The bodies of multiple Atamira Dance Company dancers are edited to form the infinity symbol with their bodies on a black background.
Atamira Dance Company’s Te Wheke. Credit: Courtesy of Atamira Dance Company.

About

Open to presenters nationwide, the Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) is an annually curated roster of international performing artists selected to tour to communities across the United States. The program provides fee support directly to nonprofit presenters programming artists from the roster, and presenters host both public performances and community engagements in achieving the program’s goals of cultural exchange and understanding.

Working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the current PAGE cycle will present U.S. tours in 2023 – 2024. Artists on the roster have not widely toured in the United States and reside in a selected region. This year’s roster features music artists or ensembles based in South Korea.

Why Performing Arts Global Exchange?

This year, Performing Arts Global Exchange will feature a roster of artists based in South Korea. Featuring exclusively music ensembles, this roster (being announced in February of 2023) offers presenters the opportunity to affordably feature international artists in their programming and community engagement activities.

Questions? Contact Andrew Alness Olson, Program Director, International at andrew@midatlanticarts.org.

Performing Arts Global Exchange is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Selection

How artists are selected for the PAGE roster:

The 2023–2024 curation of the Performing Arts Global Exchange roster from South Korea involves many voices.

  1. Curators living and working in the region of focus are selected each cycle by Mid Atlantic Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to provide artist roster suggestions. The curators have expertise in the performing arts specifically in the selected region.
  2. Next, feedback on these potential roster artists is gathered via an online survey of U.S. presenters.
  3. Mid Atlantic Arts and the NEA select the final roster, weighing presenter feedback and program goals. (Approximately February 2023)

Presenters who would like to provide feedback on the roster artists under consideration via survey should contact Program Director, International Andrew Alness Olson at andrew@midatlanticarts.org.

For Presenters

Booking Guidelines

The Australia and New Zealand grants have been awarded. The guidelines below are for the 2023-24 program which will feature music artists from South Korea. The new artist roster from South Korea will be announced in February 2023 and will tour the US between January 1, 2024 and August 31, 2024.

Program Guidelines as a Word doc
Program Guidelines as a PDF

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Want to learn more? 

Cultural Safety Webinar #2: Supporting Indigenous Artists

November 2, 2022, 3:00-4:30 PM ET | View a recording here.

Join Mid Atlantic Arts for the second webinar in our series for presenters on the topic of cultural safety and presenting First Nations artists. This webinar builds on concepts discussed in July, while providing additional details about protocols and welcoming Indigenous artists to a community. Panelists include Alethea Beetson (Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi + Wiradjuri), Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai/Ojibwe/Pend d’Oreille/Salish descent) and Ataahua Papa (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Ngāti Mahuta, Waikato).

Performing Arts Global Exchange Cultural Safety Webinar:
Communications, Community Engagement and Commitment
Held July 20, 2022, 3:00-4:30 PM ET | View a recording here.

Watch this webinar to learn best practices for communications and community engagement when presenting First Nations artists. Created specifically for presenters taking part in this year’s Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) program, the webinar also serves as a primer for any presenter interested in expanding their presentation of Indigenous artists.

Performing Arts Global Exchange Intro Webinar
Watch this webinar to learn how easy it can be for presenters to secure a PAGE grant.
View a Recording (hyperlink opens new tab to YouTube video)

Current Grantees & Tours

2022-2023 Australia and New Zealand

Atamira Dance Company | “Te Wheke”

The bodies of multiple Atamira Dance Company dancers are edited to form the infinity symbol with their bodies on a black background.

Atamira Dance Company was formed as a collective in 2000 by Māōri contemporary dance graduates Jack Gray, Dolina Wehipeihana, Louise Potiki Bryant and Justine Hohaia as a platform to bring young Māori perspectives and experiences to the stage.

Atamira is currently celebrating their 21st year of indigenous dance making and is regarded as one of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance companies renowned for highly artistic and inventive work. Over two decades Atamira has created and toured a large body of dance works driven by choreographic and design excellence maintaining their position at the forefront of cultural and technical innovation.

