Adelaide Festival Centre is a leader in Asian-Australian engagement and OzAsia Festival is integral to our focus on building cultural connections and engaging international and local communities. This year, we present Australia’s largest program of art from Singapore and outstanding theatre, music, dance, and visual arts from across Asia. I welcome warmly our Australian and international guests. OzAsia Festival provides great opportunity for connection and collaboration and it is our pleasure to host the Singapore Cultural Leaders Dialogue, Australia Theatre Forum, and Asian Dramaturgs Network. I congratulate and thank state, federal, and local governments, sponsors and partners, artists, community groups, staff, and audiences. I look forward to welcoming you soon.
DOUGLAS GAUTIER AM CEO & Artistic Director Adelaide Festival Centre
Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival is Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival focusing on Asia and an important event in the Australian festival calendar. On behalf of the Government of South Australia, I congratulate OzAsia Festival on another strong program. The Government proudly continues its longstanding support of OzAsia Festival and recognises its important role in South Australia’s Asian engagement strategy. Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival builds cultural connections and influences not only the way South Australians see Asia but also the perception of South Australia in the Asian region, helping to develop and facilitate the State’s economic links and relationships across Asia.
HON JACK SNELLING MP Minister for the Arts Government of South Australia
For over a decade, OzAsia Festival has brought the very best of Asian arts and culture to South Australia. As Australia’s premier international arts festival focusing on Asia, OzAsia Festival attracted more than 150,000 attendances in 2016 and this year’s festival is set to be just as popular. A particular strength of OzAsia Festival is that it brings professional and community performers together. I am so pleased that this year 400 community artists will join with 350 professional artists to deliver an innovative and engaging festival, which includes a special program of visual and performing art from Singapore. I wish you, your family, and friends a wonderful OzAsia Festival!
HIS EXCELLENCY THE HONOURABLE HIEU VAN LE AC Governor of South Australia Patron of OzAsia Festival
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WELCOME to another fun filled OzAsia Festival. This year we present 50 different events that capture the vibrancy of contemporary Asia. Inside our theatres, Akram Khan’s Until the Lions retells an intimate story from The Mahabharata. We explore 100 years of Singaporean history in the epic theatre production Hotel by W!ld Rice. And for the young at heart, Japan’s virtual music superstar Hatsune Miku will perform the vocaloid opera The End. Moon Lantern Festival returns along with Lucky Dumpling Market, the outdoor festival hub filled with free music, workshops, roving performances, and an array of the best local Asian cuisine. OzAsia Festival continues to lead the way as Australia’s major arts festival engaging with Asia, making a strong contribution to Adelaide’s unique reputation as Australia’s festival city. Come and celebrate the best of contemporary Asia in Adelaide this September. I look forward to seeing you here. JOSEPH MITCHELL Artistic Director OzAsia Festival
4 Until the Lions 6 Hotel 8 The End 10 After Utopia 12 The Dark Inn 14 Meeting Points 18 Rising 20 Hot Brown Honey 22 In Between Two 24 Recalling Mother 26 Regurgitator & Seja & Mindy Meng Wang 27 Fairweather 28 The Ongals 29 Sever 31 Air Bandung 32 Macho Dancer 33 Specific Places Need Specific Dances 34 Shonen Knife 35 The Bombay Royale 36 Music in Anticlockwise 37 Drapetomania 38 Moon Lantern Festival 40 Lucky Dumpling Market 42 Outdoor Concert Series 44 Home 45 Shifting Permanence 46 A Place Never Been Seen is Not a Place 47 Macau Days 48 Awakening 48 Australian Theatre Forum 49 Animal Pop 49 Dance Lab 50 Film Program 56 Writing China 58 Madeleine O’Dea & Benjamin Law 58 Scary Beauty 59 Confucius Institute Annual Lecture 59 the Onconversation Creative Practice Join 59 Sever Workshop #ozasia 60 Confucius Institute Family Day #goodfortune 63 Festival Dining 78 Festival Information ozasiafestival.com.au
AUS PREMIERE | DANCE THEATRE | UK
U NTIL TH E L I O N S AKRAM KHAN COMPANY Directed and choreographed by Akram Khan
“Lean, thrilling and beautiful” The Guardian
Akram Khan started his career as a 13 year old performer in Peter Brookâ€™s famous staging of The Mahabharata. Now established as one of the worldâ€™s most important choreographers, Akram returns to this iconic text in his latest production, Until the Lions. In this lean and powerful dance-theatre production, the story of princess Amba is revisited from a female perspective, more relatable to modern audiences. Abducted by the powerful warrior Bheeshma, Amba is rendered unmarriageable. Invoking the power of the Gods, she seeks her revenge against the mighty Bheeshma. Incredible dance and compelling storytelling with a Pan-Asian cast from Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines.
DU NSTAN PLAYH O U S E Fri 22 Sep 7.30pm Sat 23 Sep 7.30pm DURATION 1 hr Adult: $59 Conc: $49 Subscription Adult: $54 Subscription Conc: $44 GreenRoom: $30 IMAGE | Jean Louis Fernandez
AUS PREMIERE | THEATRE | SINGAPORE
W!LD RICE THEATRE
An epic, multi-generational drama that takes place over 100 years of Singaporean history â€“ all from the vantage point of a famous but unnamed luxury hotel.
new, eastern and western, traditional and modern. National identities, lives and empires both die and rise against the dramatic backdrop of a shrinking world.
Follow the Singaporean transformation from British colony to Malaysian state to sovereign nation as experienced by people, not history books.
Filled with mutineers, Cantonese nannies, film stars, bridezillas, Japanese soldiers and street workers, HOTEL will have audiences laughing, gasping, crying and cheering on a rollercoaster journey that will leave you breathless.
A ground-breaking theatre event, HOTEL is a five-hour performance in two parts, old and
“Wild Rice’s HOTEL is a five-star experience” The Straits Times
DU NSTAN PART 1 PART 2 DURATION
P L AYH O U S E Thu 28 Sep 7.30pm Sat 30 Sep 2pm Fri 29 Sep 7.30pm Sat 30 Sep 7.30pm Part 1: 2 hrs 40 mins (inc. interval) Part 2: 1 hr 50 mins
Predominantly in English with small sections of foreign languages surtitled
PACKAGE PERFORMANCES: (Parts 1 & 2) Adult: $86 Conc: $79 SINGLE PERFORMANCES: Adult: $49 Conc: $45 Subscription Adult: $44 Subscription Conc: $40 GreenRoom: $30
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AUS PREMIERE | MULTIMEDIA OPERA | JAPAN
KEIICHIRO SHIBUYA + HATSUNE MIKU
TH E END “The world’s first virtual pop opera is an overpowering, spectacular, synesthetic experience and a touching examination of a digital superstar.” Kampnagel, Germany
Experience the world’s first virtual opera, performed by cultural phenomenon Hatsune Miku, a vocaloid singer and one of the biggest popstars in the world.
Concept, music: Keiichiro Shibuya
With a collection of more than 100,000 songs to her name and a world-wide legion of fans, Miku will perform her first ever opera The End as a feature event at OzAsia Festival.
Direction: Keiichiro Shibuya, YKBX
Conceived and composed by acclaimed Japanese composer Keiichiro Shibuya, an avid fan of Miku, The End pushes the artistic boundaries of Miku’s popstar status. Plunging into a world of self-examination, Miku wrestles with her identity as a perpetually ageless 16-year-old, questioning whether she is like other humans, and whether she will ever experience death.
Spatial sound design: evala
With costume design by Louis Vuitton, and complex multimedia stage setting, fans and newcomers can experience the most innovative incarnation of Hatsune Miku ever staged. Bear witness to how opera can push the boundaries and evolve in the 21st century.
