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Tuesday, 28 April 1987
Page: 1940

(Question No. 1656)

Senator Puplick asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 26 February 1987:

(1) Could the Prime Minister provide details of the Government-funded Bicentennial tour of the Australian Dance Theatre, the Sydney Dance Company, the Queensland Ballet Company and the Western Australian Ballet scheduled for the first 5 months of 1988.

(2) Could the Prime Minister particularly provide information as to the material being performed and the Australian content of their repertoire.

Senator Button —The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Bicentenary has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The proposed tour in 1988 by the Australian Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Queensland Ballet Company and Western Australian Ballet-the ``National Dance Event''-will be part of the National Performing Arts Program of the Arts Australia Program planned by the Australian Bicentennial Authority. The national tour will include Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney between February and April 1988. A detailed itinerary has yet to be confirmed.

(2) The core of the National Dance Event will be a specially created work involving dancers of all four companies, choreographed by Graeme Murphy to a score by Barry Conyngham, conducted by John Hopkins. Set design will be by Andrew Carter; and the Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras will provide live orchestral accompaniment for the performances.

In addition, a second program will be presented as a quadruple bill with each company presenting a ``signature work''. The quadruple bill program has yet to be finalised, but it is expected that the majority of these works will also be by Australian choreographers. It will be presented as a free `parks' performance in each capital city, using recorded music.