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soPranos shIne In handel oPera


									                                                                                                                                  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’

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desIGn sTars
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 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
                                   presenter.                                 scholarships.
                                       “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.
                                                                                  edith Cowan
                                                                              University Vice-
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).
                                                                              acknowledged the
    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
                                                                              both students.
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.”
                           WAAPA NEWS
                           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          -
                           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

                           aYdF dIreCTor
                                                                                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
                                                             world-class musicianship.
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
Manchester uK
                                                             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!”
theatrical pieces.”
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
                                                                                                         more recently
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
Fremantle.                                                                                                                      Contributions
                                                  Vocal course for a wonderful performance
                                                                                                                                to student
                                                  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
                                                                                                   Playhouse Theatre.

                                                                                                   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.                        
                                                    MUsIC TheaTre
                                                    The Bill Warnock award for most promising
                                                                                                       Williamson play, Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson
                                                                                                       Parrot, which opened on June 7 at The arts
                                                                                                       Centre Playhouse.
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
                                                    the conclusion of the opening performance of
                                                    WaaPa’s mid-year musical, Oklahoma!
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).
APPLAUSE                                           dIreCTInG
                                                   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
                                                                                                         september 15-24.
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

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