Imagery by Meaghan Coles Photography
Imagery by Meaghan Coles Photography
Confronting at times, but also exhilarating in its sheer energy and technical accomplishment, Lyon Opera Ballet’s Trois Grandes Fugues (Three Grand Fugues) was performed to an appreciative near capacity audience at Saturday’s matinee session. It was a long way from Swan Lake, with no tulle tutus or point slippers in sight. Instead we were treated to a trilogy of ballets by three acclaimed female choreographers, each responding to Beethoven’s controversial score, Grosse Fuge for violin quartet. This is considered Beethoven’s most contemporary work and has been described as ‘difficult’ and ‘problematic’, meaning there were few harmonies for those of us who like our classical music to be easy-listening.
The opening piece by Lucinda Childs had a minimalist grace and beauty that acted as a counterpoint to the occasionally tormented wail of the violin score. Male and female partners danced sans ballet shoes, clad in simple figure-hugging grey costumes, that allowed us to admire those gorgeous muscular physiques and the harmonious line of their toned bodies as they extended their limbs in a rapidly changing sequence of classical arabesques.
The second piece, by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, discarded male/female partnering for a unisex ensemble of six male and two female dancers, all clad in loose-fitting black suits and white shirts. Beethoven’s agitated score for violins was matched in this piece by the truly impressive vigour of the dancers as hurled their bodies across the stage, progressively stripping off jackets and loosening shirts until by they reached an exhausted conclusion. The audience applause was perhaps rewarding the sheer dynamism of the dancers as they pushed themselves to their physical limits.
For the third iteration of the Grosse Fugue, the unconventional choreography by Maguy Marin mirrored the ‘difficulty’ of the musical score. Four female dancers, barefoot and clad in gender-concealing red tunics, variously leapt, squirmed and twitched, or shuffled with hunched postures and crab-like movements, as if challenging the conventions of classical ballet through choreography that was deliberately awkward and unbeautiful.
Yes mums, if this acclaimed company is setting a benchmark for contemporary ballet, as it may well be, then there will not be many tutus in the future for your little aspiring ballerinas. But there will be a future for dancers interested in embracing the ever-expanding artistic field of contemporary dance.
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Laugh until your sides hurt at Fringe at Flinders
Saturday, 14 March from 3pm-10pm at Flinders University, Bedford Park
Adelaide Fringe brings world famous acts to South Australia and this year the festival will mark its 60th birthday with a program of handpicked local, national and international artists hosted at Flinders University on March 14, 2020.
In addition to Fringe on Tour, The Stevenson Experience will sing funny songs for kids of all ages, the Family Friendly Comedy Hour will have you laughing until it hurts and you can wrap up the evening with the Best of Fringe: Comedy Superstars, with special guests Arj Barker and Peter Helliar.
“Fringe at Flinders is perfect for families of all sizes and ages and we’re thrilled to be hosting world class entertainment at our Bedford Park campus.”
2020 Fringe at Flinders program, featuring free and ticketed events:
Fringe on Tour – FREE Entry
3-10pm at Flinders University Plaza, Bedford Park
Entertainment includes: Spandy & Mandi, Bait Fridge Art Install, Dandyman, Jon Udry-Prohibition Cabaret, Jess the Mess, The Kagools, Balloonatics, Bubble Show, The Greatest Magic Show, Frolic & Follies, Head First Acrobats, Germein, Jess Day, Ollie English, George Alice and Timberwolf.
Be sure to join the party when Fringe takes over the Plaza, with local, national and international artists converging for a day of free entertainment! With a jam-packed program, there will be something for everyone.
The Stevenson Experience Sing Silly Songs for Kids
3.15pm at Matthew Flinders Theatre, Bedford Park
Full Price: $18
BankSA Cardholder: $14.25
Identical twin brothers sing funny songs for all ages!
The Stevenson’s have been singing silly songs for over a decade, to international acclaim and sold out tours. Now they’re bringing a special all-ages show packed with their best musical comedy.
This is a show for brothers, sisters, siblings, twins, and parents celebrating the craziness of family. Ages 7+
Family Friendly Comedy Hour
4.30pm at Matthew Flinders Theatre, Bedford Park
BankSA Cardholder: $15.75
Laugh until your sides hurt with this completely family friendly show! Perfect for kids to teens up to grandparents, this show features four of the funniest comedians from the Fringe in one laughter packed show!
A hilarious and tasteful show fit for the whole family… One Show Only!
Best of the Fringe: Comedy Superstars
Two sessions: 6pm, 8pm at Matthew Flinders Theatre, Bedford Park
BankSA Cardholder: $27
Flinders presents the very best comedy the Fringe has to offer in two star-studded shows! Bringing together the biggest international and Aussie stars for the funniest line-up at the Fringe, you can catch a bargain and find your new favourite comedian. Featuring a line-up of comedians and special guests: Arj Barker (6pm) and Peter Helliar (8pm)
For more information and to book an event, please visit flinders.edu.au/fringe
Location: Flinders University, Bedford Park
By Charlotte Chambers
Adelaide Festival – 25 Feb – 7 Mar
Head out from the light and into the darkness in a magical exploration of Immersive sound, light and music presented by South Australia’s Patch Theatre and directed by Geoff Cobham.
