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CHAIRPERSON’S 2006 REPORT .........................................................................................................2
2006 PROGRAM OVERVIEW .............................................................................................................3
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S REPORT ..........................................................................................................4
Artistic Overview ...............................................................................................................................4
Raves, Recognition & Reinvigoration in 2006 ..............................................................................5
PreTender ...........................................................................................................................................6
RabbiT .................................................................................................................................................8
Auditions and Dancer Recruitment ............................................................................................10
Time_Place_Space_5 .....................................................................................................................11
Colourwheel.....................................................................................................................................12
Encore ...............................................................................................................................................16
BuzzEd................................................................................................................................................17
Big Stretch.........................................................................................................................................19
BuzzMob............................................................................................................................................20
Business and the Arts Sponsorship Awards .................................................................................20
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT ......................................................................................................21
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE ..........................................................................................................24
ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE ......................................................................................................24
BUZZ DANCE THEATRE STAFF IN 2006 ............................................................................................25
Contracted Artists in 2006 .............................................................................................................25
2006 STATISTICS................................................................................................................................26
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS - ‘ARE WE THERE YET?’.........................................................27
Goal 1 - Artistic ................................................................................................................................27
Goal 2 - Audience ..........................................................................................................................28
Goal 3 – Access...............................................................................................................................29
Goal 4 – Financial ...........................................................................................................................30
Goal 5 - Operations ........................................................................................................................30




COVER PHOTOS (From Top):
RabbiT BuzzEd, Photograph - Nick Higgins
Greenmount Primary School, Photograph - Mayu Kanamori
PreTender, Photograph - Jon Green
PreTender, Rachael Hare & Paul Blackman, Photograph - Jon Green
Greenmount Primary School, Photograph - Kate Boyle
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Chairperson’s 2006 Report
Iain McDougall


   2006 was an extremely exciting and challenging year for Buzz Dance Theatre.


   By providing high quality dance experiences for children and young people, Buzz
   Dance Theatre continues to maintain its reputation as a leading, professional
   contemporary dance company and an arts-in-education provider, assisting
   teachers with addressing arts learning curriculum outcomes.


   It was extremely pleasing to see the works of Buzz attracting the
   attention of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Australian
   Performing Arts Market with an invitation to attend in March
   2006 and perform PreTender for the festival audiences.

                                                                             Iain McDougall - Chairperson
   As part of an extremely busy season PreTender was also again
   presented to Perth audiences at the Playhouse Theatre and workshopped in
   schools.


   It was also a pleasure to see the remount of the very humorous RabbiT, a work that
   gives absolute pleasure to younger audiences.           This was extended to a very
   successful regional tour in May.


   The year culminated in the cutting edge work of Colourwheel, a performance full
   of interactivity and provocation of ideas, an activity that greatly excited young
   audiences.


   In conclusion I would like to recognise the efforts and thank all staff in what has
   been an extremely busy year.       General Manager Rick Watson-Heath for keeping
   the office running smoothly, Artistic Director Felicity Bott for her tireless energy in a
   very busy program, Kate Boyle for coordinating the demands of schools, all of the
   administration and production staff, and our amazing world class dancers.


   I would also like to recognise the collective efforts of my fellow Board Members for
   their additional input during trying times, these voluntary contributions above and
   beyond their normal working lives were invaluable.


   Iain McDougall


   Chairperson




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2006 Program Overview
Project        Activity                                  Venue

PreTender      School & General Public                   Queen’s Theatre Adelaide
               Performances: Youth Education
               Program/ Adelaide Fringe Festival
               ‘Spotlight’ Performance for               Queen’s Theatre Adelaide
               International Delegates: Australian
               Performing Arts Market, Adelaide
               School & General Public Performances      Playhouse Theatre, Perth
               Pre & Post Performance Workshops in       Metropolitan Secondary
               Secondary Schools                         Schools
RabbiT         ‘See the Show & Have a Go’                King St Arts Centre, Perth.
               Performances & Workshops for
               Vacation Care Groups
               Goldfields Regional Schools Tour          Corrigin Town Hall;
               Performances & Workshops                  Newdegate Hall;
                                                         Cascade Recreation
                                                         Centre;
                                                         Esperance Civic Centre;
                                                         Laverton Hall;
                                                         Goldfields Arts Centre.
Colourwheel    Greenmount Primary School Residency       Greenmount Primary
                                                         School
               ‘See the Show & Have a Go’                King St Arts Centre, Perth.
               Performances & Workshops for
               Vacation Care Groups
BuzzEd         Non show-specific Residencies &           Metropolitan Schools;
               Workshops                                 Metropolitan Vacation
                                                         Care Centres;
                                                         Karratha.
Professional   Time, Place, Space- Artistic Director     Brisbane
Development

Encore         Professional Dancer Training with         King St Arts Centre
               specialists
Other          Secondment Students, Arts                 King St Arts Centre
               Management & Dance
               Corporate Performance, WA Business        Art Gallery of WA
               and the Arts Awards
               2007 Program Launch                       King St Arts Centre
               Children and the Arts Seminar (CATAS)     Subiaco Arts Centre
               “Visioning” with international guest
               speaker Corey Madden
               CATAS Showcase with performances          Various
               from Buzz Dance Theatre, Steps Youth
               Dance Co, Barking Gecko Theatre
               Company, Yirra Yaakin and Spare
               Parts Puppet Theatre
               Hosted guest speaker, Professor           His Majesty’s Theatre
               Wendy Schiller (Professor of Early
               Childhood Education UniSA’s de Lissa
               Institute of Early Childhood and Family
               Studies Research Group.)




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Artistic Director’s Report
Felicity Bott


Artistic Overview

    From an artistic perspective, it felt as if we couldn’t run fast
    enough in pursuit of the curved balls in early 2006! After             Photograph - Mayu Kanamori


    five months without a dedicated General Manager, it was in the nick of time that
    Rick Watson-Heath was appointed in December 2005. Rick para-surfed in on a
    board and sail fashioned from two sticks, four pieces of string and a hanky, hitting
    the shore with style and running straight into the remount and Adelaide and Perth
    seasons of PreTender. Intense!


    My year’s beginning was no less intense. My mother Eileen died on Australia Day
    after a harrowing battle with cancer. The dancers’ contract commenced the day
    after Mum’s funeral – not ideal! I would like to express my deep gratitude to Rick,
    Kate, Margrete, and the dancers for support they gave me at times throughout the
    year, and particularly in February and March.


    In the first half of 2006 we said respectful and sad good-byes to the long-serving
    Katrina Lazaroff and the dynamic Paul Blackman. Then, in the second half of the
    year, we welcomed new core dancers David Lloyd and Jeni Sutton. Rachel Usher,
    Leanne Mason and Glen Lo comprised the mainstay of the ensemble’s core and
    the following guests also contributed their talents throughout the year: Tim Rodgers
    (PreTender), Rachael Bott (nee Hare) (PreTender & RabbiT), Rob Griffin (PreTender
    & RabbiT), and Bianca Martin (Colourwheel).


