International touring promotes Australia’s standing as a stable, sophisticated and creative nation with a diverse culture.
A single visit to a foreign city can create a sense of occasion and opportunity; however, this approach, where market and collegial relationships are yet to be established, bears the highest financial risk to performing arts companies.
The Australian dollar adds a further financial difficulty affecting our companies working overseas. Many AMPAG companies seek to mitigate this risk in various ways including by gaining support from government to offset the additional associated costs of such an activity, and structuring a company’s international exchange to enable repeat visits to a particular country or province over a number of years. This builds synergies with that country’s arts sector and develops audience awareness and interest.
Enabling strategies will be most effective where support deepens for our international artistic engagement and builds foreign audiences while broadening awareness of Australia and Australians’ creativity and artistic excellence internationally.
Australian Chamber Orchestra continues to share its own brand of energetic and stimulating music with audiences at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and in California, touring there in March 2013. The company also performed at the Niseko Winter Musik Festival in Japan.
Bangarra Dance Theatre took Spirit to Vietnam in March 2013, showcasing its internationally acclaimed repertoire.
Circus Oz took its spirited and exciting program, From the Ground Up, to North America, touring throughout February and early March.
Belvoir: wrapped a very successful stint in May 2013 of The Wild Duck at the Vienna Festival (five curtain calls per night!!) and then headed to Amsterdam for the Holland Festival in June. It also took Peter Pan to New York in October.
Sydney Symphony is Intending to build a presence in Southern China, particularly Guangdong province, the sister state of NSW and Guangzhou, the sister city of Sydney. In July 2012 the SSO signed an MOU with the Xinghai Conservatory in Guangzhou to start a pilot residency and cultural exchange program.
Sydney Dance Company will be performing 2 One Another 13 times in 6 countries across 3 continents. This work was recently awarded 'Best Ensemble' for the 2012 Green Room Awards. Charmene Yap also won 'Best Female Dancer' for her role in this work at last year's Helpmann Awards. The company will be travelling to: Lima, Peru; Guayaquil, Equador; Bogota, Colombia; Guanajuato, Mexico; Irvine, California; San Diego, California; Portland, Oregon & Moscow, Russia. SDC also takes Project Rameau to Kunming, China in December this year.
Melbourne Theatre Company is touring Rupert to Washington in March 2014 for five performances at the International Theater Festival.
See our International Touring Archive.