Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002
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The performing arts encompass opera, musical comedy, theatre in its various forms and the various styles of dance. They also include artists working as acrobats, clowns, magicians, comedians, revue artists, poetry readers and other performing artists.
Performing arts industries
There were 1,437 employing businesses mainly engaged in the performing arts industries at the end of June 2000. Of these, 705 mainly provided live theatrical or musical presentations (i.e. music and theatre productions); 125 operated venues for performing arts such as concert halls and entertainment centres; and 606 provided services to the arts industry such as festival management, casting agency operation, costume design and set designing. They employed 16,429 persons at the end of June 2000. During 1999-2000 they accrued total income of $1,633.8m, of which $460.5m was from box office income and $470.0m from government funding. Additional data on the performing arts industry are shown in Service industries.
In 1997 the Australian Opera and the Victorian State Opera merged to become Opera Australia. More reliant on box office receipts than many of the world's arts companies, 65% of Opera Australia's revenue comes directly from ticket sales.
With a repertoire spanning the history of opera, almost 250 performances are staged each year (table 12.18). With about 200 performances in 2000, the company is the third busiest in the world after the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. To support this schedule, the company engages a full-time opera chorus and two resident orchestras - The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, based in Sydney, and the State Orchestra of Victoria in Melbourne.
The Australian Ballet
The Australian Ballet gave its first performance in 1962. The company has received international acclaim for its presentations of great ballet classics, as well as modern repertoire created by Australian and international choreographers.
In 2000 the company gave 203 performances, up from 184 in 1999. It employed 139 persons, down slightly from the number in recent years (table 12.19).
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