world changed forever when
soPranos she won a scholarship to the
Metropolitan opera Young
shIne In artists Program in new York.
handel oPera durkin was only the second
australian in 38 years to be
awarded this prestigious four-
Two of australia’s finest sopranos will perform year scholarship.
the role of angelica in opera australia’s since then, durkin’s
2008 sydney and Melbourne productions of performances have drawn
handel’s wild and magical opera, Orlando. superlatives from the opera
rachelle durkin, who has been touted as world’s critics. she has been
one of australia’s young operatic stars, sang described as having “a voice
alongside Italian contralto sonia Prina in the that is both supple and agile”
sydney season at the opera house from and “a flawless coloratura
Rachelle Durkin as Angelica in the Opera Australia production of ‘Orlando’
august 18-september 11. technique, exquisite tone and
The Melbourne production, which will dramatic ability.”
open at the state Theatre in the Victorian after Orlando, durkin takes on the role of Just over a month ago, she performed the
arts Centre on november 27, will see opera Gilda in Rigoletto for the state opera of south title role in a new opera australia production
australia Principal artist emma Matthews take australia, followed by a stint with the hawaii of Lucia di Lammermoor, a role made famous
to the stage as handel’s bewitching heroine. opera Theatre playing Constanze in The by dame Joan sutherland. directed by
durkin and Matthews share more than Abduction from the Seraglio. Then it’s back world renowned conductor and sutherland’s
the femme fatale role in a handel opera; both to her home town for the Perth International husband, sir richard Bonynge, Matthews
women trained at the Western australian arts Festival, as Kumudha in the australian was “in characteristically silver-voiced form,
academy of Performing arts. premiere of A Flowering Tree by John adams. and her performance only grew in sparkle
Growing up in the Perth suburb of emma Matthews made her debut with and assurance as the evening progressed,
Maddington, durkin had not studied music opera australia in 1993 as damigella in culminating in a top e flat so exact that it was
when she was accepted into WaaPa at the Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, just in danger of devaluing the sheer stamina
age of 16. Graduating in 1997, durkin’s first a year after graduating from WaaPa. she involved.”
professional gig was in the chorus of the is now regarded as one of australia’s most of her many awards, Matthews has won
West australian opera. Three years later, her outstanding sopranos, equally at home helpmann awards for Best Female Performer
with opera and concert in an opera for The Love of the Nightingale, as
repertoire. well as for the title roles in Lulu and Lakme,
When Matthews and is the recipient of a Mo award (Classical
appeared as a special Performer of the Year, 2004) and a Green
guest with renowned room award (Best Female singer in a Title
Images by Branco Gaica, courtesy of Opera Australia
spanish tenor Jose role, 2004) for her performance in Lulu.
Carreras in two concerts Future events for Matthews include her
at the sydney opera debut at the royal opera house Covent
house earlier this year, Garden in the title role of The Cunning
she was described by The Little Vixen, a concert tour singing the role
Australian’s John Grant of aspasia in Mitridate with sir Charles
as “a stunning artist... Mackerras and Welsh national opera, as well
possessing versatility, as a solo opera recital disc of bel canto arias
range of expression and with the orchestre Philharmonique de Monte
thrilling coloratura.” Carlo for Universal/aBC Classics.
Emma Matthews as Lucia in the Opera Australia production of ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’
Proud supporter of INSIDE WAAPA
In Wa oPera’s
The West australian opera’s production of
rossini’s The Barber of Seville – an opera
Conference production which opened in
sydney last year – played at Perth’s his
Majesty’s Theatre from august 2-16.
While there were many WaaPa graduates
in the cast, it was the set and costume design
of 2003 WaaPa graduate leon Krasenstein
Image by James Rogers
that drew the most praise from critic rosalind
In her review for the West Australian,
appleby described the 24-year-old designer
as “the true star of this production.” With Caitlin Hulcup and Luke Gabbedy in Leon Krasenstein’s set for WA Opera’s production of ‘The Barber of Seville’
director John Milson setting the action in a of those on stage, the critic was also les Talens lyriques.
1930s spanish health spa, Krasenstein drew glowing in praise for WaaPa graduates Caitlin luke Gabbedy in the role of Figaro was
on the works of spanish architect Gaudi as hulcup and luke Gabbedy, both of whom had “...a splendid Italian-sounding baritone with
the inspiration for his art nouveau design of a principal roles. a winning smile” who won over the audience
sanatorium. describing hulcup’s performance as a from the moment he stepped on stage.
The result was a set of undulating lines, standout, appleby enthused that the young WaaPa graduate Penelope reynolds as
with mosaic walls, coloured glass windows mezzo soprano’s rosina was “...delightful Berta also received special mention in the
and swirling wooden furniture. “There’s not a and full of character with expressive eyes review.
straight line in the design,” says Krasenstein. that entrance not just her Count but the In addition to these principals, WaaPa
The visually stunning effect had appleby audience, too. hulcup’s mezzo soprano is both graduates in the Wa opera Chorus for
writing that “Krasenstein’s baubles and dreamy and deft; every note in the coloratura this production included: tenors roberto
gargoyles are a feast for the eyes, glowing in passages is precise and cleverly used to abate (2004), alasdair Kent (2005), Tim
gold and cool green and accentuated by the express her teenage mood swings.” schoenmakers (1993), neville Talbot (1996),
colours of the costumes.” For the costumes, hulcup now lives in the UK, and has Matthew Ward (2007) and Thomas Wood
Krasenstein melded 1930s style with spanish appeared with the Vienna state opera, (2007); baritones Mark hurst (2004) and
flair and a touch of surrealism reminiscent of stuttgart opera, deutsche staatsoper, as well Philip Murray (1995).
salvador dali’s art. as the scottish opera and Christoph rousset’s
haT Parade lotus, the Money Bunny, the Bum-First Bird “The director, John sheedy, wanted them as
big as possible so we tried to do that!”
a hIT and the lipstick Top hat.
With Black swan supplying the materials
and WaaPa’s Costume Coordinator Fleur
at the end of the Black swan season, the
hats were returned to WaaPa with a view to
WaaPa’s 2nd Year Costume design students Kingsland providing the supervision – and showcasing them in a future foyer display.
designed and made a range of absurdist hats designing two hats herself
for Black swan Theatre Company’s production – the hat-making was
of Far Away by Caryl Churchill, which opened incorporated into the students’
at Perth’s Playhouse Theatre on august 19. course as a class project.
Bryan Woltjen, the set and Costume In addition to the hats
designer on Far Away and himself a WaaPa being part of the costumes
graduate, knew where to come to find artistic for Far Away, there were also
minds and capable hands to fulfill his design hats being ‘created’ on stage
requirements. in roles performed by WaaPa’s
his request for 20 hats evocative of an 1st Year acting students.
Alice in Wonderland fantasy world gave the “The scene in which the
students the opportunity to indulge their hats were used is not a long
wildest artistic expressions. The results speak scene but it’s a scene that’s
for themselves, with evocative names such got to have a huge amount of
as the erect Tie Cloche, the dead Bird, satellite impact,” says Kingsland.
For full details on the WaaPa 2008 program, go to waapa.ecu.edu.au or phone the academy Box office on 08 9370 6895
MoMBer FronTs sTaGe ManaGeMenT
‘a CUrrenT aFFaIr’ sTUdenT WIns
WaaPa Broadcasting graduate, louise Momber has been appointed as IndIGenoUs
the new Perth presenter of Channel nine’s A Current Affair.
since graduating in 2005, louise sCholarshIP
has worked as a news journalist
with Channel 7, WIn and nine. at a presentation ceremony held in July during naIdoC week, WaaPa
WaaPa Broadcasting Course stage Management student amy hammond (pictured below left)
Coordinator, Jo McManus says and edith Cowan University Criminology and Justice student Julie
louise is a naturally gifted Pickett were awarded 2008 Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous australian
“louise is a very talented The scholarship is valued at $2,500 per semester and is available
broadcaster who was offered a role to students of Indigenous australian descent who make a valued
in TV news before she had even contribution to, and demonstrate leadership within, the Indigenous
graduated,” she said. and University communities.
“Many of our students have after completing the three-year stage Management course at
achieved great roles in the industry, WaaPa, amy is now working towards a Bachelor of arts (Performing
louise is one of four WaaPa arts) and hopes to
students presenting news and finish her studies
current affairs on TV in Perth.” in 2009. amy is
also working with
the Michael leslie
arTs ManaGeMenT Foundation for the
arts, teaching and
sTUdenT InVITed To inspiring young
Indigenous people in
oVerseas ConFerenCe the Pilbara.
Melissa Tencer, a 3rd Year arts Management student, travelled to Istanbul,
Turkey at the end of august after being invited to present a paper at the
Professor Kerry Cox
2008 International Conference of Cultural Policy research (ICCPr).
Tencer’s conference paper, entitled Own Art: Making Art Affordable?,
outstanding work of
was based on an 8,000 word research paper that the 20-year-old
undergraduate wrote for an elective unit at WaaPa in 2007.
Tencer researched own art, an interest free loan scheme for the
visual arts currently operating in england and scotland. The scheme, was in acting, and she flirted with the idea of applying to WaaPa’s acting
based on a 1983 Welsh initiative called the Collectorplan, aims to make course. But in Year 11 a school trip to sydney for a week of drama
the buying of art more widely accessible at the same time as providing workshops at nIda changed her mind.
visual artists with an income base. “I came back and I said to my mum, ‘I don’t want to do this’... I just
In her research paper, Tencer examined how and why the scheme didn’t enjoy it at all.”
emerged, and what effect it had on the art market in england. she then so the following year, rather than treading the boards in the Year 12
explored the possible benefits and limitations that would arise if the play, Tencer went behind the scenes and took on the marketing and
scheme was to be introduced in australia. front of house management. Tencer also set up an art exhibition that
encouraged by her arts Management lecturer, Chris Challon, Tencer had similar themes to the play.
submitted a 200-word abstract to the biannual ICCPr, which this year “The play was Cloudstreet. It has a lot of water themes in it and one
was held at Istanbul’s Yeditepe University from august 20-24. of the artists I knew in Bunbury
on being invited to present her paper at the conference, Tencer did a lot of very abstract water-
refined her research document into a 20-minute presentation. inspired pieces, so we used one as
“Then I rehearsed it and rehearsed it,” said Tencer, who is currently the inspiration for the poster,” says
on a 10-week secondment with the Perth International arts Festival. “My Tencer. “so I thought, why not do an
partner got very sick of listening to it!” exhibition of his works in the foyer?
To assist with her travelling expenses, Tencer successfully applied for so that was where I started.”
a $3,000 art Flight grant from the department of Culture and the arts her drama teacher then pointed
to cover her airfares, while the Friends of the academy donated $500 Tencer towards WaaPa’s arts
towards her accommodation costs. Management course.
“My dad was a bit worried about me travelling to Istanbul by myself,” “I’d never heard of it before... so
laughs Tencer. “so both my mum and dad came over with me to see me I looked it up on the internet and
present my paper.” applied and got in straight out of high
Tencer, who grew up in Bunbury, was passionate about the visual school. That’s when I found out what I
and performing arts from a young age. Initially, however, her interest want to do.”
haVe roCK-sTar BUs, MFo WIll TraVel
by a deep love for his big band. “This band is a
rare beast and I look forward to every time we
can get together,” he enthuses.
now an integral part of the Perth jazz
scene, MFo has been commissioned by
the Perth Jazz society, collaborated with
aboriginal singers from the band djiva,
performed with jazz legend Jim Pugh,
released three Cds and been twice nominated
for WaMi Jazz Group of the Year.
Image by Andrew Jamieson
For this tour, which took 12 months to
organise, Francis received $35,000 worth of
funding from sound Travellers, a new initiative
from the australia Council, the Contemporary
Music Touring Program and from artsWa.
Travelling in a huge rock-star coach complete Bennetts lane – performing original In addition, Francis was able to fundraise a
with bunk beds and plasma screen television, compositions by Francis, Thorne and further $10,000.
the Mace Francis orchestra – or MFo for short robinson, along with classic big band pieces. That the tour was a resounding success
– hit the road at the beginning of July for a The band’s sydney gig, performed at The is validated by the glowing reviews the band
whirlwind interstate tour. sound lounge at the seymour Centre, was received.
The 14-piece jazz orchestra, led by band recorded live with a view to release in the near “The players were consistently good,
leader and composer Mace Francis, performed future, and in Melbourne they were invited but I noticed especially guitarist Tim Jago
their way down the east coast from Brisbane into the aBC studios to be filmed for the (a finalist in the recent national Jazz
to lismore, Byron Bay, Canberra, sydney, sunday arts program which aired on July 20. awards), Callum G’Froerer (winner of a stan
albury, Melbourne and adelaide, packing in 12 Mace Francis, the powerhouse behind Getz/Clifford Brown scholarship), baritone
shows in 18 days. the band, graduated from WaaPa in 2004 saxist Mark sprogowski who blew a storm
apart from one musician, the MFo tour with an honours degree in Composition. he on Moanin’, and drummer Greg Brenton
line-up reads like a WaaPa reunion, with Ben immediately set about forming the orchestra who just seemed to fit the tunes so neatly.
