With a string of sold-out shows, total ticket sales of more than 72,000 and two days still to go, the 2019 Adelaide Festival’s box office income has outstripped last year’s record result by 31 per cent.
Imaginative, exhilarating, life-affirming and a little zany, Zizanie is the result of an exciting collaboration between choreographer Meryl Tankard and Adelaide’s Restless Dance Theatre.
Equipped only with sticky tape, scissors, a circle of fans and a pile of plastic bags, performer Silvano Nogueira and the team from France’s Compagnie Non Nova conjure an enchanting ballet out of plastic waste.
Ulster American gives Adelaide audiences a rare pre-West End chance to see a brilliant and shocking satirical play with actors at the height of their form.
With less than a week left to indulge in the Mad March festival smorgasbord, here are some Adelaide Festival highlights still to come – from gigs on the Palais to provocative theatre – and our picks from the Fringe music, comedy, theatre and circus line-up.
Both a feat of artistic and physical endurance, and an intricate examination of gender and vulnerability, The Second Woman was a compulsive 24 hours of intriguing theatre.
Once in a blue moon you happen across a performance so astonishing in concept, so perfectly executed that it fills you with wonder and makes you look at the world with fresh eyes. Welcome to Semperoper Ballett’s Carmen.
Iranian theatre work Manus shows the desperate circumstances that have led people to make the dangerous decision to flee their country of birth, and the degradation they have experienced in detention on Manus Island.
Over three days at WOMADelaide this weekend, festival-goers can help French artist Olivier Grossetête construct a multi-storey box tower and knock it down again.
In a remarkable evening of music, lauded British cellist Natalie Clein and the acclaimed Russian pianist Katya Apekisheva brought their brilliant skills together to create an enchanting experience.
A remarkable theatre production about the murder of a gay man in Belgium, La Reprise casts a spell of invocation on its audience – a call to the dead to speak, writes Julian Meyrick.
Two actors portray a fictional meeting of their own elderly fathers in this interesting and offbeat piece of experimental theatre.
Women’s anger – and the potential to harness its power to bring about societal change – was the focus of last night’s topical Zeitgeist series session Rage, Rape and Revolution at Adelaide Writers’ Week.
Tiago Rodrigues’s deeply intelligent performance has 10 members of the audience learning a poem by heart, but his warmth, humour and perfectly paced storytelling draws the entire audience into a collective experience that touches the heart.
Incorporating traditional African songs, opera, modern folk-rock, dance and theatre, A Man of Good Hope shows both the best and worst of human behaviour, but also has its audience whooping and cheering with delight.
The 2019 Adelaide Festival is well on track to achieve the highest box-office result in the event’s history, with several shows already selling out ahead of the opening – including acclaimed choreographer and dancer Meryl Tankard’s ballet Two Feet.
In The Violet Ballet, Sally Smart has translated a Russian ballet into a contemporary visual art exhibition, with a detour through Indonesian performance. ACE Open CEO Liz Nowell toured the exhibition with the artist.
In ‘The Ambassador’ – part of Samstag Museum’s Adelaide//International exhibition series – artist Eugenia Lim uses photography, video, installation and performance to travel through time and space in search of the Australian identity.
The Adelaide Festival will open this weekend with National Geographic’s Symphony for Our World, a free outdoor film and live music spectacular which festival joint artistic director Rachel Healy says features moments of soaring majesty, poignancy and everything in between.