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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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Under the Sea - School Holiday Progrmme

Join us for our Under the Sea Holiday Programme these next school holidays!

  • Dates:July 11-15
  • Time(s):8:30am-4:30pm

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  • Type:Kids
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Ballet,Musicals
  • Hosted By:Premiere Events Perth
  • Ticket Price:Starting from $130

Description

Join us for our Under the Sea Holiday Programme these next school holidays! Running from July 11-15 join us for classes in classical ballet, drama, contemporary, musical theatre, arts & crafts & so much more! Our holiday programmes are the perfect place for first time dancers so feel free to extend our invitation to family and friends! Don`t forget to enrol for Friday so that you can come along and view a final performance where students will showcase their works of the week!

The Stories of Swing

Western Australia’s leading jazz musicians, Swinging at the Savoy, have come together to celebrate the untold stories of great swing era performers.

  • Time(s):19:00
  • Venue:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Dates:Jul 22

Details

  • Music:Jazz,Other Music
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Accessibility:Wheelchait access
  • Ticket Price:25
  • Event Venue:Esperance Civic Centre

Description

‘The Stories of Swing’ unveils the captivating tales behind Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong as they discovered their voices and shaped the history of music. Joined, on stage by some ridiculously energetic swing dancers this high paced night of exceptional music and gripping stories will have you cheering for more. FREE SWING DANCE CLASS 6:15-6:45PM prior to the Show

Flamenco in the Underground

OLEEEE!! AIRE Flamenco return to share the magic and passion that is FLAMENCO!

  • Dates:Sundays Jul 24, Jul 31, Aug 07, Aug 14
  • Time(s):5:00pm
  • Venue:Lyrics Underground

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  • Music:World,Latin
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair access
  • Hosted By:AIRE Flamenco
  • Ticket Price:$40 - $45

Description

AIRE Flamenco Spanish Flamenco Tablao is returning to Lyric’s Underground following shows at Fringe World earlier in the year and a winter season at Lyrics underground in 2021. Lyric’s Underground will showcase the richness and variety of flamenco art on Sundays in July & August. The shows will include a free dance lesson and the opportunity to learn and participate in the flamenco art form that UNESCO has declared is a Culture for Humanity. Aire Flamenco dancers join featured guitarist Justin Kutylowski and percussionists Steve Richter & Marcus Perrozzi for an afternoon of Spanish music and dance. Dancer's Valeria Gonzalez and Maree Laffan will perform a selection of dances that showcase flamenco styles and regions in Spain. Join us in July & August to share the magic and passion that is FLAMENCO!

Eireborne

EIREBORNE returns with a 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.

  • Dates:Aug 3
  • Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
  • Time(s):7.30pm

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  • 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. This show takes you on a colourful journey through all the hits of the 60’s, 70’s,80’s and 90’s that made Dusty a household name.

Elvis If I Can Dream Starring Mark Anthony

Come and Celebrate the magical hits of The King Of Rock n Roll in a sensational 2 hour Concert Spectacular.

  • Dates:Aug 6
  • Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
  • Time(s):7.30pm

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  • Music:Tribute Band
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

All of Elvis” No 1 hits will be performed in the original style that made Elvis the greatest performer that ever lived. Internationally Acclaimed sensation Mark Anthony, one of the most dynamic Elvis tribute artists in the world today, brings this unique period to life – the songs, the costumes, the emotion, the energy, the raw power – all brought together in a two hour concert spectacular. With over 600 million record sales worldwide and 3 time Grammy Award Winner Elvis Presley will always be known as “The King Of Rock n Roll” Come and relive and experience what it would have been like to see Elvis Presley Live In Concert. Internationally Renowned Mark Anthony who has been regarded as the very best Elvis Presley Tribute artist in the World will transport you to that very time when Elvis Presley ruled the world and dominated the record charts in the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s with his unique raw energy, dynamic voice and sensational stage presence. This show takes you on a colourful journey through all the hits of the 60’s, 70’s,80’s and 90’s that made Dusty a household name.

Impermanence

Experience the power of dance and music, laden with meaning, fleeting and vulnerable and from devastation, find energy, urgency, radiance and hope.