    Writing the 2006 artistic report has been both a pleasant and painful exercise.
    Looking back over my reports to the Board throughout 2006, they all sing the same
    song: that 2006 was a year of extreme contrasts - lashings of external recognition
    running parallel with internal operations beleaguered by a lack of resources. While
    we received multiple national, interstate and statewide awards and nominations
    for all aspects of our programming, the people, money and time within the
    organisation were pushed to the outer reaches of limitation to achieve these
    program goals. As a result, 2006 saw the beginning of a process of review and
    rationalization of all aspects of what we do, and why. I will remember 2006 as a
    year of both the glories and vagaries of artistic life: a year of becoming (and
    getting) REAL.




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Raves, Recognition & Reinvigoration in 2006

    Here are the highlights of 2006. They range from events that took place in the glare
    of the spotlight through to those that occurred under the cloak of operational
    invisibility – all are heroic and need to be celebrated!


In 2006 Buzz Dance Theatre......
      . Was invited to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in the only curated
        section of the festival, the Youth Education Program, taking the entire company
        to Adelaide for a week.
      . Was runner-up for the Adelaide Fringe Festival YEP Award for PreTender.
      . Had an incredibly successful secondary school’s season of PreTender at the
        Playhouse Theatre.
      . Employed a dedicated Administrator.
      . Nominated for six Helpmann Awards for RabbiT and PreTender, taking Felicity to
        Sydney for the awards.
      . Poked, prodded and probed, and consequently
        reinvigorated, our mission and vision.
      . Sold out our vacation care program before it was
        created in the studio.
      . Secured, and expended, a Lotterywest grant to
        completely gut and re-fit the office.
      . Nominated for numerous awards for RabbiT and
        PreTender in the AusdanceWA awards, with Paul
        Blackman taking out the award for Best Male
        Performance.
      . Nominated     for  Award    for   Outstanding
        Achievement in Dance Education at the 2006
        Australian Dance Awards and WON IT!
      . Received funding from Playing Australia for a
        national tour of RabbiT in 2007, including a
        fortnight at the Sydney Opera House and a week
        in the 900-seat Playhouse Theatre at the Victorian                 RabbiT – Photograph by Jon Green
        Arts Centre on Southbank in the heart of Melbourne.
      . Piloted a new concept for in schools residencies in Colourwheel.
      . Harnessed the beauty and fabulousness of the Buzz experience in Mayu
        Kanamori’s Colourwheel documentary.
      . Launched our 2007 season in style and with great feedback.
      . Received funding to send Rick to New York, Vancouver and the IPAY
        conference in Cleveland.
      . Enjoyed rave reviews for just about everything we touched over the entire year
        of 2006.




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PreTender

Remount of Full-length Dance Theatre Performance for
     . Adelaide Fringe/Youth Education Program (Secondary Schools & General
       Public) 27th February – 3rd March.
     . Spotlight Performance at the Australian Performing Arts Market (National and
       International Delegates - 28th February.
     . Playhouse Theatre Season (Secondary School Season) – 22 nd - 25th March.
   Created and Directed by Felicity Bott
   Rehearsal Director: Margrete Helgelby
   Choreographed by Felicity Bott in collaboration with the dancers.
   Sound Design and Music Composition: Michael O’Brien
   Performance & BuzzEd Workshop Leaders: Paul Blackman, Rob Griffin, Rachel Hare Katrina
   Lazaroff, Glen Lo, Leanne Mason, Tim Rodgers, Rachel Usher.
   Costume Design and Production: Anna Serna, Toby Whittington
   Lighting Design: Nicholas Higgins
   Production & Tour Manager: Amy Leeder
   Stage Manager Adelaide: Sue Fenty
   Stage Manager Perth: Amy Leeder


   PreTender again delighted audiences in 2006 with seasons in Adelaide
   (February) and Perth (March), and an Australian Performing Arts Market
   ‘Spotlight’ also in Adelaide. In 2006, the work garnered four Helpmann
   nominations,    prestigious    national       awards
   that   acknowledge        excellence          in   live
   performance: Best Visual & Physical Theatre
   Production (PreTender), Best Choreography
   in a Ballet or Dance Work (Felicity Bott), Best
   Male Dancer (Paul Blackman), and Best
   Sound Design (Michael O’Brien). In mid-2006
   Paul Blackman won the Western Australian
   Dance Award for Best Performance by a
   Male Dancer for his performance as Texta in
   PreTender.                                                            PreTender – Photograph by Jon Green



   The 3 weeks assigned for the PreTender remount were not really enough
   time. In future four weeks will be assigned to the task – particularly if we are
   inducting any new dancers. Margrete Helgelby filled the role of part-time
   Rehearsal Director extremely well and her presence was an important part
   of achieving the successful Adelaide and Perth seasons. During this
   rehearsal period, every dancer except Rachel Usher nursed either new or
   old injuries. ‘Re-entry’ to a full-time physical load after a couple of months
   off was discussed during company debriefing and when planning for future


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contracts an additional week is likely to be added to the beginning of the
contract.

In January, at short notice, Amy Leeder replaced Michael O’Brien (who had
returned to full-time study) as Production Manager. Amy hit the ground
running with an interstate trip! The wonderful Sue Fenty came on as Stage
Manager for Adelaide and Nick Higgins was also available to travel with us
to light the performance.

The trip to Adelaide was an excellent company development and
professional   development experience. It was a           blur of schedules:
production, APAM and other Fringe and Festival events. It was truly
excellent to view Buzz work against a backdrop of
nearly all the other professional contemporary dance
companies in Australia. With regards to PreTender,
performing with the Fringe at the Queen’s Theatre
meant that maintaining reasonable production levels
was hard-won during our season. The dancers
pushed on through some very challenging working
conditions. Although it is hard yet to measure the full
value of attending APAM and the YEP program in
Adelaide this year, it was definitely a worthwhile
project to have undertaken.                                  PreTender – Photograph by Jon Green



The Perth Season was also successful and operations ran reasonably
smoothly – short lead in time in the theatre was again a challenge. Focused
debriefing on this subject with Nick Higgins has led to scheduling in-theatre
production time differently for 2007.

The two week BuzzEd workshop program was extremely well supported by
the schools. Kate Boyle’s initiative to undertake pre and post performance
workshops was a highlight that achieved great educational success.




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RabbiT
Remount of Full-length Dance Theatre Work for
     . Vacation Care ‘See the Show and Have a Go’ King Street Arts Centre Season:
       18th – 28th April.
     . 2006 RabbiT Regional Tour: 1st – 13th May.
   Conceived, Written & Directed by Felicity Bott
   Developed in Collaboration with the original Creative Team
   Choreographed by Felicity Bott in collaboration with the dancers
   Sound Design & Mastering: Michael O’Brien
   Song composition and Production: Mel Robinson
   Set, and Object Design: Paul Wakelam, Paula Hart, & Geoff Green-Armytage
   Costume Design and Production: Anna Serna
   Lighting Design: Nicholas Higgins
   Theatre Consultant/Dramaturg 2005: Monica Maine, in 2006: Christine Best
   Acro-balance Consultant: Claudia Alessi
   Duo Consultant: Setefano Tele
   Rehearsal Director: Katrina Lazaroff
   Rehearsal Director in Kalgoorlie: Rachel Usher
   Performers and Workshop Leaders in 2006: Rob Griffin, Rachael Hare, Glen Lo, Leanne Mason
   Rachel Usher,
   Production/Stage/Tour Manager: Amy Leeder
   Assistant Stage Manager for Regional Tour: Steve Crossley


