The Seymour is home to four diverse arts companies who develop and present work in our spaces. Their dynamic, creative approach makes them companies that we are proud to be associated with.
Founded in 1984, the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) is a national flagship organisation for jazz an improvised music. It presents more than 100 musical performances and education programs per year and supports more than 500 artists annually. In addition, SIMA supports the sector through a range of artist development initiatives such as jazz career programs, recording opportunities, commissioning of new Australian jazz works and advocacy.
SIMA’s education programs include the pioneering Young Women’s Jazz Workshops which was established in 2002 in partnership with Sandy Evans OAM to address the gender imbalance in jazz. The program which now runs in NSW and WA, has been critical in increasing the number of women studying jazz at a tertiary level and working at a professional level. SIMA’s secondary school program Cool for School, provides students with an intimate experience into the daring art of improvisation in a club setting at the Sound Lounge and Parramatta Theatres, Riverside.
SIMA resident venue the Sound Lounge, has been named by Downbeat magazine as one of three of Australia’s best jazz venues. Since 2013, SIMA has been providing artists of excellence the opportunity to record Live at the Sound Lounge sessions for release with the support of APRA/AMCOS.
SIMA’s commitment to the presentation of excellence in jazz includes the following performance programs: The Sound Lounge Series (March, July, August – Seymour Centre), Berry Jazz Festival (May – Berry, NSW), International Winter Series (June – Sydney), Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival (November – Sydney). In addition to this, SIMA regularly partners with venues, festivals and artistic collaborators to present various performances throughout the year.
SIMA administers the Freedman Music Fellowships on behalf of The Music Trust and produces the annual concert Freedman Jazz at the Sydney Opera House. SIMA also presents the Freedman New Jazz Series with support by the Freedman Foundation and The Music Trust, a series which showcases the music of Freedman Jazz Fellows.
SIMA is supported by the Australia Council, Arts NSW Trade & Investment, City of Sydney and the Seymour Centre.
For more information visit www.sima.org.au
Sport For Jove Theatre Company
Sport For Jove Theatre Company and the Seymour Centre announce that Sport For Jove is joining the Seymour Centre as a new resident theatre company; joining existing Seymour Centre resident theatre company’s Critical Stages, SIMA and Shaun Parker & Company.
In just 6 years, Sport For Jove Theatre Company has grown into one of the largest independent theatre producers in Sydney, with an expanding indoor and outdoor theatre season of classical theatre and an active education program consisting of theatrical productions, symposiums, workshops and in-school residencies that over 20000 NSW students participate in each year. Sport For Jove is appreciative of the Seymour Centre offering this unique opportunity, providing a permanent home in Sydney for Sport For Jove productions allowing for growth as a company and working towards fulfilling our core artistic mission.
A renowned arts organization, the Seymour Centre has an impressive 35 year history of presenting, promoting and developing great Australian performances, the Seymour is now a dynamic urban hub for quality arts experiences presented in one of Sydney’s most relaxed and accessible theatre environments. Located in the heart of the University of Sydney the Seymour Centre champions cultural exploration, arts education and audience engagement, presenting a diverse range of the best of contemporary performing arts; we host major festivals, present large-scale theatre, music and dance performances and partner small and emerging companies to develop and present innovative independent productions.
For more information visit www.sportforjove.com.au
Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre
Squabbalogic presents an eclectic range of local premières of the best new musicals and reinterpretations from the canon of outstanding musical theatre.
Founded in 2006, Squabbalogic provides a stage for Australia’s finest emerging and established artists to present exciting and dynamic music theatre works while nurturing a fun, inclusive professional creative environment. Squabbalogic fills a void by connecting with challenging work and writers often neglected by mainstream theatre and sharing it with an audience eager to experience an alternative to large-scale spectacles.
Squabbalogic have enjoyed previous successful partnerships with New Mardi Gras, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Seymour Centre’s Reginald Season, Noosa Long Weekend, Royal Caribbean Cruises, City of Sydney, and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Squabbalogic were instrumental in acquiring and establishing Hayes Theatre Co in Potts Point.
Projects have included The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Reefer Madness!, Forbidden Broadway, Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, [title of show], A New Brain, Ordinary Days, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Carrie The Musical,The Drowsy Chaperone, Sondheim On Sondheim, Man of La Mancha, Triassic Park and Of Thee I Sing.
Our annual seasons are also complimented by our popular Mystery Musical fundraising concerts, which have included presentations of the classic musicals Bye Bye Birdie and Hello, Dolly!
For more information, please visit squabbalogic.com
Shaun Parker & Company
Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold Sydney-based dance company led by award winning Artistic Director and Choreographer Shaun Parker. Shaun Parker & Company creates critically acclaimed contemporary dance productions, which are internationally renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores, and theatrical invention and delivers an extensive range of authentic dance programs for young people
Prominent works in recent years include the large-scale MFI productions AM I, co-commissioned by Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals and presented internationally in Germany, Sweden, Luxembourg and Malaysia. Happy as Larry, co-commissioned by Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and New Zealand International Arts Festivals, which then toured internationally to 37 cities in 9 countries and to 12 regional centres in Australia; and This Show is About People, co-commissioned by Sydney and Melbourne Festivals. The Australian Dance Award winning youth dance work The Yard; dynamic outdoor dance works Trolleys and Spill, which both premiered at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; and most recently the interactive community participation project TUT commissioned by Art & About Sydney.
Shaun Parker and Company has won two Australian Dance Awards, the Shirley McKechnie Award for Choreography at the Green Room Awards, the Premier’s NSW Creative Award, the Bearer of Hope Award in Tanz Germany, the Banksy Award in New Zealand, and the Argus Angel Award in the UK.
For more information please visit http://www.shaunparkercompany.com/