Saturday 20th August 2022
Albany Entertainment Centre
An exciting collaboration with the University of Western Australia’s Conservatorium of Music, Breaksea presented a new, fully staged production of Fairy Queen - a stunning reinvention of William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream and Henry Purcell's baroque opera Fairy Queen directed by Breaksea Artistic Director Matt Ward.
Fairy Queen featured a massed cast of actors, choirs and Breaksea youth mentorship participants. They performed alongside the University of Western Australia’s Conservatorium of Music Orchestra, led by Shaun Lee Chen and world renowned sopranos Sara Macliver and Pia Adriana Harris.
Fairy Queen was the final performance of the Shadows - A Youth Mentorship Program which engaged with hundreds of regional youth between March and August 2022.
Two performances where presented at the Albany Entertainment Centre to a full house.
Image credit : James Walmsley using artwork by Sue Codee
Shadows - A Youth Mentorship Program is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest, University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music & Albany Entertainment Centre.
Public Showcase: Saturday 23rd July 2022
Albany Entertainment Centre
Seachange was a major creative activation that took place in Albany between May and August 2022. Breaksea presented this exciting community participation program of multi-disciplinary workshops exploring the theme of “seachange”.
Over 100 workshops were offered to the community, who were invited to join local and visiting artists-in-residence for puppetry, lantern making, visual art, dance, music, and singing activities.
The performance was staged at the Albany Entertainment Centre in August to a local intimate audience.
Page header photograph by Nic Duncan
Image credit : James Walmsley
Seachange is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Albany Entertainment Centre, City of Albany, City of Albany’s Maritime Festival, and Albany Light Opera & Theatre Company - Let’s Shine.
East Kimberley Community Choir Launch
February - May 2022
Breaksea is pleased to announce the launch of a new choir based in Kununurra. Breaksea brought together some members of the former Kununurra community choir anyone new from the community who wanted to join the East Kimberley Community Choir.
Breaksea initiated rehearsals in February 2022 and delivered workshops over a three month period on Zoom with incredible artists including Hugh Lydon, providing skills development for the choir and professional development for the choir directors, preparing them for their first public performance.
Travelling as a team to Kununurra, Breaksea engaged with the choir and two local schools, with the project culminating in Breaksea Festival: East Kimberley Community Choir Launch at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts. Waringarri Aboriginal Arts is a living, growing art centre celebrating the uniqueness of Miriwoong cultural identity.
Photography by Landi Bradshaw
Breaksea’s East Kimberley Community Choir Launch is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest, Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster and Waringarri Media Aboriginal Corporation.
Music on the Terrace
Performance: Singing, Music, Storytelling,
Saturday 19th March 2022
Stirling Terrace, Toodyay
Free outdoor event
Music on the Terrace hosted an afternoon of live music, singing and stories featuring incredible local artists together with guest performers.
What happens when an artist, a poet, a singer, a storyteller and a bunch of extraordinary community members spend time sharing stories & exploring themes of identity, home, the creative spark, kindness and what it means to live a wholehearted life? - VIEW FROM THE MAGPIES NEST.
This exciting series of pop-up performances was showcased after 6 months of collaboration between an experienced and talented collection of artists including Matt Ward, Rachael Colmer, Pia Harris, Dave Rastrick and Toodyay locals Emma Pettemerides and Despina Weston.
Produced by Breaksea and the Toodyay Community Resource Centre with support from Department of Local Government Sport & Cultural Industries, Lotterywest, Regional Arts WA, Shire of Toodyay and Toodyay Theatre Group.