Polyglot Theatre celebrates its seventh anniversary of touring the United States of America in 2016 as international demand for Australian theatre continues to grow.
Performing at venues across four states throughout April and May 2016 including the cities of Philadelphia, Tampa, Cleveland and Fayetteville, Polyglot Theatre will showcase Australia’s high-quality theatre to thousands of American children and their families.
“We’re so excited to once again take our work to new audiences across the USA this year. At Polyglot, we support long-term investment in international market development and touring to share our uniquely Australian artistic culture with the world.” Sue Giles, Artistic Director – Polyglot Theatre.
Despite the unexpected withdrawal of dedicated international touring funds from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2015, this tour was saved from cancellation thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of Polyglot’s American presenters. This tour features three of the company’s renowned Play Space works: Ants, Paper Planet, and We Built This City.
“The community really comes out and supports Australian work. The quality is wonderful, the variety is great, but the governmental support is necessary because of the distance. We rely on the support of both local and international partners to make it possible to bring the quality of Australian art all the way to Pittsburgh.” Pamela Komar, Director of Theater, Music and Youth Programming and Executive Director, Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater – Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Polyglot Theatre’s distinctive artistic philosophy has placed it at the international forefront of contemporary arts experiences for babies and children up to 12 years. Inspired by the artwork, play and ideas of children, Polyglot Theatre creates imagined worlds where audiences actively participate in performance through touch, play and encounter. This is Polyglot Theatre’s 12th tour in seven years.
The company will appear at the following venues:
Paper Planet presented by Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) at the Kimmel Center. Saturday, 9 April – Saturday, 23 April.
We Built This City presented by Straz Center as part of Tampa RiverFest. Saturday, 30 April – Sunday, 1 May. Free event.
Ants presented by the International Children’s Theatre Festival, Playhouse Square, Ohio. Saturday, 7 May – Sunday, 8 May.
Ants presented by Walton Arts Centre’s artosphere – Arkansas’ Arts & Nature Festival. Saturday, 14 May. Free event.