This month’s member profile is the executive director at Bangarra Dance Theatre, Philippe Magid.
“ My main focus is to help bring Artistic Director Stephen Page’s creative vision to life, by ensuring we have appropriate funding and budget to do so, “ Philippe says.
“Across the business, Bangarra works closely with the development team, I meet with a lot of prospective corporate and philanthropic partners, and see where we can innovate or tap into existing resources.
The achievement Philippe says he is most proud of since joining Bangarra in 2014 is the company achieving its best-ever box office during its successful 25th anniversary year while growing audiences by 34% nationally and extending the company’s main stage season due to popular demand.
“Bangarra has one of the most unique cultural offerings in the world and there are no other Australian performing arts companies who are as truly Australian, in that we derive our stories directly from the land,” Philippe says.
“ I have learnt so much from Stephen, Bangarra’s Chair, Michael McDaniel and the entire board, as well as the dancers - who are so generous in sharing their culture and knowledge with me.”
On Bangarra’s mission and company values, Philippe says the organisation has eight key guiding points, these being; Reciprocity and Mutual Obligation, Cultural Exchange, Kinship, Cultural Protocol, Cultural Integrity, Respect, Connection to and Care for Country and finally Excellence.
2016 is a milestone year for Bangarra as it marks Stephen Page’s 25th as the company’s Artistic Director. Stephen has created new work as part of a triple bill OUR land people stories with three dancers choreographing works in this program. Bangarra will also perform a short season of Terrain at Riverside Parramatta in March, and the group’s film, SPEAR, will be showing at various arts festivals.
Finally, what does Philippe think about Walsh Bay as a workplace?
“From a work perspective, it’s fantastic to be part of a thriving arts hub with Sydney Theatre Company above us and Sydney Dance Company down the pier.
And personally, the Harbour view beats working in a concrete jungle!”