Their collective of Māori choreographers and dance artists shape and share Matauranga Māori (knowledge) with national and global audiences inspired by historical events, personal whakapapa (genealogy) and their unique cultural landscape. Atamira has toured extensively within Aotearoa and internationally to Australia, Noumea, the USA, Taiwan, Korea and China.

“Te Wheke” is a Māōri Contemporary Dance work of legacy and succession commemorating the 21 years of creative existence of Atamira Dance Company. Te Wheke is the Octopus, a symbol of strength, resilience and aroha/love and a powerful tohu for many Oceanic peoples, appearing in different mythologies.

Created in collaboration by eight leading Māori choreographic practitioners & embodied by eight dancers, Te Wheke speaks to the different dimensions of human experience, each symbolized by one tentacle of this mighty guardian. Explored through a Māōri knowledge base these are life essence, the physical body, the emotions, the mind, the ancestors and human dignity/ value. Solo and ensemble expressions of darkness and light occur within shape shifting worlds of floating black silk. Layers of symbolism emanate through AV patterning and mesmeric soundscapes with subtle lighting both revealing and hiding.

Grantees include:

Trick of the Light | The Griegol

An actor stands with their left hand raised against a black background. An aurora of smoke and light seems to pour from their fingertips.

Trick of the Light is an award-winning theatre company from Aotearoa/New Zealand, founded by Hannah Smith and Ralph McCubbin Howell. They are renowned for their engaging, nuanced stories and inventive design, with shows for a cross-over audience of adults and older children. Previous works include “The Road That Wasn’t There” (Production of the Year – Wellington Theatre Awards 2013; Children’s Event Award – Fringe World, Perth 2016; Best Children’s Event – Adelaide Fringe 2016); “Tröll” (Outstanding Theatre Award – Fringe Review, Edinburgh, 2019); and “The Bookbinder” (Best of the Fringe – NZ Fringe 2014, International Excellence Award – Sydney Fringe Festival 2014, BDO Children’s Theatre Award – Fringe World, Perth 2015)—a solo show which has toured across NZ, Australia, Canada, the UK, USA, and South Africa, from sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe to the attic of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s oldest bookbindery.

The Griegol is a show without words about death, love, and monsters. After their grandmother passes away, a child suspects they are being pursued by the smoke demon shapeshifter of the old woman’s stories. In the tradition of Spirited Away and Coraline, The Griegol is a gorgeously rendered dark fantasy for older children and adults. Drawing from the techniques of early cinema, it conjures magic from silhouettes, smoke, puppetry, live music, and live animation. With the operation kept in sight, audiences see both the stage effects and how they are made. Just as the staging combines hi-fi with lo-fi technology, the story combines the mythic and magic with the domestic and every day, and a through line of light and love that carries through the darkness.

Grantees include:

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks

Six people stand in front of a bright blue wall in two lines of three. Emma Donovan stands center front surrounded by the five members of the Putbacks.

Acclaimed Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and rhythm combo The Putbacks first burst on to the Australian scene with their album, Dawn in 2014, announcing a new voice in Australian soul music. After six years, the band reunited launching the ARIA-nominated Crossover in 2020 to great acclaim and then the top-selling knockout Under These Streets in 2021. Emma’s songwriting is optimistic, impassioned, and bruisingly honest; The Putbacks’ music is fluid, live, and raw, and the collaboration has won friends and admirers all over the world.

Emma Donovan grew up singing church songs with her grandparents on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, and her first secular gigs were singing in the family band, The Donovans, with her mother and five uncles. Throughout her career, she has toured and recorded with many of the mainstays of Indigenous music, from Archie Roach to Dan Sultan, and was a member of the Black Arm Band project. It was in this group that Emma met members of The Putbacks and their journey together began. The Putbacks are stone-cold pros, grizzled veterans of all the tours and all the studios. When they come together, they’re one of the tightest, sharpest, slickest, most dynamic musical units ever to exist. Their collaboration with Emma elevates their music and Emma’s songs to another level

Sharing traditional Indigenous language and storytelling is important to Emma Donovan & The Putbacks. The “Crossover” tour, where the band perform music from their critically acclaimed 2020 album, will unveil new ways to tell these stories so audiences can learn and discover a part of Australia’s history. Throughout the Emma Donovan & The Putbacks performance of this album, Emma tells stories, explaining the lyrics and words of the songs providing an understanding of traditional Indigenous language. Emma Donovan & The Putbacks aim to collaborate with artists—both local and international—to continue this sharing of music and preservation of language into the future. By touring across the United States, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks will grow their audiences and continue the discussion around the history and traditional culture of Australia and how it is defined for future generations.

