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THE WA Academy of Per­form­ing Arts has un­veiled its per­for­mance pro­gram for 2020.

WAAPA’s new ex­ec­u­tive dean, David Shirley, pre­sented pro­gram high­lights and his vi­sion for the academy in the Richard Gill Au­di­to­rium at ECU’s Mt Law­ley cam­pus last month.

High­lights in­cluded the mid-year mu­si­cal Mamma

Mia! mov­ing to His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth from June 12 to 18, mark­ing the be­gin­ning of a three­year part­ner­ship be­tween WAAPA and the Perth Theatre Trust.

The part­ner­ship will en­able WAAPA stu­dents to train and per­form in WA’s pre­mier arts venues, in­clud­ing the Al­bany En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre which will host stu­dents from the con­tem­po­rary mu­sic pro­gram and high school mu­si­cians from Al­bany SHS and Great South­ern Gram­mar.

WAAPA’s pre-pro­fes­sional dance com­pany, LINK, will get to use the Stu­dio Un­der­ground at the State Theatre Cen­tre for its sea­son Well from April 1 to 3.

In an in­ter­na­tional first, the Min­deroo Foun­da­tion will help WAAPA present Pina Bausch’s Tannhauser Bac­cha­nal.

This is the first time Tannhauser Bac­cha­nal has been per­formed out­side of Ger­many and the first time WA au­di­ences will have an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence Bausch’s work.

It will be per­formed dur­ing the academy’s Icon: An Ex­tra­or­di­nary Event from Novem­ber 13 to 19.

As well as the Bausch piece, for­mer com­pany mem­bers of Tanzthe­atre Wup­per­tal, Meryl Tankard and Michael Whaites, will re­mount works in­spired by Bausch with dance stu­dents.

Theatre high­lights in­clude Bren­dan Pomer­ance’s multi-award-win­ning play

The Ele­phant Man, Wil­liam Shake­speare’s Ham­let and Pulitzer Prize-win­ning play­wright Sam Shep­ard’s

A Lie of the Mind.

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