25 June 2018
Rawcus Theatre will swap St Kilda for San Francisco next year thanks to a $30,000 Victorian Government grant that will see the company travel to the USA to work with renowned dancer and choreographer Marc Brew.
The International Engagement grant will support the group to travel internationally for the first time next May.
Marc Brew is an expat Victorian artist, and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, who has worked for more than 20 years in the UK and US.
He identifies as having a disability and is now based in San Francisco where he is the Artistic Director of renowned contemporary dance company AXIS which, like Rawcus, makes work with artists with and without disabilities.
Earlier this year Rawcus received support to bring Marc to Melbourne for a series of workshops and to kickstart the development of a major new theatre and dance performance. Since he left Melbourne, Rawcus has continued to work with Marc via Skype as the performance takes shape.
This latest grant will support Rawcus to continue developing the work, learning from Marc and exchanging skills with dancers from AXIS Dance Company during their ten-day visit to San Francisco.
The visit will also give Rawcus the opportunity to broaden its network of US-based producers, festivals and presenters which could open up future touring opportunities.
The performance developed during the visit will mark the first time Rawcus has been directed by an artist with a disability. The show is expected to premiere in late 2019.