The 2016 Adelaide Festival program has been launched today, with David Sefton and his team unveiling yet another eclectic line up of Australian and international musicians, visual artists, theatre and dance legends set to come to South Australia next February and March. In Sefton's fourth and final year as Festival Artistic Director, he's pulling out the big guns across the realms of music, art, dance and theatre that has continued to push boundaries.
The Australian premiere of Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton was extravagant, dramatic and absolutely superb. Blending the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s world-renowned precision with unearthly tones and macabre imagery, the night was a mesmerising journey into familiar fantasies and foreign realities.
Beauty and the Beast is a sumptuous play about love and disability. The play opens unconventionally with lead actors Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz sitting on stage in street clothes addressing the audience about what the play represents. Fraser was born with phocomelia of both arms, due to his mother being prescribed thalidomide during her pregnancy. Julie was a former beauty queen and burlesque dancer. This introduction serves to break down the traditional wall between audience and actors.
Unsound Festival is global event featuring the best in upcoming underground electronic club artists. The event goes over three days in the transformed Masonic Hall in Adelaide for the Adelaide Festival.
The Pop Group have the lit the fuse on what stands to be a huge 2015. Releasing their first album in 35 years last month in Citizen Zombie, the UK post-punk pioneers are gearing up to celebrate the album's release with three exclusive shows that are set to push the boundaries once more. Beginning their run with a show in Adelaide as part of David Sefton's 2015 Adelaide Festival program, the band is collaborating with Violent Femmes' Brian Ritchie as well as local dancer and artist Ade Suharto and jazz drummer Simon Barker.
Scottish post-rock veterans Mogwai opened the Adelaide Festival last night to a sold out crowd at Thebarton Theatre with their unmistakable wall of chest-crushing drone and sonic sound. After waiting 13 years for their return, AU photographer Lauren Connelly made great use of her earplugs and shot these snaps.
The State Theatre Company's production of three of Samuel Beckett's shorter plays (Eh Joe, Footfalls, Krapp's Last Tape), brought together under the name Beckett Triptych, made me very, very uncomfortable. That's not a bad – anyone who knows anything about Beckett's work knows that you're supposed to feel uncomfortable, off-centre, confused. He doesn't write about easy subjects – it's all tramps and drunks, hoarders and mad women, the alienated and the chronically lonely. It's a testament to the very talented cast and crew behind Beckett Triptych that I felt so very discomfited for the entire evening.
This year's Adelaide Festival of Arts features another stellar array of music, visual arts, dance and theatre events for audiences to sink their teeth into; kicking off on February 27th, David Sefton's eclectic program takes over the Adelaide Festival Centre and select venues through the city. One of the highlight productions on the 2015 program is the exclusive world premiere of Tommy - the renowned celebration of The Who's double-album.
A plethora food, wine sourced from local outlets and easy breezy music will be on offer at the Mornington Peninsula Picnic in March next year.
The 2015 Adelaide Festival has once again pulled a huge punch and launched a program to be envied, with the full program launching in Adelaide this evening. From music to visual arts, from dance to theatre productions, David Sefton and his team have assembled some world class talent to converge on Adelaide's artistic hub from February 27th to March 15th.
RISE, A photo documentary of Australian hip-hop years in the making, has just been released by respected photographer Michelle Grace Hunder, so what better way to celebrate than bringing the scene together for performances which were more like mini-festivals, set in intimate gig spaces around the country? Hunder's RISE tour was a curated celebration of hip-hop, culminating in more than a handful of surprise guests, reinforcing the unique collaborative and community aspect that hip-hop delivers.
Needles and Opium is written and directed by Robert Lepage, one of Canada’s most prominent theatre artists. The play opens in a film-like fashion, with acupuncture points slowly revealing themselves on actor Marc Lebreche’s body. It feels like a scene out of the movie Tron. He then ascends into a star-filled night sky and becomes Jean Cocteau – the poet. The play intertwines the lives of Jean Cocteau, Miles Davis and Juliette Greco, the bohemian singer who had affairs with both men.
Spinning the Samuel Taylor Coleridge classic into a collection of punk-cabaret sea shanties, The Tiger Lillies bring Rime of the Ancient Mariner to this year’s Adelaide Festival with immense success.
Isabella Rossellini steps onto the stage in front of a full house at Her Majesty’s Theatre to rousing applause. She is carrying a basket with two bunches of flowers, one of beautiful blooms and one of weed-like plants and explains how the blooms act like foreplay to the insects, which fertilise the flowers, whereas the weeds are fertilised by pollen blowing in the wind. So begins her fascinating monologue on the sex lives of animals. The fact that flower blooms are a potent symbol of sexual reproduction yet can be found in churches, for example, amused her.
Thursday night saw the iconic Adelaide Town Hall filled with the eerie sounds of Jed Kurzel’s award-winning Snowtown score, and influential duo Stars of the Lid joined by Zephyr Quartet.