is called Icon: An Extraordinary Event and will run from 13-19 November. As well as the Bausch piece, former company members of Tanztheatre Wuppertal, Meryl Tankard and Michael Whaites, will remount works inspired by Pina Bausch with the dance students.

For a full listing of WAAPA 2020 performances, please visit out Performances and events web page.

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