In its first Latin American appearance, Australia’s Polyglot Theatre will present its works We Built This City and Ants at the Australia Now festival in Brazil this month in the lead up to the 2016 Olympic Games.
An initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia Now aims to engage with local communities across Brazil and share iconic Australian cultural experiences.
“It’s a great privilege to be included in the Australia Now program, especially after recently collaborating with Brazilian company Dedalos Labirinto Intermitente on the development of their project In the heart a seed. The people of Brazil are really receptive to our approach to theatre and we can’t wait to share our performances with them,” Sue Giles, Artistic Director – Polyglot Theatre.
As an important diplomatic activity, Australia Now showcases the vitality and diversity of Australian culture from the 60,000 year-old traditions of Indigenous Australia to the cutting edge technologies of today. Through music, circus, visual arts, dance, theatre, multi-media, fashion, gastronomy, community engagement, cinema, sport and photography, Australia Now will give Brazilian audiences a taste of an Australia they had never imagined. Polyglot’s tour is supported by the Australian Government through the Council on Australia Latin American Relations of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
“Polyglot is very pleased to take this important step in developing relationships in the Latin American market. Our child-led approach to performance is unique and in demand around the work, and our work is not reliant on language, making it highly accessible to international audiences. We’re thrilled to have such a great opportunity to share two of our core works, and our approach to performance and collaboration with children, with the families of Sao Paulo,” Viv Rosman, Executive Producer – Polyglot Theatre.
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.
Polyglot Theatre will appear in the Australia Now festival at the following venues:
We Built This City at SESC Pompeia, Rua Clélia, 93, Pompeia, Sao Paulo; 10 – 11 May and 15 May.
Ants at SESC Bom Retiro, Alameda Nothmann, 185, Bom Retiro, Sao Paulo; 13 – 14 May.