The first round of Production and Commissioning Fund recipients are listed.

22 April 2016

The following arts organisations received total funding of $705,000 through the first round of the Production and Commissioning Fund. All figures exclude GST.

Art Gallery of South Australia, En-trenched: contemporary artists and the art of the trenches ($75,000)

Twelve artists produce works that 'respond' to the Australian War Memorial's collection of Trench Art from World War One.

Big hART Inc, Samurai Digger, ($50,000)

A cross-cultural theatre project about peacemaking between cultures after World War Two. This Australian/Japanese performance is inspired by one man's quest to return Samurai swords taken by Australian soldiers during WW2. His peacemaking quest, involved regional families in Australia, in the difficult years after the war, and led to a series of selfless acts of goodwill assisting communities in Japan, including Japanese/Australian 'love children' abandoned in Japan after WW2.

Brisbane Powerhouse Foundation, Ten Percent Terro (25,000)

Brisbane Powerhouse, Dancenorth and Company 2 will partner together to develop a new performance work commemorating the ANZAC Centenary. Ten Percent Terror will use the contemporary art forms of circus, dance, and digital arts to connect modern audiences to the ANZAC legacy. Sitting across two time periods, Ten Percent Terror explores the dual narratives of contemporary Australians serving in Afghanistan with those of young soldiers in Turkey a century before. With themes of risk, trust and brotherhood, the work reflects on the emotional commonalities of war experiences, whether in Turkey in 1915 or Kandahar in 2015. The project represents a unique approach to the commemoration of the ANZAC legacy, demonstrating that 21st century reflection on, and recognition of, the impacts of war can take place in many diverse forms beyond those traditionally used, such as poetry, visual art and photography.

Perth International Arts Festival, The Giants by Royal de Luxe ($150,000)

Perth International Arts Festival will present a new Anzac production of The Giants by the world's leading large scale storytellers, Royal de Luxe as the opening event of the 2015 Festival. The Giants is a spectacular free performance presented over three days to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Anzac and WW1 through an arts and cultural event which responds to the people, place and history of Perth and the role of Western Australia in the Anzac story. Through online engagement, a fully integrated and accessible Schools program, extensive volunteer involvement and deepening relationships with many Western Australian arts companies and independent artists and arts workers, The Giants will create an appropriate avenue for every Australian to access a high-quality arts and cultural event to commemorate the Anzac Centenary.

Queensland Theatre Company, Black Diggers 2015 national tour ($200,000)

Queensland Theatre Company (QTC), in partnership with Sydney Festival, has created a landmark production, Black Diggers, which tells the story of Indigenous soldiers who served in the first World War. It received outstanding critical acclaim when it was performed in January 2014, sparking the interest of arts organisations throughout the country. This grant will support an eight week tour in four states and territories in 2015. It provides a unique focal point for Australians to explore this little-known part of the Anzac story.

The Production Company (Australia) Limited, The Silver Donkey ($100,000)

The Silver Donkey is a new family-oriented musical based on the novel by the Australian author, Sonya Hartnett and adapted by award winning musical theatre writers Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank. The Silver Donkey is set during World War I, the central characters are three children and a soldier who is blind. The musical tells how the children's lives are changed by the stories he tells them. The Production Company and Arts Centre Melbourne plan to produce this musical for a Melbourne season in January 2016, with interstate touring to follow.

Victorian Arts Centre Trust, Theatres of War: Wartime Entertainment and the Australian Experience ($60,000)

Theatres of War examines the crucial role played by the performing arts in the lives of Australians both on the home-front and in the field. This exhibition shines a light on the power of performance as a means of expression and as a way of bringing people together during times of adversity. The exhibition includes performance case studies from the first and Second World Wars, the Vietnam War as well as later conflicts and peacekeeping missions. Content for the exhibition will primarily be drawn from Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection, the largest and most significant collection documenting Australia's performing arts heritage.

Victoria Opera Company Ltd, Remembrance ($45,000)

Victorian Opera will create a new work called Remembrance, which will explore and commemorate the Australian experience during WWI through story, song and image. Referencing the popular songs of WWI, Remembrance will commemorate the Anzac experience through story, image and music and in doing so, honour and share the Anzac legacy. Popular songs of the period (and sometimes their parodies) will be woven into a fabric of story and vision in a new work that recreates the chronicle of war and its impact on Australians, in their own words. It will demonstrate and celebrate experiences that defined our nationhood and identity—service, sacrifice, courage, generosity and loyalty.