Collins (2004), daniel Thorne (2007), alistair to experiment with composition in the style But the whole band played wonderfully, so
Mcevoy (2007), Mark sprogowski (2000) of the great modern big bands led by Bob perhaps I shouldn’t highlight names within
on saxophones; ricki Malet (2003), Callum Brookmeyer, Thad Jones and Maria schneider. such a collaborative activity... In summary,
G’Froerer (3rd Year student) on trumpets; Four years later, Francis not only conducts an excellent and inspiring night of improvised
Percy James landers (2003), robin Murray and composes, but also secures gigs, and composed music at a high quality level.”
(2nd Year student), Tilman robinson (2007) applies for funding and does promotion. and - canberrajazz.blogspot.com
on trombones; Tim Jago (1997) on guitar; that’s when he’s not playing in other Perth “Their musicianship is flawless, with some
Wayne slater (2006) on bass; and Greg ensembles, being the musical director of impossibly seasoned, mature playing, from
Brenton (2005) on drums. the West australian Youth Jazz orchestra or men, in some cases, barely out of short
The band’s gigs were at jazz clubs lecturing at WaaPa. pants... enchanting, unforgettable, moving
– in Melbourne they played at the famous It’s a hard slog, but the 29-year-old is fired music!” – Australian Stage online
at the end of May, ausdance Wa announced dance Company, skadada, sydney Theatre
ClaUdIa alessI that Claudia alessi had been appointed
director of the australian Youth dance
Company and the West australian opera. as
an independent artist alessi has produced
aPPoInTed 2009 Festival for 2009. and performed her solo work Point of Entry for
alessi is currently completing a Master the 2002 Perth International arts Festival and
of Creative arts degree at WaaPa, and works 4by2 A Series of Encounters (2004).
with the academy’s dance and Musical she was nominated for the australian
Theatre departments as a sessional lecturer dance award for Most outstanding Female
and choreographer. Performer in 2002, 2004 and 2006. In 2006
alessi has over 15 years experience in she was joint winner of the West australian
youth dance, having worked for both sTePs dance award for Most outstanding Female
Youth dance Company and Buzz dance Performer for her roles in Drovers’ Wives and
Theatre in directorial and choreographic roles. Hoofas.
she has also worked in youth theatre, with of her new appointment, alessi says,
organisations such as Barking Gecko and the “having worked in youth dance practice for
north West Program for australian Theatre for a number of years, directing the next aYdF
Young People. feels as though it will be a culmination of the
over the past 21 years alessi has years of knowledge and learning, effort and
performed and toured extensively both experience that will be utilized to inspire,
nationally and internationally with dance and instruct and guide the future dancers for
theatre companies such as Chrissie Parrott tomorrow’s ever-changing dance environment.”
sCholarshIP WInners aT WaYJo
on august 1, a talented line-up of WaaPa students and graduates joined australian music legend James
Morrison on stage at the Perth Concert hall.
James Morrison and Friends featured the acclaimed trumpeter with the Wa Youth Jazz orchestra (WaYJo),
under the musical direction of WaaPa graduate Mace Francis. approximately 95 percent of the membership of
WaYJo comprises WaaPa students.
special guests for the evening included drummer John Morrison, the brother of James, and WaYJo’s former
Images by Andrew Jamieson
musical director, Graeme lyall, one of the country’s leading saxophonists and a long-serving WaaPa lecturer.
They were joined on stage by jazz diva libby hammer, a 1997 graduate who is now lecturer in Jazz Vocals,
backed by two current WaaPa students, amelia Tri Wardani and shameem Taleri-lee. recent WaaPa graduate
and 2008 James Morrison scholarship winner, 19-year-old pianist Konrad Paszkudzki, performed with fellow
graduates and past winners
Mace Francis conducts WAYJO
of the James Morrison
scholarship, saxophonist Troy
roberts, trumpeter Mat Jodrell, double bass player dane alderson and
drummer andrew Fisenden.
The concert was also the occasion for the announcement of the
winners of the Bendat Family Trust scholarships, awarded to two
deserving musicians in WaYJo’s Composers’ ensemble for their
musical excellence, dedication and leadership within the band. WaaPa
students, pianist sarah McKenzie and saxophonist Brett smith were
each awarded a prize of $2,500 to further their musical endeavours.
McKenzie plans to use her prize money to record an lP of original
music with her band, while smith would like to travel overseas to
study with some of his music idols.
James Morrison is a patron of WaYJo and the night is the
orchestra’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
“I can’t go anywhere else in australia and play with a youth jazz
orchestra this good,” Morrison said.
James Morrison with Libby Hammer (left) and Sarah McKenzie
WaaPa VICTorIa neWTon reTUrns To
VoCalIsTs alMa MaTer
MaKe MaThY after more than 15 years spent forging her reputation in london as “a jazz singer a cut above the
seMI-FInals crowd,” WaaPa graduate Victoria newton has returned to her home town of Perth. on august 6, she
performed at WaaPa as part of the Jazz Windows series.
since moving to london in 1990, newton has worked with many leading British jazz musicians
Four WaaPa-trained classical singers have
and has performed at major international jazz festivals throughout the UK and europe, and in
made the semi-finals of the australian singing
countries such as Japan, Brazil and Malaysia.
Competition’s 2008 Mathy awards for classical
she collaborated with acid-jazz recording artist
singers under the age of 26, to be held on
ronny Jordan and performed with popular latin/jazz-
september 7 at the sydney Conservatorium of
fusion band, Cayenne. newton has also turned her
hand to pop, singing with dance/pop group strike, who
Current WaaPa students, soprano sky
enjoyed chart success in the UK and europe with five
Ingram, tenor Thomas Wood and baritone
top 40 hits including their smash hit ‘U sure do’. With
sam roberts-smith join graduate Jennifer
strike, newton made TV appearances on Top of the Pops
Barrington and six other semi-finalists
and MTV, and toured internationally supporting artists
selected from heats held around australia to
such as Jocelyn Brown and the spice Girls.
perform a program ranging from lieder and art
More recently, newton performed at london’s
songs to opera and oratorio. The semi-finalists
foremost jazz venue, ronnie scott’s Jazz Club with the
will be accompanied by internationally
ronnie scott Big Band, a performance which newton
renowned pianist david harper.
ranks as one of the highlights of her career to date.
although several awards will be
newton set WaaPa’s Music auditorium swinging with
announced on the night, the biggest ‘prize’
her unique combination of energy, spontaneity and
will be the opportunity for five singers to
progress to the finals, where they will vie for
valuable scholarships, cash prizes and the
$30,000 Marianne Mathy scholarship.
