Polyglot Theatre is thrilled to announce that its popular Play Space performance Ants will be touring to India this November for Australia Fest. A six-month celebration of Australian culture, involving over 75 events across 20 cities in India, Australia Fest is presented by the Australian Government. Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Her Excellency Ms. Harinder Sidhu, announced the program in September.
“Beginning this September, Australia’s culture, creativity and dynamism will be on show across India. Australia Fest events will feature music, art, food, film, literature, dance, theatre, sport and much more… It has long been my conviction that connections between people will be the defining feature of the Australia-India relationship. With Australia Fest, we aim to deepen the engagement between our two countries and further strengthen our people-to-people ties.” Her Excellency Ms. Harinder Sidhu (https://india.highcommission.gov.au/ndli/pa1018.html, 2018)
This tour is Polyglot Theatre’s first to the region, and the company is delighted at the opportunity. “India and Australia have an increasingly important relationship and it’s a privilege to be invited to connect with Indian children and their families in Kolkata and Chennai. Polyglot is so pleased to contribute to the special friendship between our countries by offering our distinctive brand of Australian innovation, creativity and fun, and as ambassadors for our wonderful home of Melbourne.” Viv Rosman, Polyglot Theatre Executive Director.
Polyglot’s Ants is an interactive roving performance which has giant Ants bringing children together in a gentle and intriguing landscaping project. Faced with hundreds of giant bread crumbs and three big insects, children are irresistibly drawn in to discover what the Ants want them to do. Gradually a world of meaning unfolds, illustrating the human desire for order by transforming any public space with wavering lines and patterns, crossing adult lines and disrupting the everyday. Ants is an enchanting investigation into the nature of work and children’s relationship with their environment.
Polyglot Theatre Artistic Director Sue Giles is looking forward to the work being presented in India. “Ants creates a focused and intent imaginative world that needs cooperation and kindness to exist. It is exciting to think of this work going to India and what adventures might happen in another culture, in a large city, with children who might not have experienced participatory theatre before, where ways of being and expectations will differ. This sort of encounter is where the evolution of our work happens – new learning, new audiences and new relationships with children through performance.”
Australia Fest features several events for children. Slingsby Theatre’s award-winning show Emil and the Detectives is set to tour New Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai in January. Australian children’s authors Leigh Hobbs and Meredith Costain will present stories at the Bookaroo Festival of Children’s Literature, and several Australian children’s films will be screened at the International Kids Film Festival (IKFF) and Kolkata International Children’s Film Festival (KICFF).
Ants will appear in Kolkata on 20-21 November, and Chennai on 23-24 November.
For more information about Australia Fest, please visit https://www.australiafest.com
Polyglot’s tour to India is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.