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SOME PERFORMANCES HAVE BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 

For over 30 years, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University has held a reputation as Australia’s premiere performing arts academy, producing stars such as Hugh Jackman and Tim Minchin. Each year students collaborate with staff and critically acclaimed guest artists to perform over 300 public performances in Perth and regional WA, interstate and overseas.

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A hub for performing arts, the Mount Lawley campus boasts a range of state-of-the-art performance spaces, including Geoff Gibbs Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Richard Gill Auditorium, Enright Studio, and the iconic The Edith Spiegeltent – a rare tent-style theatre made of wood, mirrors, canvas and leaded glass.

Across these venues, and in city and regional spaces, the WAAPA calendar is rich with performances in dance, music and musical theatre, and contemporary arts. This cross-genre offering exposes students to a range of crafts and experiences, and is a delight to audiences.

With specialised training, WAAPA is known for the quality of its graduates who pursue successful careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries, including many well-known stars such as Frances O’Connor, Marcus Graham, William McInnes, Lisa McCune, Lucy Durack, Rachelle Durkin, Emma Matthews, Jamie Oehlers and Eddie Perfect.

As a graduate of Music Theatre, Lucy Durack went on to star in the Australian productions of Wicked and Legally Blonde: The Musical, as well as appearing on television in the series Doctor Doctor and Sisters. Another star graduate is the soprano Emma Matthews, now WAAPA’s Head of Classical Voice and Opera Studies, who tours the country with From Broadway to La Scala in September 2019.

In the spirit of past graduate success stories, WAAPA continues to provide its students with theatrical experience and practical knowledge, as well as academic excellence. Luckily for arts enthusiasts and lovers of performing arts, this fostered creativity is shared with the public throughout the academic year.

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Rise (POSTPONED)

An exciting performance by WAAPA's promising second and third year dance students, with visiting international artist Niv Marinberg.

  • Dates:POSTPONED
  • Time(s):7.30pm; Sat 2pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Building 1/2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Choreographers: Roy Assaf, remounted by Niv Marinberg; Graeme Watson, remounted by Sue Peacock; new works by Laura Boynes and Jayne Smeulders
Performed by: 2nd and 3rd Year Dance students

WAAPA’s talented dance students rise to new artistic heights in four imaginative and entertaining dance works. Visiting international artist Niv Marinberg remounts Girls & Boys, an exploration of gender and community by Israeli choreographer Roy Assaf, while Sue Peacock remounts Australian choreographer Graeme Watson’s stunning piece, Bodyline, created in 1987 for Nederlands Dans Theatre 2. Local dancer, choreographer, film maker and WAAPA alumna Laura Boynes will create an exciting original contemporary piece while Jane Smeulders, formerly West Australian Ballet principal artist and now a WAAPA dance lecturer, will choreograph a beautiful new classical ballet.

Parade

It’s 1913 Atlanta, the day of the Confederate Memorial Day Parade. A 13-year-old girl is found raped and murdered; her boss, a young Jewish man, is accused of the crime.

  • Dates:Sep 11-12, Sep 14-17
  • Time(s):Evening shows 7:30pm, Sat 2:00pm Matinee
  • Venue:Roundhouse Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 2110 (1.2110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley 6050
  • Ticket Price:Based on concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$43
  • Ticket price TO:$50
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Roundhouse Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Leo Frank’s trial and conviction is a shocking miscarriage of justice that leads to tragedy. Based on true events, the Tony-award-winning Parade is not your average feel-good musical. Yet 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.

Choreographed by: Jayne Smeulders

New Directions In Peruvian Music

A rhythmic and emotionally powerful night of music from directed by the locally and critically acclaimed Daniel Susnjar accompanied by WAAPA's Afro-Peruvian Ensemble.

  • Dates:Jul 30
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz,World

Description

This exciting musical experience puts the stirring emotional power and rhythmic grooves of Peruvian jazz centre stage. Led by Afro-Peruvian jazz specialist and award-winning drummer Daniel Susnjar, WAAPA’s jazz and percussion students perform new compositions and arrangements that showcase this positive, inclusive, life-affirming music. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a syncopated spring in your step!

Massed Sax: Homecoming

The Massed Sax project returns to WAAPA in 2020 with award- winning UK composer, saxophonist and Massed Sax patron, Andy Scott.

  • Dates:Aug 2
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 150 (1.150), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Music:Classical,Jazz,Popular Music,World

Description

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. Led by WAAPA saxophone lecturer Matt Styles, visiting artist Andy Scott and The 'Phone Co., this is an event where the saxophone brings together jazz, classical, contemporary and world music!

Sounds Of Brazil

Experience Brazil with WAAPA'S very own Brazilian Ensemble.

  • Dates:Aug 5th, 2020
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:The Edith Spiegeltent, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley, WA
  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:World

Description

Performing music from the most influential Brazilian artists of the last 50 years, including Sergio Mendes, Milton Nascimento, Djavan, Elis Regina and 'The Master' Antonio Carlos Jobim. 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.

The 'Phone Co. With Strings Attached

Reeds, strings, imagination and groove!

  • Dates:Aug 6th, 2020
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Richard Gill Auditorium, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley, WA
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Orchestral

Description

The extraordinary UK-based duo of Andy Scott and Lauren Scott have revolutionised the world of saxophone and harp performance. This concert brings these virtuoso musicians together with harpist Catherine Ashley and WAAPA’s most outstanding saxophone and harp students.

Three's Company...

