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Adelaide in 2015: A Year In The Arts

Adelaide Festival Centre. Image: supplied

2015 has been a mixed year in the world of South Australian Arts. Big names in big Festivals have attracted big audiences. The State has seen Federal Arts funding de-funded and syphoned off by the Abbott/Brandis team only then to be partially re-funded by Prime Minister Turnbull’s team. Our own State Government has cut funding… Read more.

Adelaide’s 2015 LGBTIQ Feast Festival

Conchita. Photo by Thomas Ramstorfer.

Next weekend, on Saturday 14th November, the 2-week-long 2015 LGBTIQ Feast Festival officially opens. This year’s headlining act is the internationally renowned, 2014 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Conchita Wurst, who is also the international ambassador to the Festival. Local cabaret star Michael Griffiths is the official Feast ambassador this year, following in the footsteps of… Read more.

The Adelaide Festival Centre 2016 season

Douglas Gautier, CEO Adelaide Festival Centre

The Adelaide Festival Centre has launched its 2016 programme. The season features a range of international artists from the UK, Spain, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, The Netherlands, USA, China and Italy, as well as more than 580 Australian artists. The season also includes 5 world premieres as well as 5 Australian premieres. Adelaide Festival Centre CEO… Read more.

Mortido at The State Theatre Company of South Australia

Colin Friels and Tom Conroy. Photo by Shane Reid

There isn’t any sense in which this play could be called (in Mrs Everage’s words), a “nice night’s entertainment”. It’s very title, Mortido is Freud’s term for the death wish, which immediately sets the scene as being dark and threatening. It features dark (rather than “colourful”) language with more F and C words than you… Read more.

Brink Production’s The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow. Photo by Jennifer Greer Holmes

From the first oozings over the audience chatter, of the live music from the very accomplished Zephyr Quartet, to the very first sentence from the actors, it was clear that this was no ordinary piece of theatre. The audience is part of the acting area, sitting in a large circle, not so much sharing the… Read more.

OzAsia Festival: Play

Play. Photo supplied

The late Pina Bausch played the role of matchmaker to Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Shantala Shivalingappa and hence the immaculate conception of Play was borne. Play is the gentle art of love – its conduit Music, Song and Modern Dance. A love shared and expressed by its choreographers/dancers and its musicians while washing over a… Read more.

The 2016 Adelaide Festival of Arts Programme

Adelaide Festival Artistic Director David Sefton. Image: supplied

David Sefton has revealed the programme for his 4th and final as the Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts in 2016. Sefton stated, “For my last hurrah, I’ve brought together a slate of the world’s very best large-scale and ambitious performances exclusively to Adelaide. Alongside this I’m also delighted to be presenting a… Read more.

The State Theatre Company of South Australia 2016 season

Paul Capsis.

The State Theatre Company of South Australia has announced its 2016 Programme. Co-productions represent the defining feature of the season with 6 of the 10 shows made so; including a new partnership with the British company ‘Frantic Assembly’ which will take an Andrew Bovell authored production, Things I know To Be True, to London itself…. Read more.

Volpone (or The Fox) at The STCSA

Paul Blackwell and James Smith in Volpone. Photo by Shane Reid

The work of Ben Johnson (1572 – 1637) is nowhere near as well-known as that of Shakespeare, but he is nevertheless a very important English playwright. So the language, even in this fine new adaptation, is not as accessible to the 21st century ear as that of his well-known contemporary. Furthermore, there are a lot… Read more.

De Novo by The Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company perform Cacti. Photo by Peter Greig.

This review comes with a caveat. The 20-something yuppie woman in front of me thought it was a brilliant idea to see a show with two columns of hair, each six inches high, packed neatly side by side like chimney stacks on the top-back of her head. Ensuring she got a great view during the… Read more.