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Getting the Marriage Right

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Philippe Magid

Philippe MagidExecutive Director, Bangarra Dance Theatre

TitleGetting the Marriage Right

Published4/2/2019

Read/View Time22 min


Building trust takes time,”

says Philippe Magid, Executive Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, about the collaboration between artistic and administrative teams that is necessary for art to thrive. Learn how the artistic and executive leadership at Bangarra unite with great success around a compelling mission to create inspiring experiences that change society. Philippe describes some recent adventurous partnerships and the level of trust required to bring them to fruition.

“Your key partners at work need to feel as though their voices are being heard. And it’s absolutely ok to disagree and still achieve great things together.”

Bangarra is currently celebrating 30 years of working with Indigenous communities across Australia to create dance theatre performances that reach approximately 50,000 people per year. Philippe delivered this Innovator Series talk at the Australia-New Zealand Tessitura Regional User Conference (ANZTRUC) in April 2019.  

Philippe Magid

Philippe Magid

Executive Director

Bangarra Dance Theatre

Philippe Magid has been working across the Australian performing arts industry for 16 years.

He is respected internationally as a creative and commercially-focused arts leader.

Philippe spent seven years with The Australian Ballet, the final three as Associate Executive Director, before being appointed as Executive Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre in March 2014.

Since joining Bangarra, Philippe helped the company achieve its best-ever box office on record in 2014, with ticket sales of $1.3 million during its highly successful 25th anniversary year. Audiences for the year also grew 34% nationally and the Sydney Opera House season of Patyegarang extended due to demand. He was also able to join the company as they went back on Country, performing and exchanging knowledge and culture with four remote communities – a personal career highlight. In the same year, he oversaw the implementation of Tessitura, a leading CRM platform to optimise ticket sales and earned revenue.

In 2015 Philippe helped secure Bangarra’s place in World Ballet Day, led continued growth in philanthropy and supported the making of Bangarra’s first feature film, Spear.

In his previous role as Associate Executive Director of The Australian Ballet, Philippe was responsible for their main commercial operations. He was the driver for large-scale projects such as the company’s 50th anniversary strategy and the build of a new $12 million state-of-the-art Production Centre to house their $40 million costume and set archive. In 2012, he also led the company’s highly successful tour of Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake and a mixed bill program featuring Stephen Page’s Warumuk — in the dark night to New York City, the first tour by The Australian Ballet to North America in 13 years.

Philippe was appointed to the Tessitura Network International Board in 2012, was appointed Vice-Chair in 2015 and Chair in 2016. Philippe has an Honours degree in piano performance from the Victorian College of the Arts and a degree in Arts Management from RMIT. His focus for the future is to continue to grow income to ensure the company’s financial sustainability and build even further on Bangarra’s world-class reputation for deeply moving dance theatre.

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