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Australia has been establishing stronger links with Asia—but has been unable to shake off the British monarchy Australia's landmass—which can be viewed as the world's largest ...

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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...(since 1992 , Ausdance—The Australian Dance Council) have increased the awareness of and status of modern dance in Australia. Australian Modern Dance in the 1990s In 1992 , the Australian federal government increased its recognition policy for its creative artists. A major cultural policy, called Creative Nation, was launched in 1994 . It focused on promoting Australian works, new technologies for the arts, and providing opportunities for Australian dancers and choreographers. While Australian modern dance has become more and more eclectic as a result of...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...rekindled in 1926 and 1927 when Pavlova toured the country. During the 1920s some distinguished dancers and teachers also settled in Australia including Mischa Burlakov, who with Louise Lightfoot founded the First Australian Ballet, which staged several Fokine ballets. In 1934 Victor Dandré presented the Levitoff Russian Ballet with Spessivtseva and Vilzak and in the same year Molly Lake established an Australian branch of the Cecchetti Society. In 1938 the first Royal Academy of Dancing examiner was appointed and de Basil's Ballets Russes had a...

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Laughton Harris and John Borwick

The Oxford Companion to Music

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...in Australia, but modern communications soon enabled Australian composers to be aware of what was happening elsewhere. 5. Since 1950 The postwar period witnessed a succession of important developments affecting the performing arts in Australia. The Australian Musica Viva Chamber Music Society (founded in 1945 ) promoted tours by many front-rank ensembles. The Australian Opera was created by the Elizabethan Theatre Trust ( 1956 ) and its activities were complemented by the Victoria State Opera and opera companies in the other states. An Australian branch...

Automatic (Australia)

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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...(Australia) Australian alternative rock band Automatic met while at high school in Melbourne, forming the group shortly thereafter in the summer of 1993. A series of well-received live performances culminated in the independent release of the Sister K EP. This topped the Australian independent charts, and led to a recording contract with the Sony Records-affiliated Murmur label. Working extensively with renowned producer Nick Launay, the group also featured on the AC/DC tribute album Fuse Box . Promoted as ‘potentially the next Silverchair ’,...

Jet (Australia)

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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...(Australia) The success of the Strokes and the White Stripes opened up the floodgates when they hit the big time early in the twenty-first century, as evidenced by the overabundance of similarly styled garage rock and blues rock acts to follow in their wake. Originating from Melbourne, Australia, the Jet story can be traced back to 1995, when two students attending St. Bede’s Catholic School, Cameron Muncey (b. 8 February 1980, Australia; guitar/vocals) and Nic Cester (b. Nicholas John Cester, 6 July 1979, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; guitar),...

Angels (Australia)

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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...(Australia) During the late 70s and early 80s, the Angels, formed in 1975, were Australia’s most successful rock band, enjoying massive record sales for both singles and albums, and also having the distinction of being the top live act in the country. The band was based around the brothers John (guitar) and Rick Brewster (guitar) with Doc Neeson (vocals), who had played together in jug and rock ‘n’ roll revival bands such as the Keystone Angels in Adelaide since 1971. The line-up was completed by Chris Bailey (bass) and Graham Bidstrup (drums). The Angels...

Spectrum (Australia)

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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...(Australia) Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1969, Spectrum have often been compared in style to England’s early 70s ‘Canterbury’ scene groups such as the Soft Machine and Egg , and later traces of an influence by Traffic could be detected. Performing in concert rather that at the traditional dances and clubs, Spectrum catered to the indigenous ‘stoned’ audience. The band was formed in Melbourne in 1969 and was based around the nucleus of writer Mike Rudd (guitar/vocals) and Bill Putt (bass), alongside Lee Neale (keyboards) and Mark Kennedy...

Drones (Australia)

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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...(Australia) Formed in the geographically isolated city of Perth in 1998 by Rui Pereira (guitar, ex-Gutterville Splendour Six) and Gareth Liddiard (vocals/guitar), this inventive Australian band has endured a fractured existence on its journey to critical acceptance. The original line-up of the Drones featured Warren Hall (drums), James McCann (guitar) and Steve Joines (guitar), but with opportunities limited in Perth the founding members relocated to Melbourne where Brendan Humphries (guitar), Fiona Kitschin (bass) and Christian Strybosch (drums) were...

