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

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Dark Dance At The Regal Theatre

On every Tuesday evening in September, the Regal Theatre turns off the lights on their stage and invites everyone and anyone for a dance party where you can dance like no one's watching.

  • Dates:Sept 29
  • Time(s):5:30pm
  • Venue:The Regal Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:The Regal Theatre
  • Venue Address:474 Hay Street
  • Ticket Price:Free Entry
  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Type:Community
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Dancing in the dark can give us the opportunity to free ourselves from the instinct to fit in. There is no one watching us, no one judging us and we can move the way our body wants to move. There is no right or wrong way to dance and it doesn’t matter what you look like, it only matters how you feel.

What to expect:
Meet on the Regal Theatres’ stage, where they’ll go through a quick welcome and warm up with the lights on for you to get acquainted with the space. They will then turn the lights down low and get down to dance! They'll have non-stop bangers ready to go in a playlist to keep you grooving. At the end they'll put on some mood lighting to take us through some stretching to cool us down. The space will have markers so you will have no trouble going to the toilet or getting assistance if you need.

Bring whatever mood you come with, and together you'll shake off any bad vibes and leave in a better mood then when you started. This is an opportunity to lose yourself in the music.
Bring a water bottle, comfortable clothes, and ear plugs if you have any sensitivity to loud music.

Humans have been dancing forever, however it is only recently that research is starting to show us why. The neurological benefits of dance can be as important as the known physical benefits and may even have clinical applications. Dance helps our neurological and physical health by:
- triggering neurotransmitters to release feel good chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine that can help relieve stress and anxiety.
- releasing endorphins that create satisfaction, euphoria and even increase our pain tolerance.
- improving balance, co-ordination and special awareness.
- improving muscle tone and cardiovascular health.

Whether you come for stress relief, physical exercise, or just for pleasure, Dark Dance can benefit you in ways you didn’t even know you needed. 

Unidos (United) we dance!

Get ready to dance at Perth Flamenco Festival!

  • Dates:Oct 2 - 4
  • Venue:The Performance Co. (Morley)
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Details

  • Hosted By:The Flamenco Collective
  • Venue Address:97 Catherine Street, Morley
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free
  • Ticket price TO:$300
  • Type:Community,For Kids,Free,Workshops
  • Music:World
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Perth’s flamenco and Spanish dance enthusiasts unite for The Flamenco Collective’s 2nd annual flamenco festival, Unidos!

The festival boasts three days of flamenco workshops, fiesta-style performances, fashion parade and free community classes for children, teens and adults from Friday 2 October to Sunday 4 October 2020.

The festival’s theme is all about coming together to celebrate and support one another in what has been a challenging year for everyone. Something the Flamenco Collective’s organising committee knows all too well.

“We’re all dancers and dance teachers ourselves, with most of us running our own businesses,” said the Flamenco Collective’s treasurer, Karen Mooney.

Karen runs her own Spanish costume business, Fuego Flamenco from home, is co-director of the Spanish Dance Company, and a dance teacher at Eden Dance Institute.

“We all want to do what’s best for community health and safety, but it’s impacted on the livelihoods of many of us. The social and physical activity benefits of a regular dance class left a gap for many during the restrictions that was hard to replace,” added Karen.

The Flamenco Collective’s founder and committee chair, Ashanti Balaratnasingam, who is the director of Perth’s only exclusively adult dance studio, The Dance Workshop, had a similar experience over the past six months.

"Many students and teachers felt disconnected from themselves and their community without access to their regular classes. Dance and music, and more importantly dancing with others fulfills vital emotional and physiological needs,” Ashanti said.

“When studios were forced to close our community really felt the impact of this void, and many students with reduced incomes still feel this now."

In keeping with the Flamenco Collective’s aim to celebrate and promote Spanish performing arts in Western Australia, the 2nd annual Flamenco Festival will showcase local artists and teachers while celebrating the camaraderie of the Perth flamenco community.

