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The dynamic WA dance scene offers performances ranging from contemporary to classical ballet and just about everything in-between. While artists tour from around the globe, there is plenty of homegrown talent. You can catch performances from talented students at Perth’s renowned WA Academy of Performing Arts; see ballets at concert halls or beautiful outdoor venues; or feast your eyes on cutting-edge choreography from the many local companies.

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Postgraduate Research Showcase

WAAPA Postgraduate Research Showcase offers a rare chance for audiences to sample innovative art projects in their nascent stages, and to view ideas that will transform the future of arts discourse.

  • Dates:Apr 22; Sep 16
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Music:Other Music
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre
  • Other:Lectures & Talks,University

Description

WAAPA has a thriving postgraduate research program covering a broad range of performing arts disciplines, with a particular strength in practice-led research. Our strengths include interactive digital music systems, performance practices on historic piano, new directions in jazz, physiological analysis of human movement, theatre-making, choreography, and much more. The WAAPA Postgraduate Research Showcase is in part a performance event, and in part a series of short research presentations. It offers a rare opportunity for audiences to sample innovative arts projects in their nascent stages, and to view the ideas that will transform the future of arts discourse. Hosted by: WAAPA Higher Degree by Research students

Alice

Welcome to the topsy turvy world of Alice where normal rules do not apply. Combining circus, theatre, song, puppets and the magic of bubbles, join us on an exciting adventure through Wonderland.

  • Dates:Apr 12 - 18
  • Time(s):10:30am and 2:00pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Total Theatre Company
  • Ticket Price:$24 or Family $88
  • Type:For Kids
  • Performing Arts:Puppetry,Circus,Theatre,Comedy,Dance
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Description

Welcome to the topsy turvy world of Alice - where normal rules do not apply. Come along with Alice as she meets those familiar favourites, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Mad March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and of course those incorrigible twins Tweedledum and Tweedledee. A survival guide for our times, Alice is about a sane young lady who finds herself in a mad mad world, learns to survive it and teaches us to do the same! Based on Lewis Carroll's timeless classics, our Alice is a wonderful adventure and perfect school holiday treat that will truly delight and enchant the whole family.

Director: Annie Stainer

Producer: Ariane Katscherian

Lighting: Adelaide Harney

Costumes: Catherine Edis

Photography: Tashi Hall

Performers: Aidan Bayliss, Sophie Bolton, Rebecca Leonard and Mira Schaal

Sleeping Beauty - A Ballet in One Act

Youth Ballet WA presents Sleeping Beauty in One Act. This shorted version of the famous story is perfect for the whole family.

  • Dates:Apr 17
  • Time(s):Morning show 10:30am, Afternoon show 1pm
  • Venue:Lady Wardle Performing Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Youth Ballet WA
  • Ticket Price:Adults $20, Children 3-12 $5, Children Under 2 $0
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Performing Arts:Ballet,Dance

Description

Youth Ballet WA presents the classic ballet Sleeping Beauty in one act. This shorted version of the famous story is perfect for the whole family. The students of Youth Ballet WA will also present a series of Spanish and Contemporary works. Post-performance workshops will be held for all children in the audience allowing them a chance to join the performers on stage to learn from YBWA’s specialist teachers.

ECU Mount Lawley Open Day

Study courses in design, broadcasting, teaching, media and communication, performing arts and more.

  • Dates:Apr 18
  • Time(s):10.00am - 4.00pm
  • Venue:Edith Cowan University Mount Lawley

Details

  • Hosted By:Edith Cowan University
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Youth Art / Performance,Free,Workshops
  • Performing Arts:Ballet,Dance,Comedy,Musicals,Theatre
  • Other:University

Description

Edith Cowan University and WAAPA are opening their Mount Lawley Campus to the public so you can explore the grounds, tour studios and facilities, watch live performances, and talk to friendly ECU staff about courses you want to study! And you can expect fun activities for the whole family, such as bungee trampolines, a #ECU30 photobooth, pop-up live music, Timezone, VR games, food trucks and a chance to win some incredible prizes. Join them in Mount Lawley: www.ecuworldready.com.au/openday

Let Us Dance

HIP Company presents an exciting and immersive concert experience exploring the centrality of dance in Baroque music.