  • Dates:Aug 6
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

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  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Accessibility:https://www.manpac.com.au/accessibility-features/
  • Hosted By:Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
  • Ticket Price:$55.00

Description

Returning to the stage for a national Australian tour after a sell-out Sydney world premiere season (Feb 21) and an Adelaide Festival smash hit run (March 21), Rafael Bonachela’s Impermanence is “arguably the single best piece created by and for an Australian dance company for many years” (Adelaide Advertiser). A visceral and thrilling exploration of the juxtaposition of beauty and devastation, this full-length work features a new score full of emotional power from Grammy Award-winning composer Bryce Dessner. Best known as a founder of American rock band The National and for his film scores for The Revenant and The Two Popes, Dessner was initially inspired by the tragedy of the Australian bush fires and the Notre-Dame fire in Paris. With an exquisite recording by the Australian String Quartet, and the full might of Sydney Dance Company’s “awe inspiring” (In Daily) ensemble, this is an epic, driven performance that packs an emotional punch. “Dance moves for the end of the world… Choreographer Rafael Bonachela sets his excellent dancers on a whirling, bounding trajectory…” – The Sydney Morning Herald.

BJORN AGAIN – The Worlds no 1 ABBA Show!

ABBA fans get excited as Björn Again returns to to bring ABBA’s timeless hits back to the stage in a sing-along, dance-along extravaganza.

  • Dates:Aug 12
  • Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
  • Time(s):8pm

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  • Music:Tribute Band
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Björn Again are “One of the most entertaining rock shows in the world today” (Time Out, New York) and will play all the biggest ABBA hits from Waterloo, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! and Fernando to Take a Chance, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, and more!! With all the glitzy 70s costumes, Swenglish banter and hilarious stage antics, you will have the ‘time of your life’! Their critically acclaimed shows have been attended by Tom Jones, Dave Grohl, Paul Kelly, Metallica, Robert Plant, Bill Gates and Nirvana just to name a few. Bjorn Again have performed over 7000 shows in more than 120 countries worldwide, are endorsed by the members of ABBA and are regarded as the most successful tribute show of all time. So what are you waiting for? Dust odd Those Flairs, platform shoes and satins and send out an SOS and Ring Ring to book tickets to BJORN AGAIN’S Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 2022 Tour.

The Stevie Wonder Story

You’ll hear wonderfully authentic renditions of the great classic hits from his songbook.

  • Dates:Sep 3
  • Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
  • Time(s):8pm

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  • Music:Tribute Band
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Ticket Price: $75.00 + $3.50 BF

Description

Featuring a full 9 piece band, this is an incredible line-up of musicians & singers whose global touring and studio recording credits include, amongst many others Beyonce, Grace Jones, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Annie Lennox, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin The Temptations and yes… Stevie Wonder himself. The band members have between them graced some of the biggest stages around the world including Sydney Opera House, Wembley Stadium, The Hollywood Bowl, Radio City Music Hall, Pyramid Stage Glastonbury, Royal Albert Hall and The Kremlin!

GLORIA

Co3 Contemporary Dance presents GLORIA by Douglas Wright after VIVALDI

  • Dates:14 - 18 September 2022
  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA

Details

  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Hosted By:Co3 Contemporary Dance

Description

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND LEGACY IN DANCE AND MUSIC. One of New Zealand’s most magnificent artists of the twenty-first century, Douglas Wright created beautiful, brave, and innovative work.?In honour of his extraordinary life, eight dancers from Co3 will perform his iconic dance GLORIA, a homecoming – to joy, to love and to dancing. Set to Vivaldi’s most famous sacred work performed live on stage, dancers fly, twist and turn in a graceful airborne celebration of life. Featuring West Australian Symphony Orchestra and St George’s Cathedral Consort conducted by Joseph Nolan. Event Dates & Times Wednesday 14 September 7.30pm – 8.30pm Thursday 15 September 7.30pm – 8.30pm Friday 16 September 7.30pm – 8.30pm Saturday 17 September 7.30pm – 8.30pm Sunday 18 September 4pm – 5pm Tickets $30–$75 +BF Age Suitability 12+ Content Warning One scene may contain brief minimal nudity.

Icon: An Extraordinary Event

Icon celebrates the enormous influence of German choreographer Pina Bausch on generations of dance from round the world. WAAPA is delighted to welcome Meryl Tankard & Michael Whaites to create spectacular shows.

  • Dates:Nov 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 & 17
  • Time(s):7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.00pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$28 - $35
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

In an international first, the Minderoo Foundation supports the remount of Pina Bausch’s Tannhäuser Bacchanal*. Danced by WAAPA students with LINK Dance Company, this is the first time Tannhäuser Bacchanal will be performed outside of Germany and the first-ever performance of Pina Bausch's work in Perth. Widely considered to be the precursor to Bausch's famous The Rite of Spring, Tannhäuser Bacchanal will be taught by leading artist-in-residence Marigia Maggipinto supported by Ophelia Young, both long-standing members of the Tanztheater Wuppertal. The Minderoo Foundation is proud to partner with WAAPA to bring these world-class arts practitioners to Perth as part of the Visiting Artist program.

