21 June 2019

From Bairnsdale to Bogota, Yarck to New York, the latest round of grants through the International Engagement and Touring Victoria programs will see 22 Victorian arts companies take their work to new audiences in dozens of regional Victorian towns and 14 countries around the world.

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The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes. Courtesy Back to Back Theatre Facebook. Image: Jeff Busby

Ten Victorian arts companies will head across the globe from next month, with tours taking them to Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

Highlights include Geelong’s Back to Back Theatre performing their newest show The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes throughout the United States and experimental music group Speak Percussion touring Europe with their show Polar Force. Lucy Guerin Inc, one of Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies, will collaborate with Indonesian heavy metal choir Ensemble Tikoro on a new project, Metal.

Closer to home, almost 50 regional towns will be treated to tours, performances and events from 12 organisations including The Australian Ballet, The Wheeler Centre and theatre company Lab Kelpie, as part of the latest round of Touring Victoria funding.


2019 Touring Victoria Grants Recipients

Anvil Productions, $30,000

To tour 2:20 AM, a play by Rebecca Lister drawing on real stories of people impacted by suicide, to eight regional and outer metro locations from September 2019. Each performance will be followed by a facilitated forum run by professionals in social, mental health and bereavement work.

Behind the Wire, $64,655

To tour They Cannot Take the Sky – Stories from Detention, an award-winning exhibition developed with the Immigration Museum telling stories of asylum seekers held in detention in Australia. The tour will visit four regional towns with significant migrant and refugee communities from July 2019 – including Bendigo (in partnership with La Trobe Art Institute) and Shepparton (in partnership with Goulburn Valley Libraries).

National Exhibitions Touring Support Victoria, $106,904

To tour two exhibitions to five regional and outer metropolitan locations from July 2019: Great Movements of Feeling curated by Zara Sigglekow and featuring six contemporary artists, and In Her Words curated by Olivia Poloni and based on the Horsham Regional Art Gallery’s collection.

Circus Oz, $130,672

To tour the latest show from Circus Oz to six regional and two outer metropolitan destinations from February 2020. The tour will be accompanied by a range of community activities at each location including workshops, masterclasses, and discussion forums.

Alternative Facts PTY LTD, $47,222

To tour Grace under Pressure, a play by David Williams and Paul Dwyer based on the stories of 30 health professionals, to three regional and two outer metropolitan locations from March 2020. This will be accompanied by professional development opportunities for emerging artists and workshops for health professionals.

The Wheeler Centre, $51,280

To tour 13 literary events for children and adults featuring leading writers. The 18-month tour begins in July 2019 and partners with venues and local government in Warrnambool, Ballarat, Macedon Ranges Shire, and North East Victoria.

Watch This Inc, $18,000

To tour Sunday in the Park with George, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, to Geelong in August 2019. The season of four shows is accompanied by music theatre masterclasses, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and activities with Courthouse Youth Arts and Geelong Gallery.

The Village Festival of New Performance, $71,775

To tour The Village Festival, a travelling arts festival, to Benalla in November 2019 and Melton in March 2020. The program includes songwriting workshops and events including the World Kitchen, the Fire Spectacular, and the Kids Cardboard Carnevale.

Regional Arts Victoria, $43,776

For shows in 26 regional and two outer metropolitan locations from July 2019 – Three Birds One Cock by Three Birds Theatre, Loose Ends by Jens Altheimer, Varietyville (Acts of Absurdity) by Varietyville, and The Kutcha Edwards Hour by Kutcha Edwards.

The Melbourne Rainbow Band, $15,500

To tour the band to the 2019 OUTintheOPEN Festival, Shepparton’s annual festival celebrating LGBTI+ pride and community diversity. The 40-piece LGBTIQA community concert band will work with local musicians to develop their performance as part of the festival.

Lab Kelpie Inc., $20,496

To tour Spencer, a new play by Katy Warner exploring the nature of self-acceptance, identity, masculinity and depression, to four regional and two outer metro destinations from July 2019. Accompanying programming includes community and professional development activities.

The Australian Ballet, $80,000

To tour the classic ballet Coppelia to Warragul and Shepparton in August 2019 – including a program of masterclasses for local dancers, behind-the-scenes activities for audiences, and internship places on the tour for two regional dancers and a stage management student.


2019 International Engagement Grants Recipients

Circus Oz, $30,000

To tour the performance work Model Citizens to audiences in South America – taking 20 Victorian artists and technicians to venues in Colombia and Ecuador following a highly successful European tour in 2018.

Back to Back Theatre Inc, $30,000

To tour their latest theatre work The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes to North America, following its premiere season in Australia, presenting at leading venues and arts festivals in New York, Boston, Minneapolis and Stanford.

Polyglot Theatre, $30,000

To visit Minami Sanriku, Japan to develop a participatory art event Over the Sea with Yokohama-based music organisation Acchi Cocchi and children from five local primary schools in the area (a small fishing village that was devastated by the tsunami of 2011).

The company first visited this small fishing village, which was devastated by the tsunami of 2011, working with local children in the aftermath of the disaster.

Rawcus Theatre Company Inc, $30,000

To support the final stage of development and the world premiere of dance work Smashing, a collaboration between Melbourne-based company Rawcus and internationally renowned choreographer Marc Brew, Artistic Director of AXIS Dance Company in San Francisco.

Lucy Guerin Association Inc, $30,000

To tour the dance work Split to prestigious dance venues and festivals in Barcelona, Stuttgart, London, Vancouver and Toronto – as well as support creative development of Metal, a new cross-cultural collaboration with Indonesian heavy metal choir Ensemble Tikoro.

Liquid Architecture Sound Inc, $21,500

To support Victorian artists to develop three works as part of the second iteration of Eavesdropping, a series of exhibitions, public programs and performances that will travel to City Gallery in Wellington. A collaboration with Melbourne Law School, the first series was presented in 2018 at Ian Potter Museum of Art.

Speak Percussion Inc, $25,000

To tour their latest work Polar Force to Europe, spanning 11 performances, three countries and a series of high-profile festivals throughout the region. The tour follows a sold-out world premiere season in Melbourne.

Ranters Theatre Inc, $17,938

To tour the theatre production INTIMACY to audiences in France, including theatre venues and festivals in Toulouse, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. The tour follows acclaimed performances in Canada, Germany, Portugal, Netherlands and Ireland.

Chamber Made Opera Inc, $28,000

To produce Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep, a cross-cultural performance that brings together artists and producers from Singapore, New York and Australia to tell the story of piano virtuoso Margaret Leng Tan, a leading figure in experimental music. This will be presented in Melbourne and Singapore.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, $30,000

To support a variety of international and cultural exchange activities, including a visit to Indonesia as part of an ongoing agreement with the Ministry of Culture in Yogyakarta, a four-city USA tour, and hosting musicians from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as part of an exchange program.