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The opening of new exhibition Treasure Ships at the Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Cirque du Soleil’s Totem are highlights on the arts and entertainment calendar this weekend.

Other picks include Festival of Hot Dub at the Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Master Series, and a co-production of the Brothers Grimm story Six Swans by Tutti Arts and UniSA.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Adelaide-born musical theatre star Daniel Koek, Ali McGregor’s Opera Burlesque, American singer-songwriter-actor Storm Large, and British musical comedy duo Frisky & Mannish are among the Cabaret Festival acts performing this weekend. Comedian Hannah Gadsby will be performing her show Art Lite – “a sardonic, laconic art history lesson” – as well as hosting the late-night Backstage Club in the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Banquet Room on Friday and Saturday and Sunday. The full Cabaret Festival program is online here, and you can read all InDaily’s stories and reviews here.

India, Reliquary monstrance, for thorn from the Crown of Christ, 17th century, Basilica of the Baby Jesus, Old Goa, Goa, gilt silver, glass, 48.5 x 24.0 x 18.0 cm; Museum of Christian Art, Goa, Inv. 01.1.12

India, Reliquary Monstrance (full caption left).

Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices

Exploring the cultural and spiritual exchange between Europe and Asia during the era of the spice trade (from 1500 to the 1800s), this new exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia comprises around 300 works including paintings, furniture, textiles, ceramics and engravings. It is imbued with stories of adventure, shipwrecks, piracy and treasure, with exhibits ranging from a large 17th-century Trinitarias carpet, to an elephant tusk that spent 300 years at the bottom of the sea after the wreck of the Batavia. Treasure Ships will be at the gallery until August 30. Caption: India, Reliquary monstrance, for thorn from the Crown of Christ, 17th century, Basilica of the Baby Jesus, Old Goa, Goa, gilt silver, glass, 48.5 x 24.0 x 18.0 cm; Museum of Christian Art, Goa.

Into the Light – ASO

Part of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Master Series, this concert is directed by British violinist Anthony Marwood. The program comprises Beethoven’s Romance No 2, Mozart’s Symphony No 31 Paris, Dvorak’s Romance and Vasks’s Distant Light. There are performances tonight (Friday) and Saturday night at the Adelaide Town Hall.

Cirque du Soleil’s Totem

Presented under the big top in the West Parklands, Totem traces the journey of humankind. The show, created by Canadian writer and director Robert Lepage, combines spectacular imagery, set design and costumes with the slick acrobatics for which Cirque du Soleil is renowned, including high-bar and rings routines, a fixed trapeze act, foot juggling, hoops dancers and hand balancing.  Read InDaily’s review here. Performances continue in Adelaide until July 12.


 Six Swans

A stage production of the Brothers Grimm story Six Swans is being presented by members of Tutti Arts and UniSA drama students at The Hartley Playhouse, Magill Campus, until June 13. The performance, directed by Russell Fewster, explores themes of redemption and forgiveness within the story of six sons turned into swans by their angry father after a jug is broken. It features 25 third-year Performing and Media Arts students, along with 40 members of the Tutti Choir and four Tutti soloists.

Festival of Hot Dub

Fringe favourite Hot Dub Time Machine – “the time-travelling dance party” – is back in Adelaide for this event at the Thebarton Theatre. With DJ Tom Loud at the helm, tonight’s Hot Dub Classic will follow HDTM’s successful formula, playing songs in chronological order from 1954 to 2015, scratched live from vinyl turntables. They’ll be back again on July 18 for the Hot Dub Rave, with a package deal available for both shows – but best be quick, because there were few tickets left last we looked.


Reasons to be Pretty – Bakehouse Theatre

This comedy, the third in a trilogy of plays by Neil LaBute exploring male-female relationships, confronts society’s obsession with physical beauty. Reasons to be Pretty centres on four friends who are about to find out if their relationships can survive some harsh truths. Directed by Joh Hartog, the production has its official opening night at the Bakehouse Theatre in Angas Street on Saturday night, with performances continuing until June 27.

The Magic Flute – Co-Opera

Touring opera company Co-Opera is presenting Mozart’s The Magic Flute in two BYO cabaret-style shows at the Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio, Adelaide Showgrounds, on Saturday and Sunday. Doors open at 6.30pm, with performances at 7.30pm. Details here.

WP-Candy-ChambersCabaret Fringe Festival

Singer Dolly Lee promises lots of memories, songs and dresses from the 1950s and ’60s in her tribute to Doris Day – A Sentimental Journey – at the Star Theatres tonight (Friday) and tomorrow night as part of the Cabaret Fringe. Other Cab Fringe shows over the weekend include The Birth of the Blues Piano and the song-satire-sketch-comedy show Food Court, both playing at La Boheme, and Candy Chambers: 50 Forever (pictured right), at Nexus Cabaret.  Cabaret Fringe continues until June 28 and the full program can be downloaded here.

The Goodbye Girl (musical)

The Therry Dramatic Society is presenting this musical comedy about the unlikely romance between a cynical single mother and an opinionated actor seeking to sublet her apartment. The Goodbye Girl is playing at the Arts Theatre, Angas Street, until June 13.

Science & Art: 12 Years of the Waterhouse Prize

This free retrospective exhibition opening tonight at the South Australian Museum displays all of the overall winners of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize since it launched in 2002. Each work is paired with material from the museum’s own and other collections to further explore the science behind the art.

Karumapuli exhibition – Tandanya

South Australian artist Jacob Stengle’s solo exhibition is titled Karumapuli, the Ngarrindjeri word for Boobook Owl, which was the totem of his maternal grandfather Milerum (Clarence Long).  Showing at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute until July 18, the exhibition includes large-scale paintings and drawings inspired by the artist’s personal and cultural history.

Lynley Dodd – A Retrospective

This exhibition at the State Library of South Australia celebrates the work of children’s author and artist Lynley Dodd. It comprises more than 50 original artworks from Dodd’s books, including the Hairy Maclary series, the Schnitzel Von Krumm series, Slinky Malinki and Scarface Claw. The retrospective continues until June 14.

On screen

See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:

The Emperor’s New Clothes
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road

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