Nyumbi

Experience a celebration of Nyoongar culture through song, dance and language, as local performers share their rich culture and history every Saturday.

  • Dates:Every Saturday | From 22 Jan 2022
  • Time(s):11am
  • Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip

Details

  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Type:Aboriginal,Community,Free
  • Event Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Hosted By:WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Other:Museum events

Description

Nyumbi means celebration dance in Nyoongar language. Experience a celebration of Nyoongar culture through song, dance and language, as local performers share their rich culture and history. Every Saturday at 11am, visitors are invited to experience this 45 minute, free event, including a smoking ceremony and celebration dance from a different Nyoongar performance group each week. Continue your journey into the Museum exhibition Ngalang Koort, Boodja Wirn – Our Heart, Country, Spirit in Wesfarmers Arts gallery, or join a guided tour through the Museum to experience Boola Bardip – ‘many stories’ from Aboriginal communities from around Western Australia. WA Museum Boola Bardip is on Whajduk Nyoongar boodjar. Nyoongar peoples are the Traditional Owners of the south-west boodjar (country) that covers the land from Jurien Bay, to Moora, and to the south coast between Bremer Bay and Esperance. There are 14 clans in Nyoongar nation. The WA Museum acknowledges the diversity that exists in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and that the spelling of words may also vary. Proudly supported by Tourism WA, City of Perth and produced by Karla Hart Enterprises.

Yagan Square's CAN'T CONTAIN MYSELF micro-museums

This winter landing in YAGAN SQUARE are micro-selfie-museums inside shipping containers that will change their highly-sharable design each month, decorated by Perth-street artists.

  • Dates:May 14 to July 31
  • Time(s):Containers open daily 11am - 2pm with FREE POPCORN
  • Venue:Yagan Square

Details

  • Event Venue:Yagan Square
  • Other:Arts & Crafts
  • Type:Community,Kids,Free,Workshops,Youth,Festivals
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Music:Busking,DJs,Free

Description

YAGAN SQUARE will engage the selfie-generation with stunning mini-museums in the form of evolving shipping containers landing in the precinct from May to July. CAN’T CONTAIN MYSELF features two shipping containers revamped with a new design each month by Perth-street artists, embracing a trend seen in cities across the world. With the aim of attracting traffic and interest to Yagan Square, the eye-popping container themes will create a highly sharable backdrop that are made for Instagram; such as one of incredible monochromatic optical illusions. The containers will be open every day of the three-month installation from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm with FREE POPCORN! The three-month container installation will run alongside a curated programme of pop-up events to vitalise Yagan Square on the weekends, including three "Container Weekender" events where the container designs are painted live, three “Yagan Live” Weekends combining arts, culture and family fun, school holiday Kids Sports, a Mini Flower Market and the Makuru Festival to coincide with Reconciliation Week.

In Crimson

A new and exciting immersive dance theatre work - What end of times party would you host?

  • Dates:Jul 12 - 16
  • Time(s):6pm and 8pm
  • Venue:Building 8, All Saints' College, Ewing Avenue Bull Creek

Details

  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre
  • Accessibility:Limited accessible tickets available for each performance
  • Hosted By:Natalie Allen and HotHouse Company
  • Ticket Price:$29-$35 plus booking fee

Description

Award winning dancer Natalie Allen and HotHouse Company co-present 'IN CRIMSON', inspired by the eerie 1842 Edgar Allan Poe story, 'The Masque of the Red Death'. The 55-minute 'IN CRIMSON' journey features ten emerging artists, all WAAPA graduates, and original music composition by Pavan Kumar Hari. 'IN CRIMSON' is a bold, extravagant, surreal adventure in which to reflect, reconsider, play and dream. Set to be Natalie Allen's (JULIA -Steamworks Arts), ab [intra] (Sydney Dance Company), Sleep No More (Punchdrunk), most ambitious choreographic work yet. 'IN CRIMSON' is proudly supported by the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries, HotHouse Company, Propel Youth Arts and Momentum Performing Arts.

Postgraduate Research Showcase

WAAPA postgraduate research showcase is taking the stage of Richard Gill Auditorium. Expect not to be expected!

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

Details

  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:Free event
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Part performance event, part short presentations, the WAAPA Postgraduate Research Showcase offers a rare opportunity for audiences to sample innovative arts projects in their nascent stages and comprehend the ideas that will transform the future of arts discourse. WAAPA's thriving postgraduate research program covers a broad range of performing arts disciplines, with a particular strength in practice-led research including interactive digital music systems, performance practices on historic piano, new directions in jazz, physiological analysis of human movement, theatre-making, choreography, and much more. Be amazed at these exciting new directions in research. Hosted by: WAAPA Higher Degree by Research students