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The dynamic WA dance scene offers performances ranging from contemporary to classical ballet and just about everything in-between. While artists tour from around the globe, there is plenty of homegrown talent. You can catch performances from talented students at Perth’s renowned WA Academy of Performing Arts; see ballets at concert halls or beautiful outdoor venues; or feast your eyes on cutting-edge choreography from the many local companies.

Guides


Hofesh In The Yard

Get up close and personal with the global master of rock-and-roll performance as Hofesh Schechter transforms the State Theatre Centre Courtyard into a spectacle of super charged, high-octane dance.

  • Dates:Feb 18 - 22, and Feb 25 - March 1
  • Time(s):Opens 9:00pm Tue to Sat, and 8:00pm on Sun.
  • Venue:State Theatre Centre Courtyard, State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:174 - 176 William Street, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$49
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Recognised as one of the most exciting artists working in contemporary dance today, Hofesh Schechter is renowned for creating his own genre - part dance, part gig, part theatre and completely original.

Now Perth's own STRUT Dance presents 12 independent artists from across the Asia-Pacific region performing a special version of Schechter's explosive mega hit Uprising and trance-like tHE bAD outside and in the round. Wander through the venue, drink in hand, and take in all the action in a double bill that will have you buzzing. 

Colossus

Witness two torn worlds coming together, in perfect imperfection, as fifty dancers tell a story of the push and pull of humanity, and the patterns of the natural world.

  • Dates:Feb 19 - 23
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm Wed - Sat, and 6:30pm on Sunday.
  • Venue:Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:174 - 176 William Street, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$39
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Fifty dancers flood the stage, filling the theatre with a living, breathing, joyous mass of dancing bodies, moving in intricate unison and wild individuality. They coexist in perfect imperfection, illustrating the push and pull of humanity and the exquisite patterning found in the natural world.

Riveting and hypnotic, Colossus is an epic and exhilarating dance work that explores the beauty and ugliness of the collective experience. As complex patterns ripple through the heaving throng, a single movement triggers a chain reaction wheeling the fragile whole from chaos to order as it builds towards a united, dizzying climax.

Bunny | Pica

Exploring the relational politics in spectatorship.

  • Dates:31 March 1, 3 & 4 April
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre

Description

In order to unravel shared lines of connection, to suspend tension and to unleash collective desires, Kok and George look to macrame´, sailors’ knots, Chinese knots and rope bondage to weave together an interactive experience of collectivity. “Bunny” is a nickname given to the person being tied in rope bondage. In this work, we ask ourselves this question: What if everyone (in the theatre) is a Bunny?

 

Icon

Icon celebrates the enormous influence of German choreographer Pina Bausch on generations of dance makers and performers around the world.

  • Dates:Various dates from Nov 13 -19
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$28
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

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

Pina bausch, Tannha¨user Bacchanal
Icon celebrates the enormous influence of German choreographer Pina Bausch on generations of dance makers and performers around the world. WAAPA is delighted to welcome two artists from Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal to remount Bausch’s Tannha¨user Bacchanal, in which 23 dancers perform to Wagner’s romantic, restless music.

Meryl Tankard, Chants de Mariage
Meryl Tankard is one of Australia’s finest contemporary dancers and an international artist in her own right. Tankard, a former Pina Bausch company member from 1978 to 1984, will remount her Chants de Mariage with assistance from award-winning local choreographer Paige Gordon. This 1991 work for an all-female cast is a dialogue about ritual, secrets, deception and sacred vows.

Michael Whaites, Things That Remain
Michael Whaites, artistic director of LINK Dance Company and a former company member of Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, will remount Things That Remain. Whaites created this nostalgic, gentle and beautiful remembrance in 2009 soon after Pina Bausch’s passing.

Kim McCarthy
Icon is rounded out by a new work from Kim McCarthy, formerly principal dancer with Nacho Duato’s Compan~ia Nacional de Danza and now WAAPA’s Head of Classical Dance.

Yagan Square Nyumbi

Experience the world’s oldest living culture through music and dance.

  • Dates:Every Friday from 24 January to 26 June 2020
  • Time(s):Commences at 5.30pm. Concludes at 6.15pm
  • Venue:Yagan Square Amphitheatre

Details

  • Hosted By:DevelopmentWA
  • Venue Address:Corner Wellington and William Street Perth
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Yagan Square
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Immerse yourself in Western Australia's Noongar culture as Aboriginal dancers perform traditional song and dance and share stories of our rich culture and history.

Visit the Yagan Square amphitheatre to enjoy free Aboriginal performances every Friday evening.