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Jenn’s JoUrneY: FroM The Bard To BerKoFF
When Michael Jenn graduated from “Yes, there’s a rhythm to the verse but it fun to work with”, along with simon McBurney
secondary school in sussex, england, he has to sound like you’re making it up for the of the British experimental theatre company,
immediately packed his bags and moved to first time, that no one’s ever said it before. Complicite. That Jenn is drawn to this
london, determined to pursue his dream of That’s a very hard thing to do, it’s a big, big company – known for its strong ensemble
becoming an actor. For a year before being ask – especially when it’s something as work that combines realistic and stylized
accepted into the Bristol old Vic Theatre well known as ‘To be or not to be, that is the acting with narrative text, movement, music
school, Jenn took any theatre job he could question’ – but I’m asking it anyway because and visual art – is not surprising, given his
get – such as working backstage on West end I want all the students to produce the best long-term working relationship with steven
shows doing props. work they’re capable of.” Berkoff.
during the rehearsals for Love, Lust and “as an actor you get very used to starting
Revenge, Jenn was amazed to find himself with the text and then building up your
forgetting that the actors, production crew character and blocking always comes into it,”
and stage management were still only explains Jenn. “Berkoff works the other way
students. “I know it’s part of the ethos of around, I mean he’s absolutely passionate
WaaPa but they were so punctual, they were about words and text but for him the physical
so focussed, they knew what they were doing. movement and choreography of the piece is
I’ve worked with professional companies in as important as the text.”
Britain that have less professionalism than Berkoff’s commitment to working as an
this place.” ensemble also draws Jenn’s admiration.
Jenn’s own three years of training at the “of all the directors I’ve worked with he
Bristol old Vic Theatre school still holds him in understands and believes in the ensemble
Michael Jenn in ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ in
good stead. the most. It’s almost like working as part of a
“I feel that with any training the penny Greek chorus. You’ll be moving around as one
now, some 28 years later, Jenn has well doesn’t always drop while you’re there,” sort of amorphous mass and then you pop
and truly lived his dream. at the beginning says Jenn. “I’ll be rehearsing a show and out and do individual lines as the character
of this year, he trod the boards in one of
even though it’s 26 years since I finished my but then you return to the ensemble. It’s
the West end’s most famous theatres, the
donmar Warehouse, playing Montano in training, I’ll suddenly remember something much more in the Central european tradition
shakespeare’s Othello. directed by the that one of my tutors said... From my rather than the British tradition. Britain
donmar’s artistic director, Michael Grandage, experience there’s only so much you can suffers from this acting malaise of a lot of
and starring Chiwetel ejiofor as othello and put into practice while you’re training, you actors who work from the neck up. steven
ewan McGregor as Iago, this production was actually need to get out there and do it.” works you from your crown to your toes, your
the hottest show in london, with a black Getting out there and doing it was the only whole body.”
market ticket costing up to £1200. thing Jenn expected would happen when,
In between, Jenn has enjoyed a career as an enthusiastic 20-year-old, he finally
studded with memorable moments: working graduated from drama school. however, as
with Geoffrey rush on the film Quills; being many actors will know from hard experience,
directed by steven Berkoff nearly a dozen the industry had an unpleasant reality check
times; performing on world tours that took awaiting him. Instead of performing, the 20-
him from Communist romania in the frozen year-old found himself working as a luggage
depths of winter to the Perth International porter in a hotel.
arts Festival in summer; and playing an evil It was the low-point of his career. But after
demon – complete with prosthetic makeup only three months of “wearing a horrible
and flying sequences – on the soon-to-be- brown nylon uniform carrying bags for toffy-
released BBC television series, Merlin. nosed business men who didn’t give you any A scene from WAAPA’s production of ‘Love, Lust and Revenge’
his most recent job brought him to Perth tips,” Jenn scored a theatre job and his first
as the director of WaaPa’s 2nd Year acting film, Another Country. “You have to develop your stamina and
students on Love, Lust and Revenge, a short he rates Another Country as one of his your flexibility because it’s very demanding
season of scenes from shakespeare, which most enjoyable experiences on a film set, stuff that Berkoff does. Salome, which we
opened on august 23 in the enright studio. along with the nine weeks he spent working did here in Perth, is just over two hours long
having worked on shakespeare on Quills. without an interval and it’s all done in slow
productions in Britain for the royal “on Quills we had a whole week or more motion, it’s all done in stylized movement and
shakespeare Company, the old Vic, the of rehearsals and improvisation, that’s you’re doing that for two hours non-stop.”
national Theatre and Cheek by Jowl, Jenn very unusual. I think it was partly because It’s a far cry from Jenn’s first acting role
knows a thing or two about performing the Geoffrey rush was playing the lead and of at school, playing the spanish ambassador
Bard’s plays. course he has a very theatrical background... in A Man for All Seasons with a stick-on
“When I hear people say ‘oh I love it was wonderful to improvise with him and moustache.
shakespeare plays, I love all the poetry’, research the characters before we started “I was 14, I don’t think I started shaving
they’re almost talking as if the plays should shooting.” until I was about 18.” laughs Jenn. “so I was
be recited,” says Jenn. “But they’re not Jenn cites rush as someone he would one a bit young casting for that... but a character
poems, they’re drama, they’re thrilling day like to be directed by, “because he’s such part already!”
2008 sallY BUrTon aWards neW BooK For
on June 3 the sally Burton awards were presented in the roundhouse Theatre at WaaPa. MCInnes
The awards comprise two annual prizes in memory of the great actor, richard Burton. all
students in 3rd Year acting at WaaPa were invited to participate for the prizes – one for a male, one logie winning actor William McInnes has just
for a female – worth $2,000 each. released his third book, That’d Be Right: A
The students had to prepare and present a shakespearean, Jacobean or elizabethan original Fairly True History of Modern Australia.
text monologue or duologue, no longer than three minutes in duration. The judging was based on McInnes’ first book, A Man’s Got to Have a
the ability to speak the verse, connect to the text, interpret the content and present the finished Hobby was published in 2005 and his second,
work. Cricket Kings was released in 2006.
