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NIE - Performing, here, there and everywhere

  • Date: 23 November 2012
  • Area: South East
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Past Half Remembered, NIE performance, 2012. Credit: Jiří N Jelínek

They say performing on the road can be one of the loneliest experiences that one person can endure, perhaps for a solo artist, but New International Encounter (NIE) have become very accustomed - and happy -  with their adventures around the globe.

Over the past 11 years, NIE, an award winning theatre company and part of the National Portfolio, has created 16 shows and performed more than 2000 times in over 1000 places across three continents - Asia, Europe and America. You only have to look at their current touring schedule to see the true extent of their travels which takes in countries such as Denmark, Belgium and Norway in the space of just 11 days.

On their return to England, there is little time to rest. December 5th sees the beginning of their six week performance run of family show Hansel and Gretel, at the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol. Co-commissioned by The Junction, the show was hugely successful when it premiered in Cambridge last Christmas.

NIE are an Associate Company of The Junction and have their office base there. Earlier in the year NIE received an added boost in funding from the EU Culture programme in which they received a grant of 198,000 Euros to support the development of Pim and Theo, an installation, education and online exhibition exploring freedom of speech - which will be touring across Europe during the next two years. This was a superb achievement for NIE who were one of nine UK companies out of a total of 112 applications from across Europe to successfully get funding.

NIE are also working with The British Council, in partnership with the Korea Arts Management Service, on the UK Arts exchange programme. This involves Korean arts practitioners finding out more about UK arts practice and industry.

One of the delegates, Mr Yoonsoo Kang, the Artistic Director of CakeTree Theatre; will be hosted by NIE for a week. He will work from the company's Cambridge office looking at audience development, programming strategy, finding out about Escalator and talent development, as well as participating in rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel.

NIE's success has not gone unnoticed and they were awarded the prestigious 2011 Assitej Award for Artistic Excellence. This international award is only given every three years and is the first time a UK company has won the award since its inception in 1993.

As 2012 draws to a close it has been a great year for the company with continuing success for Hansel and Gretel, successful European funding and new partnerships around the world. They can't wait to start 2013 and see what happens next!

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