Up near the ceiling of the Town Hall venue off Flinders Street, Professor Jorg Hacker is putting his head for heights to an alternative use: instead of piloting research aircraft for Airborne Research Australia, he is setting up a lighting rig for a Fringe show that will feature his wife, Shakti Chakravarty.
Dozens of Flinders students, staff and graduates are appearing in or working on shows for the 2014 Adelaide Fringe, but Professor Hacker and Shakti’s level of involvement is unrivalled. Under the umbrella of their company, The Garage International (TGI), they are managing six venues and some 16 Fringe acts, spanning bellydancing, tribute bands, theatre and classical music, and including visiting performers from France, the USA and Japan.
Shakti will perform in two shows of her own and will also appear in Bewitching Macbeth with actor Leof Kingsford-Smith.
Shakti, who also works for Airborne Research Australia, has been performing as a dancer in Fringe performances since 1995. Her signature show, The Pillow Book, has a theme of female sensuality, and she will also debut Bhata Natyam and Beethoven, which combines Western classical music with classical Indian dance.
“It’s probably the first time in history it’s been done,” Shakti said.
With urban venues in the City and North Adelaide to manage, Professor Hacker and Shakti are also taking the Fringe to the country, with several shows from TGI’s stable appearing at the Birdwood Exhibition Centre. There is visual art too, with the scientific work of Airborne Research Australia finding artistic expression in the exhibition Points – the hidden art in natural data at Flinders University Victoria Square.
A listing of many of the Flinders related performers in the Fringe can be found here and further information and bookings are available through the Fringetix website.
Flinders University is also a sponsor of Fringe Benefits, the Fringe’s access for youth program, and for the first time is offering a $500 prize in acknowledgment of the work by set designers, stage managers and lighting and sound technicians who make the shows of the Fringe possible. To nominate for the Behind the Scenes Award, please contact the Flinders Marketing and Communications Office.
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