Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu today announced investment of $537,000 which will bring a range of performances to regional Victoria throughout 2013.
"The Victorian Government is committed to building our arts capacity and increasing opportunities for Victorians right across the state to participate in the arts," Mr Baillieu said.
"Regional performing arts venues contribute greatly to local cultural life and these tours will add to the range of arts experiences on offer by bringing work by some of Victoria's most exciting companies to regional areas."
Supported tours include:
- Polyglot Theatre's Muckheap: a widely successful production by award-winning innovative children's theatre company, Polyglot, using puppets made from found objects.
- KAGE Theatre's Sundowner: a moving performance developed by ground-breaking dance theatre company KAGE, in partnership with Alzheimer's Australia, exploring the experiences and frustrations of people with Younger Onset Dementia.
- Ilbijerri Theatre's Jack Charles v the Crown: a hit of the 2011 Melbourne Festival, Indigenous Elder and actor Jack Charles tells his remarkable life story
- The Australian Ballet's The Dancers Company, presenting a triple bill of classical and contemporary ballet works, and
- The iconic La Mama theatre, with La Mama Mobile 2012, a tour of two small Australian theatre works to regional centres.
With support now confirmed, the companies will work with regional performing arts centres and venues to finalise their touring schedules for the 2013 season. It is expected that the tours will take in more than 90 destinations.
Mr Baillieu said that in addition to cultural benefits, tours also bring economic rewards to regional communities.
"Mounting a tour is a substantial undertaking that brings with it great benefit, not just to the touring company and to regional audiences, but to local businesses as well," Mr Baillieu said.
"These tours will involve more than 100 people – from performers to technicians to support staff – who will spend approximately $500,000 in regional communities throughout the year on accommodation, meals and on-road costs."
Full list of supported tours
$150,000 to deliver three touring shows in 2013:
- Elizabeth Coleman's It's My Party (and I'll Die if I Want to)
- Ray Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
- Michael Gow's Sweet Phoebe
La Mama Theatre
$10,000 to tour La Mama Mobile 2012: comprising Helen Lucas's Sarajevo Suite and Donna Jackson's The Baby Show.
KAGE Theatre's production of Sundowner
$83,000 for tour co-ordinator Performing Lines Ltd to present the Victorian leg of a national tour.
Sundowner was developed in partnership with Alzheimer's Australia, and the tour will be accompanied by information sessions by the peak body and local groups to increase understanding of the topical subject and coordinate associated workshops for people with dementia and their carers.
Ilbijerri Theatre's production of Jack Charles v the Crown
$36,000 for tour co-ordinator Performing Lines Ltd to present the Victorian leg of a national tour.
The show is an autobiographical work based on the life story of Jack Charles, one of the first Aboriginal actors to appear on Australian television. It previously performed in acclaimed, sold out seasons at the 2010 Melbourne Festival, Belvoir Street and the 2011 Brisbane Festival.
Polyglot Theatre - Muckheap
$12,000 to present the Victorian leg of a national tour.
The tour marks the tenth anniversary of Muckheap, a show for young people utilising puppets created from found objects, exploring sustainability and environmental awareness.
Dirty Work Comedy's production of Jeff Achtem's Sticks Stones Broken Bones
$10,000 for tour co-ordinator Regional Arts Victoria to present the Victorian leg of a national tour.
This award winning all ages show fusing silent clowning and shadow puppetry follows on from successful international and interstate seasons. The tour will be accompanied by workshops for local school groups to be managed through Regional Arts Victoria's Education & Families unit.
Gary Ginivan Attractions production of Possum Magic
$52,000 for tour co-ordinator Regional Arts Victoria to present a tour of a large scale production based on Mem Fox's popular children's book.
Ali McGregor - Alchemy
$8,000 for tour co-ordinator Regional Arts Victoria to present a tour of this sophisticated cabaret show reinterpreting jazz, blues and Latin standards, expected to have strong audience appeal based on McGregor's profile and previous regional touring.
Playing With Snails production of The Day My Bum Went Psycho
$36,000 for tour co-ordinator Regional Arts Victoria to present a tour of this new production based on Andy Griffiths' popular children's book.
The Australian Ballet - The Dancers Company's triple bill
$140,000 to present the Victorian legs of a national touring program over two years.
This tour by The Dancers Company's features a triple bill of short works combining key traditional classical ballet repertoire (Paquita and Swan Lake, Act 3) with a contemporary, Australian work yet to be announced.