Starring: Keiichiro Shibuya, Hatsune Miku
Visuals, character design: YKBX
DU NSTAN PLAYH O U S E Tue 3 Oct 8pm Wed 4 Oct 8pm DURATION 1 hr 25 mins WARNING Strobe lighting Adult: $49 Conc: $45 Subscription Adult: $44 Subscription Conc: $40 GreenRoom: $30 IMAGE | Illustration & direction by YKBX Co-Production: Organizing Committee for THE END Costumes: LOUIS VUITTON Special Cooperation: Crypton Future Media, INC. Music Instruments: KORG Cooperation: ATAK Commissioned by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM] 2012 “Vocaloid” is a registered trademark Yamaha Corporation. © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net Subsidised by J-LOP4
AUS PREMIERE | VISUAL ARTS | SINGAPORE
AF TER UTO P I A Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art A Singapore Art Museum exhibition curated by Tan Siuli and Louis Ho, presented in partnership with Samstag Museum of Art, UniSA and OzAsia Festival This selection of work under the theme of After Utopia brings together select pieces from Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, India and China. Centred around our ceaseless human endeavour for perfection, After Utopia explores our ideals and innermost yearnings through moving image, installation, painting and sculpture. It will rouse within you that gnawing sense that our world and its realities are not enough. Enjoy this triumphant collection of diverse artistic practices from Southeast Asia. Singapore Art Museum is home to one of the largest collections of contemporary Southeast Asian art in the world. It also plays a significant role in commissioning and supporting contemporary Southeast Asian artists. SA M STAG M U S E U M 22 Sep – 1 Dec Tue – Fri 10am – 5pm Sat 2pm – 5pm Closed public holidays FREE IMAGE | Kawayan DE GUIA, Bomba (detail), 2011, installation comprising of eighteen mirror bombs, Sputnik sound sculpture, dimensions variable. Singapore Art Museum collection.
AUS PREMIERE | THEATRE | JAPAN
TH E DARK I N N NIWA GEKIDAN PENINO Written and Directed by Kuro Tanino Internationally renowned Japanese theatre auteur Kuro Tanino makes his Australian debut with his acclaimed masterpiece The Dark Inn. A puppeteer and his dwarf father arrive at a mysterious bath house in the secluded mountains of northwest Japan after receiving a request to perform their travelling show. However, on arrival, it appears no one made the booking. As the quirky characters staying at the inn emerge from their rooms to learn more about the new visitors, the setting becomes a metaphorical site for the inner recesses of the mind. A place that exposes our misunderstanding – and secret desires. Winner of Japan’s prestigious Kishida Prize for Drama – and featuring a stunning multi-level revolving set design – The Dark Inn will linger inside you for days. HER M A JE ST Y ’ S T H E AT R E Tue 3 Oct 7pm Wed 4 Oct 7pm DURATION 2 hrs 10 mins SUITABILITY 16+ WARNING Nudity, simulated smoking Adult: $49 Conc: $45 Subscription Adult: $44 Subscription Conc: $40 GreenRoom: $30 Spoken in Japanese with English surtitles IMAGE | Shinsuke Sugino
â€œit makes theatre mythical, transforming the play into a ritualistic and darkly spiritual experience.â€? Howlround
WORLD PREMIERE | MUSIC | AUSTRALIA | CHINA | JAPAN | SOUTH KOREA
MEETING POINTS THREE NEW MUSIC PIECES BY THE AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTRA Curated by Peter Knight Featuring new music by Mindy Meng Wang (China) Keiichiro Shibuya (Japan)
Bae Il Dong (South Korea) Daniel Wilfred (Arnhem Land)
These three music performances break down barriers between cultures, genres, and disciplines. They feature artists from Japan, South Korea, China, and Arnhem Land with Australia’s leading contemporary music ensemble, the Australian Art Orchestra. The Australian Art Orchestra, under the direction of composer/trumpeter Peter Knight, imagines a future where new music that engages Asian, Indigenous and western influences is part of the cultural fabric of our region.
Meeting Points brings together vast Asian and Australian musical styles into an afternoon-long world premiere music event exclusive to OzAsia Festival.
PACKAGE PERFORMANCES: (All three works) Adult: $75 Conc: $69 SINGLE PERFORMANCES: Adult: $33 Conc: $29 Subscription Adult: $29 Subscription Conc: $26 GreenRoom: $25
“Thrilling and daunting in equal measure.” Sydney Morning Herald on the Australian Art Orchestra
COCOON AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTRA MEETING POINTS: CHINA Composed by Mindy Meng Wang (China) Arranged and orchestrated by Jem Savage (Australia) Mindy Meng Wang is a guzheng (Chinese string instrument) virtuoso and part of a significant movement of Chinese musicians redefining and reinvigorating their musical traditions.
Cocoon will be Mindy Meng Wang’s first major music composition to feature guzheng as part of a chamber orchestra. This concert traces her upbringing in Lanzhou, China (along the famous Silk Road) – beginning with the gentle traditions of the guzheng – to the avant-garde music scene in London, and her arrival in Australia in 2014. Mindy Meng Wang has composed for a chamber formation that includes violin, contra bass, electronics, wind, and percussion. This is to create delicate textures expressing both a yearning for home and the restless urge to travel and discover the new. S PACE T H E AT RE Sat 30 Sep 4pm DURATION 35 mins
SEOUL MEETS ARNHEM LAND: ECSTATIC VOICE AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTRA MEETING POINTS: SOUTH KOREA/ARNHEM LAND Featuring Bae Il Dong (South Korea) Daniel Wilfred (Arnhem Land)
A new collaborative concert that brings together two of the world’s most distinctive vocal practices: Yolngu manikay (song) tradition from Arnhem Land, and South Korean p’ansori ‘street opera’, in a world premiere fusion of music. P’ansori involves years of isolated practice in the mountains of South Korea, with dedicated performers singing into waterfalls to develop volume and intensity. Yolgnu manikay is one of the oldest continuously practiced music traditions in the world, and consists of songs passed down through generations from the ancestral beings that originally shaped and named the Yolngu homelands in Arnhem Land. While manikay and p’ansori embody different approaches to voice and sound, they also have much in common: stories, improvisation, focus on extreme refinement of vocal techniques, and hypnotic rhythmic elements, along with a sense of voice that rises from the earth.
BAE IL DONG
Bae Il Dong and Daniel Wilfred will be joined by a constellation of Australian Art Orchestra instruments including Simon Barker (drum kit), and Jenny Barnes (voice). S PAC E T H E AT R E Sat 30 Sep 5pm DURATION 35 mins
PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY
SCARY BEAUTY AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTRA MEETING POINTS: JAPAN Composed by Keiichiro Shibuya (Japan) Featuring Skeleton (AI Robot)
Keiichiro Shibuya is an iconoclastic Japanese composer and pianist, known internationally for his renowned vocaloid opera, The End, composed for Japanese virtual popstar Hatsune Miku. His new chamber opera experiment, Scary Beauty, is composed for Skeleton, one of the worldâ€™s most sophisticated robots. Skeleton will sing live on stage at this world premiere event.
Skeleton has its own neural network mimicking our human brains. This gives it complete control over its limbs and facial expressions through electronic sensors. Keiichiro Shibuya has composed three songs to be performed by Skeleton with the Australian Art Orchestra. The music will combine tape loops, string quartet, trumpet, saxophone, bass trombone, piano, and percussion to produce utterly unprecedented music expressing the absurdity, tragedy, and beauty of the human condition. SPAC E T HEAT R E Sat 30 Sep 6pm Sun 1 Oct 2pm DURATION 35 mins
DANCE | UK | INDIA
RI SI N G AAKASH ODEDRA COMPANY Choreography by Aakash Odedra, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
“Aakash Odedra transfixes and transports his audience, receiving a deservedly rapturous response and spontaneous standing ovation.” Sydney Morning Herald
Award-winning contemporary dancer Aakash Odedra performs four unique solo dance pieces crafted by a selection of the world’s most influential choreographers. Commencing with a contemporary Kathak piece which has been choreographed by Aakash himself, Rising explores the fusion of classical Indian dance with the contemporary and bold visions of Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Bear witness to this intense evening of contemporary movement, light and space. DU NSTAN PLAYH O U S E Fri 6 Oct 8pm Sat 7 Oct 8pm DURATION 1 hr Adult: $49 Conc: $45 Subscription Adult: $44 Subscription Conc: $40 GreenRoom: $30 IMAGE | Chris Nash
CABARET | AUSTRALIA
HOT B ROW N HON E Y BRIEFS FACTORY
“A fierce, infectious joy and commitment to social justice.” Sydney Morning Herald
With lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment this smash-hit, genre defying firecracker of a show returns to Adelaide after sellout seasons in Edinburgh, Sydney and Melbourne. The hip-hop rhymes of Busty Beatz as Queen Bee unites an unapologetic explosion of colour, culture and controversy that will make you laugh, cry, clap and shake what ya mamma gave you! You’ll love this highly charged explosion of dance, poetry, comedy, circus, striptease and song with lighting, music and costume designs to rival Beyoncé!
