From a play exposing the human cost of the Syrian conflict, to a dance with Shaolin monks and a hyper-real Chinese performance about millennials in a cyber world, this year’s OzAsia will highlight the diversity of contemporary Asian arts and culture.
Visionary musician Kaki King puts her specially customised acoustic guitar front and centre in this vibrant and immersive multi-media performance.
Barrie Kosky’s electrifying contemporary take on Mozart’s The Magic Flute – a blend of live opera with Tim-Burton-style animation and a silent film aesthetic – is set to be a highlight of the 2019 Adelaide Festival.
South Australia has scored 18 nominations in the 2018 Helpmann Awards, with the Adelaide Festival’s sell-out opera Hamlet and Slingsby’s acclaimed children’s show Emil and the Detectives among those shortlisted.
This year’s Adelaide Festival attracted significantly more interstate and overseas visitors than the 2017 event and generated around $76 million in spending for the state, according to figures released today.
The much-fêted Akram Khan’s final full-length dance performance is a consummate work of anguish and exquisite beauty, writes Katherine Arguile.
GALLERY: Around 96,000 people converged at WOMADelaide over the long weekend to see 70 acts including jazz musician Kamasi Washington, sitar player Anoushka Shankar, the mesmerising Manganiyar Seduction and controversial feather-filled aerial show Place des Anges.
With two days to go, the 2018 Adelaide Festival has achieved a new box office record of more than $4.5 million, while the Fringe is on target for a 7.6 per cent increase in ticket sales.
Bangarra Dance Theatre’s beautifully staged exploration of the life of Aboriginal figure Woollarawarre Bennelong is an extraordinary and deeply important work, writes Alison Flett.
On face value, watching someone balance rocks doesn’t sound like a particularly enticing way to spend an hour, but within minutes Dutch performance artist Nick Steur will have you absolutely spellbound.
Adelaide Festival performance Taha tells the story of a man who lost his home, his lover and his livelihood, but evolved to become one of Palestine’s greatest poets after finding solace in writing.
Peter Hanlon, it seems, has always been a contradiction. A punk-rock loving aesthete who has scaled the upper echelons of Australia’s finance industry and still sits at the helm of the Bank SA board and who, at 63, has recently found a new career path – as an arthouse filmmaker.
Artists and composers Sacred Resonance manipulate the sounds and imagery of deep space to create an immersive experience under the domed screen of the Adelaide Planetarium. ★★★
Vocal loop artist Sam Perry provides the music for Fringe show The 360 All Stars and is this year showing off his skills in a spellbinding solo show. ★★★★★
Part physical theatre and part comedy, with a hint of political commentary, Unsuitable is a high-energy show from Belfast that is more anti-circus than circus. ★★★
He may claim that fatherhood has toned him down but Sam Simmons’ new show is still packed with his trademark style of random, absurdist humour that fans know and love. ★★★★
Tommy Emmanuel is superb in concert and he set the 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival off at a blistering pace in this show with Richard Smith and Pedro Javier Gonzalez, writes Greg Elliott.
A new feature film from the director of The Babadook, a sci-fi thriller starring Oscar winner Hilary Swank and a documentary about Aboriginal media pioneer Freda Glynn are among early program highlights announced for the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival.
Abbe May will give audiences a taste of what she considers her most honest and accomplished album yet when she joins local female musicians for a Clam Jam at the Adelaide Guitar Festival this weekend.
All the West End’s art venues, plus Peter Rabbit and the West Oak Hotel, will this week open for one massive after-dark celebration of South Australian Living Artists.
Considering his lineage, tiny Sebastian Leonard Grigoryan is destined to play classical music. Even as he sleeps, a soothing mobile spins above the three-week-old’s crib, playing Bach’s Air.
For those who don’t know their Bushdances from their Bad Habits, CityMag asked five musicians and music aficionados to recommend their top picks from this year’s Adelaide Guitar Festival program.
Composer Cathy Milliken’s new piece for solo guitar will have its premiere at the Adelaide Guitar Festival Symphony Gala. Here, she talks about her work and urges audiences to ‘take the chance to experience listening in a different way’.
A Korean performance with dancing grandmas and glitter balls and a 21st-century Japanese opera incorporating Manga are among several shows revealed in a sneak peek at the OzAsia Festival’s biggest program yet.
Patti LuPone, Broadway performer for more than 40 years, strides onto the Festival Theatre stage with a sense of ownership which tells the audience she is completely at home with her music.
Former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs will discuss her “public shaming” during her term, as part of a big line-up of local, national and international speakers at next month’s Adelaide Festival of Ideas.
Slingsby Theatre brings a picture book to life through song and animated projection to highlight the natural beauty and raw vigour of diversity.
Wayne Brady is a genuine star of stage and screen: he sings, dances, acts and good-naturedly makes fun of there being nothing to do in Adelaide after 10pm.
This is what happens when you put together a jazz musician, a beatboxer, an acoustic-guitar-playing singer-songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist looping artist.
Tribute show Tom Waits for No Man was 70 minutes of eclectic, classy, cool tunes and vaudeville performance.
Cabaret comedy show The Wine Bluffs is, of course, all about wine and wine ‘wankology’, but it’s also an hilarious homage to South Australia.
The Peruvian queen of exotica music reigns again as the charming and virtuosic opera singer Ali McGregor brings a forgotten star back to life in this enthralling show.
Put on your best thespian hat and prepare to lose yourself in a strange and twisted world of murder, mayhem and sex in Butt Kapinski, a show where the audience not only helps create the story but co-stars in the action.
As intriguing as it can be to unravel the unexplained, it’s equally tempting to occasionally allow a little magic into our lives. Lawrence Leung’s Very Strange Things is a show for the mystery lover, the puzzle solver and those who fall somewhere in between.
