West Australian Ballet signs 10-year MOU with Town of Cambridge to stay at Quarry Amphitheatre

Cambridge mayor Keri Shannon and WA Ballet artistic director Aurelien Scannella.
Cambridge mayor Keri Shannon and WA Ballet artistic director Aurelien Scannella.

A SMOKING ceremony and welcome to country ushered in a new era of ballet at the Quarry Amphitheatre.

The West Australian Ballet (WAB) has been performing at the venue for 25 years, and has signed a 10-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Town of Cambridge to continue presenting summer dance performances to February 2028.

“Our Ballet at the Quarry season has always been popular with patrons, selling to capacity four years running,” WAB artistic director Aurelien Scannella said.

“This MOU with the Town of Cambridge will ensure that the West Australian community will be able to experience world class ballet productions at this uniquely Australian venue well in to the future.”

Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon said the MOU would help both parties in future planning and maintaining resources for the venue.

“The continuing partnership will help secure the longevity of the venue as a performing arts space,” she said.

The MOU signing coincided with a smoking ceremony and welcome to country preparation for WAB’s Milky Way season.

Four short works by Australian and international choreographers will be presented, including work from acclaimed choreographer and NT Dance Company artistic director Gary Lang.

“It’s been five years in the making; I was working with Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, and Aurelien said he wanted to work with me,” Mr Lang said.

Milnjiya: Milky Way – A River of Stars is a collaboration between Mr Lang’s company, WAB and opera artist Deborah Cheetham, and retells Mr Lang’s mother’s Yolngu Milky Way creation story.

“It’s about two men that go fishing and their boat overturns; there’s a lot of travel underwater,” he said.

“They travel on the river of stars, and spirits are giving them permission to step on the Milky Way.”

The show opens on February 9 and runs until March 3.

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