The Adelaide Festival is one of Australia’s largest arts festivals. Held biennially from 1960 until 2010, from 2013 it makes a new start as an annual festival. This year’s program featured 14 theatre works and five dance works, along with music performances, visual art exhibits, film showings and literature.
On the theatre program there is a world premiere of Thursday
, a collaboration between Australia’s Brink Production company and Britain’s English Touring Theatre based on a play by British scriptwriter Bryony Lavery. Other highlights include Netherlands-based company Hotel Modern’s KAMP
, a live animations style work using thousands of small puppets amid a scale model based on the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in a depiction of the mass murder that occurred there; a trilogy works The Smile Off Your Face
and A game of you
by the Belgian company Ontroerend Goed known for its game-like audience participation type theater performances; and the National Theatre of Great Britain’s popular One Man, Two Guvnors
, 2012 nominee for seven Tony awards.
On the dance program is the world premiere of a work by Australian choreographer Larissa McGowan titled Skeleton
, which draws inspiration from various forms of pop culture like skateboarding; the noted work 6000 miles away
, for which three world-famous choreographers, Mats Ek, William Forsythe and Jiří Kylián choreographed pieces for the famed French ballerina Sylvie Guillem, who is also famous in Japan; and the Belgian company Ultima Vez of choreographer Wim Vandekeybus performed What the Body Does Not Remember
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. Invited participants from Japan have included Daisan Erotica with A Man Named Macbeth
in 1994 and Ishinha with Mizumachi
in 2000. From 2013 the artistic director is David Sefton, who is also the founder of Britain’s Meltdown Festival.