MEDIA RELEASE - West Australian Ballet ‘en pointe’ in Jakarta
14 April 2016
Australian Ballet will perform in the Indonesian capital Jakarta for the first
time in more than two decades, thanks to support from the Commonwealth and
West Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director to announce the August tour, Federal
Minister for the Arts Minister Mitch Fifield and WA Minister for Culture and
the Arts, John Day, said the visit was made possible by $114,440 in Catalyst
funding, along with $20,000 from the WA Government.
Fifield said this was an exciting opportunity for West Australian Ballet to
share its experience and expertise.
tour is a great acknowledgement of the standard the company has reached, and a
wonderful way to build the relationship between West Australian Ballet and the
burgeoning Indonesian arts sector,” Minister Fifield said.
Day said that the tour would help further strengthen important cultural ties
with Australia’s nearest neighbour.
will be an extensive educational and entertainment experience, but it also
symbolises the strong and maturing partnership between our two nations,”
Minister Day said.
like this are vital. Not only will our dancers be showcasing their talents to
Indonesian audiences and students, I am sure there is much they will learn
about Indonesian dance and culture, as well.”
Australian Ballet will present a program of classical and contemporary works
alongside performances by a youth ensemble comprising local Indonesian ballet
students at the Jakarta Theatre, Taman Ismail Marizuki.
series of workshops and masterclasses will also be held with local dance
teachers and students, along with skills transfer sessions with Indonesian
West Australian Ballet Jakarta tour will run from
2-7 August 2016
The main performance program will include David
Dawson’s 5 and On the Nature of Daylight, a short solo from The
Nutcracker, pas de deux from Beauty & the Beast, Annabelle
Lopez Ochoa’s La Pluie, and scenes from Jayne Smeulders’ Cinderella
West Australian Ballet receives $2.9 million per
year in core funding from the West Australian State Government
more information, visit: www.dca.wa.gov.au