 

Tao Of Glass

Phelim McDermott is a master storyteller - a theatrical alchemist and spinner of yarns who has summoned this astonishingly original show about making a show.

  • Dates:Feb 19 - 23
  • Time(s):From 7:00pm to 9:20pm
  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:174 - 176 William Street, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$89
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre
  • Music:Other Music

Description

Composer Phillip Glass and performer-director Phelim McDermott have worked together on acclaimed opera productions around the world. Now they have joined forces for their most personal collaboration yet.

Tao of Glass takes ten brand-new pieces by Phillip Glass and pairs them with ten meditations on life, death and Taoist wisdom performed by McDermott with an ensemble of musicians and puppeteers. The result is a warm, fun, and utterly compelling fusion of music, theatre, puppetry and philosophical musing held together by a highly-personal monologue about the nature of creativity, memory and personal identity. 

Part-concert, part-performance, Tao of Glass is a storytelling tapestry, soundtracked by Glass's mesmerising music and bursting with theatricality. 

Alyssa Edwards - Supreme Tour

You’ve seen her in The Secret Is Out, you’ve seen her in Dancing Queen, now get ready for Alyssa Edwards: The Supreme Tour!

  • Dates:Feb 23
  • Time(s):8-11pm
  • Venue:Connections Nightclub

Details

  • Hosted By:Connections Nightclub
  • Venue Address:81 James St, Perth WA 6003
  • Ticket Price FROM:$56.38
  • Ticket price TO:$97.70
  • Type:Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Music:DJs

Description

Alyssa is returning to Australia in 2020 for her most amazing show yet! She’ll be arriving just in time to celebrate Mardi Gras with us!

Leviathan

Circa’s internationally-renowned ensemble joins with a local cast of circus performers, dancers and young people for a world premiere circus event.

  • Dates:Feb 26 - Mar 1
  • Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:474 Hay St, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Circus,Dance
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$69

Description

Circa’s internationally-renowned ensemble joins with a local cast of circus performers, dancers and young people for a world premiere circus event.

The art of circus is taken in an exciting new direction as 36 performers hang from a grid suspended in the air and propel themselves across the stage, tumbling, balancing and soaring together. The dramatic power and extreme skill of Circa’s trademark acrobatics thrillingly expose the tension between the mass and the individual in an epic theatrical event that is both deeply moving and physically stunning.

In these complex times, Leviathan offers hope by celebrating what can be achieved when we work together. This action-packed show connects the local with the global and the emerging with the visionary for powerful new circus production that genuinely pushes boundaries.

Coogee Live

Creativity, connection, culture, cooking and kids activities will feature in the bigger, better and totally free Coogee Live, will be held on March 7th and 8th along Coogee Beach.

  • Dates:7-8 March 2020
  • Time(s):10am - 9pm (Sat 7 March), 10am - 6pm (Sun 8 March)
  • Venue:Omeo Park and Coogee Beach

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Cockburn
  • Venue Address:Coogee Beach
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Festivals,Free,Health,History,Music,Performing Arts,Well Being,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Performing Arts:Circus,Dance,Puppetry
  • Music:DJs,Free,Music Festival,Popular Music
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Craft,Drawing,Other Visual Arts,Painting,Sculpture,Youth
  • Food & Drink:Beer,Coffee,Food Event,Food Market Events,Other,Restaurant Events,Wine

Description

Creativity, connection, culture, cooking and kids activities will feature in the bigger, better and totally free Coogee Live, will be held on March 7th and 8th along Coogee Beach.

Coogee Live will be divided into ‘worlds’, each with its own theme and activities; LiveLighter Omeo Hub is inspired by the area’s nautical history where winding pathways lead to little fairy nooks and to boisterous pirates recounting maritime stories and teaching youngsters how to make treasure maps. The Ocean Kitchen Garden is all about food and sustainability, themed to fit with a healthy beachside lifestyle, including local produce and producers, artisan fare, pop up style restaurants, workshops, hands-on cooking classes and sessions with some of WA best chefs. LiveLighter Community Hub embraces creativity and is the ideal place to come together, learn and laugh – think origami participation, Brolga puppet making and cultural performances. The Nova Jetty Sessions is beach fun party central celebrating the best of Coogee’s iconic beach lifestyle featuring live music by the soul funk queen Grace Barbé.

Coogee Live will really bring the area to life with over 80 activations across a 1.5 kilometre event footprint along the beach from North Coogee to Coogee Beach Reserve.

Coogee Live is about bringing the local community together as well as attracting visitors. It is designed to showcase the local area as well as its local artists and artisans, creating a free family-friendly festival for the community.

Coogee Live is totally free.

