Major performing arts companies to undertake tours to China and Asia-Pacific region

14 August 2015

Today I announce more than $600,000 to support seven Australian major performing arts companies to undertake international engagement with China, South Korea and New Zealand from 2015 to 2017.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Symphony Orchestra will form partnerships and undertake cross-cultural collaboration and exchange, to bring some of Australia’s best performing arts to audiences in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of increasing Australia’s artistic presence on the world stage. As a nation we boast some of the greatest artists, arts companies and arts administrators in the world. The projects supported through this funding will enhance Australia’s reputation by promoting excellent Australian performing arts productions and collaborations.

One of the principal objectives of the Government’s arts policy is to further strengthen support for arts and cultural organisations to expand audiences overseas for Australian artistic and creative works.

That policy objective will now be strengthened by the inclusion of support for international touring among the three key funding streams of the National Program for Excellence in the Arts.

The following major performing arts companies will receive Australian Government support for international engagement projects through the Australia Council:

Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO): $66,000 for a residency in Hong Kong in November 2015 to present ACO Underground, ACO Virtual and Illuminated, in partnership with Sydney Dance Company.

Black Swan State Theatre Company: $60,000 for the theatre’s first international collaboration with the National Theatre of China to produce The Caucasian Chalk Circle, which will premiere in Perth in August 2016 and tour to the China International Festival in October 2016.

Sydney Dance Company: $125,000 for market development in the Asia Pacific region including China, South Korea and New Zealand, with activity to include performances in Hong Kong in November 2015 in partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra: $250,000 for a tour of China and South Korea in October 2015 with Chief Conductor David Robertson.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra: $30,000 to commission a concerto with a leading Chinese composer to premiere in Brisbane in 2017, which will later be performed in China as part of a developing exchange program with orchestras and festivals in Shanghai and Beijing.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: $60,000 for a residency in Shanghai to collaborate and partner with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in April 2016.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra: $60,000 for a tour to China by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to perform at the Beijing Music Festival in October 2016 as part of a cross-collaboration between the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

Find out more about the major performing arts companies visit the Australia Council website.