The annual Performing Arts WA (PAWA) Awards were presented at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, on Monday 29 April.
For the West Australian dance sector it was a particularly important night because in 2018 the PAWA Awards categories were expanded to include dance, as well as theatre. The Performing Arts WA Awards (formerly the Equity Guild Awards) have been held since 2000.
Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural PAWA Awards for dance!
Best Production presented by Bendigo Bank North Perth: Dust on the Shortbread – Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre (AIVDT)
Best New Work presented by Bendigo Bank North Perth: Krzysztof Pastor – Dracula, West Australian Ballet
Best Newcomer presented by MEAA: Luci Young – Frank Enstein, Co3 Australia
Best Performer (Male): Oscar Valdés – La Sylphide, West Australian Ballet
Best Performer (Female): Ella-Rose Trew – "WA Dance Makers Project", Co3 Australia
Best Director or Choreographer: Grayson Millwood and Gavin Webber – Frank Enstein, made by The Farm in collaboration with Co3 Australia
In the “Production” category, the field of eligible works included both theatre and dance. Congratulations to dance designers and composers who won awards in this category:
Best Sound Design: Eden Mulholland – In-Lore Act II as part of WA Dance Makers Project, Co3 Australia
Best Lighting Design: Joe Lui – Love/Less, Kynan Hughes & MoveMe Festival
Best Costume Design: Charles Cusick Smith – Dracula, West Australian Ballet
Best Composition or Arranging: Michael Brett – Dracula, West Australian Ballet
To see the full list of winners and nominees, head to www.performingartswa.org.au
Pictured top: AIVDT co-director Serena Chalker receiving the Award for Best Production from State MP John Carey. Photo: Rebecca Mansell.