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International Program

The International Program provides touring and residency opportunities for U.S. artists and increases the capacity of NPN Partner organizations to present international work.  For more than 10 years, NPN’s partnership with La RED (Red de Promotores Culturales de Latinoamerica y el Caribe) has been the basis of the Performing Americas Program.  In 2010, NPN began building a relationship with two networks in Asia, Korea Arts Management Service and Japan Contemporary Dance Network, and together they are building the Asia Exchange.  Each network selects a team of curators who travel together to see work in the other countries, then select the artists they will present at home.

Core values of the International Program

  • Reciprocity
  • Mutual respect

Focus of the International Program

  • Knowledge and relationship-building among network members, national organizations, and local communities
  • An emphasis on geographical, ethnic and cultural diversity

Structure of the Curatorial Teams

  • Four curators for Latin America/the Caribbean and four curators for Asia are selected for a two-year cycle:  in the first year they travel to NPN’s partner countries and select the artists/companies that they will then present in the second year of the cycle.
  • Of the four curators, three have to reach consensus in selecting an artist/company.  If that is not possible, two will have to reach consensus and will be responsible to involve a third presenter, which could be a non-NPN Partner. This third presenter will receive the same NPN subsidy as the two curators who selected the artist/company.

NPN International Program subsidy

  • Two tours per fiscal year of U.S. artists/companies going to Latin America/the Caribbean
  • Two tours per fiscal year of Latin American or Caribbean artists/companies coming to the U.S.
  • Two tours per fiscal year of U.S. artists/companies going to Asia (one to Japan and one to South Korea)
  • Two tours by Asian artists/companies (one from Japan and one from Korea) coming to the U.S.

The artist/company travels to each of the curators’ venues for a week-long residency, which includes community engagement activities in addition to public performances.

Artists fees are based on the NPN fee structure and International Program will subsidize 60% of international and domestic airfares, artist and administrative fees, and 100% of visa preparation costs. Presenters will be responsible for 100% of domestic flights, per diems, hotel and local transportation costs in addition to presenting, production and marketing costs.

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