Grantees include:

Ngaiire

Close up of a woman singing on a darkened stage.  She stands in right profile, head back, singing into a microphone.

Hailing from the Eastern Highlands and New Ireland provinces of Papua New Guinea, though now Sydney Australia-based, Ngaiire (pronounced NYE-ree) has a career that crosses genre and artform. The recipient of 4 ARIA Award (Australia’s Grammys) nominations, an fbi Radio SMAC Award for best live act, and the inaugural Australian Women in Music Award for Artistic Excellence, Ngaiire’s albums have been celebrated around the world. Her work has seen her grace the stages of Glastonbury to Splendour in the Grass; go on national tours alongside the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Alicia Keys, Flume, and Leon Bridges; compose for dance companies; and have her work exhibited in art spaces. With 2020 rendering the live touring circuit dormant, Ngaiire has surprisingly still been able to kick some significant goals. This year, she became the first musician to play in front of the National Press Club in Canberra, became the first Papua New Guinean to appear on ABC’s “Play School” (Australia’s “Sesame Street”), the first Papua New Guinean to be painted for the historical Archibald prize, as well as have her first ever piece as an artist exhibited at the iconic Art Gallery of NSW.

A performance from Ngaiire and her full touring band melds electronic neo-soul, gospel, and big pop sounds, strained through the lens of a first nations Papuan New Guinean songwriter. As one of the premiere touring live artists in Australia, Ngaiire is often lauded as the finest voice in the country. This voice has seen her release three critically and commercially celebrated albums. It’s also seen her songs be selected for use across multiple USA TV shows, most notably the gospel torch song, “Fall Into My Arms,” being chosen for use in Oprah Winfrey/Ava DuVernay’s TV show “Queen Sugar.” Touring as a 6-piece ensemble, Ngaiire’s shows give the audience the full spectrum of live performance: one moment will be a pop banger, and the next she will break your heart.

Grantees include:

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C.

    Manage Your Grant


    COVID-19 Coronavirus: As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation, and we recognize the need to be flexible.  We recognize that out of an abundance of caution, grantees may need to cancel grant-supported engagements or activities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Operations, Phillip Harmon, or the Mid Atlantic Arts program director handling your specific grant program or activity to discuss your concerns or options. You can find staff contact information here.  Please be assured we will not penalize grantees for canceling grants due to COVID-19 coronavirus considerations and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations.

    Virtual Engagement Guidance

    As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies during this time. While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we are also open to adaptive approaches that will ensure continued access to these arts experiences. Therefore, we are glad to announce the following policy for virtual engagements as an option for our grantees to fulfill their public performance and community engagement activity requirements.

    Please read the full guidance document to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation. We have also included links to a few resources that may help you guide your decisions around virtual presentation.

    Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
    Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download)

    Changes in Project Proposal

    Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented. Requested changes must be submitted to Phillip Harmon, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

    Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

    Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

    Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

    Credit and Logo Usage Details

    The following statement, and where space permits, the logos of Mid Atlantic Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts MUST appear in all programs, websites and press releases produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. In addition, the following statement and logo should be included whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary, in all flyers and postcards, email communications, season brochures, social media posts and calendars, and any other print or electronic promotional and publicity materials produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project.

    • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way:

    For Canada and Mexico PAGE tours:

    This engagement of [ARTIST] is funded through Performing Arts Global Exchange a program of Mid Atlantic Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

    For Australia and New Zealand PAGE tours:

    This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible in part through the Performing Arts Global Exchange program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C.

    Website Link

    Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts website at https://www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts on their website. This link must remain active during the entire length of your grant period with Mid Atlantic Arts. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in Mid Atlantic’s logo.

    Final Reports

    Final report requirements and instructions are included as Exhibit B of the Grant Award Agreement.

    Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

    Final reports are completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

    The account used to submit the Common Information Form for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

    For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.