18 July 2016
From circus in Cambodia to contemporary dance in Brazil to theatre in China, Victorian creativity will connect with the world in the next year with support from Creative Victoria.
Ten projects involving collaborations between Victorians and leading international partners, have received grants totalling $263,000.
The diverse projects, many of which will be presented both in Victoria and overseas, demonstrate the strength and breadth of Victoria's artists and creative organisations, and their international profile and connections.
Polyglot Theatre will present the world premiere season of a new work, Cerita Anak (Child's Story), to audiences in both Indonesia and Australia. The project continues a longstanding creative partnership with Indonesia's Papermoon Puppet Theatre.
ILBIJERRI, Australia's leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Theatre Company, will tour JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN to the United States, building on previous successful seasons in London, Dublin and Canada.
In its first foray into Asia, Victorian Opera will present The Butterfly Lovers - one of China's Four Great Folktales – in Singapore; while Finucane & Smith will present their gothic drama, The Flood, as part of the 2016 Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival in November 2016.
International engagement is a key priority area of Creative State, Victoria's $115 million creative industries strategy. The strategy aims to grow the state's $23 billion creative economy, including increasing exports and cultural tourism.
International Engagement funding recipients 2016
Melbourne Writers Festival $25,000 The second phase of a partnership between Melbourne Writers Festival and the Jaipur Literary Festival. The project will strengthen cultural relationships with India and aims to bring new audiences to the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Chamber Made Opera $20,000
The Tea House Sanctuary project builds on Chamber Made Opera's relationships and reputation in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan Province, and includes a new partnership with the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. The collaboration will result in a new work for presentation in both Chengdu and in Melbourne.
Polyglot Theatre $35,000 In 2017, Polyglot Theatre will present the world premiere season of a new interactive theatre performance Cerita Anak (Child's Story) to audiences in Indonesia and Australia. The work is an intercultural and artistic collaboration with long-term partner, Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Indonesia.
Castlemaine State Festival $40,000 Castlemaine State Festival will present a 'Feature on Philippines' program, including collaborations with 13 artists and five key Philippine arts, education and cultural institutions and companies.
ILBIJERRI $40,000 ILBIJERRI will tour its acclaimed production JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN to the United States, building on successful seasons in London and Dublin (2014) and Canada (2016). This is the first time the theatre company will present its work in the US.
Flying Fruit Fly Circus $25,000 This project will establish Albury/Wodonga's Flying Fruit Fly Circus in Cambodia, launching a new partnership with Phare Circus in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Building on an existing partnership with the Vietnam School of Circus and Vaudeville in Hanoi, this will consolidate the Flying Fruit Flies as a leading circus arts partner in Asia and will create performance opportunities in all three countries.
Victorian Opera $35,000 Victorian Opera will present The Butterfly Lovers - one of China's Four Great Folktales – in Singapore. The production will also be presented in Melbourne.
Phillip Adams BalletLab $20,000 Phillip Adams BalletLab has been commissioned to choreograph a new contemporary dance work and two residencies in Brazil, leading to the world premiere of PACIFIC in November 2016. A reciprocal visit is planned for 2017 to build on the partnership.
Finucane & Smith $10,000 Finucane & Smith will present their theatre work, The Flood, as part of the 2016 Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival, in November 2016 – the first Australian drama to be presented by the Festival in its 12-year history.
Lisa Roet $13,000
Artists Lisa Roet will present her visual art installation, Golden Monkey, a highlight of White Night Melbourne 2016, at K11 Artspace in Hong Kong, in December 2016.