With smooth jazz vocals, a fistful of Bowie songs and a truckload of f∗∗∗s, ‘bull dyke in a china shop’ Lea DeLaria blew the feathers and sequins right outa the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Cabaret Festival artistic director Ali McGregor predicted The Cat Empire would be “off-the-hook great”, and they did not disappoint – performing an ultra-cool show of pulsing rhythms and smooth beats that got everyone to their feet.
The Modern Maori Quartet’s talented members bring to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival their accomplished musicianship, lyrical harmonies and a uniquely inclusive New Zealand style of humour.
Glorious Misfits started with a high-energy disco hit and kept raising the bar with 90 minutes of talent, laughs and strategically placed tassels.
From red carpet to stage, it was sequins all the way for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival opening night Variety Gala.
Aussie rock band You Am I brilliantly bring tongue-in-cheek legends Spinal Tap to life – and death – at the Dunstan Playhouse.
Soprano Antoinette Halloran is an accomplished opera singer and in her Adelaide Cabaret Festival show Taking it Up the Octave, you get a little more than you might expect.
Comedian and broadcaster Em Rusciano says her Adelaide Cabaret Festival show will be old-school cabaret that honours the ‘hell-raising’ women that break glass ceilings.
Two filmmakers who voyaged across the Great Australian Bight on board a Sea Shepherd vessel say their film Operation Jeedara, screening at this year’s Transitions Film Festival, provides a rare glimpse of South Australia’s most remote islands.
Comedian and screenwriter Lawrence Leung plans to hack people’s PIN numbers, speak to dead pets and read minds at his “science meets the paranormal” Adelaide Cabaret Festival show.
With impeccable timing, landing and pace, stand-up comedian Matt Okine is worthy of an Olympic gold medal for his hilarious rags-to-riches tale. ★★★★½
Ivo van Hove’s Toneelgroep Amsterdam theatre has created four hours of the most gripping, spellbinding and powerful theatre you will ever hope to see with this distillation of Shakespearean plays.
The deconstructed title of flamenco star Israel Galván’s latest work makes it clear to anyone unfamiliar with his oeuvre: Expect the unexpected.
Patch Theatre’s Adelaide Festival show is a gorgeous affair from start to finish – an invitation to open our hearts fully to life’s delicious possibilities.
Clever, engrossing and powerful, Us / Them presents a ‘child’s gaze’ perspective on the atrocity that occurred when Chechen terrorists stormed a school in Beslan and took 1200 hostages.
This “live animation” show brings the claustrophobia, inhumanity and visceral muck of World War I to grotesque life using everyday items and miniatures: you’ll never be more affected by a dismembered plastic figurine.
Part musical theatre, part cabaret, The Executioners features satirical humour, an original score, lyrical wizardry and whimsical dance. And it’s brilliant. ★★★★½
Sydney Writers’ Festival CEO Jo Dyer is set to take over as the new director of Adelaide Writers’ Week following the departure of Laura Kroetsch.
Performer and foodie Michelle Pearson serves up a hearty blend of comfort food, storytelling and singing in a MasterChef meets Australian Idol Fringe show. ★★★★
Members of the Hamlet Donor Circle attended a special dinner at Jolley’s Boathouse ahead of the opening night of Hamlet at the 2018 Adelaide Festival.
With traffic cones as trumpets, musical saws, water-cooler drums and an eclectic array of other invented instruments, The Lost and Found Orchestra creates a musical extravaganza that boggles the mind.
‘Memorial’ is an elegy for the fallen soldiers of The Iliad that, through its potent alchemy of poetry, music and clever use of an enormous chorus, delivers a powerful statement about the human cost of war.
Bold, fresh and original, Robert Lepage’s ‘The Far Side of the Moon’ – an exploration of the complicated coming together of two middle-aged brothers following the death of their mother – is theatre at its finest, writes Jo Vabolis.
The Adelaide Festival continues its proud tradition of presenting new operas with Hamlet – a transfixing production that brings an invigorating modernity to Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, writes Greg Elliott.
This show begins with multiple voices, all trying to help someone who’s disabled, who might not want to be helped, who might not be able to be helped: Have you tried hydrotherapy? Gluten-free? Are you getting enough sleep? Have you tried yoga? ★★★★
Wil Anderson’s new show Wilegal is basically the story of how he came to be arrested on a flight to Wagga Wagga in mid-2017. ★★★
Charming and disarming, the bare-chested performers of Elixir combine well-executed acrobatics with slapstick, sexy antics … and zombies. ★★★★½
Is romance as we know it dead, asks Nikki Britton. How does the longing to be rescued by Prince Charming fit with strong, independent feminist ideals or the perils of dating apps? ★★★½
Darkly comic Fringe play Shell Shock gives insight into the nightmares that continue to plague soldiers when they return from a warzone. ★★★★
The 2018 Adelaide Festival is closing in on last year’s record box-office result, with ticket sales three days out from the official opening already 14.5 per cent ahead of the same time last year and a number of shows expected to sell out.
A powerful and unsettling feeling of impending doom pervades the set of this new State Theatre Company play about three young women partying with AFL footballers, writes Heather Taylor Johnson.
This year’s Cirque Africa show is all shiny and new but the acts are just as heart-stopping as last Fringe and MC Papa Africa is as funny as ever, writes reviewer Anna Solding. ★★★★½
Rehearsals in small groups; rehearsals en masse; rehearsals with the dancers, the children, the singers, the orchestra; technical rehearsals; dress rehearsals. That’s a lot of rehearsals to play one of 215 dead soldiers, writes Rosemary Cadden.
Spinifex Gum, a new music project led by two members of The Cat Empire, is influenced by the young Indigenous women who give its songs voice and the Pilbara landscape in which those songs were created.