  • Dates:Apr 24
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Montgomery Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:HIP Company
  • Ticket Price:$45-$60
  • Music:Classical
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

The music will be complimented by a re-imagining of historical dances by Perth-based choreographer Andries Weidemann. HIP Company is Bonnie de la Hunty (soprano), Sarah Papadopoulos (violin) and Krista Low ('cello). Guest artists: Stewart Smith (harpsichord), Andrew Skinner (flute) and Jet Kye Chong (percussion). Post-concert refreshments sponsored by Howard Park Wines. Made possible by the generous support of the Department of Local Government, Sports and Culture of Western Australia.

Eireborne

Highly fuelled 100% live rock-show production which celebrates the rebirth of Irish dance and showcases 15 world-class Irish dancers with a contemporary twist like you’ve never seen before.

  • Dates:May 2
  • Venue:Crown Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Crown Theatre
  • Ticket Price:From $79.90
  • Music:Other Music,Rock,World
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

The audience is welcomed to a traditional Ceili night, before it evolves into a fast-paced 90-minute spectacle as a six-piece band perform hits from U2, The Cranberries, Van Morrison, Hozier, The Script, Enya plus more. Joining the music, dancers from International Irish shows such as Lord of the Dance and Riverdance fill the stage with a fusion of Irish dance, tap rhythms and beats; resulting in a stunningly new experience with a raw and traditional Irish flavour.

Aire Spanish Flamenco Tablao

For people who missed out at FRINGEWORLD the Underground Festival is coming back for a big week of shows!

  • Dates:May 6 - 9
  • Time(s):5.30pm
  • Venue:Lyric Lane

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:$32
  • Music:Latin,World,Other Music
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Come for a journey into the world of Flamenco with all the traditional sights and sounds in the underground of Lyric Lane. With opportunities to learn the dance and join in, alongside Spanish wine and food, this is a night not to be missed. Aire Flamenco dancers join featured guitarist Jose Manuel Giraldo for an evening of Spanish music and dance. Madrid born Jose Manuel Giraldo is the pre-eminent flamenco guitarist in Western Australia and will be joined by Francesca Lizza in a series of guitar solos and duos. Dancer's Valeria Gonzalez and Maree Laffan will follow with a selection of work that will transect flamenco styles and regions in Spain. So get a group together and join us for this traditional Spanish Flamenco Tablao! And a special afternoon matinee on Sunday

Tango Nuevo

Delve into the evolution of over 60 years of Piazzolla and see how it has deepened the Argentine dance genre, infusing it with elements of jazz, classical chamber music and neo-classicism.

  • Dates:May 6
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Latin,World
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Join Composition and Music Technology students and staff in celebrating the centenary of the birth of the world's foremost composer of tango music, Astor Piazzolla. In this concert students respond to the work of this great 20th century composer by creating 'new' tangos that will be performed by our Dance students. Bookings open now. 

Music Director: Lindsay Vickery
Performed by: Composition and Music Technology students and staff with Dance students

The Roarin 20s Matinee - Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys with vintage dancers

For those that missed out at FRINGEWORLD. The Underground Festival is bringing the Roarin 20s back!

  • Dates:May 8
  • Time(s):3.30pm
  • Venue:Lyric Lane

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:$29-$40
  • Music:Gig Guide,Jazz,R&B,Soul & Gospel
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Welcome to the Roaring 20s! Come to the speakeasy underground of Lyric Lane and be transported to a world of Snappy Dressing Fellas and Sassy Dames. Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys combine with the Hot 6 to present the Earliest of Jazz in the Hippest Fashion. All the Trumpets, Saxes and Trombones will be blaring while the dancers take centrestage and transport you back through time. "Hall's stage presence and musical prowess paired with The Velvet Playboys' undeniable talent ensure that The Rhythm Spectacular delivers a memorable romp that will have you leaping to your feet from the opening number right through to the inevitable encore" The West Australian "I can add to the list of Outstanding Showmanship of Australian Jazz Heroes, Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys" Australian Stage

The Artemis Tour - Lindsay Stirling

After three years, electronic violinist, dancer and composer, Lindsey Stirling, will make her big return to Australia for four very special shows in support of her latest fifth studio album, Artemis.