   RabbiT continued to perform well as a work in repertoire in 2006, hitting its
   stride with a second metro season and second regional tour. It also
   attracted two Helpmann nominations mid-year: Best Presentation for
   Children and for Leanne Mason in the role of Bébé, Best Female Dancer.
   Experience has shown that whether RabbiT is performed in a large main-
   stage theatre or a small seaside shire hall, the work maintains both it’s strong
   appeal to children and it’s production values. For the latter we have the
   costume and set designers to thank. It was confirmed in 2006 that RabbiT
   would play at the Sydney Opera House in October 2007. Rick then took this
   two-week Sydney opportunity and successfully built it into a six-week
   interstate tour with assistance from Playing Australia – a wonderful
   opportunity for the dancers and the company. Consequently, RabbiT
   always has a ‘buzz’ about it. Relatively, this work has been easy to market,
   easy to perform and easy to tour. If there is any exception to this it would be
   that RabbiT’s Carrollian themes and word-play lead to it being somewhat
   anglo-centric – a quality that causes it to have less cultural purchase in
   remote Aboriginal communities.

   Early April in 2006 held the remount of RabbiT in a mere 9 days. This was
   followed by a King Street Arts Centre Vacation Care Season before the
   work was taken out on the road for regional touring. At short notice, Rob



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Griffin replaced Paul Blackman in the role of Wally Wally (no, not a misprint),
Rachael Bott (nee Hare) took up Katrina Lazaroff’s role, Winnie Wally, with
Katrina in turn stepping into the role of Rehearsal Director for the remount
period.

The RabbiT Regional Tour of WA’s Wheatbelt                     Schools Attending Performances

                                                                  Corrigin District high School
and Goldfields tour, May 1st -13th, was very                      Babakin Primary School
                                                                  Newdegate Primary School
successful and on the whole a very enjoyable                      Cascade Primary School
                                                                  Esperance Christian Primary
tour   for   all.    Our     travels     covered   Corrigin,      Salmom Gums Primary School
                                                                  Grass patch Primary school
Newdegate,                Cascade,       Esperance      and       Laverton Primary School
                                                                  Cosmo Newberry Primary School
Laverton, then ended in Kalgoorlie at the                         Tjirrkarli remote Community School
                                                                  Mt Margaret Remote Community
Goldfields Performing Arts Centre. The touring                     School
                                                                  Coolgardie CAPS
party worked and played very well together.                       Kalgoorlie CAPS Kurrawang
                                                                  Kalgoorlie Community High School
Amy Leeder and Steve Crossley worked very                         John Paul College

efficiently to ensure that production values were
consistent across the whole tour... Steve definitely had a beautiful way with
tarkett. (Yay we said!) The dancers were also fantastic at pitching in right up
until they had to start class and then immediately after performances as the
case nearly always was. In all, they were a formidable team with excellent
attitudes.

RabbiT performances were strong and audience response ranged from
engaged and attentive through to vocal and jumping out of their seats with
laughter and excitement. Six principals (Corrigin PS, Newdegate PS,
Cascade PS, Tjirrkarli RCS, Mount Margaret RCS, Laverton PS) took the time
to communicate to us how pleased they were that their students were fully
‘engaged’           for     the   full    length   of   the    Actual # of Performances: 7
                                                               Actual # of Workshops: 15
performance. In three schools they made                        Paid Performance Attendance: 783
                                                               Paid Workshop Attendance: 441
particular reference to their upper primary boys,
expressing something close to relief that the boys’ attention had been held
for so long and so completely. Schools always appeared truly delighted
with how workshops went.




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Auditions and Dancer Recruitment
April & May, 2006
   Auditions were held in both Melbourne (April) and Perth (May) in 2006 to
   recruit two new ‘core’ members for the second half of 2006 and for 2007,
   and to identify guest dancers for both Terminal Velocity (2007) and
   contingency requirements.


   Melbourne Audition: Twelve dancers sent in applications and nine attended
   – all women. There was an audition panel of three: Shannon Bott
   (technique    and   composition),    Christine   Best   (theatre)    and     Felicity
   (repertoire). The audition was held at the Australian Ballet School studios.
   Three dancers were short-listed and were interviewed by phone.

   Perth Audition: Held at King Street Arts Centre and attended by 21 dancers.
   Six applicants, two men and four women, were short listed and interviewed
   in person. All six of these have since had an offer to work with the company
   in one of three roles: core dancer (3), guest dancer (2), choreographer (1).
   The panel for this audition included Setefano Tele (duo and composition),
   Danielle Micich (technique), Christine Best (theatre), Felicity Bott (repertoire)
   and Rick Watson-Heath.

   The two new core dancer appointments were WAAPA and LINK graduate
   Jeni Sutton (23 years) and WAAPA 3rd year student David Lloyd (20 years).
   WAAPA was very supportive of David taking seven weeks out of his course
   to join Buzz for Colourwheel. It was good to fill the core positions that Paul
   Blackman and Katrina Lazaroff had left vacant.

   During 2006, when planning for 2007, we reinstated the sixth core dancer
   position and Joshua Mu was recruited for this position. Sharlene Campbell
   and Katie Moore were also invited to work with the company in early 2007
   as guests on the Terminal Velocity season. The sixth dancer on Colourwheel
   in 2006 was Bianca Martin. She was sponsored privately through the Strut
   Young Dancers Foundation to participate in a seven-week contract.




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Time_Place_Space_5
Brisbane June 24-July 9, 2006


   For sixteen days in mid 2006 Felicity participated in
   Time_Place_Space_5 (TPS5), a multidisciplinary
   new media laboratory and temporary artist
   community held in Brisbane at the QUT Creative
   Arts Precinct. There were 3 Australian curators, 6
   highly successful international facilitators and 20              Photograph - Mayu Kanamori



   participants selected from all over Australia via a rigorous application
   process. Established in 2001, the fifth TPS laboratory model was flexible and
   sought to develop, challenge and support hybrid performance practice,
   successfully providing the participating artists with a rare opportunity to
   explore ideas, make new connections, and negotiate unfamiliar territories in
   a critical laboratory environment that was technically very well resourced.
   The great concentration of artistic practice in one spot for 16 days held
   untold opportunities for viewing, learning, wondering, reflecting and
   critically examining new media arts practice, a field that has great
   relevance for Buzz as a producer of contemporary performing art.

   Felicity’s attendance at TPS5 was a part of ongoing research into the
   application of New Media and New Technologies in art making for and with
   Children and Young People. Buzz wants to understand more about how
   these can inform the building of meaningful cultural interfaces for young
   people, facilitating access, education, curiosity and exploration, through
   workshops, performances, residencies, education resources and more.

   A short article on the TPS5 laboratory by Felicity appeared in the July 2006
   issue of Dancewest.




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Colourwheel
Creative Development of New Multi-Disciplinary Residency Model included
      . Pilot 2-day Residency at Greenmount Primary School (Incursion Model)
      . Two-week Vacation Care Workshop and Performance Program (Excursion
        Model)
      . Commission of DVD Document by Sydney Audio Visual Artist Mayu Kanamori
    Conceived & Directed by Felicity Bott
    Developed in Collaboration with the dancers and dramaturg
    Choreographed by Felicity Bott in collaboration with the dancers.
    Rehearsal Direction: Margrete Helgeby
    Music, Sound and Song Composition and Production: Mel Robinson
    Set Design: Paula Hart
    Costume Design Proposal for 2006: Anna Serna
    Dramaturg: Christine Best
    Production Manager: Amy Leeder
    Performance: Bianca Martin, Leanne Mason, David Lloyd, Glen Lo, Jeni Sutton, Rachel Usher.