Throughout The Lighthouse’s immersive experience the crowd is taken on a roaming journey through the historic Queens Theatre, where a different presentation of light, sound and story is waiting around every corner. The show is utterly interactive with patrons handed a series of lights and lasers, that connect you through the adventures of extraordinary Lighthouse. Children are the gatekeepers of a number of light makers including a magical sphere that is synchronised and miraculously turns off leaving you all in total darkness… albeit for a brief but exciting moment.
The journey of light and sound takes you from one interactive experience to another with children chasing light beams, jumping through lasers, walking through air balloons and catching illuminated bubbles. The Lighthouse will leave those young and old completely awestruck with the amount of visual WOW moments the show has to offer.
The Lighthouse is suitable from 9 months to 90 years and is exhilarating to the very last laser.
A completely illuminating experience – FIVE STARS
Tickets available adelaidefestival.com.au/events/the-lighthouse/
Location: Magic Mirrors, Spiegeltent, Gluttony
Playing until 15 March
Cost: $51 – $83
Disco balls, sequins, hula-hoops and hoop earrings all set the scene for a night of soul tunes in this high energy, award winning, feel good production.
Marcia Hines is central to this cabaret as she effortlessly sings hits from The Bee Gees, Earth Wind & Fire and Diana Ross. Her voice is as velvet as ever. Smooth and powerful; she perfectly plays her part as Queen Diva. Hines’ two back-up singers, Olivia Carniato and Kyla Bartholomeusz, shine when they are front and centre. Oozing talent and ridiculous rhythm, they had the audience dancing in their seats.
DJ and sound mixer, Joe Accaria, keeps the funk tunes coming as aerialist take to the air and acrobats do their thing. Circus skills and high-risk roller-skating are also part of the disco fever.
So dust off your glow mesh mini-skirt ready for a night out at this Studio-54 inspired boogie wonderland.
By Kate Younie
Tickets available adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/velvet-rewired-af2020
This festival season, Rundle Mall and Adelaide Festival are teaming up with Australia’s leading food and drink brands to create ‘The Yard’ – a pop-up space to relax with friends in Gawler Place.
Featuring Filipino street food from Hoy Pinoy, gelato from Messina and cocktails from Archie Rose Distilling Co, The Yard will be open from Wednesday 26 February to Sunday 15 March, opposite the Adelaide Festival’s A Doll’s House art installation by visionary Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi.
The Yard will see Gelato Messina return to Adelaide after its hugely successful foray for Vogue Festival last October, with a range of clever, limited edition creations especially for The Yard, including:
What’s Up Kermit? – a gelato riff on the famous ‘Frog Cake’ featuring salted caramel gelato, honeycomb chunks and whipped cream
Off with The Fairies – fairy bread flavoured gelato covered in white chocolate and dusted with sprinkles
My Kitchener Rules – a made to order fresh Kitchener bun filled with vanilla gelato and raspberry puree
Messina founder and SA-expat Nick Palumbo is also planning to revisit gelato flavours made especially for Adelaide in 2019 – Breakfast in Adelaide, fior di latte gelato with Nutella fudge and Yo-Yo biscuits, and Pavlova, vanilla gelato with raspberry and passionfruit puree and baked meringue.
Adelaide Festival partner Archie Rose, Australia’s most highly awarded distillery, will be serving a selection of one-off and classic cocktails specifically for The Yard. The classic cocktails include the Melon Weekender, Southern Apple Spritz and Distiller’s Strength Negroni, all mixed with the distillery’s award-winning gin and vodka. Taking inspiration from Gelato Messina, a range of house-made spiders will also be available and are named accordingly including the Redback, featuring Archie Rose Original Vodka, Daddy Long Legs which is a perfect vehicle for the Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin, and the Huntsman mixed with Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky. The drinks menu will also feature wines from D’Arenberg Wines, beer from Coopers and cider by Pressman’s, as well as baby spider mocktails for kids.
The Yard also has lunch and dinner sorted with Hoy Pinoy looking after the savoury options, cooking up their famous Inihaw Na Manok (barbequed chicken skewers in a traditional soy glaze), Sisig burritos (a traditional Filipino dish given a burrito twist) and Lechon kawali (a rice bowl with slow braised, crispy fried pork belly and chilli).
On Friday nights, The Yard will step up a gear with the addition of Festival Fridays, with DJs, weekly special cocktails and plenty of food on offer.
The Yard opening times:
Wednesday 26 February
Sunday 15 March 2020
Saturday lunch & dinner from 11:30am to late
Sundays from 11:30am
3pm (The Yard will also be open Monday 9 March 11am
Adelaide Cup Day
Find ‘The Yard’ on RundleMall next to A Doll’s House in Gawler Place Child friendly / free entry