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What's on: A disco party, rare films, Impressionism up late


InDaily’s hit list of events and shows over the week ahead, including 54 Reasons to Party with the ASO, up-late events at the Art Gallery for the final weeks of Colours of Impressionism, rare films at the Mercury, and a ‘time-travelling’ ASQ concert. 

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The Studio: 54 Reasons to Party

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will transform the Festival Theatre into a 1970s New York nightclub for this disco-inspired dance party in the Festival Theatre tonight and tomorrow night. Celebrity guests including Kate Ceberano, Doug Parkinson, Amy Lehpamer and Nathaniel Willemse will join the orchestra on stage to perform music from artists including Michael Jackson, the BeeGees, Earth Wind and Fire, Gloria Gaynor and Sister Sledge. If you’re in the mood for dancing, organisers advise purchasing seats with access to the dance floor in front of the Festival Theatre stage (look for “dance floor access seats” when making your booking).

Adelaide Cinémathèque

A still from The Sicilian Clan (1969), which is screening at Mercury Cinema’s Adelaide Cinémathèque festival.

The Mercury Cinema is currently running its second season of Adelaide Cinémathèque, which celebrates rare and groundbreaking films from all over the world. One of the centrepieces is Masterpieces Resurrected, featuring a series of recently restored films currently on tour in Australia including The Colour of  Pomegranates (1969), Jean Renoir’s Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (1936) and German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s In a Year with 13 Moons (1978). View the festival program here.

Brothers Wreck

Brothers Wreck actors Nelson Baker and Dion Williams as Jared and Ruben. Photo: Tim Grey

After successful runs in Sydney and Melbourne, State Theatre and Malthouse Theatre are co-presenting Indigenous playwright and director Jada Alberts’ new play Brothers Wreck, which tells the story of a grief-stricken family struggling to cope with the suicide of a family member. The show is described as a “confronting and honest exploration of grief and loss”. It’s at Norwood’s Odeon Theatre until July 14. Read InDaily‘s interview with cast member Nelson Baker here.

ASQ: Beethoven Widmann Beethoven

The Australian String Quartet. Photo: Jacqui Way

The Australian String Quartet and guest cellist Michael Dahlenburg will perform the first and last of Beethoven’s quartets, as well as a work by his living contemporary compatriot Jörg Widmann in what it describes as a “time-travelling concert” at the Town Hall on Thursday night. Beethoven’s first quartet, published in 1801, reflects the influence of master composers Mozart and Haydn on the then young composer, while the opus 135 Quartet Beethoven saw him combine classic and radical romantic styles. The quartet has engaged theatre-maker Andy Packer, from Slingsby, to “bring the stage to life” for the performance.

Colours of Impressionism – up late

Beginning next week, the Art Gallery of SA will host a month of late-night events every Friday for the final weeks of its landmark exhibition Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay. More than 65 paintings from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris are on display, including significant works by Monet, Cézanne and Renoir. Next Friday’s event will feature jeweller Lauren Simeoni, who will lead a wearable art workshop, a wine-tasting masterclass, live jazz music and a drawing workshop with Luke Thurgate. Colours of Impressionism runs until July 29; read more about it in this InDaily article.

Waterhouse Natural Science Art Exhibition

An installation view of finalists’ work in the 2018 Waterhouse Prize.

Finalist artworks from the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize are currently on display at the South Australian Museum, with a broad range of exhibits across media including video, photography, sculpture, painting and ceramics. The prize invites artists to present their perspectives on natural science and make a statement about the scientific issues facing the planet, with this year’s open category winner – Metamorphosis by Erica Sercombe – showing the metamorphosis of a pupating fly. The exhibition runs until August 5. See a photo gallery of finalists’ work here

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