Artistic Intent
    The 2006 pilot of Colourwheel used colour as a place to depart from in the task of
    sharing live performance aesthetics with children. Both the workshop and
    performance program worked toward ‘unpacking’ colour: attuning the senses to it
    and presenting colour physically, aurally and conceptually. Fundamentally,
    Colourwheel explores two core themes:


    1. Colour is aesthetically loaded and as such can be expressed and explored
    through a range of art forms: design, music, dance, and theatre


    2. Colour is personally loaded and as such is a rich reservoir of stories, opinions,
    emotions, reflections and character.


    Colourwheel was trialled in two contexts in September and October 2006: one two-
    day residency at a primary school and nine one-day residencies for Vacation Care
    participants in at King Street Arts Centre. The latter was an abbreviated adaptation
    of the model that, while enjoyable for the children, was not the intended
    destination for the project beyond 2006. Consequently, this report will focus on the
    in-schools application of Colourwheel, an application that will continue on into
    2007.


Greenmount Primary School 2-Day Residency
    In the final week of Term 3 2006, Buzz Dance Theatre trialled Colourwheel as a new
    two-day multi-arts residency model at Greenmount Primary School. In the four
    weeks prior to this, Buzz had undertaken the first phase of creative development of
    both the performance and workshop program in the studio, developing a 40-
    minute work that enabled children to participate, or see their peers participate,




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alongside professional dancers. Our aim was to build a flexible and porous
residency model that could be adjusted on a case-by-case basis according to
what each school or community would like, and to enable the children perform
movement and theatre that they had created under the guidance of the dancers
in workshops the day prior to the performance. The outcome was a residency that
found new ways of engaging with students in four
main art form areas: dance, theatre, music and
visual arts & design. This engagement was very rich
because it invited students to do much more than
just view a live performance by a professional dance
company. As well, students were enabled to create
with the creators, perform with the performers,
compose with the composer and design with the
designer.


Colourwheel is ideally a creative exchange as well as
a performance by a professional dance theatre
company. As such there is more school liaison
required with Colourwheel in the lead-up to a                       Colourwheel - Photograph Kate Boyle


residency. The work is also responsive within a residency – children and young
people help to create and contribute to key parts of the work. Because children
figure physically in the work, as well as creatively, Colourwheel departs from other
work the company has done. Other works currently in Buzz repertoire require
primary schools to come on excursions to see us perform in theatres and halls, and
then, Buzz travels to schools to lead workshops that are related to the performance.
In Colourwheel, however, approximately 30% of the performance is created in
workshops with students. This characteristic makes it challenging for the dancers
and the Buzz administration but has to date also served to make the work highly
relevant in both the arts and education for children and young people. As well as
engaging child audiences in new ways, Colourwheel is an extremely potent ‘arts
education’ tool.


The performance and workshops were held on a beautiful circular floor mat that is
eight metres in diameter and is a contemporary reworking of the classic 12-colour
Colourwheel. It was designed by visual artist Paula Hart. The ‘stage area’ is
designed with particular focus on the power of the circle as a performance forum
that can be a highly inclusive and effective way to engage young people in
listening, dancing, looking, and connecting. The floor mat was installed in the
schools undercroft along with the sound system the company travels with and also




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   Mel Robinson’s instruments and equipment. A colour theory workshop wherein
   Paula led students through colour mixing and then montage design was another
   significant part of the residency program. Students emulated the processes Paula
   had used to create the floor mat design.


   Mel Robinson, a cellist and songwriter, was the composer of Colourwheel. Mel also
   performed live with the dancers. In her role as composer and performer she wrote,
   produced and played the original compositions and the
   beautiful results are testimony to how professional,
   collaborative and organized Mel was! At Felicity’s
   request, Mel also worked closely with Greenmount and
   Vacation Care participants to create poetry, rap and
   sounds about colour, and built these into the sound
   design for the performance.                                                  Photograph - Mayu Kanamori



   To ensure logistic and artistic success in such a multi-faceted project, working
   closely with Greenmount Primary School’s Art Specialist Christine Brown and
   Principal Scott Stene was vital. A project of this scale also requires a dedicated
   team of arts professionals. The 2006 Buzz dancer ensemble; Rachel Usher, Leanne
   Mason, Glen Lo, David Lloyd, Jeni Sutton, Bianca Martin, composer Melanie
   Robinson, designer Paula Hart and Production Coordinator Amy Leeder played key
   roles in making this residency work for the students and school community.


Curriculum Perspectives
   It has been identified by education professionals outside Buzz that Colourwheel
   enabled students to achieve several key curriculum goals. Here are two as
   described by Greenmount Arts Specialist Christine Brown:


   * Arts Ideas - Students explore their past and present experiences, feelings and
   observations of the world around them, and the way in which these can be
   expressed through dance:


   Throughout the activities in the Colourwheel residency, students followed guided
   problem-solving processes to cooperate with others to plan and produce their own
   dance ideas. They learned and refined dance works under direction.


   * Arts Skills and Processes - The student identifies and uses a range of arts
   languages, skills, simple arts processes and appropriate techniques to make and
   communicate arts works and to engage in arts activities with others:




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    Conventions in Colourwheel: Students identified, imitated and replicated a range
    of dance conventions, such as those related to the use of performance space,
    music, style and presentation. They showed awareness of communicating with an
    audience and differentiated between being ‘on stage’ and ‘off stage’. They
    followed conventions of performance and audience etiquette with guidance. They
    recognized the conventions of dance experienced in their community. They
    recognized and used specific, relevant terminology to talk about their dance
    works.


ArtsEdge Case Studies Publication
    In late 2006, the Department for Culture and the Arts undertook an initiative to
    create a publication that features Creative Partnerships between schools and arts
    organisations and individuals. Colourwheel was one of 12 arts in education case
    studies, selected from a highly competitive field, to be included in this publication.


Mayu Kanamori, Guest Photographer and Documenter for Colourwheel
    In a first for Buzz, the residency was well documented by Sydney photographer and
    audiovisual artist Mayu Kanamori for a week in September. This required every
    student in the school to have a release form
    signed   by    their    parents.   The    school    was
    monumentally cooperative in achieving this. All
    documentation can now go on the web, in any
    type of publication for both our use and Mayu’s.


    Mayu is a Japanese born interdisciplinary artist
                                                                           Photograph - Mayu Kanamori
    based    in   Sydney.    Along     with   many     other
    achievements and awards, she is the creator and director of The Heart of the
    Journey, and has received a commendation for United Nations Media Peace
    Awards (2000) for its radio program on ABC Radio National. She is also the recipient
    of the 2001 Broome NAIDOC Non Indigenous Reconciliation Award for the
    performance ‘The Heart of the Journey’, which has toured to New Zealand,
    Singapore, Japan and throughout Australia in arts festivals.


