John Waters, Is­abella Ros­sellini top Ade­laide Fes­ti­val lineup

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NEXT year’s Ade­laide Fes­ti­val will be­gin with a bang with a free out­door con­cert from one of the world’s ‘‘great­est fun bands’’, Kid Cre­ole and The Co­conuts. Artis­tic di­rec­tor David Sefton says the 1980s US pop band is a per­sonal favourite which – along with sup­port Amer­i­can soul singer Charles Bradley – will put on a se­ri­ously en­er­getic show. ‘‘I wanted to start with some­thing like a big street party,’’ Sefton says. The pro­gram cov­ers mu­sic, the­atre and dance events, a literary fes­ti­val and vis­ual arts ex­hi­bi­tions. High­lights in­clude screen icon Is­abella Ros­sellini in her one-woman show Green Porno, based on her short films on the sex lives of in­sects and sea crea­tures, and the so-called Pope of Trash, no­to­ri­ous Amer­i­can film­maker, writer and ac­tor John Waters, who presents his one-man show This Filthy World Vol. 2. The fes­ti­val will fea­ture 50 events with 29 pre­mieres and 29 fes­ti­val ex­clu­sives over 17 days from Fe­bru­ary 28 to March 16. The ac­claimed five-and-a-hour hour Ro­man Tragedies is a sprawl­ing mul­ti­me­dia spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance from the Nether­lands of Shakespeare’s Co­ri­olanus, Julius Cae­sar and Antony and Cleopa­tra. Tony Award win­ner De­nis O’Hare will star in An Iliad, a retelling of Homer’s epic. On the mu­sic front, John Zorn’s ex­clu­sive Aus­tralian de­but in Zorn in Oz is a se­ries of marathon con­certs. Black Arm Band, com­prised of some of Aus­tralia’s most ta­lented in­dige­nous mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Archie Roach, will per­form dirt­song on the clos­ing night. Is­rael’s Bat­sheva Dance Com­pany will per­form Sadeh21, de­scribed as ‘‘an epic-dance ex­pe­di­tion and voy­age of the body’’ by world renowned chore­og­ra­pher Ohad Na­harin.

The Ade­laide Fes­ti­val runs from Fe­bru­ary 28 to March 16, 2014. Visit ade­laide­fes­ti­val.com.au for the full pro­gram.

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