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Get your arts and music fix this weekend with these South Australian online offerings – including the Adelaide Fringe’s new ‘virtual stage’ (launched today), a livestreamed show with Adam Page, Monster Music at the art gallery and award-winning dance.

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Adelaide FringeVIEW

More than 60 performances spanning circus, comedy, music, dance and more are available to watch from today through the Adelaide Fringe’s COVID-19 initiative FringeVIEW.

The online platform – running throughout May – was developed to provide a virtual stage for artists and help them earn an income at a time when social distancing guidelines and venue closures have stymied the arts sector.

Audiences can buy tickets to watch performances from Australian and overseas artists such as Australian singer and actor Hugh Sheridan, cabaret performer Tash York and comedian Greg Fleet, as well as theatre shows like Orpheus (presented by The Flanagan Collective & Gobbledigook Theatre).

The content available will be a mixture of new and previously recorded material, with artists providing trailers (like the one below) so viewers can get a sneak preview before buying tickets at prices ranging from around $5 to $20.

Next Friday, Adelaide Fringe will launch FringeVIEW Live, where you can buy a ticket to watch a performance live on Zoom or other interactive platforms.

“This is all about providing a digital platform that will help support our artists to showcase their talents to audiences in what’s been a very difficult and uncertain time for the arts industry overall,” says Fringe director and CEO Heather Croall.

Monster Music and Monster Moves

2020 Adelaide Biennial artwork Death Song, by Megan Cope, in the AGSA. Photo: Saul Steed

The Art Gallery of SA’s usual monthly First Fridays after-hours event is moving online this evening with Monster Moves – a 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres-themed offering including conversations, a virtual performance and a virtual viewing cocktail.

Monster Theatres curator Leigh Robb will introduce the work of Biennial artist Megan Cope, who has created an interactive sonic sculpture using repurposed mining equipment transformed into multi-stringed instruments, while the folk from Archie Rose Distilling will show you how to make a Monster Martini and indie band Saint Jacques share a video performance of “Mellow Monster Sounds”.

On Sunday, the gallery will launch a new range of arty activities for children aged three to 12 through its Start Online program.

Foyer Fridays – with Adam Page and Julian Ferraretto

Adelaide multi-instrumentalist Adam Page and jazz violinist and composer Julian Ferraretto will be presenting a free livestreamed performance from the art deco foyer of the Woodville Town Hall from 7.30pm tonight.

The show is the first of the Town Hall’s new Foyer Fridays sessions, which were adapted for an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Page told CityMag that audiences tuning in tonight can expect jazz-steeped music with plenty of improvisation and looping, and an eclectic collection of instruments including keyboards, bass guitar, flute, percussion, violin, mandolin and even a musical saw: “We will be improvising and bouncing of each other – it will be a lot of fun.”

The Beginning of Nature

Australian Dance Theatre launches its online season ADAPT today with its Helpmann Award-winning show The Beginning of Nature, a work exploring the forces that nature asserts over humankind and the notion that our bodies are inscribed with the same rhythms that underpin nature.

ADAPT will see the Adelaide-based dance company upload one of its most celebrated works each fortnight, with each one available for just a 48-hour period and accompanied by associated content such as posters and artist interviews.

The Beginning of Nature features an original score fusing electronica with the strings of The Zephyr Quartet and a libretto sung in Kaurna language. The performance being streamed was filmed in 2018 at the Adelaide Festival Centre. (Read more about the ADAPT season on InDaily here.)

The Night is Full of Stars

Behind the scenes of the ASO’s Virtual Concert Hall

Several performances – including violinist Shin Lim playing contemporary work The Night is Full of Stars – are currently available to view through the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Virtual Concert Hall.

Led by the orchestra’s director of artistic planning, Simon Lord, the series features solo recitals filmed in the orchestra’s Grainger Studio and encompassing music said to range from “the sublime to the humorous, from much-loved classics to the less well-known”.

Each video is available to view for seven days, and there’s still time to catch trumpet player Martin Phillipson’s ANZAC Day performance of The Last Post, with a new recital by cellist Ewen Bramble going live on Saturday.

Knock Off Sessions

The Wheatsheaf Hotel and Knock Off Sessions have joined forces to present livestreamed gigs each Friday night, with tonight’s Mother’s Day-inspired line-up featuring local bands Mum Friends and Church Moms.

You can tune in from 6pm on either the Knock Off Sessions YouTube page or the Wheaty’s Facebook page, where you’ll also find previously recorded performances by musicians including Georgy from indie-pop/surfer-folk group Hey Harriett, Kelly Menhennett, Tara Coates (pictured above), Nikko & Snooks and Ben Ford-Davies.

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