Bingara’s Australia Day Ambassador announced

December 21, 2012

A man with a long and varied association in the arts in Sydney and overseas will be Bingara’s Australia Day Ambassador.

He will attend the traditional Australia Day breakfast at the Museum, before the official program gets underway, where he will deliver the traditional Australia Day address.

Jose Calarco
Bingara’s Australia Day Ambassador, Jose Calarco.

Jose Calarco has covered almost the entire spectrum of experience, from producer and administrator of large-scale events, to innovative artistic direction in the fields of dance, film, theatre and music.

Jose’s strong management credentials have seen Descendance Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre grow into one of Australia’s leading international Cultural Exports.

José was able to multi-task in marketing, box office, administration, sales, computers, performing musician, recording, writing and artistic direction, the success came with little financial support but through years of research and hard work, now Descendance has begun to realise its dreams and potential, performing at the World’s premier events.

Jose was at the forefront of the world music and dance movement in Australia as a producer, promoter and performer.  He is the director of four successful performing dance companies from Australia. His five years as a Film Buyer & Programmer for Village/Roadshow helped broaden his general knowledge and skills in the arts.

Jose co-ordinated Descendance with Austrade, "Tourism Australia Weeks" in the USA (LA & San Francisco) 2005-2006, Russia (Moscow) 2005 &2011, New Zealand 2006-2008, Croatia 2008, Serbia 2008, Hungry 2005-2006, and Canada (Toronto, Vancouver) 2007- 2008, performed at Nicole Kidman and Mel Gibson’s Hollywood Tribute at G’Day LA in 2005. Launched the Baz Lurhman film Australia in Italy (2009), as well as produced performances for dignitaries and celebrities such as The Dali Lama, Queen Elizabeth, Justin Timberlake, and Cate Blanchett.

Jose has been producing indigenous performances at International corporate events for over ten years, with distinguished audiences from the fields of science, technology, medicine, performing arts, and politics, and hosted and entertained many visiting international dance companies in Australia.

Indigenous culture has managed to reach unprecedented international audiences through Jose’s eye for the big international festivals, 87,000 (Midsummer Nights Dream Germany 2005) 60, 000,(Sziget Festival Hungary 2005) ,35,000 Drum Festival Korea 2004, 80,000 Disneyworld Florida Epcot Centre 2002-2005.

Jose has created a blue chip client base for indigenous dance and gained immeasurable TV and Media around the world for the indigenous arts.

  • 2000-2012 Director of Descendance Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre.
  • 2000-2009 "Red Centre Dreaming” (Alice Springs) contracted to Aurora Resorts, over 400 shows per year, Australia’s longest running dance event, winner of the Brolga Award for tourism.
  • 2000-2011… International Touring, 40 countries and over 150 cities, produce CD’s, DVD’s, websites, brochures documentaries and Marketing Strategies.
  • 2000-2012… International Conventions, each year Sydney and Australia hosts up to 50 conventions with Descendance providing the creative and cultural themes.
  • 2000-2012… Performances around Australia for Schools, Museums, Art Galleries, Corporate Events, Political Events, Festivals, Workshops, Community, TV, Radio, Jails.
  • 2008-2011 National Australian Aboriginal Awards “The Deadlys” Opera House Sydney Performances
  • 2006-2010… Community programs Palm Island, Performances, training and tutoring indigenous children.
  • 2000-2012… Performances on the world’s great cruise liners : Oriana, Aurora, Saga Rose, the World, Amsterdam, Queen Mary 2.
  • 2002-2005… Descendance festival performances Australia, Sydney Dreaming” and the Dreaming Festival (Woodford).
  • 2000-2007… Directs Theatrical Shows “Spirits’ of the Soil”, “Flamenco Dreaming”, Tree Of Life”, “The Lovers” and “Portal” cross cultural collaborations.
  • 1997-1999… Manager Ngaru Dance Company.
  • 1992-1997… Director Flamenco Dreaming. Direct shows “Antipodes”, "To India with Love”
  • 1987-1991… Director of Antonio Vargas Flamenco Dance Theatre, Produce Theatre performances “Chronicles of a Death Foretold” , Passion Grace & Fire.
  • 1987-1999….Manager Halftix and The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust.