Though Melbourne has had to return to lockdown, in other cities we are seeing festivals and companies begin to announce dates for major events and mainstage performances.

We’ve compiled a list of show dates we’ve received at Dance Australia over the last couple of weeks:

Across the Tasman, the Royal New Zealand Ballet will present “Venue Rising”, a mixed bill of four works, in Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Palmerston North, Napier and Auckland, 20 August to 19 September. The program includes Twyla Tharp’s Waterbaby Bagatelles, Alice Topp’s Aurum, and new works by Andrea Schermoly and RNZB’s choreographer in residence Sarah Foster-Spaull.

Jesse Homes Renfield and Christian Luck as Dr Jack Seward in 'Dracula'. Photo: Jon Green
Jesse Homes Renfield and Christian Luck as Dr Jack Seward in 'Dracula'. Photo: Jon Green

West Australian Ballet has already presented a studio showing of “Covid Lab”, and will present a second studio show, “Genesis”, this month. In September the company will return to His Majesty’s Theatre for the first time since the pandemic shutdowns, with its popular production of Kryzysztof Pastor’s Dracula.

Photo: Atmosphere Photography
Brisbane Festival. Photo: Atmosphere Photography

Brisbane Festival has also confirmed that it will return, September 4-26. With interstate travel still limited and international visitors impossible, the program will focus on Queensland’s own artistic talent.

Australian Dance Theatre will be presenting "The World’s Smallest Stage", a series of short works performed in just four square metres, 1-2 October, at The Odeon. In November the company will present the premiere of Alison Currie’s Of All Things, a work which explores the nature of matter.

In November and December, Friends the Musical Parody will tour Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Sydney. This rescheduled season is based on the popular 1990s television sit-com and features choreography by Cameron Mitchell.

Fringe World

The first of the world’s three biggest fringe festivals to return post-pandemic restrictions, WA’s Fringe World has announced its 2021 dates as January 15 to February 14. To help support local businesses, venues and artists, Fringe World has announced that it will be launching a new Fringe World app and waiving venue registration fees.

Keep your eye on the Dance Australia website for more! Remember if you’ve got a show you want to see listed you can submit details to our “What’s on” page, using the online form

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