Experienced beginners through to professionals can immerse themselves in a three-day Flamenco intensive, while open community classes offer free workshops to children, teens and adults thanks to support from the City of Bayswater. A free fashion event will take place on the Saturday night with the weekend culminating in a ticketed studio performance on Sunday evening. All workshops and performances will be held at The Performance Company (Morley) from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 October 2020.

More information and bookings, including reservations for free events, can be made through the Flamenco Collective website (www.flamencocollective.com.au).

Djuki Mala at the Narrogin Town Hall

UNIQUE, INFECTIOUS, HIGH-ENERGY... LIKE A CONFETTI CANNON POINT BLANK TO THE HEART.

  • Dates:Oct 7
  • Time(s):7pm-8pm
  • Venue:Narrogin Town Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Bond Creatives & Arts Narrogin
  • Venue Address:80 Federal St Narrogin
  • Ticket Price:TBA
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Community,For Kids,Youth Art / Performance

Description

UNIQUE, INFECTIOUS, HIGH-ENERGY... LIKE A CONFETTI CANNON POINT BLANK TO THE HEART.
Indigenous dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company that took the world by storm present their internationally acclaimed smash hit production. Unique, infectious, high-energy… like a confetti cannon point blank to the heart. Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul!
Djuki Mala performer Baykali Ganambarr says: “Our show tells the genesis of Djuki Mala, in a way that challenges the western anthropological view of First Nations culture. We do this with our humor, our dance, our story and our culture. It’s alive, it’s living, breathing, ever changing and evolving. Rooted in over 75,000 years of ancestral knowledge. We take our culture out of the museum and place it very firmly in the 21st century – with a bit of circus and bling!”
‘… an hour of infectious joy’ ????? BroadwayBaby
‘No better offering at this year’s Fringe’ ????? West Australian
‘Joy enhancing, inspiring, thrilling, intoxicating’ ????? Upside News
‘Their sheer joy is as infectious as it is delightful’ ????? Advertiser
Winner – Best Dance Adelaide Fringe 2015
Winner – Best Dance and Physical Theatre Perth FRINGE WORLD 2017
Winner – West Australian Arts Editors Award Perth FRINGE WORLD 2017
Winner – UniSA Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Creative Arts Adelaide Fringe 2018
Presented by: Bond Creatives & Arts Narrogin!

Djuki Mala

Direct from Elcho Island, Djuki Mala (Djuki meaning 'bird' with a Yolngu accent and Mala meaning 'mob') perform a high-energy and stunning fusion of traditional Indigenous culture, contemporary dance and strorytelling.

  • Dates:Oct 16
  • Time(s):7:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Venue:Esperance Civic Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Venue Address:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Ticket Price FROM:$18
  • Ticket price TO:$27.50
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Dance,Theatre
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events

Description

Join a joyous celebration 60,000 years in the making where Esperance Civic Centre presents Duki Mala, Proudly supported by Lotterywest.

Direct from Elcho Island, Djuki Mala (Djuki meaning 'bird' with a Yolngu accent and Mala meaning 'mob') perform a high-energy and stunning fusion of traditional Indigenous culture, contemporary dance and strorytelling.

Since their 2007 clip of 'Zorba the Greek' went viral, they've been consistently thrilling audiences with reinterpretations of popular culture and traditional dances in a way that juxtaposes contemporary Yulngo culture.

The show tells the genesis of Djuki Mala, interspersed with multimedia and gives audiences the opportunity to experience some of the more intimate moments and turning points that have shaped them, in a show that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning, with a hefty dose of heart and soul.

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REVIEWS
“There is no better offering at this year’s Perth Fringe Festival…tremendous fun.” THE WEST AUSTRALIAN ?????

“Djuki Mala is an hour of infectious joy” BROADWAY BABY, EDINBURGH ?????

“Joy enhancing, inspiring, thrilling, intoxicating' ????? UPSIDE NEWS

“entertainment with plenty of skill, fun and charm” ????? IN DAILY, ADELAIDE

“Has the audience eating out of their hands…a show of sheer joy, energy, hilarity…hugely entertaining”
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PURCHASE TICKETS online www.esperance.wa.gov.au/events/djuki-mala

Tickets:
Child $18
Concession $25
Adult $27.50
Group of 6 + $24.50

Duration: 60mins
Rating: All Ages (recommended 5+)

Tickets also available from Shire Administration, Esperance Library and Visitor Centre.

