The Tait Memorial Trust is offering a rare opportunity to listen to Leanne Benjamin AM OBE and Steven McRae in conversation with conductor Simone Young, as part of an effort to raise money for Australian and New Zealand performing artists living in the United Kingdom.
A fund has been established in the United Kingdom by the Tait Memorial Trust to provide support for performing artists from Australia and New Zealand who are currently living in the UK. As in Australia, performing artists in the UK are facing a situation where all their work has been cancelled for the next six months or more.
The fund – named the Tait Emergency Relief for Australian and New Zealand artists – is raising both money and awareness by sharing weekly performances online to supporters in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The series is called Tait Tuesdays at home and features Tait Awardees, and other outstanding artists from Australia and New Zealand, performing in their homes. 80% of the net proceeds will go to the artists, the reminder to the fund.
Of particular interest to dance audiences, is Australian conductor Simone Young AM in conversation with Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, former principal dancer of the Royal Ballet, and Steve McRae, principal dancer of the Royal Ballet.
To book, and to see the full line-up, head to http://taitmemorialtrust.org/events/
The Tait Memorial Trust offers awards/grants for postgraduate study and performance opportunities to young Australian and New Zealand musicians and performing artists, and general help with the development of their careers whilst resident in the UK. Read more about the Trust at http://taitmemorialtrust.org/
Pictured top are Leanne Benjamin and Steven McRae dancing in the The Royal Ballet's 2011 production of Sir Kenneth MacMillan's 'Manon'.