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Australia's best dance, music and theatre to tour regions



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Arts Minister Simon Crean Media Release

Australia's best dance, music and theatre to tour regions

22 August 2012

SC159/2012

Nineteen of Australia's most dynamic performing arts companies will tour world-class productions to regional Australia in 2013 and 2014.

Speaking at the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association conference today, Arts Minister Simon Crean announced the recipients of more than $2.8 million in Playing Australia funding for performing arts companies to take their shows on the road.

"Australia's performing arts companies are creating some of the most exciting and innovative work in the world at the moment," said Mr Crean.

"The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that people living in the regions get the opportunity to experience this wealth of artistic talent.

"This funding is helping enhance liveability in the regions and encourage greater participation in the cultural life of our nation.

"Australians living in regional areas will experience an exciting mix of theatre, dance and musical productions with 172 seasons in regional venues in every state and territory.

"Through this investment we are building the next generation of audiences in cities and regional communities across Australia."

Mr Crean said that of the nineteen organisations funded, four of Australia's major performing arts groups will collectively visit 50 venues across Australia.

Bell Shakespeare Company, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Sydney Dance Company have each received funding to share their latest productions with regional audiences.

"I am also pleased to see that a number of projects funded this year are joining the dots between arts as a vocation and arts as a sustainable career pathway," Mr Crean said.

"The Indigenous Tjupi Band from a remote region of the Northern Territory is harnessing the Australian Government arts funding to help them build a successful career in the contemporary music sector.

"Previously funded by the Contemporary Music Touring program, Tjupi Band will receive $49,000 in Playing Australia funding to expand their audiences as they bring their work from remote Australia to regional audiences.

The 19 organisations to receive funding are:

• $141,000 for The South Australian Country Arts Trust to tour the circus and physical theatre piece Freefall by Gravity and Other Myths to 15 venues across Western Australian, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales.

• $79,000 for Performing Lines to tour contemporary dance work Opal Vapour to nine venues across New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tas, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.

• $182,000 for Co-Opera to tour opera work Die Fledermaus to 25 venues across Vic and New South Wales.

• $168,138 for CDP Theatre Producers to tour the children's musical theatre piece Room on the Broom to 25 venues across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

• $83,621 for Australian Chamber Orchestra to tour the classical music and tango-inspired ACO2 Victorian Tour to seven venues across Vic.

• $447,044 for Bell Shakespeare Company to tour is a 21st century adaptation of the theatre work The Comedy of Errors to 32 venues across all states and territories.

• $129,235 for Performing Lines to tour the contemporary theatre work The Table of Knowledge by Version 1.0 to 15 venues across Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales.

• $164,655 for Performing Lines to tour the theatre work I'm Your Man by Belvoir to 10 venues across New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory, Queensland and Victoria.

• $232,342 for Arts on Tour to tour the theatre work Frankenstein by Ensemble Theatre to 26 venues across New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland.

• $224,045 for Arts on Tour to tour the contemporary dance work Belong by Bangarra Dance Theatre to eight venues across Victoria and Tasmania.

• $214,874 for Arts on Tour to tour the contemporary dance work Happy as Larry by Shaun Parker and Company to 14 venues across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. $127,903 for Arts on Tour to tour the contemporary dance work 2 One Another by Sydney Dance Company to three venues across South Australia and the Northern Territory.

• $76,972 for Critical Stages to tour the black comedy theatre work Delectable Shelter by The Hayloft Project and Critical Stages to ten venues across Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia.

• $17,034 for Arena Theatre Company to tour the children's cabaret work Cautionary Tales for Children to five venues across Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

• $85,755 for Auspicious Arts Projects to tour the jazz-theatre work Chet Baker: Like Someone in Love by Goldthorpe Creative to 22 venues across all states and territories.

• $55,000 for Auspicious Arts Projects to tour the music theatre work Dead Men Tell a Thousand Tales by Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen to eight venues across Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

• $201,533 for Queensland Arts Council to tour the children's theatre work, Tashi—The Mountain of White Tigers & Lost in the City by Imaginary Theatre to 29 venues across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

• $49,560 for Artback Northern Territory to tour the Indigenous music and story piece Desert to Saltwater Country by Tjupi Band to eight venues across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

• $123,523 for Country Arts Western Australia to tour the Puppetry/ dance/ theatre work The Deep by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre to 19 venues across Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland.

Funding for the tours is through the Australian Government's Playing Australia program.

For more information visit www.arts.gov.au/regional/playing-australia.

Media Contacts

• Minister Crean's office: Glen Atwell 0403 949 599.