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1. Indigenous musicAlthough the Aborigines have inhabited Australia continuously for at least 40,000 years, the country was physically isolated for much of this time following the submersion beneath ...
Young Johnny (Australia)

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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...Johnny (Australia) b. John De Jong, 12 March 1945, Indonesia. In the state of Western Australia, Young became popular at Perth dances as a singer fronting his band the Kompany, which led to regular work on the local television network. Moving to east Australia, he became host of a national television pop programme which encouraged his record sales. He wrote songs for other artists such as Russell Morris , Ronnie Burns and Ross D. Wylie. A move to England in 1967 meant he lost his foothold in Australia, and unfortunately he did not emulate his success in...

Brown Ray (Australia)

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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...Ray (Australia) b. Australia. Like his contemporaries, Brown began as a soloist at Sydney’s suburban dances in front of house bands, until he acquired his own band, the Whispers in 1965. National success came quickly with a series of hit singles, including, ‘Pride’, ‘Fool, Fool, Fool’, and ‘20 Miles’. In 1966, after five hit singles, the Whispers disbanded and the New Whispers were formed, who failed to sustain the momentum of the earlier outfit and broke up. Brown flew to the USA and, despite gaining a recording contract with Capitol Records , did not...

Angels (Australia)

Angels (Australia)  

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During the late 70s and early 80s, the Angels, formed in 1975, were Australia’s most successful rock band, enjoying massive record sales for both singles and albums, and also having ...
Drones (Australia)

Drones (Australia)  

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Formed in the geographically isolated city of Perth in 1998 by Rui Pereira (guitar, ex-Gutterville Splendour Six) and Gareth Liddiard (vocals/guitar), this inventive Australian band has endured a ...
Automatic (Australia)

Automatic (Australia)  

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Australian alternative rock band Automatic met while at high school in Melbourne, forming the group shortly thereafter in the summer of 1993. A series of well-received live performances culminated in ...
Spectrum (Australia)

Spectrum (Australia)  

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Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1969, Spectrum have often been compared in style to England’s early 70s ‘Canterbury’ scene groups such as the Soft Machine and Egg, and later traces ...
Jet (Australia)

Jet (Australia)  

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The success of the Strokes and the White Stripes opened up the floodgates when they hit the big time early in the twenty-first century, as evidenced by the overabundance of ...
Australian Ballet

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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...Australian Ballet Australia's leading ballet company, based in Melbourne and, though not officially designated as such, the country's national company. It was founded by van Praagh in 1962 , with a government subsidy, using many dancers from the defunct company of Borovansky (the latter is often called ‘The Father of Ballet in Australia’). The company's first performance was Swan Lake with guest artists Sonia Arova and Eric Bruhn , and from the beginning it was closely connected to British ballet, via not only van Praagh but also Ray Powell, its first...

Australian Ballet

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
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...the directorship of the Australian Ballet it remains a subscriber-driven touring repertory company, and the national company of a postcolonial country located on the Pacific Rim. See also Australia , article on Ballet . Baum, Caroline . Artists of the Australian Ballet . Sydney, 1989. Brown, Ian F. , ed. The Australian Ballet, 1962–1965 . Melbourne, 1967. Cargher, John . Opera and Ballet in Australia . Sydney, 1977. Lisner, Charles . The Australian Ballet: Twenty-One Years . St. Lucia, 1984. Pask, Edward H. Ballet in Australia: The Second Act,...

Australian Dance Theatre

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...Australian Dance Theatre Adelaide-based modern dance company founded in 1965 by Elizabeth Dalman . Under the direction of Jonathan Taylor it was reorganized in 1977 to serve both Victoria and S. Australia. Its repertoire included works by Taylor and Norman Morrice . Leigh Warren took over as artistic director in 1985 and was succeeded by Meryl Tankard ( 1993–9 ), and by Garry Stewart from 2000 , whose works for the company include Birdbrain ( 2000 ), The Age of Unbeauty ( 2002 ), and G ( 2008 ), a modern critique of Giselle ....

Australian Choreographic Ensemble

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...Australian Choreographic Ensemble Dance company founded by Paul Mercurio , former member of Sydney Dance Company and star of the film Strictly Ballroom ( 1992 ). It gave its first performance in Sydney in 1992 with Mercurio's own work Contact but was disbanded in 1998...

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