What have and will you be doing on your trips to Australia?
This initiative took off at the end of October last year and our first trip was to Adelaide, where we attended the Borak Arts Series and OzAsia Festival. We had the opportunity to meet and connect with Australian and international presenters, producers, programmers, artists, leaders of arts companies, and enablers. It was an extraordinary valuable time as I learnt a lot from many of them who shared and listened so generously. Outside of the arts conference, we had regular sessions of discussions and reflections with Performing Lines’ Producer, Jen Leys, who provided really helpful advice and guidance. The time in Adelaide allowed me to do some mapping exercises, gain a better understanding of the producing landscape in Australia, and learn a little more about some of the major Australian Festivals from the perspectives of Festival Directors.
I intend to continue with this frame of learning in the upcoming trips to Australia, as well as nurture the relationships formed. We will undergo series of intensive sessions with the various staff at Performing Lines, observe and study one of their upcoming projects, visit Festivals – Sydney Festival, Perth Festival and Dance Massive in Melbourne, and continue meeting and connecting with more people in the Australian and international arts industry.
While in Melbourne, I am making plans to be present for the development workshops of a new work that Melbourne-based artists Jamie Lewis and Alex Walker are creating, and of which I am the Producer for. This work will take the format of an intergenerational dinner party, involving 9 to 12 year-olds cooking for/with seniors above 65. I hope to share more about this new project in person during my trips to Australia, as we are seeking support and partners to develop and present the work.
I will also be keeping a lookout for presentation opportunities for iterations of two works. The first is Saltwater, a participatory and autobiographical performance by Jamie Lewis, where the audience is invited to prepare a meal together and enter into an evening of storytelling, conversations and food. The second is Kulit On The Go by Singaporean Artist Erwin Shah Ismail and directed by Richard Tan, a one-man travelling show performed with music accompaniment on the ukulele, taking a farm to fashion approach in revealing the heart and art of leather crafting to redefine luxury goods.