For more information, visit www.coogeelive.com

Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/coogeelive/]

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/coogee_live/

ISWA Holi Festival

Bring the family down to Langley Park and join in The Festival of Colours!

  • Dates:Mar 8
  • Time(s):11.00am - 5.00pm
  • Venue:Langley Park

Details

  • Hosted By:The Indian Society of WA
  • Venue Address:Langley Park, Plain St and Hay St, East Perth WA 6004
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Festivals,Free
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Music:World
  • Food & Drink:Food Market Events

Description

Holi is a festival which is held to celebrate the start of Spring and is known as the Festival of Colours. This free event is sure to be a fun-filled day out for the family with an array of food stalls, games, rides, water slides and a stunning outdoor picnic atmosphere. The day will be fully catered by Indian restaurants from around Perth and there will also be music provided by talented DJ’s.

Please note that this is a smoking and alcohol-free event.

Well

A dynamic and arresting evening for lovers of contemporary dance.

  • Dates:Apr 4th, 2020
  • Time(s):2:00pm
  • Venue:State Theatre Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:State Theatre Centre, 174-176 William St, Perth, WA
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

WAAPA’s LINK Dance Company goes underground and presents a stunning double bill of contemporary dance works at the State Theatre Centre. Visiting guest artist Rainer Behr, long-standing member of Pina Bausch’s renowned dance company Tanztheater Wuppertal, choreographs a siteresponsive new work on the LINK dancers. The program also features the second collaboration between LINK’s artistic director Michael Whaites, a Pina Bausch company member from 1995 to 2000, and WAAPA’s Head of Dance Sue Peacock. 

Spirit of the Dance

International dance sensation ‘Spirit of the Dance’ has conquered the world and is coming to Australia in April/May 2020 with their new spine tingling 21st anniversary show.

  • Dates:May 15
  • Time(s):7:30pm-9:30pm
  • Venue:Crown Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Mellen Events
  • Venue Address:Crown Perth, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood WA 6100
  • Ticket Price FROM:$79.90
  • Type:Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Crown Theatre Perth
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

International dance sensation ‘Spirit of the Dance’ has conquered the world and is coming to Australia in April/May 2020 with their new spine tingling 21st anniversary show. Winner of nine global awards, this is one of the most successful dance shows ever and has been seen by over 20 million people worldwide.

Presented by Mellen Events, ‘Spirit of the Dance’ is Irish in origin and bursts with raw energy, having been described as “explosive”, “breathtaking”, and “spectacular”. This blockbuster smash hit show takes dance to the next level and features an explosive fusion of heart pounding Irish Dance, combined with dance styles from around the world including Scottish, Flamenco, Latin, Salsa, Street Dance, Hip Hop, Techno Can Can and American Tap.

Spirit of the Dance

International dance sensation ‘Spirit of the Dance’ has conquered the world and is coming to Australia in April/May 2020 with their new spine tingling 21st anniversary show.

  • Dates:May 16
  • Time(s):2pm-4pm and 7:30pm-9:30pm
  • Venue:Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Mellen Events
  • Venue Address:Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah WA 6210
  • Ticket Price FROM:$86.60
  • Ticket price TO:$91.70
  • Type:Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

International dance sensation ‘Spirit of the Dance’ has conquered the world and is coming to Australia in April/May 2020 with their new spine tingling 21st anniversary show. Winner of nine global awards, this is one of the most successful dance shows ever and has been seen by over 20 million people worldwide.

Presented by Mellen Events, ‘Spirit of the Dance’ is Irish in origin and bursts with raw energy, having been described as “explosive”, “breathtaking”, and “spectacular”. This blockbuster smash hit show takes dance to the next level and features an explosive fusion of heart pounding Irish Dance, combined with dance styles from around the world including Scottish, Flamenco, Latin, Salsa, Street Dance, Hip Hop, Techno Can Can and American Tap.

Corroboree Under The Stars | Ord Valley Muster

Experience the power of a traditional Corroborree by our Miriwoong Gajeroong people at the Waringarri Corroboree Under the Stars.

  • Dates:May 21
  • Venue:Waringarri Aboriginal Arts
  • Festivals:Ord Valley Muster

Details

  • Hosted By:Ord Valley Muster
  • Venue Address:Waringarri Aboriginal Arts
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

This event is a favourite on the Muster calendar and showcases our local indigenous culture and art.

Food and Drink
Traditional tucker is included within the ticket price and this event is an alcohol-free event. Soft drinks and water will be available for sale.

Getting There
Self-drive or walk to the venue.  Further information to be provided.

Rise

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

  • Dates:Jun 12, 13, 15 - 17
  • Time(s):7.30pm; Sat 2pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

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

Description

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

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

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