“Stand Up! Decolonise. Bring the Mother back. Give love and respect to all those who have come before us.” Busty Beatz S PACE T H E AT RE Tue 26 Sep 7pm Wed 27 Sep 7pm Thu 28 Sep 7pm Fri 29 Sep 9pm Sat 30 Sep 9pm DURATION 1 hr 15 mins SUITABILITY 16+ WARNING Coarse language, strobe lighting Adult: $45 Conc: $40 Subscription Adult: $40 Subscription Conc: $35 GreenRoom: $30 IMAGE | Dylan Evans
THEATRE | AUSTRALIA
IN BETWE E N T WO CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AUSTRALIAN PERFORMANCE
“This is a thrilling hour of theatre and the best kind of example why a diverse cultural landscape should not only be encouraged in Australia but is essential.” The Music, Australia
SPAC E T HEAT R E Thu 5 Oct 6.30pm Fri 6 Oct 6.30pm DURATION 1 hr 10 mins Adult: $39 Conc: $35 Subscription Adult: $34 Subscription Conc: $30 GreenRoom: $30 IMAGE | Cesar Rodrigues
CAAP is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body
An evocative exploration of two AsianAustralian family histories told in parallel on stage together with photos, words and live music. Chinese-Australian rapper, writer and spoken word artist Joelistics joins FilipinoAustralian songwriter, musician and producer James Mangohig to share their family histories of courtship, long distance love and cultural barriers. Highly energetic and fuelled by the charm and wit of two charismatic young men, In Between Two is a funny and heart-warming portrayal of the Asian-Australian experience.
THEATRE | SINGAPORE
RECALLING MOTHER CHECKPOINT THEATRE
“A show of empathy and love.” TODAY, Singapore
Eavesdrop on this funny and poignant celebration about the real-life trials and triumphs of Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed as they look after their respective aging mothers. One mother speaks Cantonese, the other speaks Malay. Two daughters navigate the balance between their mothersâ€™ worlds and the fast-paced, English-speaking life of Singapore. Filled with physical acting, comedic multilingual word play and a big heart, this contemporary theatre performance celebrates the bond we hold forever with our mother.
S PACE T H E AT RE Fri 22 Sep 11am Fri 22 Sep 7pm Sat 23 Sep 1pm DURATION 1 hr 10 mins 20 min Q&A after each performance Adult: $39 Conc: $35 Subscription Adult: $34 Subscription Conc: $30 GreenRoom: $30 English, Cantonese and Malay with English surtitles IMAGE | Joel Lim, Calibre Pictures
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T H E VE LV E T U N D E RGRO UN D & N ICO Dig your way back into The Velvet Underground with a mishmash of funk, punk, pop and electronica. Australian band Regurgitator collaborate with German/ Australia musician Seja, and Chinese guzheng player Mindy Meng Wang to re-interpret 1967’s classic album The Velvet Underground & Nico produced by Andy Warhol. 2017 marks the 50 year anniversary of this seminal album release, and what better way to celebrate than hearing one of Australia’s most iconic indie music groups reimagining the influential album which fused together pop melodies and avant-garde sounds, all tied up in lyrics about drugs, prostitution, sadism and cultural abandon.
S PACE T H E AT RE Fri 29 Sep 6pm DURATION 1 hr Adult: $45 Conc: $40 Subscription Adult: $40 Subscription Conc: $35 GreenRoom: $30
MUSIC | MULTIMEDIA | AUSTRALIA
FAIRWEATHER Composed by Erik Griswold
Presented in association with Zephyr Quartet
“a harrowing and richly textured journey of perseverance and redemption through art.” The Australian
Composer Erik Griswold, author Rodney Hall, artist Glen Henderson, koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura and Adelaide’s Zephyr Quartet come together for a special music-theatre presentation exploring the life of painter Ian Fairweather. Narrated by Rodney Hall, Fairweather traces the artist’s experiences as a soldier in World War I, his travels through the Asia-Pacific and his final years in a dilapidated shack on Bribie Island. This special performance event is a collage of music, text and image which mirror the intricate, textured layers of Fairweather’s paintings.
S PACE T H E AT RE Sat 23 Sep 8pm DURATION 50 mins Adult: $39 Conc: $35 Subscription Adult: $34 Subscription Conc: $30 GreenRoom: $30 IMAGE | Zephyr Quartet
Fairweather was created with generous support from Philip Bacon Galleries and Bruce and Jocelyn Wolfe.
COMEDY | FAMILY | SOUTH KOREA
B AB BLI N G COM EDY Non-verbal comedy from South Korea “the Ongals grab the wide-eyed, exuberant innocence of child’s play and ratchet it up to 11.” Herald Sun, Sydney
A smash hit on the international comedy circuit and a favourite for families, this ingenious new comedy performance for children mashes together mime, magic, clowning and music. Laugh along with The Ongals as they transform seemingly predictable every-day objects into a topsy-turvy beat-box of babbling hilarity. Everything and nothing will make sense as four fully grown men in babywear juggle their way around the stage in perfectly-timed mayhem!
S PACE T H E AT RE Sat 7 Oct 2pm & 4pm Sun 8 Oct 3pm DURATION 1 hr SUITABILITY 6+ WARNING Strobe lighting Adult: $29 Child: $19 Family (2 + 2): $80 Family (1 + 2): $63
AUS PREMIERE | MUSIC | FILM | CHINA
SEVER Commissioned by China Shanghai International Arts Festival R.A.W. Program
“A surreal, paradigm-shifting night of music and film.” New York Music Daily A film screening and live music performance fusing classic Chinese folklore with modern-day life. The legendary Guan Yu from the Three Kingdoms period is spelled into modern-day China. Surprised by his surroundings he embarks on a journey to understand the absurd world he has arrived in. Meanwhile, a modernday Diao Chan (one of Chinese folklore’s Great Beauties) prepares to give a performance. The classic story comes to a head as the pair inevitably meet. Slapstick comedy, surrealism and outstanding musical dexterity combine in this fun-filled adaptation of a classic Chinese folktale with a modern twist.
E LDE R H ALL The University of Adelaide Sat 7 Oct 8pm DURATION 1 hr Adult: $39 Conc: $35 Subscription Adult: $34 Subscription Conc: $30 GreenRoom: $30
Film Production: David Harris, Zhu Ma, Lu Su Composer: Zhu Ma Band: Xi Ban
OZASIA AT NEXUS Across three weeks an explosive program of the best underground, alternate, queer and visionary arts from across Asia will be presented alongside some of the best local acts from Adelaide.
Any two shows for $50* *Offer is on all shows at Nexus Arts. Two shows for $25 each plus $8.95 transaction fee. Only available through BASS. IMAGE | Julieta Feroz Drapetomania by Filastine + Nova See page 37
NEXUS ARTS | MUSIC | AUSTRALIA | INDONESIA
AIR BANDUNG Air Bandung will bring together some of the best post-rock groups from Adelaide and Bandung in West Java, Indonesia for an evening that will traverse the broad spectrum of rhythms and textures that make the post-rock sounds of Adelaide and Bandung so distinctive.
NE XU S ARTS Sat 23 Sep DOORS FROM 8pm AGE 18+ only Adult: $25 Conc: $20
1.1 IMMERMANN With relentless energy and groovy exuberance, there are too many tags for this post-rock-jazz-funk band. Discover a strangeness that leads you along unimaginable musical journeys, both old and new. IMAGE | Jarrad Payne
TRAH Enter a world of ecstatic trancelike sounds woven together using a silky blend of traditional and modern musical electronics. A mesmerising new harmonic to remember.
yeahyeah absolutelynoway! This radically distinctive, yet wildly experimental fusion of postrock, jazz and ambient music is unconventional to say the least. Subvert your musical expectations.