The judging panel, comprising directors raymond omedei, Terence Crawford and Kate Cherry, The 1988 WaaPa graduate carved a name
chose elizabeth Blackmore and for himself as sergeant nick schultz on the
James Mackay as the winners. long-running television series, Blue Heelers
elizabeth performed the role of and then as Max in the aBC’s SeaChange.
Franceshina in a scene from John subsequent film roles include My Brother
Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan, Jack (2001), Do or Die (2001), Dirty Deeds
while James played Ferdinand in (2002), The Shark Net (2003) and Look Both
a scene from The Duchess of Malfi Ways (2005), which was written and directed
by John Webster. by McInnes’
WaaPa is tremendously wife, sarah Watt.
grateful for the generosity of last year
sally Burton in making these McInnes had
awards available to honour the the lead role
work of her late husband. in sBs’s East
Sally Burton (centre) with award winners Elizabeth Blackmore and James Mackay West 101, and
IT’s neVer Too laTe To ConVerT was seen on
the big screen
WaaPa provides a limited number of students the opportunity to convert their advanced diploma in the film,
into a Bachelor of Performing arts (BPa) by offering an 18 month conversion program. unfinished Sky.
The BPa conversion is also offered to industry professionals, providing an opportunity to extend
an area of work or formalise professional practice.
“Fundamentally it’s based around a project,” says dr Maggi Phillips, Coordinator of research and
Creative Practice. “In addition to seven coursework units, the students dream up a practical project saTIsFaCTIon
which they undertake and then follow up with an 8000 word paper reflecting on their project.”
as the BPa conversion course is offered across all disciplines at WaaPa, the results of these For Clare
projects are wonderfully diverse.
“one student with school-age children was interested in notions of performance in the school logie winner and former McLeod’s Daughter
environment, so she made a documentary on that; a music student produced a manual for star dustin Clare has joined the cast of the
fingering for the guitar; and a dancer who studied in India did a multicultural dance project with a showtime television series, Satisfaction.
showing at the end of her exploration,” says Phillips. set in and around an up-market city
Tamara Cook is one arts professional who recently returned to the Mt lawley campus to brothel, Satisfaction follows the lives of five
complete her BPa conversion, 17 years after graduating with an advanced diploma of acting. high class escorts and their manager.
The actor, who is back in her home town of Perth after many years in sydney, has worked in Clare is best known for his role as
theatre, film and television, including stints on such popular TV series as The Cooks, White Collar riley Ward on Channel 9’s series McLeod’s
Blue, All Saints, Water Rats and Breakers. Most recently, she played Martha in the Black swan Daughters and last year won the TV Week
Theatre Company production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by edward albee at Perth’s Playhouse logie award for Most Popular new Male Talent.
Theatre in May. she is also a director and acting teacher. since graduating from WaaPa in 2004,
It was the quest for more sought-after and better paid teaching positions that brought Cook Clare has also appeared in guest roles in All
back to university life. Saints and Headland, played the role of sir
“The practical side of acting, I’ve done for years and years,” Cooks says. “The degree means I’ll Charles Kingsford smith in the aBC docu-
have the academic side too, with the language and writing skills.” drama series, Air Australia, and starred in
Cook, who is studying part-time, is using her acting and directing experience to feed directly the short film Iron Bird. he recently wrote,
into her theoretical work for the conversion course. directed and starred in the short film Cane
last year Cook directed WaaPa’s 3rd Year acting students in a production of steven Berkoff’s Cutter, which
East at the Blue room Theatre; this year, she has completed the draft of an 8000-word paper on premiered at the Palm
Berkoff’s theatre techniques. springs International
similarly, after she directed Dead Caesar – written by and starring Chris Taylor of The Chaser shortFest Film
fame – at the sydney Theatre Company in July last year, Cook wrote a paper on issues that arose Festival in august.
from the experience. her next assignment will be based on an idea that developed after seeing the The 26-year-old
2007 Perth Theatre Company production of albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia, and then this year actor, who for the
performing in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. past 12 months has
dr Maggi Phillips believes that another benefit of the conversion course is the cross-discipline been based in the Us,
discourse that occurs between students. “They come together once a week for the unit I take, and returned to australia
then you have these conversations of musos talking to lighting and sound students and dancers in June to take up his
and actors – and that’s really productive.” role in Satisfaction.
RESIDENcIES, BARRIE INGHAM, star of both Broadway and
the West end, gave a solo presentation on StAff cAmEoS
WoRkShoPS the art and skill of being an actor at WaaPa’s JuST A FEW OF THE ONGOING
AND vISItoRS ACHIEVEMENTS OF WAAPA STAFF
roundhouse Theatre on september 1. The
award-winning The Actor, devised by Ingham
and Terry hands during their time together at
director CHRIS BENDALL, co-founder and
the royal shakespeare Company, has played coNgRAtULAtIoNS to...
new York and london and toured south africa,
artistic director of the highly acclaimed
australia and the Usa. Ingham also gave a
Melbourne independent theatre company, PETER HOLLAND
masterclass on shakespeare for the acting
Theatre@risk, directed the 3rd Year acting (Coordinator and
students in the Germaine Greer adaptation senior lecturer,
of aristophanes’ classic comedy, Lysistrata, Broadcasting)
SHAROLYN KIMMORLEY, renowned
which opened on august 22 at WaaPa’s was the
accompanist and vocal coach, conducted
roundhouse Theatre. In May of this year, recipient of a
vocal coaching at WaaPa in July. she also
Bendall relocated to Wa to take up the position 2008 Citation
joined david Wickham (senior lecturer,
of artistic director of deckchair Theatre in for outstanding
Piano) and students from the Classical
Vocal course for a wonderful performance
of Brahms’ Liebesliederwalzer. Kimmorley,
formerly head of Music at opera australia,
has accompanied some of the world’s
by the australian learning and Teaching
most distinguished recitalists including
Council (alTC) at a presentation evening
Joan sutherland, richard Bonynge, Bryn
held at the Wa Maritime Museum on august
Terfel, Joan Carden, Teddy Tahu rhodes and
8. holland, who received $10,000 in prize
Kathleen Battle, among many others.
money, was recognised for a contemporary
broadcasting course designed and delivered
Melbourne born pianist-composer BEN
by a collaborative team of academic and
MARTIN, a graduate of new York’s famous
support staff, achieving outstanding student
Juilliard school of Music, spent a week in
residence at WaaPa giving masterclasses
and workshops. he also performed a recital
on august 22, acclaimed australian guitarists In July, JULIA MOODY (senior lecturer in
with violinist Peter Tanfield in WaaPa’s Music
SLAVA and LEONARD GRIGORYAN performed acting - Voice) presented a paper at the
auditorium on august 20.
