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What's on: SALA, Frame of Mind & a Mystic Time Bird


A SALA forum on the state of the arts, a dramatic double bill of dance, West African rhythms, Kiwi comedian Rhys Darby’s Mystic Time Bird, State Theatre’s modern Macbeth, a Fist Full of Rock at the Thebby and more.

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South Australian Living Artists (SALA) festival

SA artists including Sera Waters, Roy Ananda and Sue Kneebone will take part in a SALA Forum Day from 11am-4pm tomorrow (Saturday) at ACE Open in the Lion Arts Centre. The public forum will focus on the state of visual arts now and in the future. Next Saturday (August 26), Adelaide Fringe will lead a SALA street art tour in the East End, and there will be a SALA Gala Dada Dance at the Old Regent. The 2017 SALA Festival features 660 free exhibitions across Adelaide and regional SA, with the work of SALA featured artist Christopher Orchard on show at BMGArt and the Art Gallery of SA. SALA continues throughout August, with the full program here.

Sydney Dance Company’s Frame of Mind – Her Majesty’s Theatre

This double bill features Sydney Dance Company artistic director Rafael Bonachela’s Frame of Mind, performed to a dramatic contemporary-classical soundtrack recorded by San Francisco’s virtuosic Kronos Quartet, and Adelaide choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell’s Wildebeest, which was nominated for a 2017 Helpmann Award. The final two performances are at Her Majesty’s Theatre tonight and Saturday. Read InDaily‘s interview with Nankivell here.

WALA: The Spirit of Ghana – Space Theatre

Three-piece music group WALA sings, dances and drums, using 15 different hand-made instruments to create what they describe as an exciting fusion of traditional and contemporary West African rhythms and harmonies. They’re presenting two shows at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre at 11am and 1pm tomorrow (Saturday), with a kids’ corner in the foyer where children can make their own masks.

The White House Murder Case – Holden Street Theatres

This satirical political thriller, written 40 years ago but set 40 years in the future, unfolds against the backdrop of a pending presidential election: “The USA is at war with Brazil when there is a catastrophic blunder on the battlefield, followed by a bizarre murder in the White House.” It’s being presented by Red Phoenix Theatre at Holden Street Theatres until August 19. Read InDaily‘s review here.

Rhys Darby: Mystic Time Bird – Thebarton Theatre

Kiwi actor and comedian Rhys Darby – you may know him as Murray from Flight of the Concords – is bringing his live show Mystic Time Bird to the Thebby next Wednesday (August 23). It sees him turn to the world of ancient mysticism to find answers to the world’s problems in his trademark comic style – “plus weird movement and side effects”.

Macbeth – Dunstan Playhouse

State Theatre Company’s new adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth opens with preview performances from next Friday at the Dunstan Playhouse. The company’s Ensemble has transported the play to a contemporary urban setting, and explores its “commonality with the brutality of modern warfare”. Click here to read CityMag‘s interview with cast members Nathan O’Keefe and Anna Steen. The play’s season will continue until September 16.

Fist Full of Rock – Thebarton Theatre

The 2017 line-up for Fist Full of Rock sees rock veterans Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I – who have 19 studio albums between them – joining forces with indie rock musician Adalita. The tour touches down at the Thebarton Theatre next Friday (August 25), with tickets are still available for the all-ages gig.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 
– SA Museum

‘Predatory Pursuit’ by Justin Gilligan, winner of the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.

A stunning selection of images capturing the beauty of the natural world is on display at the South Australian Museum until September 24 in the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition. Justin Gilligan won the 2017 competition with an underwater photo capturing the moment a Maori octopus selected its prey from a crowd of spider crabs. The exhibition will continue until September 24. See the work of a selection of finalists’ work here.

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).

The Summation of Force & a e i o u – Samstag Museum

SA photographers Trent Parke and Narelle Autio’s multi-channel video project The Summation of Force explores the world of cricket and was filmed almost entirely in the couple’s backyard with their two young sons. Also currently showing is Michelle Nikou: a e i o u, a survey of the work of the SA contemporary artist and Samstag Scholar. Both exhibitions run until September 1. Read InDaily‘s interview with Parke and Autio here.

On screen

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

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Atomic Blonde
War for the Planet of the Apes
The Beguiled
Baby Driver

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