Under The Big Bright Yellow Sun This instrumental ambush of emotions is a precocious postrock musical homage with a twist that comes infused with bright arrangements.
NEXUS ARTS | DANCE | PHILIPPINES
MACHO DANCER Concept, choreography + performance by Eisa Jocson
Unique to the Philippines, macho dancing is performed by young men in night clubs for female and male clients. In this solo performance, contemporary female dancer Eisa Jocson challenges perceptions of sexuality and gender by performing the male dominated macho dance and appropriating it for herself.
Macho Dancer is engrossing and powerful with a soundtrack to die for. Light Design: Jan Maertens Music Composition: Lina Lapelyte Coach: Rasa Alksnyte Dramaturgical Advice: Arco Renz Production & Technical Management: Yap Seok Hui | ARTFACTORY
“Ms. Jocson’s androgynous beauty, paired with the control she uses to undulate her torso or to spin forward on a knee, is stunning.” New York Times
NE XU S ARTS Thu 21 Sep 8pm Fri 22 Sep 8pm DURATION 45 mins SUITABILITY 16+ WARNING Nudity Adult: $35 Conc: $30 Subscription Adult: $30 Subscription Conc: $25 GreenRoom: $25 IMAGE | Giannina Ottiker
A co-production between Workspacebrussels and Beursschouwburg: with residency and support from Workspacebrussels, Beursschouwburg and Wpzimmer.
AUS PREMIERE | NEXUS ARTS | DANCE | INDONESIA | GERMANY
SPECIFIC P LACES
N EED S PE C I FIC DANC ES Created and performed by Darlane Litaay and Tian Rotteveel Darlane Litaay hails from Papua and Tian Rotteveel from Germany. Both men are exploring contemporary dance performance across cross-cultural boundaries. Based around the theme of waiting in different places, sharing culture and exchanging daily habits, Specific Places Need Specific Dances is an intimate exchange between two men seeking to know more about each otherâ€™s culture. This wild combination of East and West, high art and pop art, ethnic music and electronica will test your spatial boundaries!
NE XU S ARTS Wed 27 Sep 8pm Thu 28 Sep 8pm DURATION 55 mins SUITABILITY 16+ WARNING Nudity Adult: $35 Conc: $30 Subscription Adult: $30 Subscription Conc: $25 GreenRoom: $25 IMAGE | Tian Rotteveel
NEXUS ARTS | MUSIC | JAPAN
Stompingly catchy pop-punk from Japan’s iconic all-female three-piece musical adventurist group, Shonen Knife. Now in their 36th sugar coated year of records and world tours. Let’s pop-rock!
“When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert.” Kurt Cobain N E XUS ARTS Fri 29 Sep DOORS FROM 8pm AGE 18+ only Adult: $35 Conc: $30
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NEXUS ARTS | MUSIC | AUSTRALIA
THE BOMBAY ROYALE
Join this world-conquering cult band from Melbourne for a red hot masala of surf, space and funk! Inspired by the vintage sounds of 70s and 80s Bollywood, it’s a psychedelic road trip!
“Gaspingly authentic, badass Bollywood, spaghetti-funk, disco-schlock... Sounds like: Asha Bhosle teamed up with Tarantino’s dream band” Herald Sun
N EXUS A RTS Sat 30 Sep DOORS FROM 8pm AGE 18+ only Adult: $35 Conc: $30 IMAGE | Nik Harrison
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WORLD PREMIERE | NEXUS ARTS | MUSIC | HONG KONG | AUSTRALIA
MUSIC IN ANTICLOCKWISE GayBird + Zephyr Quartet
GayBird Leung is a leading contemporary sound artist from Hong Kong. His stylised music explores futurist electronic performance using unique instruments with complex electronic systems. In his Australian debut concert, GayBird partners with Adelaide’s own Zephyr Quartet. Beginning as a solo futurist electronic performance, it then winds backwards through time, with Zephyr Quartet joining the stage.
NE XU S ARTS Fri 6 Oct 7.30pm DURATION 1 hr 10 mins AGE 18+ only Adult: $35 Conc: $30 IMAGE | Cheung Chi Wai
The avant-garde electronic sound maestro of Hong Kong and Adelaide’s genre-defying string quartet will traverse time and space in this special concert. Illustration: Justin Wong Lighting: Allen Fung
Video and programming: Thomas Ip Video: Adrian Yeung
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IMAGE | Dave Yeo
AUS PREMIERE | NEXUS ARTS | MUSIC | INDONESIA | SPAIN | AUSTRALIA
DRAPETOMANIA Filastine + Nova
An audiovisual strike against xenophobia and for a borderless polyphonic world.
Drapetomania borrows its name from a 19th-century term diagnosing the urge to escape from slavery. Board this flight and journey through megacities, compromised oceans and expanding deserts, searching for an escape hatch from the anthropocene. Music, live cinema, and dance combine in this electrifying collaboration between Barcelona-based composer Grey Filastine and Indonesian neo-soul vocalist Nova Ruth. N EXUS A RTS Sat 7 Oct DOORS FROM 8pm AGE 18+ only Adult: $30 Conc: $25
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IMAGE | Julieta Feroz
COMMUNITY EVENT | MULTICULTURAL
M O ON L A N T E RN F ESTIVAL
BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE MOON LANTERN FESTIVAL AT AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST LANTERN PARADE! Spot lantern installations throughout Elder Park, get involved in workshops and family activities and watch roving performances. Enjoy Adelaide’s food truck cuisine and after sunset, get ready for the lantern parade, led by the popular 40 metre long Hong Kong Dragon and finishing with spectacular fireworks! Featuring live music by Singapore’s SA (仨) Designed by Simone Romaniuk
E LDE R PARK Sun 1 Oct 5pm – 8.30pm FREE
#moonlantern Elder Park and areas of King William Road will be fenced with dedicated entry points monitored by security. Fenced site open to the general public from 5pm and access will be restricted when capacity is reached. Other vantage points for the lantern parade include the north side of the River Torrens and Riverdeck area at Adelaide Festival Centre. Moon Lantern Festival is an alcohol free event. Visit ozasia.com.au for more information closer to the date including site map, performance schedules, food vendor locations, road closures, footbridge restrictions and Elder Park access updates.
COMMUNITY EVENT | MULTICULTURAL
LU CKY D U M P L I N G M A R KET
Dumplings, hot pots, noodles, curry - taste the flavours of Asia at OzAsia’s lively new hub, the Lucky Dumpling Market. Discover a feast for your senses that will transport you to the street markets of Asia, with authentic cuisine, premium wine and beer, and market stalls. The Lucky Dumpling Market will also host entertainment including some of the best local and international bands, plus roving performances, DJs and community activations. Find it on the Riverbank next to the footbridge - come down, try the food and enjoy the atmosphere. Brought to you by the team behind Adelaide Fringe venue Gluttony. Check website for full details on the music and community program.
CO NVE NT IO N CE NT RE LAW N (Beside the Riverbank Footbridge) See location map on page 75 21 Sep – 8 Oct Mon – Fri 5pm – late Sat – Sun noon – late (Closed Mon 25 Sep)
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MUSIC | AUSTRALIA | PHILIPPINES | MALAYSIA | INDONESIA | SINGAPORE
OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES
LU CKY DU MPLING MARK E T CO NVE NT IO N CE NT RE LAW N (Beside the Riverbank Footbridge) Thu 21 Sep – Sun 8 Oct FREE
A selection of international and local music groups will perform for free at the Lucky Dumpling Market.
E L E C TR I C F IE L DS
ALENA M U RANG
In a seamless merging of electronic dance music with soul, this potent music brings together the brilliance and creativity of music producer Michael Ross, with the rare and beautiful voice of Zaachariaha Fielding.
Hailing from Sarawak on the island of Borneo, Alena Murang plays the traditional sape (a lute instrument) singing songs passed down to her from Kelabit elders. Alena’s performances ensure that the traditional ethnic heritage of her ancestors continues to be performed and celebrated around the world.
