2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award Announced

July 25th, 2014

The 2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were presented at Cranlana on 20 March 2014. The event featured Eddie Perfect as M.C. who was introduced by Chairman of the Sidney Myer Fund and Chair of the Awards Judging Committee, Carrillo Gantner AO.

‘I am delighted by the depth and the diversity of talent that has been recognised at this year’s Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards’, says Carrillo. ‘Once again we are reminded how important the arts are to us and how they can broaden our understanding and appreciation of the world around us. All of the winners have been generous and passionate contributors to the arts and audiences alike and I warmly congratulate them.’

Announced annually, the national awards are determined by a Judging Committee chaired by Carrillo and this year they included: Paul Dyer AO (Artistic Director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra), Brett Sheehy AO (Artistic Director of Melbourne Theatre Company), Hannah Skrzynski (Director of Creative Asia) and Sarah Neal (Executive Producer, Malthouse Theatre).

The annual Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards are valued at $150,000.

The 2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards winners are:

CIRCA – 2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award Winner $80,000
CIRCA is the new frontier in circus arts. Under the leadership of Yaron Lifschitz, CIRCA’s evolution from Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus has re-defined what contemporary circus looks like, feels like and sounds like through a brilliant succession of entertaining and successful shows.

Daniel Keene – 2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Joint Individual Award Winner $25,000
Daniel Keene is one of Australia’s most distinctive and widely performed playwrights. Writing for the theatre since 1979, Daniel has won prizes for his work in almost every state in Australia as well as overseas.

Elena Kats-Chernin – 2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Joint Individual Award Winner $25,000
Elena Kats-Chernin is one of this country’s finest composers. This colourful, effervescent musician has a freshness and eclectic style about her artistic pursuits, mixing her personal character and musical creativity in everything she has produced.

Mohindar Dhillon – 2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Joint Facilitator’s Prize Winner $10,000
Mohindar Dhillon is a trailblazer in multicultural performance. He is a producer and promoter of the most essential type – one focussed chiefly with the connection between artists and audiences. His relentlessness has built bridges where none existed and fuelled enthusiasm for the highest quality Indian artists where once there was indifference.

Jill Morgan – 2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Joint Facilitator’s Prize Winner $10,000
Jill Morgan AM has achieved the most extraordinary outcomes in the pursuit of a richer, more representative, national cultural voice. For over 25 years Jill has worked tirelessly with multicultural and indigenous artists, continually reminding us the breadth and depth of Australia’s cultural identity. Jill is currently CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria.

Photo Credits: [left – right] Daniel Keene, Jill Morgan, Kate Fell (CIRCA), Yaron Lifschitz (CIRCA), Eddie Perfect, Charlie Cush (CIRCA), Carrillo Gantner, Elena Kats-Chernin, Leonard Vary (CEO, the Sidney Myer Fund) and Mohindar Dhillon.

Photo by Nicole Cleary / Jim Lee 2014

Media information: Magda Petkoff, Purple Media, 0409 436 473, magda@purplemedia.com.au

Winners of the 2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards
Winners of the 2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards
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