The Australia Council
for the Arts has announced more than $1.7 million in Playing Australia touring
grants to support emerging and established performing arts organisations.
As well as regional tours by
the Australian Dance Theatre and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the program
will support tours of performances across dance, contemporary music and
physical theatre, enabling nine performing arts organisations to reach
audiences at 74 locations across Australia.
Australia Council CEO Tony
Grybowski said the Council was committed to greater access to the arts for
Australians living outside the major cities, as well as supporting artists to
build their audiences and networks across Australia.
“This investment will bring
some of Australia’s leading performers from theatre, dance and contemporary
music to audiences in regional and remote communities across Australia,” Mr
Australian Ballet’s tour of the classic Coppélia across Victoria, Queensland
and the Northern Territory.
- Regional Arts Victoria’s national
tour of ‘Which Way Home” by Ilbijerri Theatre Company, which describes the
experiences of contemporary Aboriginal Australia, to 32 venues across
- A national tour of “Songlines”
produced by ArtBack NT and featuring Bathurst to Melville (B2M) a seven-piece
R&B Indigenous band from the Tiwi Islands.
- A 10-venue tour of “The Season”, a
play by Tasmanian Aboriginal writer and performer Nathan Maynard, featuring a
cast of seven leading Aboriginal actors.
- A nine-week national tour of “The
Beginning of Nature” by the internationally acclaimed Australian Dance Theatre.
- A tour of regional Australia by
ARIA award nominated country music singer/songwriter Fanny Lumsden.
- A 10-venue tour by Performing Lines
of “Jump First Ask Later” by Force Majeure and Powerhouse Youth Theatre, which
paints an urban choreographic portrait of the streets of Fairfield, Western
- A cross-cultural music tour by Tura
New Music of leading Aboriginal artists to venues across regional and remote
A full list of the grants outcomes can be found on the Australia
Council grants register.
The closing date for the next grants round is 3 October 2017.
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