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Tuesday, 23 August 1994
Page: 127

(Question No. 1398)


Senator Calvert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications and the Arts, upon notice, on 17 May 1994:

  With reference to reference No. 057516—Grants approved by the Performing Arts Board:

  (1) What is an overall description of the drama performance project entitled The Politics of Bellydancing.

  (2) What are the qualifications and experience of the recipient which qualify her to successfully complete such a program.

  (3) When, and where, is the project to be performed and what are the likely number of performances.

  (4) Has the recipient previously received Performing Arts Board funding; if so, for what projects.


Senator McMullan —The Minister for Communications and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) The Politics of Bellydancing is a theatre work involving use of dance and text. The text draws on traditional styles of Arabic literature.

  (2) Ms Paula Abood has written for Death Defying Theatre (a community-based theatre company in Sydney's western suburbs) and TAQA Theatre (an Arab-Australian theatre company). She is a member of the Sydney Multicultural Women's Writing Group and has been a speaker at a number of conferences on issues concerning ethnicity, women and unemployment. She is a community worker with the Immigrant Women's Speakout Association of NSW, helping women from non-English speaking backgrounds enter employment or training.

  (3) The production is scheduled to be presented at the National Festival of Australian Theatre in Canberra in October and at The Performance Space in Sydney in November this year. Other touring possibilities are being considered, so the exact number of performances is yet to be determined.

  (4) No.