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Performing Arts Targeted for Sustainable Partnerships by the Australian Export Strategy for Latin America

Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) January 27, 2011

Performing Arts Targeted for Sustainable Partnerships by the Australian Export Strategy for Latin America

Performing Arts Targeted for Sustainable Partnerships by the Australian Export Strategy for Latin America

The Australian Export Strategy for Latin America aims to broker and develop sustainable partnerships in the performing arts between Australia and Latin America, with a specific focus on Mexico and Brazil.

Managed by the Australia Latin America Foundation, the strategy has set in train a number of pilot projects across 2010-2011.

Artistic collaborations

Choreographer Phillip Adams of Balletlab is developing a new work across 18 months with Mexican dance company Lux Boreal in the city of Tijuana. The Festival of Mexico City will present The Lucky Pig in March 2011 with joint sponsorship of the dance faculty of UNAM, Mexico’s national university.

Choreographer Rebecca Hilton has a two year new work development project with Mexican dance company La Lagrima in the city of Hermosillo. The new work will premiere at the Festival of Mexico City in March 2012.

Roland Peelman and The Song Company are working in partnership with the cultural department of the University of Guadalajara in Mexico through residencies and workshops, building to a massed on-site event in November 2011. This involves commissioning and performance of works by Mexican and Australian singers, instrumentalists and composers.

Well Theatre’s Great Wall of Books (renamed the Book of Revolutions) undertook a multi-week residency and presentation in October 2010 involving Australian and Mexican artists at the Bicentennial Expo in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico.

Melbourne-based musician Nicole Canham with visual artist Sarah Kaur is developing a new work, The Hourglass, with Mexican composer Rodrigo Sigal of Centro Mexicano para la Música y Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) in Mexico City, supported by Punctum and Arts Victoria.

Tasmanian-based theatre writer Finegan Kruckemeyer visited Argentina and Mexico in 2010 to develop future publishing and production projects in those countries.

Choreographer Lucy Guerin has begun the process of exporting her work Untrained to Brazil after a workshop/residency visit to the Panorama Dance Festival in Rio de Janeiro in 2010 which will hopefully lead to a joint production of the work in 2011.

Joint ventures

Six Australian street/physical theatre artists led by Stalker’s David Clarkson undertook an extended residency with four outdoor performance troupes at the IberoAmerican Theatre Festival of Bogotá (FITB) in Colombia in 2010.

The Complejo Teatral in Buenos Aires, Argentina is hosting a series of Australians artists in, most recently, contemporary music, and developing a new puppetry project with Australian partners.

Theatre festival, FESTIA in Belo Horizonte, Brazil is developing an Australian theatre focus in November 2011 with a view to showcasing contemporary practice and as a laboratory for future artistic collaborations with Brazilian artist and companies.

For more information, contact Justin Macdonnell or Ellen Dwyer.


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