the ARTS review: what’s happening in the world of arts & film – issue 006

Welcome to the 6th edition of the AU review’s weekly ARTS review, where we present the latest news from the world of Arts and Film.

In This Issue: The Adelaide Fringe opening celebrations kick off, Steve Reich takes up residence at the Sydney Opera House, Mick Turner tours Dirty Three cover art exhibition, Brisbane neo-cabaret showcase and fresh new comedy theater at The Old Fitzroy.


The 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival will boast a record-breaking 4,000 participating artists and close to 1000 events. The biggest and most anticipated event on the South Australian arts calendar, the Fringe Festival will showcase a vast selection of theater, comedy, circus, cabaret and other special arts events from local, Australian and International artists.

From this week Adelaide will play host to a gamut of performing artists and musicians, arriving to take part in the twenty-four day event. Festival-goers can enjoy the atmosphere and performances on offer at the Garden of Unearthly Delights, or venture into any of the hundreds of Fringe venues scattered across the city, or hidden down alleyways.

Fringe in the Mall featuring has also kicked off this week, offering a taste of what is on offer at the festival, and giving exhibiting artists a chance to promote their shows, with micro-performances taking place daily at the caravan stage in Rundle Mall. There will also be a number of free events taking place throughout Adelaide, and to welcome in the festival many shows will also be offering special opening night tickets for only $5.

Adelaide Fringe 2012 will officially open with the Fringe Parade, this Friday 24 February, and will run until 18 March 2012.




April 2012 will see the launch of The Composers initiative at the Sydney Opera House, with pioneer of minimalist composer Steve Reich. The new program will celebrate the music of some of the worlds most important and celebrated contemporary composers, with special events to be held.

Sydney will play host to Reich for a week-long residency in which the renowned American composer will take part in a lecture where he will discuss his life’s work and influences. During his time at the Opera House, Reich will also rehearse with some of Australia’s most talented musicians, take part in a student workshop and finish the week with a concert showcase of his finest and newest pieces. Specially selected students from the Flagship Sydney Youth Orchestras will also be granted the unique opportunity to work with Reich to develop their technique, working towards two Sydney Youth Orchestra’s concert performances at Sydney Opera House.

The musical ensemble performing a concert of Reich’s work will include Australian and international musicians from Synergy Percussion, Eighth Blackbird, Halcyon and Ensemble Offspring. Pieces performed will include a rare performance of Reich’s complex piece Music for 18 Musicians as well as Mallet Quartet, Drumming (Part One), Double Sextet and the Australian premiere of Variations for Vibes Strings Pianos.

Steve Reich in Conversation will take place at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday 26 April, followed by Flagship Sydney Youth Orchestra Chamber Music Concerts on Saturday 28 April and Steve Reich – A Celebration concert on Sunday 29 April.



To coincide with the release of a new album release and upcoming Australian tour, Dirty Three guitarist Mick Turner will be exhibiting a selection of his recent artworks and cover art from the bands back catalogue.

The exhibition entitled Covert Art and Morsels will showcase a collection of limited edition Dirty Three cover art prints, designed by Turner. Also featured will be original canvas artworks, many of which are from private collections, including the original canvas of the cover art from the new Dirty Three album Toward the Low Sun.

The Covert Art and Morsels exhibition is a traveling art exhibition, which will visit Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Dirty Three will release their new album Toward The Low Sun this week, with an Australian and New Zealand tour to follow later in March.

Covert Art and Morsels will exhibit from 7th March 2012 at Showcase Gallery, Perth as a joint exhibition with Jo Darvall, before moving to Tinning Street Gallery, Melbourne and finishing at the Mart Gallery, Surry Hills. The Dirty Three Australian and New Zealand Tour will begin Friday 9 March at the Astor Theatre, Perth


Ghostboy with Golden Virtues


The Judith Wright Centre presents the dark cabaret of Ghostboy with Golden Virtues, supported by cabaret pop songstress Emma Dean and youthful a’cappella singers Avaberee.

Art rock band Ghostboy with Golden Virtues are returning to the Judith Wright Centre with an all-new show, after a successful run at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. This performance promises a full band, including violin and saxophone, with burlesque, dancers and theatrical extravagance. Ghostboy with Golden Virtues will also soon be taking their punk-cabaret style south, for a headlining run at the Adelaide Fringe Spiegeltent.

For one night only in Brisbane, the critically acclaimed ensemble will be joined by some of the cities most creative local talents, including celebrated indie pop multi-instrumentalist Emma Dean. Dean has supported cabaret-flavoured rock act The Dresden Dolls, as well as Kate Miller-Heidke and Katie Noonan, and will be touring her new show with Jake Diefenbach early this year, also taking her show to the Adelaide Fringe. There will be a supporting performance by singularly talented teenage singing trio Avaberee.

Catch Ghostboy with Golden Virtues, supported by Emma Dean & Avaberee on Friday 2 March at the Venue Performance Space, The Judith Wright Centre, Fortitude Valley.



The Tin Shed Theatre Company presents The Importance of Being Earnest Dragons, and Other Classic Tales, As Told By An Octopus, a new play by Alli Sebastian Wolf.

The comedy is written and directed by two former Queen Street Studio residents, Scarlet McGlynn and award-winning playwright and visual artist Alli Sebastian Wolf. Wolfs previous play, The Hideous Demise of Detective Slate, was a satirical radio-noir detective comedy. This latest offering promises to be a “low-fi spectacular” junkyard comedy, retelling classic tales retold with black humor, song, dance, and a five-piece band.

The Importance of Being Earnest Dragons, and Other Classic Tales, As Told By An Octopus will run at the The Old Fitzroy Theatre, Woolloomooloo from 28 February to 24 March 2012.



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