Australian Performing Arts Market, February 18-22, 2014

9 Mar

Two weeks ago, a U.S. delegation headed by American Dance Abroad traveled to Brisbane, Australia, for the 20th annual Australian Performing Arts Market.  APAM 2014 brought a huge diversity of representation  – hundreds of delegates, 37 full productions, and a number of showcases.

The February weather was in the 90s and humid, and not all the sites were air conditioned…the marketplace was a hot, sweaty flurry of networking and collaboration!  There was a rapport in the air –  informal introductions and easy banter, much friendlier than many other marketplace environments.
 
Included in the U.S. delegation were Andrea Snyder and Carolelinda Dickey, American Dance Abroad’s co-directors; Emily Wanserski, the managing director for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre; Robert Moses (Robert Moses’ Kin); Olive Bieringa (co-director, the BodyCartography Project); and Stuart Pimsler (artistic director, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater).
American Dance Abroad delegation with ADR "graduates" in Brisbane

American Dance Abroad delegation with ADR “graduates” in Brisbane

 
APAM marked the start of a collaboration between Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre and Topology, a Brisbane-based band called “Australia’s most surprising music organization.”  They met when Emily (HDDT’s managing director) attended two international marketplaces with American Dance Abroad (the Tanzmesse and CINARS), where she met and began conversations with the managing director of Topology.  During  APAM, Heidi and one of her dancers began rehearsals with members of the band and shared an informal showing of the work in progress with an invited group of APAM attendees, including presenters from many other countries.
 
As always, the marketplace was full of networking opportunities, some expected and some surprising.  Through Topology, Carolelinda and Andrea were introduced to the Director of Arts Queensland and began discussing ways to help develop and strengthen opportunities for Australian choreographers in connection with U.S. dance.  They also had the chance to reconnect with Australian colleagues, including those who came to ADR/NY in 2013!  Finally, the U.S. delegation was invited to a reception hosted by AusDance, the Australian national service organization for dance (the equivalent of Dance/USA).
 
Between making these connections – with presenters and colleagues from all over the world, not just Australia! – and viewing work featured at APAM, the delegates were very busy.  Congratulations all on an inspiring and successful week.
 

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