    As an audiovisual/new media artist, Mayu works almost exclusively with stills
    photography and recorded interview. Her Japanese background seems to
    predispose her to having the gentlest style of approach; she engages people very
    respectfully and they tend to open up to her. Over five days Mayu took hundreds
    of photos of the final days of creative development in the studio and then of the
    residency at Greenmount PS. She also recorded many short interviews with Buzz
    dancers and staff, as well as Greenmount Primary School students, teachers,



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   parents and principal. Mayu was able to document and capture a variety of
   candid and inspired responses to the project. These responses and images were
   then crafted into a 10-minute DVD that, significantly, is not promotional. The DVD
   document manages to communicate the pleasure and excitement of the
   children’s’ experiences along with the integrity and commitment to arts education
   of all the adults involved in the project.


Encore
Dancer and Dance Theatre Development at Buzz in 2006
   Encore is the program whereby Buzz invests in both the dancers and the dance of
   Buzz Dance Theatre with the main objective being: To conceive, develop and
   implement      an    unprecedented         and     dynamic      development           program      for
   professional dancers that is specific to the dance performance needs of Buzz
   Dance Theatre.


   During their contracts with Buzz, dancers constantly have the opportunity to learn
   new dance forms and techniques while maintaining a high standard of fitness and
   honing their existing skills base. The program aims
   to take into account:


     . The dancer’s current technique base.
     . The dancer’s history as an artist including their
       training, independent practice and specific
       areas of interest in dance and related
       disciplines as well as their unique physical
       abilities and artistic aspirations. These are
       drawn on and developed through the
       rehearsal,    performance      and     teaching                                     Photograph - Mayu Kanamori
       programs.
     . Company performance needs: a variety of dance styles and physical disciplines
       will feature in the content of performances. Throughout 2004-6, the Encore
       program has included contemporary dance technique, break dance, Latin
       dance, street dance, theatre training in character development and clowning,
       classical ballet, contact duo, yoga, acrobatic tumbling, acro-balance,
       composition and improvisation.


Encore Focus Areas
   FOCUS 1: Buzz Dancers

   FOCUS 2: Quality of the dance and artistic product created and commissioned by Buzz

   FOCUS 3: Comprehensive dancer induction

   FOCUS 4: Thorough debriefing process and investigation of performance review model

   The first two areas of focus have been in place since 2004. The arts professionals
   and consultants engaged by the company play a key role in achieving Encore



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   objectives in this area. Consequently we engage guest teachers and consultants of
   the highest quality as well as taking advantage of attending or hosting
   masterclasses with independent artists passing through Perth. The appointment of a
   part-time Rehearsal Director in early 2005 was continued for all major projects
   throughout 2006.


   In 2006 the dancers worked with the following arts professionals:

   Rehearsal Director: Margrete Helgelby
   Guest Teachers: Claudia Alessi, Shannon Bott, Sue Peacock, Tammy Meuwisson, Olivia
   Millard, Setefano Tele, Carol Wellman.
   Masterclasses: Tanja Leidtke
   Music composition and Voice Training: Melanie Robinson
   Designers: Paula Hart
   Theatre Consultant & Dramaturg: Christine Best
   Costume Designer: Anna Serna
   Production: Amy Leeder, Steve Crossley

   In hindsight, the greatest challenge to consistently realising the aim of the Encore
   program in 2006 presented itself during the very short creative development time
   and off site pilot of Colourwheel. Company class quality and length, and safe
   dance practice in non-dance specific environments are concerns to address, as
   the residency model is refined in 2007.


   The third and fourth areas of focus were additions to Encore in 2006. While
   induction and debriefing have been undertaken at Buzz for many years, in 2006
   additional days were added to the dancers’ contract to ensure that these aspects
   of dancer management were adequately addressed without diminishing creative
   development time.


   Through the Encore program Buzz continues to offer a unique, ongoing and
   comprehensive opportunity for professional dancer development in the areas of
   contemporary dance technique, theatre skills, teaching and other dance-related
   physical disciplines.


BuzzEd
Ongoing Program of Educational Activities
   BuzzEd continues as a program to operate in view of the fact that childhood and
   youth are key times for exposure to the performing arts. The 2006 programs
   reached almost 10,000 children, young people and their communities, engaging
   them as creators and audiences. Buzz does this, believing that creativity is equally
   the domain of all ages, backgrounds and people, and a crucial cultural resource
   that gives profound meaning and quality to life.




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Buzz connected with children and young people physically and conceptually
through a program of workshops and residencies for schools and community
groups across the state. In 2006 the BuzzEd calendar included:


 . show specific workshops for young people, linked to PreTender, in over 35
   metropolitan secondary schools;

 . movement workshops for children and young people in the Goldfields on the
   RabbiT regional tour;

 . creating movement and performance content with
   children at Greenmount Primary School and almost
   600 children from vacation care centres in the highly
   interactive Colourwheel;

 . numerous    one-off     activity   based workshops   for
   community groups throughout the year;

 . research into the effect of performing arts activities                   Photograph - Nick Higgins

   on literacy levels in children based on a study presented by visiting academic,
   Prof. Wendy Schiller (Professor of Early Childhood Education UniSA’s de Lissa
   Institute of Early Childhood and Family Studies Research Group).

 . annual week long residency in Karratha;

 . workshops in primary schools, including a week long residency at Hillcrest
   Primary School.

 . the development of teacher centered resources; and more.

Following on from its’ launch in 2005, Buzz continued to host ‘V.I.T.’ (Very Important
Teacher) events throughout 2006, celebrating teachers and the important
relationship they share with the company. This relationship was further developed in
2006 during a period of stakeholder assessment when we surveyed and met with
the education sector to gain a better understanding of our customer service and
the role the company plays in the dance and education landscape.


2006 also saw an investment of time in a research and planning phase centered on
the Curriculum Council of WA’s pending introduction of the New Dance Course of
Study for secondary school dance students. Felicity was invited to sit on the
Council’s Assessment Review and Moderation panel for the new dance curriculum.
In line with this we also began planning for a series of Education Consultation
sessions to take place in 2007, focusing on providing professional development for
the Dancers with particular focus on workshop content, workshop delivery and the
relationship between both.



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Big Stretch
Research and Community Liaison with Remote Communities in 2006
   As a Research and Development project in 2006, Big Stretch was in its second year
   and saw further investigation of opportunities for increasing the scope and flexibility
   of Buzz programming for regional and particularly remote communities in WA. Our
   aim was, and continues to be, to research and develop product that is specific to
   the cultural conditions that are particular to Western Australia given that it is such a
   wide-ranging state, both physically and culturally. Further, Big Stretch research is
   responsive to Country Arts WA’s commitment to developing their organisational
   knowledge of touring dance across the years 2005-2007.


   In 2006 Buzz Dance Theatre continued Big Stretch in the following ways:


     . Continued research into funding opportunities to facilitate the company
      participating in across-time models of engagement with remote communities
      that indicate they would like to work with Buzz. We continue to be interested in
      trialling multi-year residencies with remote communities who have identified
      they want to foster dance development either for access to skills and training or
      for community cultural development.

     . Direct liaison with schools on the Cocos Islands to develop a residency program
      that can involve schools on both islands as well as the greater community. This
      development initiative is still active.

