The Australian Ballet – pure gold

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Our much-loved company is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a wealth of offerings, from classical favourites to newly commissioned works

"It is one of those milestones that really makes you stop and think about where you have been and where you are going."

The Australian Ballet's artistic director David McAllister has spent more than four years planning what he describes as "our biggest season ever" to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary in 2012. "The Australian Ballet is now at the point where we can say, 'We are a mature company with history and tradition, and we have uniqueness we should celebrate’," says McAllister. "Our season next year is very much about honouring the successes of the past, as well as looking to the future of ballet. I'd say it's an equal split."

The golden anniversary will kick off in February with Infinity, a triple bill from three of Australia's most acclaimed directors: former Sydney Dance Company chief Graeme Murphy, Chunky Move founder Gideon Obarzanek and Bangarra Dance Theatre artistic director Stephen Page.

Equity welcomes Convergence Review’s recognition of the importance of Australian content

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Actors Equity Australia welcomes the Convergence Review’s interim report findings, which recognise the importance of local content in a new media landscape.

The Interim Report of the Convergence Review Committee was released yesterday following a six month review process. It recommended that all Content Service Enterprises – a new term to describe those businesses delivering audiovisual material to Australians – be subject to Australian content requirements.

“We wholeheartedly support the application of Australian content rules to all Content Service Enterprises – be it through an expenditure requirement or content fund. However, it is critical that the expenditure requirement percentage be set at a level that ensures higher levels of Australian content.” said Equity director, Simon Whipp.

Free yoga for NSW Equity members

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A yoga class will be held every Monday from 4.45pm – 5.45pm at House of Yoga, 245 Chalmers Street, Redfern, in the same building as the Equity and Alliance headquarters. The class is free of charge for financial members of Actors Equity.  

To register please email comms@alliance.org.au  

Please bring your own yoga mat, or you can hire one for $2.

Equity welcomes release of Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr

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Actors Equity welcomes reports Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr has been released from jail.

Earlier this month Ms Vafamehr was sentenced to 90 lashes and one year in jail for her role in feature film My Tehran For Sale.

Ms Vafamehr has reportedly had her sentence reduced to three months and will not receive any form of corporal punishment. As Ms Vafamehr has already served four months in jail she has now been released.

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