Fri 22 Sep 7pm
Sat 23 Sep 6pm Sun 24 Sep 6pm
M O CC A (Indonesia) Mocca is an Indonesian indie-pop band with musical styles inspired by the retro sound of the 70s with influences of swing, bossa nova, jazz and Swedish pop. Quirky and charming, Mocca will dazzle Adelaide audiences. Fri 29 Sep 7pm Sat 30 Sep 7pm
ENRI Q UE D E D IOS
Drawing from a lifetime of musical curiosity and exploration, Manila singer-songwriter and multiinstrumentalist, Enrique de Dios, distills decades of playing with the Philippines’ top bands and artists into a heady mix of folk, soul, jazz and blues.
Combining traditional and classical training with modern elements and a curiosity to experiment, SA (仨) create their own soundscapes, a sonicmusical identity unbound by time and culture that is truly their own. Mon 2 Oct 7pm
Sat 23 Sep 7pm Sun 24 Sep 5pm
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WORLD PREMIERE | VISUAL ARTS | HONG KONG
HOME Created by GayBird Leung
GayBird Leung is one of Hong Kong’s most exciting artists. Exclusively for Adelaide, Leung has developed a new large-scale artwork that will spread across the Goodman Lawns on North Terrace for audiences to explore. This art installation consists of sculptures representing a literal interpretation of the Chinese character for home (家) – a pig under a roof. As you move through the installation during the day, the sculptures are complimented by playful sounds. At night, the sculptures emit a brilliant white light. This creates a stunning landscape on an iconic Adelaide location, evoking Chinese traditional and contemporary ideas of home and family.
This special outdoor art installation has been commissioned by the Confucius Institute at The University of Adelaide with assistance from the Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide Festival Centre to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Confucius Institute in Adelaide.
G O O DMAN LAW NS The University of Adelaide North Terrace (Outside Elder Hall)
Tue 3 – Sun 15 Oct 24 hours (outdoors) FREE IMAGE | GayBird Leung
AUS PREMIERE | VISUAL ARTS | CHINA
The Chengdu Blue Roof Museum is one of the most outstanding centres for contemporary art in China. Founded in 2003, the museum has grown into a commune for contemporary artists and has accumulated one of the most significant collections of contemporary art in China.
ARTS PACE G ALLE RY 7 Sep – 7 Oct Wed – Sat 11am – 4pm FREE IMAGE | Chengdu Blue Roof Museum
This selection of work from Chengdu Blue Roof Museum reveals how contemporary artists are engaging with the rapidly changing Chinese landscape through performance art, installation, photography and video art.
VISUAL ARTS | HONG KONG
A PLACE NEVER BEEN SEEN IS NOT A PLACE Doris Wong Wai Yin
Immersive, poetic and sublime, the seemingly everyday objects in Doris Wong’s first Australian exhibition appear familiar at first and then slowly unravel to reveal a contemplative space where the line between art, installation and intimate performance melds together. Take your time to experience this dreamlike installation that will invoke memories from the past while discovering secret moments hidden within the artwork.
“Doris Wong’s practice is a persistent enquiry into what constitutes as art.” Gallery Exit (Hong Kong)
NEXUS GALLERY 7 Sep – 8 Oct Tue – Fri 9am – 5pm Sat 5pm – 2am Sun 5pm – 12am FREE IMAGE | Kwan Sheung Chi
WORLD PREMIERE | VISUAL ARTS | AUSTRALIA
MACAU DAYS A mixed-media melting pot featuring renowned artist John Young, acclaimed writer Brian Castro and award-winning composer/media artist Luke Harrald. This remarkable exhibition presents enlightening images, ideas and stories about Macau; the oldest European settlement in Asia. Discover the historical and mythical figures that have shaped this region’s remarkable and eclectic story of mixed cultures, music, literature and cuisine.
MIG RAT IO N MU S E U M 23 Sep – 8 Oct 10am – 5pm daily FREE IMAGE | John Young, Marienbad, 2012, (detail) Courtesy of Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Fill your senses as this transitional and transcultural story is brought vividly to life.
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AWAK EN I N G
ART OF BUDDHISM
ABOUT TIME: LISTEN. EXAMINE. SPEAK. CELEBRATE
Awakening: Art of Buddhism presents the extraordinary heritage of Buddhist art from India, Burma, Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China, Japan and contemporary Australia.
The Australian Theatre Forum is a biennial gathering of over 400 representatives from the Australian theatre sector. With a history of practitioner-based leadership, this gathering is to enable the theatre sector in Australia to have honest and relevant discussions.
‘Awakening’ refers to the moment when Indian prince, Siddhartha, achieved enlightenment and became known as the Buddha. The sculptures, paintings and ritual artefacts in this display testify to the power of religious devotion as a source of inspiration for artists.
ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA Open until Sun 29 Oct 10am – 5pm daily FREE IMAGE | detail: Japan, Avalokitesvara [Juichimen Kannon], c.1350, Japan, wood, gold leaf, iron, bronze, glass and lacquer;
Bequest of Sir Samuel Way 1916, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
A Theatre Network Australia event, the forum provides a platform for the exchanging of ideas, bringing together practitioners, producers and cultural provocateurs from across the country.
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE Tue 3 – Thu 5 Oct Visit australiantheatreforum.com.au for registration and more information.
SCHOOL WORKSHOPS | INDONESIA
WORKSHOPS | AUSTRALIA | TAIWAN | HONG KONG | SINGAPORE
ANI MA L P O P
What does animal movement, Papuan culture and modern hip-hop have in common? Animal Pop! In this enjoyable set of learnable dance moves for children of all ages, Animal Pop founder Jecko Siompo and his dance team will share all the moves you need to hip-hop with animal style! Learn the kangaroo, chicken, duck, penguin and even King Kong dance moves as well as develop more awareness of Papuan culture and some Indonesian language.
Daytime workshops for primary school years 6 and 7 Teacher workshop Thu 21 Sep 4.30pm (2 hrs) FREE | Limited places available Bookings and enquiries contact: centrED@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au
Ten choreographers from Asia and Australia undertake an intensive one week residency this OzAsia Festival. Under the guidance of acclaimed choreographer Leigh Warren, they will collaborate and share ideas in an experimental dance laboratory. Through networking events and open classes, this is a rare opportunity for local dancers to experience the early stages of creative development and international exchange. Dance Lab ensures Adelaide continues to harness its reputation as a hub for contemporary dance in Australia while strengthening connections across Asia.
LW DANCE H U B Lion Arts Centre Tue 26 â€“ Sat 30 Sep Visit ozasia.com.au for more information and details on planned activities during the festival dates.
IMAGE | Jecko Siompo
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FILM | SINGAPORE
Media Resource Centre and Adelaide Festival Centre Present
F I LM P R OG R A M
SIN GA P O R E NOW
Wed 20 Sep – Fri 6 Oct Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide
In recent years, Singapore’s film industry has increasingly gained international attention as a new generation takes the helm.
SINGLE TICKET DEAL Adult $17 | Conc $13 TWO TICKET DEAL Adult $32 | Conc $22 THREE TICKET DEAL Adult $42 | Conc $30 SENIORS All tickets $7 | At box office only
These three films capture the current depth of talent.
All pre-sale tickets through BASS. Tickets available at Mercury Cinema one hour prior to sessions, subject to availability. Visit mercurycinema.org.au for classification advice. All foreign language films have English subtitles. Singaporean filmmaker Acknowledgements
Film program curated by Gail Kovatseff and Mike Walsh
will attend the opening night screening of her acclaimed film Pop Aye on Wednesday 20 September, introducing the film. Kirsten will facilitate a Q&A after the Friday 22 September screening at 10.45am.
Iranian film program by film academic and IFFA director Ann Demy-Gegroe Film notes written by Mike Walsh, Gail Kovatseff and Ann Demy-Gegroe
POP AYE Director Kirsten Tan SINGAPORE | THAILAND 2016 | 104 mins Dejected Bangkok architect Thana’s career is literally being torn down by the next generation. With his marriage also in crisis, he’s amazed to find his old family elephant in the street and sets about returning him to his uncle’s northern farm. A funny and sharply observed road movie about trying to go back, only to discover that the past is always moving on. Winner, Best Screenplay, Sundance, 2017.
