Media Release 10.5.18
Cluster Arts make a strong show of Queensland talent at Showcase Victoria
Cluster Arts has received an overwhelming response to their presentation of four tour-ready shows at Showcase Victoria.
As the sole production house to pitch Queensland companies at the showcase, Executive Producer Kate Malone and Executive Director Debra Wilks were very pleased with their experience.
‘We attended with four incredible Queensland companies, our flagship company Casus and their show Driftwood, along with their newest production Chasing Smoke, Australia’s only Indigenous contemporary circus production; the popular Hoopla Clique children’s show Chores; and new comedy Two Guys in a Box from DogSpoon,’ says Malone. ‘We were very satisfied with the response, with all four companies to tour regional Victorian in the next 24 months.’
‘Conferences such as Showcase Victoria are so important to the industry, allowing presenters and producers to connect with each other, and we felt that this year’s event was really well run, very engaging with great presentations and guestlist. We’d love to see more presenters from Queensland join us in future years.’
Cluster Arts has been quick to demonstrate their wherewithal and acuity in comprehending and responding to the national and international arts markets. In the past year, they have attended numerous touring markets and industry conferences including Performing Arts Network New Zealand (PANNZ), Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM), Showcase Victoria, Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM Japan), Edinburgh Showcase, CINARS (Montreal), Shanghai China International Arts Festival (China SPAF), and Performing Art Market Seoul (PAMS).
‘Being in touch with diverse presenters from around the world gives us an in-depth understanding of different cultural markets, as well as allowing us to showcase amazing Australian shows to new audiences,’ says Malone.
In just three years Cluster Arts have cemented their reputation as a powerhouse in the Australian circus community, with a dynamic range of skills. The companies they work with are all independent and rely 100% on touring opportunities, which is why securing these tours is so vital to the livelihoods of these artists.
Image – Kate Malone and Debra Wilks at PAMS Seoul, 2017.