Everything about this year’s OzAsia Festival screams contemporary, cutting-edge and culturally dynamic.
Produced and presented by Adelaide Festival Centre, this massive event runs from September 24 to October 4 and gives audiences the chance to immerse themselves in the latest in theatre, dance, music film and visual arts from across Asia.
The Festival opens with a production that brings the bustling streets of Jakarta alive on stage. The Streets uses dance, theatre and immersive performance to paint of picture of life in urban Indonesia. The show explores contemporary and traditional life in a complex and face-paced performance that turns the spotlight on the haves and have nots.
Cry Jailalo is another Festival highlight. Featuring raw, rhythmic dance from seven young men from a small village called North Maluku, the show is the creation of world-renowned choreographer and dancer Eko Supriyanto (who has danced for Madonna). Eko handpicked these dancers to perform this work around the world, an eye-opening experience for many who had never left their isolated village. The action takes place in the mystical, underwater world of Jailolo Bay.
For a modern sound and music explosion, don’t miss the Australian premiere of Superposition. From Japan’s acclaimed electro-composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda, the show fuses art and science using synchronised video screens, human performers, live content feed and much more.
In his first year as OzAsia Festival Director Joseph Mitchell has curated a diverse and modern program designed to shine a spotlight on the fresh, ground-breaking works coming out Asia.
“The talent and energy of artists from across Asia is fast gaining worldwide attention,” he says. “The artists in this year’s OzAsia Festival are at the cutting edge of their genres, breaking new ground and creating culturally engaging, contemporary works.
“We expect more than 100,000 people to attend performances and events at this year’s OzAsia Festival, in what will be a true celebration of Asian culture here in Australia.’
Step into a world of chaotic colour and sounds with Miss Revolutionary Beserker. This is Japanese theatre/pop that promises to take audience on a wild ride – any show that hands out rain coats to those in the front row has got to be full of surprises!
For an even more unconventional offering performance artist Melati Suryodarmo will keep audience’s attention – for two days!
In her piece 24,901 Miles, Melati will present a live performance spanning two days, drawing on her themes of distance, migration and belonging. A collection of her works will also be on display in the vast visual arts component of the Festival. The visual arts exhibitions will be staged across various city venues including the Lion Arts Centre, Art Space Gallery and Art Gallery of South Australia.
OzAsia also delves into the world of film with an eclectic mix of Asian cinema offerings. They include a selection of films from influential Japanese director Akira Kurosawa and one of Hong Kong’s most well-known and respected directors Ann Hui.
A massive coup for this year’s Festival is the new inclusion of the Night Noodle Markets. Just head out to the Riverbank Precinct and step into a hub of Asian food with these bustling markets selling a variety of Asian cuisine, all under the glowing lanterns hanging above. There will also be free music and performances – a great place for families to get involved in the festival.
Another draw card for families is the Moon Lantern Festival – to be held on a Sunday this year, September 27. This year’s event will feature the Hong Kong Dragon, the largest lantern ever created for a Moon Lantern Festival. There will be hundreds of kids, teachers and parents carrying lanterns large and small as the sun sets over Elder Park – a truly spectacular event for the family.
“The 21st century has been referred to as the Asian century and I am proud to present an OzAsia Festival that celebrates this notion in all its forms,” says Mitchell.
“Many of this year’s performances blur the lines between audience and actor – creating immersive experiences that will leave all involved inspired and enthralled.
“Prepare to take an emotional, exciting ride that will leave you wanting more.”
For more information on the entire OzAsia Festival program head to www.ozasiafestival.com.au.
The Adelaide Festival Centre, which hosts OzAsia, is a Brand South Australia member.