Wed 20 Sep 7pm
+ Introduction by director Kirsten Tan
Fri 22 Sep 10.45am
+ Post-show Q&A with director Kirsten Tan
Sat 30 Sep 4pm Sun 1 Oct 2pm
A YELLOW BIRD
Director Boo Junfeng SINGAPORE 2016 | 115 mins
Director K Rajagopal SINGAPORE | FRANCE 2016 | 112 mins
The most acclaimed Singaporean film in years breathes fresh life into the issue of capital punishment by focussing on those charged with administering it. At its heart is the relationship between the veteran Rahmin, a hangman for three decades, and Aiman who is being groomed as his replacement. Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2016.
After his release from gaol, Siva searches for his wife and daughter. Not only is he an ex-con but he is also marginalised as an Indian. He forms an alliance with an illegal Chinese woman who shares his desperation and defiance. When they go into the bush to work as prostitute and protector, they find their way back to their families is as fraught as ever.
Fri 22 Sep 9pm Wed 27 Sep 7pm
Sat 23 Sep 12.30pm Tue 26 Sep 10.45am
FILM | ASIA
AC ROSS AS IA
I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY
A selection of award-winning films that capture the breadth and complexity of contemporary cinema across Asia.
Winner of Best Film at this yearâ€™s Asian Film Awards, this is a deeply involving tale of the way power works in contemporary China. Fan Bingbing stars as a determined woman who sustains a long-term grievance by presenting annual petitions. The film rejects simple melodrama in favour of a nuanced analysis of the growing gap between governed and governors.
These films explore the struggles of the individual against societies in flux.
Director Feng Xiaogang CHINA 2016 | 128 mins
Sun 24 Sep 12.15pm Fri 6 Oct 10.45am
COLD OF KALANDAR
Director Mustafa Kara TURKEY | HUNGARY 2015 | 130 mins
Director Shubhashish Bhutiani INDIA 2016 | 102 mins
Like the domesticated goats he owns, Mehmet escapes his confines to clamber up the majestic Black Mountains. He seeks a rich mineral reserve, leaving his wife and mother to do the backbreaking farm work. Masterfully directed and shot over four seasons, we follow the irrepressible Mehmet as he seeks to escape from humiliating poverty. Winner of Best Feature Film (APSA Awards).
An elderly man dreams his death is nigh, and like a good Hindu, he seeks salvation by dying in Varanasi by the sacred Ganges. His son is part of a new, modern India and is caught up in the dilemma of placating the old man, who may or may not be dying. This is a delightful and unexpected comedy while managing to be true to its own cultural impulses. Unesco Award For Peace and Human Rights, Venice Film Festival.
Fri 22 Sep 6.30pm Sun 1 Oct 4pm
Sun 24 Sep 2.30pm Fri 29 Sep 10.45am
Director Brilliante Mendoza PHILIPPINES 2016 | 110 mins
Director Jung Byung-gil KOREA 2017 | 129 mins
The slums of Manila pulse with gritty energy in this tremendously vital film as a family of drug dealers try to buy their way out of a jam. Ma’Rosa is a poor woman—but leave your pity at the door because she doesn’t want it! Acclaimed director Brilliante Mendoza translates the drug trade to a human scale, bringing a fresh perspective to Duterte’s brutal war on drugs. Cannes Palm D’Or selection, Winner Best Actress for Jacklyn Jose.
With unforgettable action sequences, including its ten-minute opening take, the ambitious Villainess truly deserved its coveted slot in Cannes’ Midnight screenings. Kim Ok-bin (from Park Chan-wook’s Thirst) plays a ruthless assassin trained from an early age to kill. Blackmailed into working for the government, she becomes a sleeper agent, disguised as an actress and single mother.
Thu 21 Sep 8.30pm Sat 30 Sep 6pm
NE ON DR E AM S
Sat 23 Sep 9pm Fri 29 Sep 9pm
One of history’s greatest migrations is underway as the people of the last great agrarian cultures move to cities seeking work opportunity via the provision of hard labour. Screened on Monday 2 October as a double feature event, these two films look at the effects of rural migration on modern society.
Director Guo Xizhi CHINA 2016 | 196 mins
Director Davy Chou FRANCE | CAMBODIA | GERMANY | QATAR 2016 | 101 mins
This acclaimed observational documentary produces an immersive experience of a Shenzhen factory. An unmissable analysis of the most important social transformation of our time.
A young man leaves his village to work on an obscenely luxurious building development on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Davy Chou (Golden Slumbers) masterfully captures the massive transformations underway in Asian life. International Critic Week, Cannes.
Mon 2 Oct 2pm
Fri 29 Sep 7pm | Mon 2 Oct 12pm
FILM | ASIA
WOMEN DIRECTORS IN ASIA
A snapshot of women working as directors today in Asia. Three remarkably different debuts (see also Kirsten Tan’s Pop Aye) plus an epic drama from veteran director Ann Hui.
WOLF AND SHEEP Director Shahrbanoo Sadat AFGHANISTAN | DENMARK | FRANCE | SWEDEN | 2016 | 86 mins This impressive debut by Afghanistan’s first female director captures, in full detail, life in a remote village – particularly that of the shepherd children. Unfolding playfully, the drama is held together by the villagers’ relentless storytelling. Their stories range from common gossip to the highly folkloric and even wondrous moments of magic realism. Cannes Director’s Fortnight, Winner, The Art Cinema Prize.
Sat 23 Sep 4.30pm
Sat 30 Sep 2pm
HONEYGIVER AMONG THE DOGS Director Dechen Roder BHUTAN | 2016 | 136 mins A Buddhist film noir from Bhutan! Undercover cop Kinley is hard on the trail of femme fatale (and possible demoness) Choden who is mixed up in the disappearance of a nun in a remote village. But Choden finds Kinley, and leads him across the Himalayas into the city where the caper deepens into something altogether more mysterious – something that provides a radical twist to crime fiction.
Sat 23 Sep 6.15pm
Sun 1 Oct 6.30pm
OUR TIME WILL COME Director Ann Hui HONG KONG | 2017 | 130 mins Veteran Hong Kong director Ann Hui returns with a sweeping historical epic that tells the story of the woman who was a leader of the antiJapanese resistance in WW2. The rich production design of Hong Kong under occupation, and the performances from a Who’s Who of Chinese stars, has won the film strong praise.
Sun 24 Sep 4.30pm
Tue 3 Oct 10.45am
FRESH AND NEW An evening of next generation Hong Kong shorts screened alongside experimental student works from Flinders University.
FRESH WAVE HONG KONG’S NEXT GENERATION FREE, limited capacity 2016 | 45 mins The Fresh Wave Festival in Hong Kong, under chairman Johnnie To, aims to discover and nurture new film talent. The annual showcase broadens the visions of young filmmakers and encourages them to set ambitious goals. The strategy is starting to bear fruit – as Fresh Wavers are now a new wave, winning multiple prizes in the region. OzAsia Festival is proud to present a showcase of the best work from last year’s Fresh Wave in Hong Kong.
Tue 26 Sep 7pm
FOLLOW ME TO THE RIVER THEMES OF CONTEMPORARY ASIA FROM FLINDERS UNIVERSITY FREE, limited capacity 2016 | 45 mins A collection of short experimental films by students from Flinders University that investigates both real and imagined ideas of contemporary identity across Asia. Pushing the boundaries of nonnarrative filmmaking, the student filmmakers have been encouraged to think outside the box and consider different approaches to narrative structure, visual style and editing. Come support local student filmmakers mixing up their style and taking risks.
Tue 26 Sep 8pm
FILM | IRAN
FISH & CAT
I’M NOT ANGRY!
Director Shahram Mokri IRAN | 2013 | 134 mins
Director Reza Dormeshian IRAN | 2014 | 110 mins
Iranian cinema is renowned for its bold formal innovations. Prepare yourself for a 134-minute single take slasher film with no blood. It’s the tale of an encounter between a group of university students who have gathered by a lake for a kite-flying competition and the cooks from a nearby restaurant ostensibly serving human flesh. Inspired by a true story, Fish & Cat has enthralled audiences and critics everywhere.