     . Researching, conceiving and considering models for the creation and
      presentation of work that is driven by artistic and social values relevant to
      communities in the north of WA

     . Developing an expression of interest submitted to the Regional Arts Fund,
      through Country Arts WA, for the Arts Agencies Skills Development Initiative. This
      resulted in the proposal being short-listed and further developed into a full
      proposal with significant liaison with the Shire of Halls Creek in the Kimberley
      region and the Strelley Community School in the Pilbara region.

     . Similarly, upon request from Country Arts WA, submitting three variations on a
      proposal to tour the company to young people in the Cocos Islands.

     . Developing our ability as a company to respond to demand from regional
      areas – particularly workshops and residencies.




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   In 2006 Buzz Dance Theatre has continued to work actively with Country Arts WA to
   contribute to the process of refining residency and performance programming in
   connection with what communities identify they would like for their children and
   young people.


   After two years of ongoing R&D in and around our other programming, Big Stretch
   is yet to manifest as performances and residencies on the ground in remote
   communities. Bringing this about continues to be a process challenged by time,
   distance and money. However, having now conceived designs and budgets for six
   to eight different models for at least four different remote communities through the
   process of grant writing, consultation and near-success, we continue to hone our
   knowledge about how to offer something to remote communities - in very
   important and culturally specific ways. At the very least, the form and content of
   our 2008 North West tour will be directly influenced by the R&D undertaken through
   Big Stretch.


BuzzMob

   BuzzMob was a project run from late 2004 and throughout 2005 that targeted older
   youth, 18-25 providing an opportunity for people to participate in an impromptu
   performance, whilst raising the profile of Buzz Dance Theatre through Internet, web
   news and word of mouth. Review of company priorities during Strategic Planning in
   early 2006 determined that Buzz would limit audience development and product
   creation and delivery to children and young people aged 5 -18 years. This reflected
   a desire to improve the quality of our practice and the depth of our connection
   with children and young people in these age groups. This renewal of commitment
   to younger people meant that BuzzMob became less of a priority and so was
   discontinued in 2006.

Business and the Arts Sponsorship Awards
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Nov 24, 2006
   Buzz was a key part of the Western Australian Business and the Arts Sponsorship
   Awards post-ceremony celebrations at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in late
   2006 Performed to live music by Electric Kora Land, a contemporary world music
   act. The 20 minute presentation, with choreography by Felicity, was performed
   superbly by four dancers to an audience of 500 guests from the business and Arts
   sectors; Rachel Usher, Glen Lo, Rachel Ogle and Richard Cilli.




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General Manager's Report
Rick Watson-Heath


   2006 was a year of extremes for Buzz Dance Theatre.


   The first 14 weeks of the year involved back to back projects including a national
   tour, a main-house season, a vacation care season and a regional tour. All this took
   place initially without a production manager or administrator. As a newly
   appointed General Manager, this period of intense activity provided both a
   challenge and an opportunity. Most significantly, it highlighted core values that
   serve Buzz extremely well and confirmed a dedication and passion for what we do,
   that is to be envied by other companies and industries.


   In light of this exhausting schedule, Buzz undertook a process of consultation and a
   series of planning sessions internally, with staff
   and board, and externally with numerous
   key stakeholders in the dance, education
   and    government      sectors.     This   process
   increased awareness of the issues and
   opportunities     facing      the      company.
   Furthermore it proved extremely useful in
   determining and reconfirming the future
                                                                           Photograph - Mayu Kanamori

   direction for the organisation and creating a renewed vigour in our mission, to
   ignite creative energy in children and young people. As stated at our launch for
   2007, "Buzz takes pride in focussing on children and young people, that's why we're
   here and that's what we do." This period of review has, in no small way, seen the
   company embark on a truly structured path of consolidation.


   Over the year a strong component of the company's activity focussed on
   strengthening the positioning and profile of the company. In essence this involved a
   deliberate effort to present the company in the most professional manner possible,
   through visual material, lobbying, the interior upgrade of the Buzz office and
   involvement in forums and networks that provided an opportunity for the company
   to present itself as a leader in its field. In specific terms some examples of this
   included:


     . Buzz's development and coordination of three events in the Department for
       Culture and the Arts' Children and the Arts Seminar Series, involving international
       guest speakers in collaboration with Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Spare
       Parts Puppet Theatre, Steps Youth Dance Company and Yirra Yaakin Theatre.




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 . The Artistic Director's inclusion in the Assessment, Review and Moderation
   committee for the new dance curriculum and attendance at the Helpmann
   awards.
 . The Education and Marketing Manager's involvement in the Marketing Summit,
   Brisbane, for the Australia Council's Key Organisations.
 . The company's 2007 Launch.
 . The General Manager's attendance at the Long Paddock Touring forum and
   considerable involvement in the development of the Contemporary Dance
   Model development project with Ausdance, Strut and Steps Youth Dance
   Company.
 . The company's showcase at the Australian Performing Arts Market and season
   at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.


Even in the relatively short period of time since instigating this strategy, the
company has managed to achieve considerable improvement in the company's
presentation and anecdotal comments suggest the company is perceived as
having improved it's outward communication both visually and in regard to
customer service, a significant achievement.


May 2006 saw the appointment of a part-time position dedicated to company
administration. The benefits of this role to the smooth running of the company have
been considerable. This has alleviated the administrative duties from the Education
Manager's role and allowed that position to focus more definitively on Education
and Marketing. More significantly this change has brought the management of the
company's accounts back in-house allowing for easier monitoring and review of
the company's financial position. Casual accounting expertise has also been
contracted (occurring in-house) to further ensure a rigorous approach to financial
management.


The provision of technical production services continued to
                                                                  “I thought the
be a challenge in 2006. Due to the significant job breadth        workshops were
required in this position there is a need for experienced,        fantastic, our kids
                                                                  loved it so much. I
multi-skilled staff. A relatively low salary, combined with the
                                                                  loved watching
short-term contract offered for this position makes recruiting    them smile, laugh
                                                                  and enjoy
and retaining staff consistently difficult.
                                                                  themselves to create
                                                                  their own dances.”
Buzz continues to excel in our creative output. This was          Bassendean
                                                                  Vacation Care
evident in invitations to showcase the work PreTender at the
Australian Performing Arts Market and perform a season of the same work at the
Adelaide Fringe Festival. Furthermore, following both vacation care seasons (RabbiT
in the April School holidays and Colourwheel in the September school holidays) the
company received countless requests to run similar programs in the future. Also Buzz



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   received the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Services to Dance Education
   as well as six Helpmann Award nominations in the area of choreography,
   performance and sound design.


Vacation Care Program
   The vacation care programs took place in lieu of metropolitan schools touring in
   2006. This was a strategic decision that aimed at reaching essentially the same
   market but in an environment that provided a better arts experience for
   participants and artists alike.


   Regionally the company met with great success in presenting RabbiT at the
   Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, in addition to numerous communities in the Great
   Southern region.


   Once again Buzz ran the Backstage Pass initiative through support from the James
   N. Kirby Foundation. Their support allowed us to offer free tickets and a back stage
   experience for disadvantaged young people and their carers.


