Mirramu Creative Arts Centre –  Ben-at-Gunghalin-Festival-forwebSunday 3 May 2pm–5pm

This event is a fundraiser for Manyuchi School in the Mt Darwin area in North Eastern Zimbabwe. Mirramu is supporting the effort to raise $700 so that the school can get the electricity connected.

Our friend Ben from Zambezi Sounds has a long family connection with the school – he was there in years 6 and 7 and was the school captain. Three of his nephews have also been school captains and his elder brother was a teacher there.

Elizabeth has studied African dance since the 1960s with teachers including Eleo Pomare, René Deshautiers and Germaine Acogny at her School of the Sands in Senegal. In this workshop participants will learn various African dance styles. Live music will be provided by Felix Simba Machiridza & Ben Mutandadzi of Zambezi Sounds and Charles Kocker from Sierra Leone.

Enrolment is by donation $30 per person. All funds raised will go to Manyuchi School. All the artists are donating their time to this cause.

Phone our booking number 0419 492 658 to register your interest.

African dance workshop flier

Photographer Jan Dalman, 1974.

50 years of Australian contemporary dance

Tickets now on sale for landmark work

We are delighted to let you know that tickets for Fortuity at the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre are now on sale via Canberra Theatre website: https://www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au or by phone (02) 6275 2700.

In Fortuity, Elizabeth, with Mirramu Dance Company and visiting dance artists, takes you on a journey through significant choreographies of contemporary dance from the sixties to the present day. Elizabeth celebrates both her own continuing dance practice since founding Australian Dance Theatre in 1965, and also the continuance of ADT itself in all of its permutations and under a variety of artistic directors over the 40 years since she left the company and went on to a new stage of life in Italy.

There are just five performances of Fortuity and each will be a little different in order to present the many and varied key choreographic works of the last 50 years. From her perspective as one of Australia’s principal elders of dance and one with an ongoing professional practice, Elizabeth will provide insight in to the development of contemporary dance as part of this production.

Performance details:

Opening on Saturday 9 May at Saturday 9 May 8pm
Sunday 10 May 2.30pm + artists’ forum

Friday 15 May 6pm / Saturday 16 May 8pm

Sunday 17 May 2.30pm + artists’ forum

This production at Canberra Theatre’s Courtyard also pays respect to and celebrates the 50th anniversary of Canberra Theatre who have provided generous support for the Fortuity project. Funding support by the ACT Government is also gratefully acknowledged.

Posted by: Richard | March 4, 2015

March 2015 news

Dalman-Marceau-media2Elizabeth and her son Andreas invite friends of Mirramu to the exhibition out of silence – Marcel Marceau in Australia 1965 to 2003, photographs by Jan Dalman until 19 March at the Alliance Francaise of Canberra, 66 McCaughey St Turner, ACT. The exhibition of works by the late Jan Dalman features 22 images from the vast collection of beautiful work made by Dalman of the master of mime from the stage wings. It will be of interest not just to lovers of fine photography but to those interested in the work of Marceau in Australia.

The exhibition is presented in partnership with Canberra Museum and Gallery and Alliance Francaise of Canberra and was curated by Director of ACT Galleries and Museums Shane Breynard in consultation with Elizabeth and Andreas.

Posted by: Richard | March 4, 2015

January 2015 news

Elizabeth was super busy during January. Having been a finalist in the ACT Senior Australian of the Year Awards, she was a guest at the Australia Day award ceremony on 26 January in Canberra. It was a moving occasion which really impressed everyone in the audience with how much so many people do to contribute to making us a better society. Mirramu congratulates all the winners in the four categories – Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Local Hero and Young Australian of the Year. What fine people!

ON 6 January Elizabeth was delighted to attend the opening of an exhibition entitled Between: Picturing Taiwan 1950 to 1960s. at the Australian Centre on ChIna in the World at the Australian National University. The exhibition opening coincided with the formal opening reception for the international Conference on Taiwan Studies. Taiwan: The View from the South. The exhibition featured both painting and photography by artists from the early 2oth century to the present day. Mirramu’s strong cultural connections with Taiwan go back to the 1970s when Elizabeth toured Australian Dance Theatre there and it is very gratifying to still have deep artistic ties with the dance community there.

Also during January Elizabeth worked with the community dance group from Canberra Dance Theatre,  GOLD, leading to a performance at the National Portrait Gallery on 11 January. Some of the GOLD dancers stayed at Mirramu as guests and others worked over a week at daily rehearsals and learning workshops. This was a very moving experience for many of these dancers including some who had not visited Mirramu Creative Arts Centre before. The project was led by Liz Lea with Elizabeth as guest choreographer working, amongst other things, on a piece to a commissioned music work by David Pereira. David played live at this performance. A choreography by Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal was also performed. A goodly sized crowd formed an appreciative audience.

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Posted by: Richard | January 18, 2015

GOLD Dancers at National Portrait Gallery

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Posted by: Richard | December 11, 2014

2014 Summer Solstice marks another Wonderful Year

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Some of Elizabeth’s friends gathered on Sunday 21 November at Mirramu Creative Arts Centre to celebrate the longest day and closing of the year. It was a lovely evening, warm but not too hot – and without the torrential storms of some recent years. Read More…

Posted by: Richard | December 11, 2014

Special lunch at Le Tres Bon

Chef Christophe and Josephine Gregoire are hosting a lunch on Friday 19 December to honour Elizabeth and her nomination for ACT Senior Australian of the Year at their Bungendore restaurant Le Tres Bon. Read More…

Posted by: Richard | October 13, 2014

Fortuity Project 2015 receives funding

We are  delighted to announce that the Fortuity Project for 2015 has been awarded artsACT funding. Read More…

Posted by: Richard | October 13, 2014

Mirramu on Tour June to November 2014

Mirramu successfully toured Malaysia and Taiwan with its production of Mirror Image in June this year. The work attracted critical acclaim in both places.Old Lady -small Read More…

Posted by: Richard | October 13, 2014

Award Nomination for Elizabeth

We are delighted to announce that Elizabeth has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 ACT SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR awards. Read More…

Posted by: Richard | June 26, 2014

Fortuity

Posted by: Richard | April 8, 2014

Mirror Image applauded by critics and audience alike

Mirror Image castTake a bow Mirramu Dance Company, Dancecology and Damansara Performing Arts Centre Dance Company – for a fabulous and beautiful world premiere season of Mirror Image at ANU Arts Centre Main Theatre 4, 5 and 6 April.

Audiences were spellbound, crits were that we were on song. It’s been a mighty undertaking all without government funding. Thank you to our private donors who helped us get on stage.

Thank you to our media colleagues who helped us get the word out there. Thank you to those who came and were part of this magical theatre experience. Thanks to the technical team who worked through difficulties and challenges with good grace and brought us home. Thank you to all the artists and the Mirramu team who made it happen with goodwill, hard work and belief.

Next, the tour – the work goes to Taipei in June and Selangor in Malaysia in July. And we do expect it to grow and develop and to have another life after the first tour. We also hope to bring it back to Canberra audiences down the track.

For now though, it’s a big sigh of relief and contentment for a Herculean task well done and all of the performers are off to their next projects.

Posted by: Richard | April 3, 2014

Mirror Image media call

_DSC6383We hope you caught us on the end of the 7pm ABC TV news last night. It was all a bit of a struggle to be fabulous so early in the morning for our media call, but everyone managed to do so. Only one sleep now till opening night.

See you there! Remember that Canberra Rep’s box office bookings close at 4pm Friday. BUT we will be on the door to sell you a ticket or ten.

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