  • Dates:May 10
  • Time(s):8pm
  • Venue:Astor Theatre

Details

  • Music:Electronic,Gig Guide,Other Music
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Event Venue:Astor Theatre

Description

Lindsey remains fearless enough to always dream big. In the years following the release of her 2012 self-titled debut, the electronic music impresario quietly and humbly became one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars by clinging to her ground-breaking vision of cinematic violin-driven electronic music. After bowing at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Dance/Electronic Album Chart, holding #1 on the Classical Album Chart for 21 consecutive weeks, and receiving a Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album,” her sophomore opus Shatter Me would not only garner an RIAA Gold certification, but it would rank as the #2 Dance/Electronic Album and #1 Classical Album on Billboard’s 2015 Year-End charts.

Attracting over 11 million subscribers and 2 billion-plus views on YouTube, in 2015 Forbes placed Lindsey at #4 on its yearly YouTube artists list, making her the highest-ranked female. Her headline tours would play to a cumulative audience of over 500,000 people worldwide, and her literary debut The Only Pirate at the Party—co-written with her sister Brook S. Passey—became a New York Times Bestseller.  Lindsey’s third-studio album Brave Enough, debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, went on to score the #1 spot on Billboard’s year-end Top Dance/Electronic Album list and earned Stirling a 2017 Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album”.

In The Flesh

You, me, us, together... Human connectivity, dramatically reshaped by the challenges of 2020, lies at the core of LINK Dance Company’s imaginative, dynamic and entertaining season, In The Flesh

  • Dates:Jun 4, 5, 7
  • Time(s):7.30pm; Jun 5 2.00pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Ticket Price:$23-30
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Description

James Berlyn, Artistic Director of WA Youth Theatre Company, devises a new work that celebrates the human capacity for adaptive resilience, set to original music by composer and WAAPA graduate Tristen Parr. Dancer/choreographer and LINK graduate Bernadette Lewis comes full circle to create a new work that explores dance as ecology, as community, as culture. This stunning double bill of contemporary dance showcases WAAPA’s graduate dance company at their very best. Choreography by: James Berlyn and Bernadette Lewis Performed by: LINK Dance Company

Maali Festival

Set over two incredible days of NAIDOC Week, curators Ian Michael (Wilman Nyoongar) and Chloe Ogilvie (Yamatji Nhanda) bring us a festival reclaiming the State Theatre Centre in Maali.

  • Dates:Jul 9 - 10
  • Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA

Details

  • Hosted By:Black Swan Theatre Company of WA
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free,Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Music:Other Music
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Produced By:Black Swan State Theatre Company

Description

In an act of celebration, community and gathering this multi-disciplinary arts festival will acknowledge and celebrate the incredible breadth and diversity of the world’s oldest living cultures. From traditional dance to a return of the groundbreaking play Bindjareb Pinjarra, with musical acts including electronic duo Electric Fields, Maali is both a connection to a place before, and a look towards the future. Kaya NAIDOC Week is coming and we’re throwing a party. Actually - a festival! Free for all! The whole street is invited. This includes you. Tell the city, tell the state, tell the country. It’s time to listen. It’s time to acknowledge. It’s time to dance. It’s time.

Rise

A perfect program of classical and contemporary dance! Les Sylphides, a 'romantic reverie' set to Frede´ric Chopin's exquisite music.

