We’re about to start getting a lot more cultured. NSW Nationals Leader and Minister for Arts Troy Grant has just announced a financial win for touring performance companies who are hitting the regions. Theatre and ballet are just a taste of what’s in store, getting a step closer to satisfying the demand for high quality and diverse art forms that rival our city counterparts.
Performance companies include The Australian Ballet, CDP Theatre Productions, Eastern Riverina Arts and fLing Physical Theatre, who will gain a share of $137 000 to bolster their touring expenses.
Performances and locations are listed below:
CDP Theatre Producers: to deliver a 2016 tour of The 52-Storey Treehouse. The tour will include performances at nine venues, reaching more than 10,000 NSW young people. The production is an adaptation by Richard Tulloch from the award-winning Australian book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.
Locations: Lismore, Wagga Wagga, Newcastle, Wollongong, Gosford, Griffith, Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Orange.
Eastern Riverina Arts: to tour Fred Smith's Dust of Uruzgan, a collection of songs Fred wrote while working as a tribal and political advisor alongside Australian Forces in Uruzgan Province, Southern Afghanistan. The songs and stories are complemented by a collection of visual projections, donated by Australian Defence Force photographers who patrolled alongside troops.
Locations: Wagga, Coolamon, Adelong, West Wyalong and Temora.
The Australian Ballet: to deliver a NSW tour of the classical ballet Giselle in 2016.
Locations: Orange, Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Newcastle.
fLiNG Physical Theatre: to tour an original production, We will Come to the Rescue with 20 youth performers. The Dubbo leg of the tour will culminate in presenting two performances as part of the Regional Arts Conference, ARTLANDS. The tour will include dance workshops and a flash mob performance.
Locations: Yass, Dubbo, Bathurst.