APAM 2016: Speed dating presented by Arts NSW

Post performing Oedipus Schmoedipus, 2015 at Arts House Melbourne. Image: Courtesy Post.

Post performing Oedipus Schmoedipus, 2015 at Arts House Melbourne. Image: courtesy Post.

The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) is a key event for the performing arts sector, providing critical international and national touring opportunities for NSW artists and arts organisations.

Taking place from 22-26 February in Brisbane, the five-day industry event is designed to provide presenters and agents with access to live works by Australian and New Zealand artists, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts.

Held biennially since 1994, APAM brings together directors, agents, presenters and programmers from some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues.

Arts NSW Speed Dating Event

Arts NSW will be hosting two APAM speed dating events on 23 – 24 February. These networking events will provide delegates with direct opportunities and exposure to international and national presenters.

These events offers 15 minute one-on-one encounters with presenters and promoters to discuss possibilities for future collaboration or presentation. Dating places are limited and are only available to registered delegates.

The events will be hosted by Zoë Coombs-Marr and Mish Grigor (POST) and Kelly Doley and Frances Barrett (Brown Council). The full list of presenters and promoters is available here.

Each date runs for 15 minutes with a maximum of four pre-registered dates per delegate. If additional meeting times become available, delegates may sign-up on the day of the event at Sofitel Brisbane Central. General registration for the Arts NSW Speed Dating events will open on 8 February via the APAM website.

Find out more about the Arts NSW speed dating event at APAM 2016

APAM’s focus on showcasing tour-ready work facilitates strong relationships with artists, producers, venues and audiences which relate to key actions under the NSW Government’s Arts and Cultural Policy Framework: Create in NSW.

In 2016, Arts NSW will be supporting five companies to showcase at APAM, including:

  • Ahilan Ratnamohan, a performance-maker inspired by film, football and language will present a full length showcase of DRILL (Tuesday 23 Feb
  • Post, a collaborative performance ensemble based in Sydney, made up of Zoë Coombs Marr, Mish Grigor and Natalie Rose will showcase OEDIPUS SCHMOEDIPUS (Friday 26 Feb).
  • William Yang, a Sydney based artists and theatre practitioner will showcase an excerpt of THE STORY ONLY I CAN TELL (Thursday 25 Feb).
  • Ensemble Offspring is a dynamic organisation dedicated to innovative new music will showcase an excerpt of THE SECRET NOISE (Thursday 25 Feb).
  • Erth Visual & Physical will showcase an excerpt of ERTH”S PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM. Erth’s productions are known for giant puppetry, stilt walkers, inflatable environments and flying creatures.

The following Arts NSW Multiyear funded organisations have also been selected to pitch works, including:

  • Shaun Parker & Company will pitch XY, a dance work inspired by scientific investigation (Wednesday 24 Feb).
  • Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) will pitch THREE BROTHERS, a major new dance theatre work of Bundjalung country and culture that explores the universal story of family and identify (Wednesday 24 Feb).
  • Stalker Theatre Company will pitch CREATURE, an interactive physical theatre peformance that invites the audience to enter the magical world of the Australian bush (Wednesday 24 Feb).

Download the list of NSW companies and artists presenting pitches and showcasing work at APAM.

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