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Lighting up the stage again in 2021

Tuesday, 01 September 2020


Thanks to Western Australia’s success in limiting community transmission of COVID-19, WAAPA at Edith Cowan University has returned to face-to-face teaching for the second semester of 2020.

While the past six months has been challenging for all tertiary institutions, WAAPA’s staff were able to move to online delivery of teaching and learning with minimal disruption.

Now with students back on campus in classes, studios, workshops and rehearsals, WAAPA is setting its sights on next year’s performance program.

Renowned for the sheer number and diversity of its performances, WAAPA lays the path for the smooth transition from student to professional. The hundreds of concerts and performances that are staged annually from across the genres of acting, music, opera, dance and performance making, are supported by Production and Design students who specialize in lighting, sound, stage management, costume and set design.

This represents more productions and more diversity than any other production venues or arts training institutions in Australia.

After a disappointing year of COVID-cancelled performances, WAAPA is hoping to get back to performances for full capacity audiences next year – and when audiences see the exciting shows that are on offer, full capacity will definitely be needed!

In 2021, lovers of music theatre can look forward to the romantic comedy Crazy for You at His Majesty’s Theatre, while Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods will find its way to the State Theatre Centre’s Studio Underground, and the Kander and Ebb classic, Cabaret, gets a showing at WAAPA.

WAAPA’s Opera and Music students will perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic masterpiece, The Pirates of Penzance.

Rescheduled due to this year’s travel restrictions, Icon: An Extraordinary Event has now been slated for performance at the end of next year when hopefully the artists involved will be free to travel to Perth. This international first, supported by the Minderoo Foundation, celebrates one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century, Pina Bausch.

Two artists from Pina Bausch’s celebrated dance company in Germany, Tanztheater Wuppertal, will remount Bausch’s Tannhäuser Bacchanal* on the WAAPA dance students. In a real coup for WA dance, this is the first time this piece will be performed outside of Germany and the first-ever performance of a Pina Bausch work in Perth. Also coming to Perth for this extraordinary season is Australian dance legend and former member of Tanztheater Wuppertal, Meryl Tankard, who will remount her all-female piece, Chants de Mariage.

Musical highlights in 2021 include the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra performing Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition under the baton of Peter Moore OAM, plus the return of popular annual concerts featuring WAAPA’s Jazz, Contemporary and Music Artist students.

Full details of the 2021 Performance Program will be released in January next year.

*Tannhäuser Bacchanal is remounted with kind permission and support from the Pina Bausch Foundation/Wuppertal.

Media contact

For all media enquiries, please contact:

Anton Maz, Marketing Manager
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mt Lawley WA 6050
(+61 8) 9370 6817 |


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