   The provision of high quality and extensive service is only possible as a result of the
   continued support from the State government through the department of Culture
   and the Arts and Country Arts WA and the Australian government through the
   Australia Council for the Arts. In addition to this support, in 2006 the company
   secured funding from the Australian government's Department for Communication,
   Information Technology and the Arts for a national tour to be undertaken in 2007. It
   is worth noting that the Department for Culture and the Arts provided financial
   support for four projects in addition to core funding for 2006.


   In light of the investment from funding bodies, the Company's earning potential is
   an area requiring further investigation.     A number of logistic issues in regard to
   performing in schools (particularly suitable dance flooring) continue to hamper the
   development of the primary school market. Contrastingly a large proportion of the
   secondary schools market is already being serviced and as such growth needs to
   focus on repeat purchase and/or extending the product range available to this
   market. In general terms it is also necessary to recognise the limited appeal of
   contemporary dance as an art form.


   As with government funding, Buzz also relies heavily on our ongoing support from
   key sponsor, Healthway. Promoting the Heart Foundation's ‘Be Active’ message is a
   genuine pleasure as the message is so closely aligned with the objectives and
   program of activities of Buzz.




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  Our other sponsors and supporters are also highly valued and include: Wilson
  Parking (formerly Secure Parking), Active 8, the City of Perth, Advanced
  Physiotherapy, Ausdance WA, Steps Youth Dance Company, the Playhouse
  Theatre, Millbrook Winery and Goldfields Arts Centre.


  In summary, Buzz continues to be at the fore of cultural development for young
  people in Western Australia and indeed Australia. In most part, this is achieved
  through the sheer hard work of a small, highly dedicated team.


  In closing, I acknowledge the time and effort contributed by the Board of
  Management and furthermore, commend all people and organisations that have
  provided support to Buzz Dance Theatre and enabled it's success throughout 2006.


Corporate Governance
  Buzz Dance Theatre is a registered company Limited by Guarantee. The Company
  is funded by the Government of Western Australia through Arts WA and Lottery
  West, is a recipient of major sponsorship from Healthway to promote the health
  message Be Active and funded on a federal level by the Australia Council through
  the Dance Board.


  Details of board members and meetings held are stated in the audited Financial
  Statements following.


Organisational Structure
  Buzz Dance Theatre employed two fulltime staff in 2006, the Artistic Director and the
  Education and Marketing Manager. The General Manager was employed on a 12-
  month contract at 32 hours per week. The Production Coordinator was employed
  on a seven-month contract. The dancers were contracted for a total period of 22
  weeks. All other artists and specialist teachers were sub-contracted as required.




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Buzz Dance Theatre Staff in 2006
Artistic Director              Felicity Bott
General Manager                Rick Watson-Heath

Education    &   Marketing     Kate Boyle
Manager
Production Coordinator         Amy Leeder
Administration                 Alex Desebrock (Feb - Apr)
                               Carmen Baillie (Feb – Mar)
                               Deanna Goldspink (May – Nov)
                               Andrea Day (Nov-Dec)
Core Dance Artists             Paul Blackman
                               Katrina Lazaroff
                               Glen Lo
                               Leanne Mason
                               Rachel Usher
                               Jeni Sutton
                               David Lloyd
Guest Dance Artists            Rob Griffin
                               Tim Rodgers
                               Rachael Hare
                               Bianca Martin*
Rehearsal Directors            Margrete Helgeby
                               Katrina Lazaroff
                               Rachel Usher
Publicist                      Annette Carmichael
Financial Consultants          Jody Burton
                               Suzanne Fielding
Bianca Martin was engaged by the company courtesy of a private sponsorship through
the Strut Young Dancers Foundation.


Contracted Artists in 2006

Lighting Designer              Nicolas Higgins
Musician/Composer              Mel Robinson (Colourwheel)
Scenic Design                  Paula Hart (Colourwheel)
Costume Design                 Anna Serna (Colourwheel)
Dramaturg                      Christine Best
Stage Manager                  Sue Fenty (PreTender – Adelaide)
Production Assistant           Steve Crossley (RabbiT - Tour)
Dance Specialists              Claudia Alessi (acro-balance)
Photographers                  Jon Green
                               Mayu Kanamori




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2006 Statistics
                                                                                  Free                 No.
Venue                                                       Date                  Event?     Attend.   Events
                                                                                  Y/N
Interstate
PreTender 'Spotlight': Australian Performing Arts Market,
Adelaide                                                    27 Feb - 3 Mar        Y          165       1
PreTender: Youth Education Program Performances,
Adelaide Fringe Festival                                    27 Feb - 3 Mar        N          870       6
Metro

PreTender at Playhouse Theatre (General Public)             22 - 25 Mar           N          376       8
PreTender at Playhouse Theatre (General Public)-
Complimentary                                               24 Mar                Y          200       1
PreTender at Playhouse Theatre (Schools)                    22 - 25 Mar           N          1466      8
PreTender: Post-performance school workshops                27-31 Mar             N          785       42
PreTender: Backstage Pass participants                      22-25 Mar             Y          192       8
RabbiT Vacation Care Program at King St Arts Centre         18-21, 26-28 Apr      N          194       8
RabbiT: In-school performances                              15-19 May             N          450       3
RabbiT: In-school Workshops                                 15-19 May             N          60        2
Workshops: Residency at Hillcrest Primary School            22 - 26 May           N          448       16
Colourwheel: Performance at Greenmount Primary
School                                                      29 Sept               Y          450       1
Colourwheel: Residency at Greenmount Primary School         25-29 Sept            Y          394       11
Colourwheel: Vacation Care Program at King St Arts
Centre                                                      3-13 Oct              N          583       9
Workshops: Youth Intensive Masterclass                      3-6 Oct               N          20        4
Workshops: Applecross SHS                                   16 May                N          47        2
Workshops: Mt Lawley SHS                                    22 Aug, 7 Dec         N          132       8
Workshops: Wesley College                                   27 June, 21+ 23 Aug   N          81        3
Workshops: July Vacation Care                               10-21 July            N          229       12
Workshops: Little Feet Festival                             22 Jan                Y          50        2
Masterclass: WAAPA                                          27 July 3 Aug         N          40        2
Regional

RabbiT: Goldfields Arts Centre Performance                  12 May                N          179       1
RabbiT: regional tour to Midwest and Goldfields
(Performances)                                              1 - 12 May            N          1033      8
RabbiT: regional tour to Midwest and Goldfields
(Workshops)                                                 1 - 12 May            N          441       15
Workshops: Karratha Youth Theatre Residency                 17-21 July            N          216       12
Other


Performance: WA Business & the Arts Awards                  24 Nov                Y          500       1
Conference Attendance                                       Year Round            N          10        6
Networking & Sector Development                             Year Round            Y          199       16
2007 Annual Program Launch                                  1 Nov                 Y          60        1
Secondment-Dance Students                                   Rehearsal Period      Y          2
Secondment-HS Student                                       Year round            Y          3
Secondment-WAAPA Arts Management                            Year round            Y          1         1
TOTAL                                                                                        9876      218




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Key Performance Indicators - ‘Are we there yet?’


Goal 1 - Artistic
To provide high quality dance theatre experiences to children, young people
and their families

 Strategies               Output                 Performance       Targets
                                                 measures
 Produce and present      High quality dance     Number of new     3 new works in      On
 exciting, engaging       theatre works are      works presented   triennium           track
 and challenging          created, performed
 dance theatre            and monitored
 performances for our     through processes of   Number of         3 additional        On
 target audiences         evaluation             extant works      works (new or       track
                                                 presented         extant) in
                                                                   triennium.

