John Waters, Isabella Rossellini top Adelaide Festival lineup
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.