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What's on: from Rodin to kamikaze cabaret


Meow Meow, Courtney Act, Paul Kelly and more at the Cabaret Festival, an extended season for Versus Rodin at the Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Fateful Tchaikovsky, gigs, movies and more.

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Versus Rodin: Bodies Through Time and Space – Art Gallery of SA

The Art Gallery of SA has extended its season for this exhibition for two weeks, until July 16. Versus Rodin brings together key pieces by Auguste Rodin, the pioneer of modern sculpture, with more than 200 works referencing the human body by other modern and contemporary artists. The final weeks of the exhibition will be supported by a program of events including lunchtime talks, drawing tours, performances of the Australian Dance Theatre’s Doppelganger (today and tomorrow), and a screening of the film Divine Inferno, about Rodin’s Gates of Hell (July 16). Details here.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

This year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival features 147 performances over 16 days at the Festival Centre and Her Majesty’s Theatre. Highlights over the weekend and coming week include Courtney Act, from TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, in The Girl from Oz; Paul Kelly and Camille O’Sullivan in Ancient Rain, a show inspired by the works of WB Yeats and other Irish poets; “kamikaze cabaret” star Meow Meow (pictured above); Grove Sessions featuring a cappella ensemble The Idea of North with vocal percussionist Kaichiro Kitamura, and Effie – The Virgin Bride. Keep up-to-date with InDaily’s latest stories and reviews here. The full program is on the Cabaret Festival website.

Fateful Tchaikovsky – Town Hall

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s fourth Master Series concert of the year will open with the Prelude to Act 3 of Die Meistersinger as a tribute to its late principal conductor Sir Jeffrey Tate, who passed away this month. The program also features Tchaikovsky’s  Symphony No 4,  Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto (with cellist Li-Wei Qin), Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No 1 and Australian composer Brett Dean’s Amphitheatre. Performances are at the Adelaide Town Hall tonight (Friday) and tomorrow.

Thundamentals / Full Tilt Janis – The Gov

NSW hip-hop act Thundamentals bring their Everyone We Know Tour to the Governor Hindmarsh tonight (Friday), while Sunday will see a double bill featuring two tribute shows: Melissa Jubb as Janis Joplin in Full Tilt Janis, and The Woodstock Revolution band performing hits from Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, The Who and more.

Matilda the Musical – Festival Theatre

When I Grow Up … Matilda the Musical. Photo: Shane Reid

A delicious tale full of magic and mischief, Matilda the Musical brilliantly brings to life author Roald Dahl’s story about a gifted little girl whose spirit can’t be extinguished by her horrid parents or dastardly headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Full of “revolting children” and powered by Tim Minchin’s wonderful score, the Royal Shakespeare Company production – which won a record 13 Helpmann Awards – is at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, until July 16. Read our review here.

Cabaret Fringe

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe is presenting more than 40 shows across 15 venues until June 25.  It encompasses a broad range of genres, from torch songs, bossa nova and gypsy jazz, to improv, burlesque and physical theatre with shows including Club Burlesk, Joni Mitchell’s Daughter, Mama Alto: Torch Songs and Marcus Ryan’s Feelin’ Groovy: The Songs of Simon and Garfunkel. See the program here, and read InDaily‘s interview with festival director Paul Boylon here.

SA Refugee Week

With the theme “A Place to Call Home”, the 2017 Refugee Week includes more than 40 events celebrating the positive contribution refugees make to SA. They include a Sufi music performance, a Colourfest movie night, an Armenian music and song day, and a student poster exhibition at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery. See the full program here.

State Opera’s Love, Sex & Death – Opera Studio

State Opera SA promises audiences will be transported to an “unforgettable cabaret world” with Love, Sex & Death, a show spanning opera, music theatre and movement with a cast that includes soprano Joanna McWaters and tenor Adam Goodburn. Part of the intimate Opera Studio series, it will be performed at the Netley venue over three nights, until June 17.

World Cinema Festival – Event Cinemas Marion

Seven world cinema masterpieces from countries including Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Japan and Denmark are being screened during this festival at Event Cinemas Marion. The screenings, occurring on Friday nights until July 7, include Force Majeure (tonight), Kumiko The Treasure Hunter (June 23), A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night 
 and Night Watch (June 30) and The Hunt (July 7).

Ramsay Art Prize – Art Gallery of SA

The work of the 21 national finalists in the inaugural Ramsay Art Prize is on show until August 27. The $100,000 prize, which is supported by philanthropist organisation the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, is open to Australian artists under 40 working in any material or process, with finalists’ work including paintings, installations, ceramics, video and mixed media. It was won by Sydney-based artist Sarah Contos with a “colossal 20th-century quilt” (read more here).

Yidaki – Didjeridu and The Sound of Australia – SA Museum

This landmark exhibition has been created in collaboration with the Yolngu people, cultural custodians of the yidaki (didjeridu). It explores the cultural and musical origins of the instrument, as well as its power and meaning in Yolngu life. Read more here. The exhibition continues at the SA Museum until July 16.

On screen

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

Rough Night
20th Century Women
David Lynch: The Art of Life (American Essentials Film Festival)
John Wick: Chapter 2
Alien: Covenant

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