 Undertake creative       Establish 10 weeks     Number of         10 weeks of         
 development              development-           weeks of          development-
                          rehearsal period       creative          rehearsal period
                          each year              development       each year
                                                 each year
 Performer                Continue Encore        Number of         At least 2          
 development              professional           specialist        specialist
                          development            performing arts   performing arts
                          program for all        training          training
                          performers             opportunities     opportunities
                                                 provided          per year

 Commission original      Original               Number of         1 composition       
 music/sound design       compositions           music scores      commissioned
 for new productions      created                commissioned      per annum
 Present engaging         Workshop programs      Number of         1 workshop          
 participatory dance      delivered              workshop          program per
 theatre activities for                          programs          work
 our target audiences                            aligned to
                                                 performance
                                                 program

                                                 Stand alone       Minimum 2           
                                                 workshop          stand alone
                                                 programs          programs per
                                                                   annum

                                                 Residencies       Minimum 2           
                                                                   residencies per
                                                                   annum




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Goal 2 - Audience
To raise the company profile: locally, nationally, and internationally.

 Strategies             Output                 Performance        Targets
                                               Measures

 Undertake projects     Present new work       Number of          1 engagement         
 with renowned          with high profile      engagements        with renowned
 companies,             companies and/or                          guest
 choreographers         choreographers                            company,
 and/or artists.                                                  choreographe
                                                                  r or artist in the
                                                                  triennium
 Increase media         Broad distribution     Number of          Increase from        
 coverage               of media releases.     media 'spots'      previous year
                                               received
 Increase awareness     Key decision           Key decision       Key decision         
 of the Company by      makers are             makers             makers
 key decision           provided with          receive regular    receive a
 makers, presenters     regular information    information        minimum of 3
 and advocates.         and updates            and updates        updates per
                        (emails and/or                            annum
                        printed material)
 Produce & distribute   Promotional videos     Number of          1 per annum          
 broadcast quality      produced for each      promotional
 video                  work                   videos
 documentation of                              distributed
 productions.
 Participate in         Company is             Number of          Minimum of 3         
 national/internation   represented in         times              over the
 al arts                national/internatio    Company is         triennium
 festivals/events.      nal arts               represented in
                        festivals/events       national or
                                               international
                                               arts
                                               festivals/events

 Participate in         Activity takes         Number of          1 over the           
 national/internation   place between          activities for     triennium
 al activity.           Buzz and other         Buzz staff
                        national/internatio
                        nal                    Number of          1 over the           
                        organisations/indivi   visiting artists   triennium
                        duals.                 at Buzz




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Goal 3 – Access
To give children & young people the opportunity to experience contemporary
dance.

Strategies                Output                   Performance            Targets
                                                   Measures
Produce resource          Lower Primary and        Support materials      1 set of materials     
materials designed to     Upper Primary activity   produced               produced for
support and enhance       materials are                                   each new Primary
understanding of the      produced                                        show
work
                          Secondary Teacher        Support materials      1 set of materials     
                          support materials are    produced               produced for
                          produced including                              each new
                          music CD                                        Secondary show


Present dance theatre     Performances and         Number of              Five per annum         
works and events in a     workshops undertaken     performances
variety of venues to      in venues other than     and/or workshops
ensure maximum access     theatres                 undertaken in
                                                   venues other than
                                                   theatres
Investigate product       Report compiled on       Report completed       By November            N/A
diversification           product options and                             2007
                          viability
Undertake regional        Performances and/or      Number of              5 performances         (7)
touring annually          workshops undertaken     performances           per annum
                          in regional centres      and/or workshops
                                                   undertaken in          10 workshops per       (15)
                                                   regional centres       annum
Implement market          Performances and         Participation by       Annually, 10% of       
development strategy to   workshops are            schools not visited    school clients
further expand current    undertaken with new      in past 3 years        have not been
schools market            schools                                         visited by Buzz in
                                                                          last 3 years
Implement market          Undertake additional     Increased              Repeat purchase        
penetration strategy to   activity with existing   participation by       undertaken by          (89%)
further expand current    schools market           existing school        50% of existing
schools market                                     clients                schools market
                                                                          over triennium
Implement market          Enquiries received by    Number of              Minimum 2 local        (7)
development strategy to   local                    enquiries received     council/communit
expand local              councils/community       from Local             y requests per
council/community         organisations for        council/communit       annum
clients                   Performances and/or      y orgs
                          workshops
Develop and implement     International research   International          1 International        
market development        tour                     research tour          research tour over
strategy to investigate                            occurs                 the triennium
international                                      Expression of          1 expression of        
engagements                                        interest to present    interest to present
                                                   the company            the company
                                                   received from          received from
                                                   International client   International client




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Goal 4 – Financial
To maintain effective and efficient financial management, to increase income
and minimise potential impact of expenses.

 Strategies                     Output                         Performance             Targets
                                                               Measures
 Undertake pricing review       Price sensitivity of various   Pricing review          Completed by July       N/A
                                products determined            undertaken              2008

 Extend life of works through   Tours of productions to        Touring opportunities   8 weeks over            On
 touring                        regional, national and                                 triennium               track
                                international audiences
 Effective budget               Regular budget                 Accumulated             Accumulated             
 management                     monitoring and review          reserves                reserves are 10% of
                                                                                       annual turnover
                                                               Working Capital         Maintain working        
                                                               ratio                   capital ratio at 2:1



 Secure additional income       Applications made to           Percentage of           Maximum 40% of          
 from various sources           sponsors, funding bodies       income from various     total income
                                and/or foundations.            sources in              derived from a single
                                                               comparison to total     funding body
                                                               income

 Review and implement           Payment of expenses            Payments signed off     All payments made       
 financial policy               undertaken in                  by the appropriate      in accordance with
                                accordance with                staff/board             financial policy
                                financial policy               members




Goal 5 - Operations
Maintain and further develop effective and efficient company management.

 Strategies                     Output                         Performance             Targets
                                                               Measures
 Undertake professional         Professional development       Percentage of staff     100% of staff           
 development of staff           undertaken by staff            undertaking             undertake
 members                                                       professional            professional
                                                               development             development
                                                               opportunities offered   opportunity annually

 Maintain effective             Hold whole Company             Number of meetings      1 per fortnight         
 communication and              Meetings
 planning with staff
                                Hold Administration            Number of meetings      1 per fortnight         
                                Meetings

                                Undertake Company              Company                 Commencement of         
                                orientation at                 orientation             each contract
                                commencement of each           undertaken              period
                                contract period
 Communicate OH&S policy        All staff are aware of         Staff acknowledge       All staff               
 openly and effectively         OH&S obligations and           awareness of OH&S       acknowledge
                                procedures                     procedures in           awareness of OH&S
                                                               performance             procedures in
                                                               reviews                 performance
                                                                                       reviews
 Continue to implement Risk     Risk Management                Incidents/injuries      100% of                 
 Management Plan                undertaken in                  managed in              incidents/injuries
                                accordance with Risk           accordance with         managed in
                                Management Plan                OH&S procedures.        accordance with
                                                                                       OH&S procedures.




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