  • Dates:Jun 14-17
  • Time(s):2pm (matinee) and 7:30pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23-$30
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Performing Arts:Ballet,Dance
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Description

Restaged by ex-Australian Ballet principal Leanne Stojmenov and WAAPA Classical Dance lecturer Kim McCarthy. Award-winning Perth independent dancer and choreographer Laura Boynes – whose past works include compelling sound and video collaborations, a group work performed in a sea of rice, and a magical solo that traversed the auditorium and stage of the Heath Ledger Theatre – shows why is she renowned for her creative, multi-disciplinary approach to dance. Choreographed by: Les Sylphides restaged by Leanne Stojmenov and Kim McCarthy from original choreography by Michel Fokine; Laura Boynes Performed by: 2nd Year Dance students

Choreographed by: Les Sylphides restaged by Leanne Stojmenov and Kim McCarthy from original choreography by Michel Fokine; Laura Boynes
Performed by: 2nd Year Dance students

A Taste of Ireland - Perth

The Irish Dance and Music Sensation!

  • Dates:July 4
  • Time(s):7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Venue:The Regal Theatre

Details

  • Ticket Price:Early-bird tickets available until 11:59 PM 19 November
  • Music:Country & Folk
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre

Description

‘A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation’ returns to Perth with a performance that is ‘Celtic - for this generation’. Laugh, cry and jig into the night with a show that has entertained thousands.

Hot off its premiere New York City run in 2020 and with 130 shows in 2019 across Australia and New Zealand, ‘A Taste of Ireland’ features acclaimed Irish dancers, dazzling folk musicians and contemporary vocalists. Experience the raw, rhythmic passion that is the original story of the Celtic motherland.

With revamped classics like ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Tell Me Ma’, the show’s live, energetic blend of well-known tunes, jaw-dropping acapella tap battles, melodic folk music mash-ups and craic galore transports you through the story of Ireland’s tumultuous history, complimented by stunning production and lighting.

Including beautiful scenic visuals, glitz, glamour and poetic narration, A Taste of Ireland’ combines toe-tapping rhythms with heart-warming emotion to create a contemporary Irish dance showcase that will leave you shouting for more. 

Starring dancers from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, Riverdance, & Gaelforce Dance alongside a treasure trove of Irish Dancing World Champions, ’A Taste of Ireland’ delivers the very best talent in the nation. 

‘A Taste of Ireland’ is exactly what it promises: a taste of everything you love about Ireland with a generous helping of more!

Experience one of the best Irish Dance shows in the world today. With all new sets, costumes, tunes and effects, we promise you haven’t seen anything like this year’s show! 

With tours lined up in the USA, Canada and the UK, don’t miss your chance to see ‘A Taste of Ireland’ in 2021.

It’s truly ‘Celtic - for this generation’.

A Taste of Ireland

‘A Taste of Ireland?The Irish Music & Dance Sensation’ will have you laugh, cry and jig into the night with a show that has entertained thousands.

  • Dates:July 8
  • Time(s):7:30pm-9:15pm
  • Venue:Esperance Civic Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Ticket Price:$44.90-$59.90
  • Type:Community
  • Music:Other Music,World
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Esperance Civic Centre together with Pace Live present the 2021 Australia Tour of A Taste of Ireland. Starring dancers from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, Riverdance & Gaelforce Dance, ‘A Taste of Ireland’ brings all new sets, costumes, tunes and effects hot off its premiere New York City run. With revamped classics like ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘ Tell Me Ma’, the show’s live, energetic blend of jaw-dropping acapella tap battles, world-class dancing, melodic folk music mash-ups and craic galore transports you through the story of Ireland’s tumultuous history. Set to tour the USA, Canada and the UK, don’t miss your chance to see ‘A Taste of Ireland’ in 2021. It’s truly ‘Celtic for this decade’. . TICKET SALE PRICES Adult $74.90 Concession $69.90 Child $59.90 Members $64.90 Groups of 10+ $64.90 **VIP** $89.90 For a truly memorable experience purchase VIP Tickets! These tickets include a premium seat, exclusive access to a sound check, meet and greet with the cast and a signed poster! VIP Ticket holders will need to arrive at the venue at 5:50pm. $89.90 PURCHASE TICKETS online www.esperance.wa.gov.au/events/taste-ireland , tickets also available from Shire Administration, Esperance Library and Visitor Centre. All Ages PG | Duration 90mins (plus 20 mins interval)