Funding cuts force KAGE to close

Melbourne-based contemporary dance company KAGE has announced their impending closure, after the presentation of a final work in Scandinavia next year.

Photo credit: Jeff Busby.

The loss of state and federal funding has forced the closure of contemporary dance company KAGE.

The company’s final work, Caught in the Middle, will premiere in Scandinavia in March 2018. An international co-production, it merges dance traditions from Sámi and Australian Aboriginal cultures with contemporary forms.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts