OzAsia Festival

OzAsia Festival Review: Of Fathers & Sons (Syria, 2017) lifts the veil on religious extremists

October 9, 2018

Of Fathers & Sons should come with a warning. This is likely to induce nightmares even though it’s not strictly a horror film. It is however, a horrifying documentary that chronicles a religious zealot and his young, jihadist-in-the-making sons. The result is a visceral and eye-opening look at this largely-unknown world. Filmmaker, Talal Derki is […]

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OzAsia Review: Aakash Odedra shines in Rising, a breathtaking four-part dance performance

October 9, 2017

Like the dawning of a new day, a gentle light envelops the stage. Slowly we become aware of a solitary figure crouching in the gloom, gradually becoming clearer. Aakash Odedra dressed in traditional flowing Indian robes, unravels his body and dances across the stage in increasingly faster yet controlled movements. The name of this piece, […]

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OzAsia Festival Review: Hot Brown Honey shines as a defining force and voice within the Australian arts scene

October 1, 2017

“Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Ms Adichie is just one fierce wordsmith quoted during tonight’s performance by Hot Brown Honey‘s Busty Beatz; setting the tone and ramming it home […]

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Live Review: The Bombay Royale ignites a Saturday night at Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival

October 1, 2017

The Bombay Royale are one of those bands who are impossible not to feel affected by. Their positivity that drives each and every song they perform permeates through the crowd effortlessly – you want to dance if you’re not a dancer, you want to sing, even if you cannot understand the language. The dynamic the band exerts, […]

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Live Review: Shonen Knife bring silver-clad Japanese pop punk to Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival

September 30, 2017

Securing for themselves a well respected and enduring presence within the Japanese pop punk upper echelons, Shonen Knife have been favoured by their contemporaries in the Western scene since the 1980s. It seemed slightly surreal to have the band in Adelaide at the Nexus Arts Centre knowing their legacy, and yet, the large shadow they […]

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OzAsia Festival Review: Specific Places Need Specific Dances entertains as it breaks down cultural barriers

September 28, 2017

When strangers meet, they unconsciously do a “dance”, a subliminal meeting of minds using body language. Darlane Litaay and Tian Rotteveel explore this idea in their dance piece Specific Places Need Specific Dances, which this week is part of the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide. Indonesian native Litaay met Dutch / German Rottveel in Papua New […]

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OzAsia Festival Review: Until the Lions by Akram Khan – Playhouse, Adelaide

September 24, 2017

Until the Lions is derived from a tale in the Mahabharata about Amba and Shikhandi. Director Akram Khan has a long history with the Mahabhrata, having performed in Peter Brook’s version in 2005. In this dance piece, Khan brings to life the story of Amba, who on her wedding day is abducted by Bheeshma as […]

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