Djuki Mala- Newman

Centred around reinterpretations of popular culture and traditional dance, this award-winning performance provides an insightful view into Indigenous Australia.

  • Dates:Nov 8
  • Time(s):7.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Venue:Newman Recreation Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Newman Recreation Centre
  • Venue Address:Corner Gregory Avenue and Fortescue Avenue, Newman WA 6753
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events

Description

Direct from North East Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company that took the world by storm present their internationally acclaimed smash hit productions. Unique, infectious, high energy like a confetti cannon point blank to the heart. Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul!

Oklahoma!

Cowboys and farmers are fighting over fences and water rights, while young farm girl Laurey can’t decide between two suitors vying for her affection.

  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre
  • Dates:Nov 28 - Dec 20

Details

  • Hosted By:Black Swan State Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:174 - 176 William Street, Perth Western Australia 6000
  • Ticket Price:$36- $93
  • Ticket Price FROM:$36
  • Ticket price TO:$93
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Produced By:Black Swan State Theatre Company
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Musicals,Theatre

Description

BLACK SWAN STATE THEATRE COMPANY OF WA PRESENTS
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S
OKLAHOMA!
 
Set at the turn of the century, cowboys and farmers are fighting over fences and water rights, while young farm girl Laurey can’t decide between two suitors vying for her affection.
 
Directed by Richard Carroll (Calamity Jane, The Show Goes On, Once), the production features timeless hits such as Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, People Will Say We’re in Love, and The Surrey With the Fringe on Top. Enjoy bluegrass, country and even a square-dance with the characters at the Box Social. This Oklahoma! is an off-balance society full of outsiders and misfits.
 
A fresh look at a classic musical that will bring out the shadows in the cornfields and guns in the smokehouse. This spirited spectacle invites you to join the townsfolk and band members in the heart of the action, right on the Heath Ledger Theatre stage.
 
Oklahoma! is presented by permission of ORiGiN™ Theatrical on behalf of R&H Theatricals, www.rnh.com. 

 

Celtic Illusions Reimagined

Immerse yourself in the Irish Dance and Grand Illusion sensation that has taken Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the USA by storm on its Nationwide tour for 2020. This is Celtic Illusion, Reimagined!

  • Dates:Aug 13
  • Time(s):7:30pm to 9:20pm
  • Venue:Esperance Civic Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Venue Address:Council Place
  • Ticket Price:$64.90 to $74.90
  • Ticket Price FROM:$64.90
  • Ticket price TO:$74.90
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre
  • Music:Country & Folk,Other Music,World

Description

Immerse yourself in the Irish Dance and Grand Illusion sensation that has taken Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the USA by storm on its Nationwide tour for 2020. This is Celtic Illusion, Reimagined!

Fans who have witnessed the show previously will not dare to miss the Reimagined tour that is set to raise the bar once again. This exhilarating production has broken barriers by fusing two unique art forms is more spectacular than ever before. With new spellbinding illusions, music and choreography, Celtic Illusion Reimagined is the must-see family event of 2020.

Starring the multi talented Illusionist and former lead dancer of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Anthony street, and Georgia May, a female marvel in both dance and Illusion, these impeccable stars lead a cast of dancers gathered from across the globe into a theatrical masterpiece that will have you mesmerised from the curtains opening.

Do not hesitate to book your tickets now before they disappear! We want you to be a part of the biggest Dance and Illusion show in the world!

To purchase tickets online visit www.esperance.wa.gov.au/events/celtic-illusion-reimagined also available from Shire Administration, Esperance Library and Visitor Centre

Tickets
Concession $69.90
Adult $74.90
Child $64.90
Family (2A + 2C) $67.50
Group of 10+ $69.90

Duration | 110mins including intermission

Recommended | All Ages

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