An intense young Kurdish activist who has been expelled from university is engaged to a former classmate, but after four years he still cannot afford a place for them to live. His doctor suggests he cope by repeating the mantra “I’m not angry.” Set amidst the protests following Iran’s contested presidential elections of 2009, there is no better reflection of the mood of anger and disillusionment of that moment.
Sat 30 Sep 8.30pm
Mon 25 Sep 7pm
PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB
PORTRAIT OF A LADY TOO FAR AWAY
Director Mohsen Abdolvahab IRAN | 2010 | 80 mins
Director Ali Mosaffa IRAN | 2005 | 98 mins
This blackly humorous collection contains three Tehran stories. The host of a religious game show is terrified of the embarrassment if his wife reports that he has beaten her. A clergyman who has just moved from the countryside has his wallet and phone stolen. And an elderly couple lead a claustrophobic existence, afraid to even open the door for the television repairman.
An architect gets a disturbing message from an unknown woman who claims to have dialled him at random, telling him she’s planning suicide. This intricate drama stars Leila Hatami who quickly became one of the major actresses in Iranian cinema. On its international debut Mosaffa’s work was hailed as reminiscent of Tarkovsky for its mysterious, disturbing atmosphere.
Set over three turbulent decades of Iranian history, this debut feature from a veteran female producer follows the relationship between a warden and Mitra, a prisoner sentenced for murder. As Mitra mixes with political prisoners, victims of poverty, and even children who have never known any existence other than prison, the film provides a compelling portrait of women’s experience in Iran.
Thu 28 Sep 7pm
Thu 21 Sep 7pm
Sat 23 Sep 2.30pm
I RA NIA N
INDEPENDENTS This strand celebrates the important role played by sales agent Mohammad Attebai in bringing the best of new independent Iranian films to the world. The films range from horror to social issues.
Director Manijeh Hekmat IRAN | 2002 | 106 mins
LITERATURE | CHINA | HONG KONG | AUSTRALIA
WRITING CHINA OzAsia Festival partners with Open State to present a daylong series of transcultural, transmedia events. Writing China is a literary banquet of sound, text and image from Australia and Greater China – fill your plate and think outside the takeaway box.
O PE N STAT E H U B North Terrace Sun 8 Oct 11am – 6pm 节目以英语、普通话及粤语进行 FREE Curated by Nicholas Jose and Sam Prior
Renowned artist John Young, acclaimed writer Brian Castro, and award-winning composer/ media artist Luke Harrald discuss their collaboration on Macau Days, an exhibition exploring Macau’s transcultural history.
How will new online platforms impact the future of writing and publishing? Dr Xiang Ren of the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture discusses transmedia convergence and new models of digital literary publishing.
Chair: Cath Kenneally Sun 8 11am 45 mins IMAGE | John Young, Mazu, Goddess of the Sea II (The Drowning of Mazu) (detail) 2012 Oil on linen 90 x 145 cm Courtesy of 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Chair: Dr Ying Jiang Sun 8 12 noon 45 mins
WRITING CHINA FOR PERFORMANCE PANEL At the beginning of 2017 four theatre productions exploring a connection with China were presented on main stages in Australia. A coincidence, or does this herald a new future for Australian writing for the stage? Panellists: Annette Shun Wah Tim Roseman Merlynn Tong Sun 8 1pm 1 hr IMAGE | Justine Walpole
GROWING UP ASIAN IN AUSTRALIA
THIS IS THE LOVE YOU GIVE ME
10 years on from Alice Pung’s collection on the experiences of Asian Australians, what’s changed? In partnership with National Young Writers’ Festival, the founders of a bold new literary magazine Pencilled In continue the conversation with contiguous sessions in Newcastle and Adelaide.
A bunny-boy named Anthony deals with a break-up by wandering the world. This session brings together Anthony and friends to discuss the creative process behind his best-selling picture book for young adults, with a performative reading by Alice Qin. Sun 8 3.30pm 45 mins 宇华
REIMAGINING PANEL AND READINGS Fiction takes a world you know and makes it new. Traversing the complexities of modern life, three powerhouses of contemporary fiction discuss comfort, disturbance and absurdity in reimagining. Panellists: Hao Jingfang (Folding Beijing) Dorothy Tse (Snow and Shadow) Julie Koh (Portable Curiosities) Sun 8 4.30pm 1 hr 30 mins
Sun 8 2.30pm 45 mins
Chair: Nicholas Jose
TALKS | AUSTRALIA | JAPAN
MA D E L EI N E O ’DEA & B EN JA MI N L AW
A thought-provoking introduction to the fusion of technology and creativity at the heart of Scary Beauty – a world premiere event featuring the android Skeleton, composed by Keiichiro Shibuya (Japan) and performed with the Australian Art Orchestra (page 17).
Madeleine O’Dea’s The Phoenix Years tells the story of how China’s 40-year rise from economic ruin to global giant unleashed creativity, thwarted hopes, and sparked tensions between the individual and the state that continue to this day. Benjamin Law joins Madeleine in conversation about the special role of the avant-garde in contemporary China, and how creativity still finds room to breathe in a one-party state.
O P E N STAT E H U B North Terrace Mon 2 Oct 3.30pm DURATION 1 hr FREE
THE FUTURE OF AI IN THE ARTS
The creative team, including Skeleton, Shibuya and Professor Takashi Ikegami of the University of Tokyo, discuss the development of this unique event and explore the deeper implications and future possibilities of Artificial Intelligence in the arts.
O PE N STAT E H U B North Terrace Thu 28 Sep 3.30pm DURATION 1 hr FREE
Limited capacity. Register your interest at ozasia.com.au/openstate
TALKS | WORKSHOP | AUSTRALIA | CHINA
CO N FUC I US I N ST I TUTE
ON CREATIVE PRACTICE
AUSTRALIA AND CHINA IN THE 21ST CENTURY Speaker: Frances Adamson Former Australian Ambassador to China, and current Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade discusses her perspectives on Australia and China as both countries move forward in the 21st century. Ambassador to the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China from 2011-2015, Ms Adamson has also acted as International Adviser to Prime Minister Turnbull, and served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s.
Gain insight into how a work is created with Asian and Australian artists in Adelaide for OzAsia Festival. Rising dancer Aakash Odedra (page 19) joins producer Annette Shun Wah from Contemporary Asian Australian Performance and Danielle Micich, Artistic Director of dance theatre company Force Majeure. In partnership with The Mill and Adelaide College of the Arts. ADE LAIDE CO LLE G E O F T H E ARTS Fri 6 Oct 1pm DURATION 2 hrs All tickets $11 Bookings: bit.ly/CreativePractice
SEVER WORKSHOP Chinese musician Zhu Ma and his music group Xi Ban Band will perform the live music score as part of the event Sever (page 29). This workshop/talk will be presented the day before Sever premieres and will give audiences an insight into the instrumentation that will be used in the performance including the sanxian lute. ELD E R HA L L The University of Adelaide North Terrace Sat 7 Oct 5pm DURATION 1 hr FREE Register at email@example.com
E LDE R H ALL The University of Adelaide North Terrace Fri 6 Oct 6.30pm DURATION 1 hr FREE
COMMUNITY EVENT | CHINA | AUSTRALIA
CO NF UC I US I N STITUTE
A vibrant, fun-filled family day at the University of Adelaide, celebrating the diversity of tastes and cultures throughout China. Come and taste authentic Chinese food, participate in free Tai Chi classes, calligraphy and painting workshops and drawing lessons. There is something for everyone including a selection of cultural performances onsite all day.
Take the family on a whirlwind exploration of China here in Adelaide.
G O O DMAN LAW NS The University of Adelaide North Terrace (Outside Elder Hall)
Sun 8 Oct 11am â€“ 4pm FREE
MUSIC | CHINA | AUSTRALIA
FREE MUSIC AT ELDER HALL Curated by Stephen Whittington as part of the Confucius Institute Family Day, a selection of Chinese music acts will perform for free. From noon onwards there will be roving music performances outdoors including Erhu Duo. Inside Elder Hall, see some wellknown local musicians from the Chinese community along with invited artists from China.
