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Free concerts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Postgraduate Research Showcase

WAAPA has a thriving postgraduate research program covering a broad range of performing arts disciplines, with a particular strength in practice-led research.

Opening night: 23rd Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Sep, 7.30 pm
Acting performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
A Lie of the Mind

From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard, A Lie of the Mind probes the decay at the heart of the American dream.

Opening night: 11th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Jun, 7.30 pm
Dance performances at WA Academy of Performing Arts
Rise

WAAPA’s talented dance students rise to new artistic heights in four imaginative and entertaining dance works.

Opening night: 12th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Jun, 7.30 pm
Music Theatre performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
A Chorus Line

Seventeen professional dancers are auditioning for only eight spots in the chorus line of a Broadway show. Through drama, dance and song, A Chorus Line presents a true picture of what it’s like to be in the theatre.

Opening night: 12th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 18th Jun, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
New Directions in Peruvian Music

This exciting musical experience puts the stirring emotional power and rhythmic grooves of Peruvian jazz centre stage.

Opening night: 30th Jul, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 30th Jul, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Massed Sax: Homecoming

Still the biggest saxophone event of its kind in Australia, Massed Sax brings together saxophone players from every corner of Western Australia (and beyond) to join in a celebration of the world’s most versatile instrument.

Opening night: 2nd Aug, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 2nd Aug, 7.00 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Sounds of Brazil

If your only experience of Brazilian music is The Girl from Ipanema, then it's time to broaden your horizons and experience the incredible variety of rhythms and sounds from this exciting, dynamic part of the world.

Opening night: 5th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 5th Aug, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The 'Phone Co. with Strings Attached

This concert brings these virtuoso musicians together with harpist Catherine Ashley and WAAPA’s most outstanding saxophone and harp students in a concert filled with reeds, strings, melody, imagination and groove!

Opening night: 6th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 6th Aug, 7.30 pm
Found Pianos - WAAPA
Three's Company

In this concert, Mozart’s masterpiece keeps company with Beethoven’s first and last piano trios.

Opening night: 8th Aug, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 8th Aug, 3.00 pm
Special events at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
ECU Mount Lawley and WAAPA Open Day

You're invited to come behind the scenes at WAAPA for ECU's Open Day at the Mount Lawley Campus.

Opening night: 9th Aug, 10.00 am
Closing night: 9th Aug, 10.00 am
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Electric Jazz

WAAPA’s Jazz students take us on an experimental journey of jazz fusion’s most famous works, combined with rock, electric instruments, and plenty of grooves.

Opening night: 13th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 13th Aug, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Radio Active Albany

A week-long series of workshops run by the WAAPA Contemporary Music staff combining secondary and tertiary students culminates in a special, one-off performance in one of WA's finest theatres.

Opening night: 21st Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 21st Aug, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Guitar Artistry: Boy Meets Girl

Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf in a duo that performs an eclectic repertoire from Bach to Beyoncé, including many of their own arrangements.

Opening night: 21st Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 21st Aug, 7.30 pm
Peforming Arts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Generator 2020

See what’s cooking in the next generation of performance makers at WAAPA in this curated evening of bite-size new works from the creative minds of 2nd Year BPA Performance Making.

Opening night: 26th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 29th Aug, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
A Soldier's Tale

The devil tricks a soldier into giving up his violin in return for a book that tells the future... Igor Stravinsky brings to life the famous Russian folktale about the value of human spirit in the face of greed and materialism.

Opening night: 27th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 27th Aug, 7.30 pm
Dance performances at WA Academy of Performing Arts
Arrival

Two rising Melbourne-based choreographers create dynamic new contemporary works on the LINK Dance Company for their final 2020 season.

Opening night: 2nd Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 5th Sep, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Beat That!

Polish percussion virtuoso Aleksander Wnuk specialises in the most dramatic and exciting of percussion music: works for multi-percussion and percussion theatre.

Opening night: 2nd Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 2nd Sep, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Muses of Mingus

WAAPA's Jazz students will play selections of Charles Mingus' works, tinged with the blues, hard bop, gospel, free jazz and classical music, in an uplifting tribute concert to this American jazz legend and his musical muses.

Opening night: 3rd Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 3rd Sep, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Be Glad and Sing

Hear the joyful sounds of young voices singing heavenly harmonies, with repertoire from the 16th century through to the modern era, from songs of praise and gospel music to jazz standards.

Opening night: 3rd Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 4th Sep, 7.30 pm
Peforming Arts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
TILT

Get ready to be inspired, provoked and entertained as WAAPA’s graduating performance makers hit the Blue Room Theatre stage at full tilt, showcasing their creative talents over two weeks in September.

Opening night: 9th Sep, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 19th Sep, 7.00 pm
Acting performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Elephant Man

Based on the real-life story of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man is a powerful and poignant look at what it is to be different.

Opening night: 10th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Sep, 7.30 pm
Music Theatre performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Parade

This powerful tale of racism and false patriotism, set to a striking score that ranges from soaring anthems to ragtime and blues, is a timely reminder of the ugly consequences of ignorance and fear.