to a sold-out audience in WaaPa’s Music British Voice association Choice for Voice
auditorium. The following day, slava gave a 2008 conference. The paper was called
Joining the WaaPa Music Theatre students
masterclass for the Classical Guitar society of How accent training can develop the vocal
on stage in the mid-year production of
Wa at the Mount lawley campus. detective and discussed using accent and
Oklahoma! was one of australia’s greatest
dialect training as a tool for helping people
musical theatre performers, JILL PERRYMAN,
adapt their vocal use. Moody also participated
as a special guest artist in the role of aunt
in a Fitzmaurice Voicework workshop.
ella. Oklahoma! was directed by TERENCE
O’CONNELL, with musical direction by derek
ANGELA PUNCH MCGREGOR (lecturer, acting)
Bond and choreography by Jenny lynnd.
starred in Black swan Theatre Company’s
production of Far Away by Caryl Churchill,
which opened on august 19 at Perth’s
LISA SCOTT-MURPHY (lecturer, acting
– Movement) presented her paper Reflection
in Practice – keeping your lecture alive at
the 2008 higher education research and
development society of australasia (herdsa)
In July, swiss drummer and composer FRITZ Conference in rotorua, new Zealand from July
HAUSER, who has been described by the 1-4. Presented in collaboration with amanda
New York Times as “simply one of the best Burrell from the University of Canberra, scott-
Trumpeter SCOTT TINKLER was a visiting
drummers alive”, gave masterclasses at Murphy’s presentation covered her research
artist at WaaPa in august, treating the
WaaPa and performed with percussionists work on using theatrical training techniques
students to a concert and workshop to
from Tetrafide in the roundhouse Theatre. to deal with stage fright in teaching. even
remember. scott is widely recognised as
hauser develops solo programs for drums academics can get debilitating nerves!
being one of australia’s finest trumpeters
and percussion that he performs worldwide.
and improvisers, with a unique conception
he also creates cross-media works,
compositions for percussion ensemble and
and approach to improvisation. his rhythmic
knowledge is second to none and he stunned
for more information on
soloists, sound installations, radio plays, and
music for films and readings.
students with his workshop on number
diamonds, complex rhythm structures and
what’s on at WAAPA go to
free improvisation. waapa.ecu.edu.au
JuST A FEW OF THE ONGOING
The Bill Warnock award for most promising
Williamson play, Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson
Parrot, which opened on June 7 at The arts
ACHIEVEMENTS OF WAAPA STuDENTS 2nd Year Music Theatre student – taking into
account classwork, attitude and performance,
contribution to the course, support of fellow
danCe students and performance skills – was
awarded to CHRISTY MCINERNEY. The award
Image by Gary Marsh, courtesy of
In october, 3rd Year dance students NATALIE
was presented by diana Warnock on stage at
Black Swan Theatre Company
ALLEN, LACHLAN BELL, RICHARD CILLI, KATE
the conclusion of the opening performance of
HERRON, BENJAMIN KIRKMAN, JENNIFER LOTH,
WaaPa’s mid-year musical, Oklahoma!
ALISON PLEVEY and JOSEPH SIMONS will travel
to Melbourne to participate in the australian
Institute of Classical dance (aICd) dance ProdUCTIon & desIGn
Creation 2008, held at the national Theatre
for the weekend of october 31-november 1. a seven 3rd Year Costume design students have Tamara Cook in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’
non-competitive event held biannually, the aICd been accepted into the finals of the Wa Fashion
dance Creation allows selected choreographers awards in the costume category, which will be TAMARA COOK (1990) played the role of Martha
to create and present new works for invited held on september 7. They are LOUISA BANNAH, in the Black swan Theatre Company production
artistic directors of national and regional TONIA KAPTEIN, RENEE KRISTENSEN, MAEVANA of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Perth’s
companies. WaaPa’s dancers will present a new MITCHELL, BRODIE SIMPSON, KERRY SPIBEY Playhouse Theatre from May 17-June 1.
piece choreographed on them by Tim o’donnell and LAUREN WIDDICOMBE.
of the West australian Ballet, and a pas de EAMON FLACK (2003) directed Arabian
deux from Sum of One, a work choreographed KERRY SPIBEY, a 3rd year Costume design Night by the German playwright roland
by WaaPa’s lecturer in Classical dance, Kim student, spent her mid-year break employed schimmelpfennig for Griffin Theatre Company,
McCarthy. The WaaPa trip is being sponsored by as assistant Wardrobe standby on the film which played at sydney’s stables Theatre from
the aICd Wa branch, the aICd head office and Stormworld. august 1-23. The cast included ALICE ANSARA
Qantas. (2003), BRYCE YOUNGMAN (2001) and ELAN
3rd Year dance student WILLIAM BANKS is APPLAUSE ZAVELSKY (2007).
RICHIE FLANAGAN (2006) and MELANIE
working towards a dance competition in Beijing JuST A FEW OF THE ONGOING
in october. MUNT (2005) performed Motortown at the
ACHIEVEMENTS OF WAAPA ALuMNI
Blue room Theatre from June 18-July 5, as
3rd Year dance students BENJAMIN KIRKMAN part of the Perth’s Winter arts Festival. other
and JOSEPH SIMONS were involved in the aBorIGInal TheaTre WaaPa graduates involved in the production
West australian Ballet’s contemporary dance include designer SKYE HEGARTY (2004),
KARLA HART (2005) is enjoying plentiful work lighting designer KAREN COOK (2005) and
season at the regal Theatre, Ballet at the regal, with her own indigenous dance company
from July 31-august 2. simons went on tour choreographer NATALYA ALESSI (2002).
Kwarbah djookian. MELINDA EADES (2005) is
with the Wa Ballet and Kirkman represented also a member of the ensemble.
the company by presenting their educational HELENE JOY (1995) is starring in the new
program to several schools in the metropolitan Canadian series Durham County, a drama
MAITLAND SCHNAARS (2004) and SAM PILOT filmed in ontario which revolves around
area. (2004) are currently in Zaragoza, spain detective Mike sweeny and his family. Joy, who
performing for the World expo with Maitland’s won a 2005 leo award (British Columbian Film
MUsIC company, Corazon de Vaca. Their play Bridging and Television awards) for her role opposite
Puentes is a multi-lingual piece performed in Jennifer Beals in the feature film Desolation
english, spanish and nyungah. Corazon de Vaca Sound, stars in Durham County as audrey, the
is the only australian representation at this wife of the lead character. a second series is set
year’s expo, which is hosting over 80 countries. to start filming in september.
