Touring the World - Archive

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"A visit from the ACO always raises questions … let's ask about what we settle for from music-making in the UK – why do so few of our ensembles present their music with this kind of ear-grabbing vigour? The Guardian
"… truly Herculean feats of strength along with truckloads of humor and heart. San Francisco Chronicle [about Circus Oz]

International Touring 2012

  • The Australian Chamber Orchestra continues its history of non-stop touring in 2012 by journeying to Japan, North America and Europe. The company will perform at the Maribor Festival in Slovenia, the Niseko Winter Musik Festival in Japan and a swathe of venues across the United States and Canada.
  • Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, The Australian Ballet jets off to New York for with Swan Lake. The classic ballet was the first production mounted by the company in 1962.
  • Bangarra Dance Theatre joins the ballet company in New York in a striking collaboration between the two companies: Warumuk.
  • Sydney Theatre Company will tour to Europe with Gross und Klein (Big and Small). Benedict Andrews will direct the ensemble with an ambitious new adaptation of the work by Martin Crimp. The show is a co-production with some of Europe’s leading theatre companies and festivals including Barbican London, London Festival 2012, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Théâtre de la Ville Paris and Wiener Festwochen.
  • STC will also mount a European tour of A History of Everything - a collaboration with the Sydney Festival and Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed.
  • Circus Oz heads to America for a Steampowered tour to Salt Lake City (Utah), Davis (California) Fayetteville (Arkansas) and Princeton (New Jersey).

International Touring 2011

  • In early November, Sydney Symphony Orchestra's full ensemble of 96 musicians performed eight concerts during the 11 day tour in the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Nishinomiya as well as in the South Korean capital, Seoul. The tour was the orchestra's first visit to Korea in its 79-year history and is part of the 2011 Year of Friendship between Australian and Korea, marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
  • In June, the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) performed at the Ojai Festival in the United States with Richard Tognetti giving solo recitals alongside ACO, presenting a repertoire including Scelsi, Shtnittke, Tognetti, Schoenberg and Bach. Dawn Upshaw joined ACO as a guest both in Ojai and in their continuation of the tour to Berkeley.
  • In October the ACO performed a six-concert tour of Japan’s major concert halls with harpist Naoko Yoshino.
  • In November and December undertook a European tour with clarinettist Martin Fröst to Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and the UK. Their performance in London will be at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
  • Sydney Dance Company (SDC) travelled for the first time to the Movimentos Festival in Wolfsburg, Germany with the double bill of Between Breath & Form. 6 Breaths was presented with a new work, LANDforms, where Bonachela and composer Ezio Bosso drew directly from their shared response to the drama and evolving forms of the land. For its New York season in November, SDC performed the American premieres of two acclaimed Bonachela works also set to commissioned scores by Bosso.
  • Sydney Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Andrew Upton and directed by Tamás Ascher, toured to the Kennedy Center in Washington, USA, with performances in August. The entire original cast - John Bell, Cate Blanchett, Sandy Gore, Hayley McElhinney, Anthony Phelan, Richard Roxburgh, Andrew Tighe, Jacki Weaver and Hugo Weaving - reprised their roles for the production which was a critical and box office triumph at Sydney Theatre in November and December 2010.
  • Bangarra Dance Theatre toured with Spirited in Europe this year and performed to packed audiences in Italy, Germany and Switzerland. Their reviews were as warm as their audiences with a German reviewer saying: “Bangarra Dance Theatre delivered a fascinating dance performance in Villingen…It was sold out, the audience carried away by the magically inspired energy of the danced stories and responding with standing ovations.”
  • In March Queensland Ballet toured to eight regional venues across China performing François Klaus's acclaimed production of The Little Mermaid.
  • With Belvoir, Neil Armfield and Geoffrey Rush collaborated once again to create Diary of a Madman which, after a sell-out season in Sydney, toured in February to Brooklyn. The New York Times said: “The live-and-in-person Mr. Rush now in Brooklyn is a more purely theatrical entity: a creature of exaggerated gestures who never worries about going over the top, because who knows what you might find in the ether. This, let it be said, is a fearless performance.”
  • Belvoir and Black Swan State Theatre Company remounted The Sapphires and after a short Australian tour headed off in March to London’s renowned Barbican Theatre. The co-production of The Sapphires is the story of four Koori sisters from country Victoria who are a cover group of The Supremes and are sent off to the front-line in Vietnam to entertain the troops. The UK response was rapturous - with people dancing in the aisles.

International Touring 2010

  • The Australian Ballet took two ballets (comprising 115 people) to Japan in 2010 performing six shows in Tokyo and one in Nagoya. The full-length productions were both Graeme Murphy creations with The Nutcracker – The Story of Clara having its debut on the international stage.
  • Bell Shakespeare garnered rave reviews at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival with children’s author Andy Griffith’s interpretation of Macbeth – Just Macbeth!. The Herald Scotland and the Scotsman both gave it 5 Stars, with The Guardian naming it the Number 1 Kids show at the festival.
  • Opera Australia also toured to Edinburgh International Festival with the new opera Bliss. The opera, based on Peter Carey's novel of the same name, was composed by Brett Dean and directed by Neil Armfield.
  • Sydney Symphony toured to the Royal Albert Hall in London for the first time in 15 years. Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy led the orchestra, opening with Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier and Ravel’s G major Concerto and completing the concert with Alexander Scriabin's Third Symphony, The Divine Poem, a work not heard at Albert Hall since 1921.
  • And Sydney Theatre Company toured to the Artists Repertory Theater in Portland, Oregon, with Long Day’s Journey Into Night starring Robyn Nevin and William Hurt.
  • In June 2010, Sydney Dance Company performed at the Venice Biennale presenting Rafael Bonachela’s We Unfold, 6 Breaths and Are We That We Are. SDC also performed in Shanghai during World Expo presenting Rafael Bonachela’s Soledad.
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra performed at many prestigious summer festivals in North America and Europe including Tanglewood near Boston, Mostly Mozart in New York, Ravinia near Chicago, Rheingau in Germany and La Roque in France. The tour finished up at Richard Tognetti’s Maribor Festival in Slovenia.

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