Polyglot Theatre embarks on a new round of international touring, new work development and international collaborations in 2015.
Touring to Europe, the company will visit Krokus Festival, in Hasselt, Belgium; Fratz Festival, in Berlin, Germany with Paper Planet; Aprilfestival in Frederikssund, Denmark with We Built This City; and IETM Market Development in Bergamo, Italy. Polyglot artists will work with local artists in Berlin and Frederikssund to bring these installations to life in Berlin and Denmark for the very first time.
In May Polyglot will be exploring international collaborations and partnerships in Indonesia with Papermoon Puppet Theatre developing a new work due for premiere later in 2015.
Cultural exchange also takes precedence in our international project Kids Are The Boss, featuring a collaboration with Acchicocchi in Minamisanriku, Japan. This project will explore relationships between community elders still displaced from the 2011 tsunami and children from local schools.
This activity indicates increased international demand for high quality children’s participatory work, a unique artistic process and opportunities for exchange and collaboration.
“The response to Polyglot’s work from our international colleagues confirms Polyglot’s position as a leader in innovation, creativity, and contemporary theatre experiences for children”, says Tamara Harrison, Polyglot’s Executive Producer. “We are positive about investing time with our colleagues to collaborate, learn, and experiment with what theatre can be for young audiences”.
Polyglot is a producer of creative, innovative experiences for children and families that engages Victorian artists in global export of creative industry. Our international, national and local activity has contributed to the profile of Victoria being a smart, international and liveable state – an impact that can benefit the arts sector, as well as the growth and wellbeing of children.
This international activity is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne and the City of Stonnington.
Kids Are The Boss is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation. This project is also supported by the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.