They will remain in spain after the expo to work
with an affiliated spanish theatre company on a JESSICA MACHIN (1990) has been appointed
trans-cultural developmental piece. Chief executive officer of Country arts Wa.
Machin recently finished her tenure as Ceo
SANDRA UMBAGAI-CLARKE (2005), JAMAHL and artistic director at Carclew Youth arts in
RYDER (2005) and MAUDE SKETCHLEY (2000) adelaide.
join TYSON MARTIN (2007) on the northern
Territory regional tour of Muttacar Sorry In august, XARIS MILLER (2007) played Myra
six WaaPa Voice students were chosen to sing Business for Yirra Yaakin Indigenous Theatre
backing vocals for MICHAEL BUBLE at his four in Colder than Here by laura Wade at sydney’s
Company. SHAKARA WALLEY (2007) has also new Theatre.
Perth concerts at Challenge stadium in June. been signed with Yirra Yaakin to tour regional
They were MORGAN COWLING (3rd Year Music Wa with In the Nyiting Time.
- Classical Voice), SARAH BRIERTY (3rd Year ALISON VAN REEKEN (1996) played the role of
Music - Classical Voice), DEB ROGERS (Graduate Tess Thornton in Joanna Murray-smith’s new
diploma in Music - Classical Voice), HARRIET aCTInG comedy, The Female of the Species, which
MARSHALL (Graduate diploma in Music - opened at The Playhouse Theatre in Perth on
TRENT BAKER (1996) was assistant director June 21.
Classical Voice), CAITLIN CASSIDY (3rd Year to simon Phillips on the Melbourne Theatre
Music - Classical Voice) and SARAH MACKENZIE Company’s production of the new david
(3rd Year Jazz).
MATTHEW LUTTON (2004), who worked as
JAMES MILLAR (2003), the lyricist of the
new australian musical The Hatpin, which
CONTINuED... premiered at the seymour Centre in February,
assistant to neil armfield last year for Company
is off to Broadway after the show was selected
B’s Toy Symphony and who this year stepped
for the new York Music Theater Festival. The
danCe in as director for an ill Michael Kantor on the
Melbourne Theatre Company’s production Hatpin was the only australian script to make
SHARON BACKLEY (2007) has been offered a of Tartuffe, directed Don’t Say the Words at the final cut of 25 out of the more than 4000
contract with the Cinevox Junior Company in sydney’s stables Theatre in July. scripts submitted to the festival. The Hatpin is
switzerland, starting in september. scheduled to be performed at the festival from
In May, SAM FOX (2003) was appointed MUsIC
artistic director of the Wa-based steps Youth LUKE GABBEDY (1998) was nominated for THOMAS PAPATHANASSIOU (1997) is part of
dance Company. The company’s most recent a 2008 helpmann award in the category of the hotBed ensemble that is performing
production, nospace, was performed at Perth’s Best Male Performer in a supporting role in an Black swan Theatre Company’s Portraits of
Playhouse Theatre from June 12-15. The creative opera, for his role in the West australian opera’s
team included Wa laptop rocker dave Miller, Modern Evil by robert reid, which is playing at
production of La Boheme.
internationally renowned Wa choreographer the Perth Institute of Contemporary art from
Paul Blackman and Perth dance artists RACHEL september 4-20.
on June 2, WaaPa lecturer in Jazz Vocals
OGLE (2001) and BIANCA MARTIN (2002). LIBBY HAMMER (1997) and BRONWYN
DAWN JACKSON (1987) and Premala
SPROGOWSKI (2004) performed some of the ProdUCTIon & desIGn
world’s best-loved bebop repertoire for the
sangarananda collaborated with leading Perth Jazz society at the Charles hotel in north recent graduate HOLLY BOYTON (2008) has
Wa choreographer PAEA LEACH (1999) on Perth. sprogowski is one of Perth’s premier been working as an art Finisher on the film
Machaam and Kohl, two works that explored swing singers and hammer is leader of the Blood in the Sand.
the intersections between Western and eastern WaMi award-winning jazz group hip Mo’ Toast.
dance styles, which were performed at Perth’s The singers were joined by pianist KONRAD WaaPa Wardrobe Coordinator MANDY ELMITT
rechablites hall from June 18-21. PASZKUDZKI (2007), bassist PETE JEAVONS (2005) was Costume designer and
(1997) and drummer BEN VANDERWAL (1997). Wardrobe supervisor on the film The Sculptor.
In June, a new contemporary dance company
was launched in Perth. Visible dance aims to
Vocalist JONO MCNEIL (2007), who has been EMILY FREDERICKSON (2007) was employed as
take dance out of traditional performing arts
fronting funk/soul band The roast, performed head standby and Pre-Production
venues and into places that are more user-
friendly for a young adult demographic. artistic his final gig in Perth at the Floreat hotel on June Wardrobe assistant on the film Stormworld.
director PAMELA KONIJN (2002) has chosen 8 before departing for london. Mcneil released LIEN SEE LEONG (2005) was employed as a
eight WaaPa-trained dancers for the company, his first solo album, Places, in March. runner on the production.
KEITH CHIN (3rd Year ad. diploma student),
LANA DODDS (2007), KELLY FITT (2006), WaMi nomiated singer/songwriter CLARE NINA SANDY MITCHELL (2008) and JONELLE
ELYSE HUXTABLE (2007), ABBEY MITCHELL NORELLI (current honours student), formerly HOLMAN (2007) have been in Broome working
(3rd Year Ba student), DAVID MUELLER (2005), known as ‘nina.x’, launched her debut eP, Piano on the TV series Trapped.
KYLIE MURRAY (current lInK student) and Noir at the Bakery, northbridge on July 11.
