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The Hypochon­driac Brink, The Space, Au­gust. Chris Drum­mond di­rected the fun­ni­est, most ou­tra­geous and vividly per­formed 350-year-old farce in, well, 350 years. Left: Paul Black­well

True West Fly­ing Pen­guin Pro­duc­tions, Holden St The­atres, May. Nick Gars­den and Re­nato Mu­solino gave grip­ping per­for­mances as brawl­ing broth­ers bat­tling for dom­i­nance in this Sam West clas­sic.

Wolf Slingsby Presents, Odeon The­atre, May. In­no­va­tive chil­dren’s the­atre with a com­bi­na­tion of pre-recorded and live pro­jec­tion ex­cit­ing the au­di­ence.

The Girl of the Golden West State Opera, Fes­ti­val The­atre, Septem­ber Nigel Jamieson con­ceived a monochrome si­lent-movie era set­ting and added Jac­que­line Mabardi in Tech­ni­color as the gun-totin’ Min­nie.

The Wizard of Oz Windmill, Dun­stan Play­house, July. Oz moved into the 21st cen­tury with an in­dige­nous Dorothy in Ur­sula Yovich, a new take on the char­ac­ters and songs which segued into jazz ver­sions.

Ba­hok Akram Khan Com­pany, Fes­ti­val The­atre, Oc­to­ber. A high­light of the OzAsia Fes­ti­val, Ba­hok had won­der­ful so­los and en­sem­ble danc­ing as Bri­tish chore­og­ra­pher Khan ex­plored our hopes and fears.

G Aus­tralian Dance The­atre, Dun­stan Play­house, Au­gust. Garry Ste­wart’s re­worked Giselle was fast, fu­ri­ous and mem­o­rably green. Above right: Lauren Lan­glois

Emma Hor­wood and Alek­sandr Tsi­boulsk Ngeringa Farm, Novem­ber. A per­for­mance of the very high­est qual­ity, to­tally pro­fes­sional, that would proudly grace an in­ter­na­tional stage.

3xper­i­men­tia Live Cut Mer­cury Cin­ema, March This is truly unique, a live, in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mance us­ing world-class tech­nol­ogy avail­able only in Ade­laide. Tanja Liedtke’s Con­struct Space The­atre,

An im­por­tant doc­u­ment to a lost tal­ent. Liedtke was killed by a truck in 2007 just be­fore she was to take up her po­si­tion as Syd­ney Dance Com­pany artis­tic di­rec­tor.

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