Sun 8 Oct 12.30 pm Elder Conservatorium Chinese Orchestra 1.15 pm School of Chinese Music & Arts Youth Orchestra 2pm Cui Jiayi â€“ Yangqin (from Beijing) 3pm Moonta Street World Music Group
FOOD | ADELAIDE
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OzAsia Festival enews subscribers can enjoy 10% off the total bill – any day, any time upon presentation of an enews subscriber card. To sign up, visit adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/sign-up Excludes Festival Deals menu. Offer valid 20 Sept – 30 Nov 2017 and discount applies to a group of two diners.
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TURNS 20! Named one of Asia’s premier literary festivals, Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) celebrates its historic 20th edition this year. Bringing together more than 250 authors from all over the world, it explores the human condition with the theme, ARAM (அறம்). A Tamil word from the ancient literary text THIRUKKURAL, it exhorts us to ask tough questions regarding conscience and virtues, and envisions an ideal which all people can aspire to – in thought, words and actions. This year, several prominent Australian writers, including Jay Kristoff, A. L. Tait, John Mateer, as well as Cameron and Samantha Bloom, will make their exclusive appearances at SWF. Catch them at one of the world’s few inter-cultural and multi-lingual literary festivals today.
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PLAN YOUR FESTIVAL EVENT
DANCE Until The Lions
Specific Places Need Specific Dances
Hotel (Part 1)
Hotel (Part 2)
The Dark Inn
Her Majesty's Theatre
In Between Two
Hot Brown Honey
MUSIC Air Bandung
The Bombay Royale
Music In Anticlockwise
Meeting Points: Cocoon
Meeting Points: Seoul Meets Arnhem Land Space Theatre
Meeting Points: Scary Beauty
Regurgitator & Seja & Mindy Meng Wang Space Theatre
Women Directors in Asia
Fresh and New
Lion Arts Centre
Australian Theatre Forum
Adelaide Festival Centre
Madeleine O’Dea & Benjamin Law
Open State Hub, Nth Terrace
FILM 10.45am, 9pm
FORUMS & TALKS
Scary Beauty – Talk
Open State Hub, Nth Terrace
Confucius Institute Annual Lecture
On Creative Practice
Adelaide College of the Arts
Open State Hub, Nth Terrace
VISUAL ARTS After Utopia
Art Gallery of SA
A Place Never Been Seen is Not a Place
COMMUNITY EVENTS & OTHER ACTIVITIES Moon Lantern Festival
Confucius Institute Family Day
Lucky Dumpling Market
Convention Centre Lawn
Lucky Dumpling Market
OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES Outdoor Concert Series
8pm 2, 4pm
8pm 7.30pm 8pm 4pm 5pm 6pm
6pm 8pm 8pm
8.30pm 10.45am, 7, 9pm
7, 8pm *
3.30pm 3.30pm 5pm 6.30pm 1pm * *
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* Check brochure for show/screening time
F ESTIVAL I N FORM AT I O N VENUE ACCESS AND REDEVELOPMENT The redevelopment of Adelaide Festival Centre and Festival Plaza is underway. We are working on: • Modern foyers with upgraded facilities • New food and beverage experiences • Technical equipment upgrades • A children’s art playground • New northern promenade and venue entrances • Adelaide’s very own Walk of Fame Access to our venues has changed significantly and our car park is closed. For new routes and a map, road closures, drop off zones, and alternative parking, please visit the website: adelaidefestivalcentre.com. au/redevelopment Register your details online or with your ticket purchase to receive an important SMS and email before your show with up to date access details. DUNSTAN PLAYHOUSE/LUCKY DUMPLING MARKET/SPACE THEATRE/ARTSPACE ACCESS Pedestrian access to these venues is only from North Terrace via the pathway between the Railway Station and the Intercontinental Hotel or across the Riverbank Footbridge from War Memorial Drive. A vehicle drop off area with two disability access parking spaces is accessible from Montefiore Road via Festival Drive (West). There is no stair-free access to Artspace Gallery. CAR PARKING Adelaide Festival Centre car park is closed. Discounted car parking is available at Wilson Parking’s Adelaide Central Car Park (225 North Tce). Book at bookabay.com.au and use promo code AFCPARK. Other car parks in the area are at Adelaide Oval and on North Terrace and Hindley Street.
ACCESS SERVICES Adelaide Festival Centre is committed to ensuring our programs are accessible and your time with us is enjoyable. We provide a number of accessible facilities including: wheelchair loan service, assistive hearing systems, accessible toilets, accessible seat allocations, access friendly drop off/pickup locations, and lift access in the Space Theatre, Festival Theatre and to the Bistro. When booking tickets, please inform the BASS operator if you have specific access requirements. For all other disability access inquiries please contact Patron Services at contact@adelaidefestivalcentre. com.au or phone 08 8216 8600. As of printing time, there is no stair-free access to the Artspace Gallery.
HOW TO BOOK ONLINE ozasiafestival.com.au BY PHONE BASS 131 246 (Mon-Sat 9am-6pm) OVER THE COUNTER Adelaide Festival Centre and all BASS outlets. CONCESSIONS Pensioners, seniors, unemployed and full time students are entitled to concession prices. Proof of entitlement may be requested at time of purchase or at the venue. Please make sure you carry your concession cards. SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE UP TO 15% By purchasing tickets to 4 or more OzAsia Festival performances in one transaction you are eligible to become an Adelaide Festival Centre subscriber. You’ll have access to fantastic savings on tickets you buy throughout 2017 to shows presented by Adelaide Festival Centre as well as other subscriber benefits. If you are already an Adelaide Festival Centre subscriber, you may buy any OzAsia Festival performance at the subscription price. $8.95 transaction fee applies to all transactions. For further information regarding our fees, visit: adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/tickets-info/ general-ticket-information BECOME AN ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE FRIEND If you are a regular patron of Adelaide Festival Centre but prefer not to purchase a subscription, we would still like to recognise your loyalty. Once you have purchased tickets to the value of $600 for shows during Adelaide Festival Centre’s 2017 Season, you will automatically become an Adelaide Festival Centre Friend. Benefits of becoming an Adelaide Festival Centre Friend: • You will receive an email from us welcoming you as a Friend and offering you a 2 for 1 dinner at Adelaide Festival Centre • Be among the first to hear about special offers to events and activities via email • An invitation for you and a guest at a VIP event in 2017 Adelaide Festival Centre respects your privacy and meets Government policy requirements. Every effort has been made to ensure that performance dates, times, prices and all other information are correct at time of publication. Refer to ozasiafestival.com.au for the most current information.
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TO OUR SPONSORS GOVERNMENT
MANAGEMENT AND BOARD Trustees Michael Abbott AO QC Chair Jim Hazel Deputy Chair Carolyn Mitchell Phil Hoffmann AM Kate Thiele Jo Chapley Senior Management Douglas Gautier AM Carlo D’Ortenzio Liz Hawkins Michael McCabe Greg Adams
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE IS THE HEART OF THE ARTS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA Established in 1973, it is Australia’s first capital city arts venue and hosts more than one million people annually. As well as presenting theatre, dance, music, and exhibitions, Adelaide Festival Centre creates diverse festivals to inspire, challenge, educate, and entertain. We welcome audiences of all ages, experience, and cultures.
EXECUTIVE FESTIVAL PARTNERS
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE King William Rd Adelaide SA 5000 Phone +61 8 8216 8600 email@example.com ozasiafestival.com.au
CEO & Artistic Director Chief Operating Officer Director of Programming, Development & Venue Sales Director of Venue Operations Director of Ticketing & Digital Projects
Foundation Board Legh Davis (Chair) Angela Condous AM Nimfa Farrell Helen Fidock Marjorie Fitz-Gerald OAM Phil Harris Sue Pearce Tony Smith John Sulan QC Marion Tropeano Joe Verco AM Francis Wong OAM Patron: Lady Joan Hardy OAM Ex Officio: Robyn Brown
PROGRAM SUPPORTERS Adelaide Festival Centre celebrates Adelaide’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music. Adelaide joins 115 other cities in 54 countries as part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network.
OzAsia Festival is Australia’s premier international arts festival focusing on Asia.