Southbank Centre appoints a new Head of Performance and Dance
9 March 2011
Wendy Martin has been appointed Head of Performance and Dance at Southbank Centre.
SOUTHBANK CENTRE APPOINTS WENDY MARTIN AS NEW HEAD OF PERFORMANCE AND DANCE
Wendy Martin has been appointed Head of Performance and Dance at Southbank Centre. She takes up the post on 28 March for a week before joining Southbank Centre full-time on 9 May. Wendy comes from the Sydney Opera House as Head of Theatre and Dance, a post she’s held for more than three years.
Wendy has a wealth of relevant experience for this role. She first joined the Sydney Opera House in 2000 as a producer, before becoming a producer for Performing Lines (2004-2005), an organisation which develops, produces and tours Australian performing arts to national and international audiences. In 2005 she returned to the Sydney Opera House as a producer and programmer and became the Head of Theatre and Dance in 2007. In this role, Wendy developed and produced Australia’s only international dance festival, Spring Dance, which was established in 2009.
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director at Southbank Centre, said: “Wendy brings enormous knowledge of Performance and Dance from Australasia as well as being plugged in to the best of what’s happening in Europe and the Americas. As we expand our programme through festivals and international collaborations, I’m delighted to welcome Wendy to Southbank Centre and look forward to working with her.
Wendy Martin, said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Southbank Centre and to have the opportunity to be working at the centre of one of the world’s most exciting cultural capitals. I’m very interested in the direction that the programming at Southbank Centre is taking under the leadership of Jude Kelly. I look forward to new challenges and to making a contribution to Southbank Centre’s expanding programme.”
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Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. The Royal Festival Hall reopened in June 2007 following the major refurbishment of the Hall and redevelopment of the surrounding area and facilities.