Witness this spectacular performance of Mozart's Piano Trio in C Major and Beethoven's Archduke Trio by WAAPA's very own teaching staff!

  • Dates:Aug 8
  • Time(s):3.00pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Perfoming Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

Mozart composed his Piano Trio in C major (KV 548) at the peak of his creative powers. In this concert, Mozart’s masterpiece keeps company with Beethoven’s first and last piano trios; three pinnacles from the piano trio repertoire, including Beethoven’s monumental Archduke Trio – the most beautiful of his ground- breaking piano trios – clothed in the luminous sonorities of Classical era instruments, including WAAPA’s new Graf (1819) fortepiano.

Waapa Open Day 2020

You're invited to come behind the scenes at WAAPA for 2020!

  • Dates:Aug 9
  • Time(s):10:00am
  • Venue:WAAPA, ECU Mount Lawley Campus

Details

  • Hosted By:ECU and WAAPA
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:Free event
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts

Description

You're invited to come behind the scenes at WAAPA. ECU's Open Day at the Mount Lawley campus gives you the perfect opportunity to see our talented students in action in rehearsals, classes and short concerts. Speak with staff members about course options and learn about auditions. Marvel at the design work, costumes and props on display. Check out the superbly equipped lighting and sound studios, the music technology labs and the scenery construction workshops. Explore the campus, take a backstage tour and attend information sessions. A detailed program of events will be posted on the ECU Open Day and WAAPA web pages closer to the date.

Electric Jazz

An exciting journey through 20th century electric jazz, with jazz fusion and electric instruments at the forefront.

  • Dates:Aug 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz

Description

When jazz decided to plug in during the late 1960s, the fusion of jazz improvisation and strong drum grooves was pioneered by influential artists such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Tony Williams. Iconic fusion bands Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report have morphed into modern incarnations like Tribal Tech and Hiromi. Electric jazz also jumped genres into rock, with Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell and progressive metal groups enshrining their own versions in music history. 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.

Guitar Artistry: Jane Curry

Don't miss this outstanding artist in a brilliant solo performance.

  • Dates:Aug 21st, 2020
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Richard Gill Auditorium, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley, WA
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Other Music

Description

From New Zealand, award-winning classical guitarist Jane Curry brings her technical virtuosity and superb musicianship to WAAPA for a concert of exceptional guitar music. The UK-born, US-trained musician balances international concert engagements and CD recordings with the coordination of New Zealand’s largest classical guitar program at Victoria University in Wellington. Highly sought-after as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, she is a member of the renowned New Zealand Guitar Quartet, the trio Archi d’Amore Zelanda and Linkwood Guitar Duo. 

Radio Active Albany

See the students of Albany Senior High School, Great Southern Grammar and WAAPA's Contemporary Music School in this penultimate performance after their week-long workshop series!

  • Dates:Aug 21
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Toll Place, Albany WA 6330
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre
  • Music:Popular Music

Description

Radio Active Albany is a unique performance presented by the students of Albany Senior High School, Great Southern Grammar and WAAPA Contemporary Music. 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. The performance covers a wide musical base from pop to rock, R'n'B to soul and funk classics in a spectacularly produced concert with a huge cast of talented young musicians and singers.

Generator 2020

See what’s cooking in the next generation of performance makers at WAAPA in this curated evening of bite-size new works.

  • Dates:Aug 26-29
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:Flat rate
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:University,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Description

From the creative minds of 2nd Year BPA Performance Making. There will be laughter, drama, politics and tears, in an evening that includes gutsy new writing and breathtaking visual and physical theatre.

A Soldier's Tale

WAAPA's own Indian Ocean Ensemble perform Stravinsky's bewitching fable of greed.

  • Dates:Aug 27
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

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. WAAPA’s Executive Dean, David Shirley joins the Indian Ocean Ensemble and students from WAAPA’s Performance Making course to revel in one of the most influential and dramatic works of the past century. The Seven Seas world music ensemble also performs a new work filled with imagination and virtuosity.

Arrival

Expect the unexpected.

  • Dates:Sep 2nd-5th
  • Time(s):7:30pm; Sat Matinee 2:00pm.
  • Venue:Enright Studio

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Enright Studio, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley, WA
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Ticket Price FROM:$18
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Enright Studio
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Two rising Melbourne-based choreographers create dynamic new contemporary works on the LINK Dance Company for their final 2020 season. WAAPA welcomes alumna Niharika Senepati, who since 2012 has worked closely with Chunky Move’s artistic director Anouk van Dijk as a dancer and choreographic assistant. Senepati’s own work incorporates movement, sound and text to create a holistic experience. Joining Senepati on the Arrival program is James Welsby, a performer, choreographer and producer of dance, cabaret and queer performance. A VCA graduate, he co-founded independent dance collective Phantom Limbs, toured Australia in 2015 with his full-length show Hex, and is the founding artistic director of festival favourite cabaret show, Yummy.  

Performance Timetable:

2nd Sep 7:30pm  

3rd Sep 7:30pm  

4th Sep 7:30pm 

5th Sep 2:00pm  

1st Jan 8:00am, 

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5th Sep 7:30pm 

Beat That

His performances thrill, challenge, excite and mesmerise.

  • Dates:Sep 2nd, 2020
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Richard Gill Auditorium, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley, WA
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Other Music

Description

Polish percussion virtuoso Aleksander Wnuk specialises in the most dramatic and exciting of percussion music: works for multi-percussion and percussion theatre.  Be astonished by the skill and imagination shown in Wnuk’s showcase performance of percussion masterworks!

 

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