Opening night: 11th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Sep, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Orpheus in the Underworld

Come with us as we peel back the layers of French society and descend into the cabaret underworld of the 'city of love'.

Opening night: 11th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Sep, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Songbook Sessions

Songbook Sessions showcases WAAPA’s fabulously creative Music Artists performing great original songs, classic rearrangements, and a combo of acoustic and band-driven entertainment.

Opening night: 15th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Sep, 7.30 pm
Acting performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare’s most farcical tale of mistaken identity is a crazy comedy of far-fetched coincidences, madcap confusion and hilarious misadventures.

Opening night: 16th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 19th Sep, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Basie to Beyoncé

From the swinging sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie, to the smash hits of pop and R&B powerhouse Beyoncé, the WAAPA Jazz Vocalists and Big Band take you on a journey into the timeless world of vocal big band classics and beyond!

Opening night: 18th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 18th Sep, 7.30 pm
Special events at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Reframe

The 2020 WA Screen Academy class of producers, writers, directors, cinematographers, sound designers and editors present an exciting program of short original films exploring the theme, Reframe.

Opening night: 24th Sep, 6.30 pm
Closing night: 24th Sep, 6.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Wham...Bam...Kaboom!

Kaboom Percussion's music videos have been viewed over 80 million times – and they join Defying Gravity for a super- charged evening of percussive entertainment. It’s a program brimming with magic, mystery and fun.

Opening night: 1st Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 3rd Oct, 3.00 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Royal Over-Seas League Showcase

This concert showcases the winners of the ROSL prizes in Chamber Music, the music of Bach, Improvisation, Art Song, Early Keyboard and Composition.

Opening night: 8th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 8th Oct, 7.30 pm
Found Pianos - WAAPA
Instruments of Time and Truth

This is a concert to delight the ear, move the heart and fire the imagination.

Opening night: 10th Oct, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 10th Oct, 3.00 pm
Free concerts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Sound Spectrum 2020.2

Be amazed by the imaginative, innovative and creative energy of the next generation of composers, sound artists and improvisors, as WAAPA’s Composition and Music Technology students and their lecturers treat you to a week of original works.<

Opening night: 12th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Oct, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The English Orpheus

Join us for a celebration of the English Orpheus across the ages, in a musical journey showcasing the best of English songs and madrigals, and English music for classical guitar.

Opening night: 14th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 14th Oct, 7.30 pm
Free concerts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Drawing Sound

In this concert, Composition and Music Technology students pay tribute to musical innovator Daphne Oram by exploring invented tuning systems and instruments to create a zany new world of imaginative sound.

Opening night: 15th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 15th Oct, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Beethoven Celebration

The WAAPA Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth in style, performing some of the most dynamic and beautiful music of all time.

Opening night: 16th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Oct, 7.30 pm
Peforming Arts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Place of Many Trees

A unique, bespoke performance event created for the historic Woodbridge property on the banks of the Swan River in Guildford.

Opening night: 17th Oct, 4.30 pm
Closing night: 25th Oct, 4.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The World of Beethoven

To commemorate the 250th anniversary since this musical genius was born, WAAPA's piano students and staff invite you to immerse yourself in the world of Beethoven's magical piano music.

Opening night: 22nd Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 22nd Oct, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Fantasie Auf Nachtmusik

Legendary Australian pianist/composer Joe Chindamo joins violinist Paul Wright and the String Camerata for an extraordinary program of music.

Opening night: 24th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 24th Oct, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Classical Music Accolades

A night of celebration and achievement as WAAPA’s music prizewinners showcase their extraordinary skills.

Opening night: 28th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 28th Oct, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Spooktacular!

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs a fun selection of fresh and frivolous music with a few twists on seasonal classics.

Opening night: 29th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 29th Oct, 7.30 pm
Peforming Arts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Augmented

Artificial Intelligence – upgrade or extinction? The Augmented will excite and chill you in equal measure as you are taken on a journey into the shifting definition of what it is to be human and ‘real’.

Opening night: 4th Nov, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 5th Nov, 7.30 pm
Acting performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Low Road

The low road of profitability or the high road of principle? This boisterous, bawdy satire of contemporary American politics takes us back to the late 18th century, when America was fighting for independence from British rule.

Opening night: 12th Nov, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 19th Nov, 7.30 pm
Aboriginal Performance events at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
2020 Performance

Join us in celebrating the talents of WAAPA’s 2020 Aboriginal Performance cohort, as they take to the stage in the end-of-year public performance that marks the finale to their year of training.

Opening night: 12th Nov, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 19th Nov, 7.30 pm
Dance performances at WA Academy of Performing Arts
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In an international first, the Minderoo Foundation supports the remount of Pina Bausch’s Tannhäuser Bacchana*.

Opening night: 13th Nov, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 19th Nov, 7.30 pm
Music Theatre performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Spring Awakening

This rock-musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 cautionary play follows a group of school students as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming-of-age angst.

Opening night: 13th Nov, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 19th Nov, 7.30 pm
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