GILLIAN SARANGAPANY (2006). “The standard
KINGSLEY REEVE (1995) was the sound
of dancers coming out of places like WaaPa is
higher than it’s ever been,” says Konijn. MUsIC TheaTre designer and CAITLIN RYAN (2006) was the
set and Costume designer on Joanna Murray-
DEBORAH ROBERTSON (2003) and AIMEE In June, Yellow Glass Theatre performed Into the smith’s new comedy, The Female of the Species,
SMITH (2004) choreographed pieces for strut Woods at the subiaco arts Centre with HAYLEY which opened at The Playhouse Theatre in
dance company’s Prime Cut, which played BINKS (2005), SHARON WISNIEWSKI (1997) Perth on June 21. reeve was also the sound
for three nights at PICa (Perth Institute of and SHAI YAMMANEE (1999). designer, and BRAD REID (2006) was the set
Contemporary arts) in June. among the dancers and Costume designer on Black swan Theatre
involved were LAURA BOYNES (2006) and VIVIEN CARTER (2001) is performing in the Company’s Portraits of Modern Evil by robert
LEANNE MASON (1998). london production of Chicago. reid, which is playing at the Perth Institute of
Contemporary art from 4-20 sept.
Melbourne-based dancer-choreographer AMELIA CORMACK (2004) is starring in The
PHOEBE ROBINSON (2000) performed her MICHELLE WARD (2005), who is WaaPa’s
Convict’s Opera, a sydney Theatre Company
solo work Only Leone at dancehouse in north Wardrobe assistant, was Wardrobe supervisor
and out of Joint production, which opens on on the Perth Theatre Company production of
Carlton from July 2-6, the result of a 14-week
tenure as dancehouse’s inaugural artist-in- september 30. Glorious, which played downstairs at the Maj at
residence. Perth’s his Majesty’s Theatre in May.
CLARE MOORE (2000), SHARON WISNIEWSKI
dancers and choreographers JENI SUTTON, (1997) and SHAI YAMMANEE (1999) performed SUE WILKES (1995), after one year as a casual
TINA EVANS and AISLING DONOVAN, who all in a new cabaret show Threeway, downstairs stage manager at the Perth Concert hall, has
graduated from WaaPa in 2003, performed a at the Maj at Perth’s his Majesty’s Theatre from been promoted to the position of head stage
triple bill of their own devised contemporary June 24-July 5. The musical director on the Manager.
dance works, Dance a la Carte, at Perth’s The show was TIM CUNNIFFE, part-time lecturer in
Blue room from July 24-august 8. Music Theatre at WaaPa.
lInK’s eUroPean adVenTUre
LINK, WAAPA’s graduate dance company, enjoyed a stimulating and highly successful overseas tour from June 30 to July 26. The eight
dancers participated in workshops in Amsterdam with Anouk van Dijk’s dance company, performed in Berlin and London, and undertook
a residency in Brussels. At the end of the tour, the dancers spent three weeks doing individual secondments. Here three of the LINK
dancers and Artistic Director Michael Whaites share stories from their on-the-road journals...
“The link dance Company set out on their european tour with high hopes
of an adventure and we were in no way disappointed. The beautiful city of
amsterdam was our first port of call and that’s where it all began... though for
different reasons than one might expect. our relatively short time spent in
amsterdam gave us a taste of the dance scene, the country and its people.
our stay had us see a performance by anouk van dijk’s dance company
at a festival in den haag, followed by a ten day intensive workshop
with the same company. The workshop was both physically and mentally
demanding and we quickly discovered they didn’t call it an ‘intensive’ for
nothing. The timetable was well structured to include theory and physical
classes on anouk van dijk’s Countertechnique, the alexander Technique, yoga
and an afternoon workshop of our choice. although there was more than
enough information to absorb, all classes shared a common approach to
learning and an understanding of the body which helped to string it all together.
We also enjoyed our two days off by cramming in as much sightseeing as
possible, including both the rijks and the Van Gogh Museum, Vondel Park, and
numerous performances as part of the Julidans festival.” – Jehane Lindley
“after the constant bustle of london, the peaceful
streets of Brussels came as a welcome surprise.
“It was incredible to experience such a difference entering Germany
after being greeted by graduate P.a.r.T.s student
without even leaving the train. already the atmosphere became
ondrej Vidlar and shown to our gorgeous apartment
more serious and colder than amsterdam. The scenery was
(fit with panoramic view of the rooftops), our Belgian
similar, but the buildings far less intricately designed - more
experience was off to a wonderful start. By day we
boxy and banal. The area of our apartment was fairly rough
took class at the studios of choreographer anne
and most of the shops were Turkish. The underground train
Teresa de Keersmaeker’s company rosas, along
systems were confusing and dirty. But we found warmth
with other students from all over europe taking
and comfort in the lovely hospitality of Jan and his partner
part in the summer studios. Though teacher Jordi
anna, two artists who have created a small apartment off
Vadal often spoke in French, we soon learnt that a
the side of their gallery space for travelling artists such
dance class can be understood in any language!
as ourselves. We had a wonderful final day’s tour with ralf
The afternoons were filled with creative tasks as
Wauker, seeing many of Berlin’s famous landmarks
we worked on Michael’s work for the upcoming
and even ate a picnic with him in the Tiergarten. our
lInK season in our very own rosas studio. and
performance in Berlin was well-received and we were
by night, we visited the Grand Place at the city
the first group to perform in the new studio space.
centre of Brussels, staring up in wonder at
I enjoyed the honesty of the city and it is definitely
the stunning Baroque and Gothic buildings of
somewhere I would like to revisit for a longer period in
the main square, trying out the ‘testers’ at every
order to experience it in full.” – Amy Wiseman
chocolate shop we could find (and there was
certainly no shortage of them!) and sipping mojitos
“on July 17, lInK performed at the Bonnie Bainbridge Theatre at the laban Institute on the bizarre man-made beach! Though five days
in south east london. laban is london’s leading contemporary dance school and was far too short, our time in Brussels was a fine end
the Bonnie Bainbridge is a stunning performance venue. It was such a privilege to to the Company tour.” –Jessica Lewis
perform there; we arrived to find that the brilliant laban crew had rigged our entire
lighting plan for us which was completely unexpected and wonderful. The show was
a huge success and the dancers had a terrific time. as an added bonus, a number of
WaaPa graduates currently working in london were in the audience cheering us on!
look out for lInK’s possible collaboration with laban’s Transitions dance Company in
the future.” – Michael Whaites, LINK Artistic Director
LINk At thE QUARRy AmPhIthEAtRE
(WALDRoN DRIvE, LEft off ocEAN DRIvE, cIty bEAch)
FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER & SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER, 8PM
choREogRAPhy by mIchAEL WhAItES AND
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
A glimpse of what’s been
happening onstage at
Sweeney Todd Lysistrata
D.A.S.H. (Time X Location Y)
D.A.S.H. (One Emu Street)
Love, Lust and Revenge
All photos by Jon Green
bEhIND thE ScENES
WaaPa acknowledges the very generous contribution of our partners.
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