The Adelaide Festival is one of Australia’s largest arts festivals and one that covers all genres of the arts. It was been held biennially from 1960 until 2010, but from 2012 it becomes an annual festival. In the music program, famed film music master Ennio Morricone will conduct the Adelaide Orchestra in one of the 11 performances on the program, while the performing arts program presents a lineup of 14 works from seven countries.
Among the Australian works on this year’s program, much attention focuses on the new work I am not an animal
by The Border Project, which made a sold-out debut at the 2010 Adelaide Festival. The work takes audience through a tour of the Adelaide Zoo in which the animals become subjects in a large-scale performance with visual and sound installations that asks questions about our animal-like instincts. In other Australian works, leading dance theater company Force Majeure, in collaboration with the Sydney Theatre Company, presents Never Did Me Any Harm
, a new work that takes inspiration from issues raised in Christos Tsiolkas’ controversial book The Slap
exploring contemporary attitudes to raising children, and the Sydney Theatre Company presents Bloodland
, a work that deals with the scars of an Aboriginal community using indigenous actors and traditional Yolngu storytellers.
The foreign works on the program are all Australian premieres. On the theater program Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczô, who was recently invited to the Cannes Film Festival with his Franckenstein Projut, presents Hard to be a God
, a work that that straddles the boundary between film and theater; Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski presents A Streetcar
, a controversial adaptation of Tennessee William’s classic with a new script by Wajdi Mouawad; and The Caretaker
by Harold Pinter starring famed British actor Jonathan Pryce.
On the dance program, Belgium’s Les Ballets C de la B directed by Alain Platel presents Gardenia
, Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan performs Water Stains on the Wall
and Australia Dance Theatre presents Proximity
Believing in the potential for an arts festival in Adelaide trough his involvement in the South Australia national theatre movement, journalist Sir Lloyd Dumas and Adelaide University music professor John Bishop enlisted the support of influential citizens to launch the festival in 1960 with a program of 105 performances (74 for adults and 31 for children) over the course of half a month. Today, the Adelaide Festival and its concurrent Adelaide Fringe Festival have grown become one of Australia’s leading arts festival events. Held biennially on even numbered years until 2010, the festival will be held on annually beginning from 2012. Invited participants from Japan include Daisan Erotica with A Man Named Macbeth
in 1994 and Ishinha with Mizumachi