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DISCUSSIONS ON SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY

The principal agencies funding the Sydney Dance Company (SDC) – the Australia Council and the New South Wales Arts Ministry – have been in discussion with the SDC Board for several weeks to shape a financial package that will enable the company to undertake a managed change process in order to secure its financial future.

The Minister for Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon Rod Kemp, acknowledged in Federal Parliament today that the Sydney Dance Company was currently facing financial difficulties, but noted there was ‘no lack of support’ for the SDC from the Government.

The Chair of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council, Mr Mel Ward, said the package would ensure that SDC has a strong platform to underpin both the artistic quality and artistic risk that has made it a world-class dance company.

Mr Ward said the Australia Council acknowledged the importance of the SDC as a major cultural institution in Australia.

‘Under the brilliant artistic direction of long-time choreographer Graham Murphy, the SDC has shaped a unique and powerful repertoire that is internationally acclaimed. We are doing everything possible to ensure that it continues in that role.’

Mr Ward said the Council believed the SDC had the capacity to trade out of its present financial difficulties, and was offering support to the SDC in this transition process. ‘All the parties involved are determined to find a way to ensure a viable future for the SDC,’ Mr Ward said.

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