Proudly supported by Major Festival Partner Santos, the culturally diverse OzAsia Festival will run from 14 to 30 September and play host to 20 performances and 73 events featuring 300 artists and presenters.
The 2012 program boasts four world premieres, four Australian premieres, four South Australian premieres and seven Australian exclusives.
The Adelaide Festival Centre and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra present a monumental Australian premiere and exclusive, the phenomenal composer Tan Dun in a tribute to the relentless pursuit of love, life and dreams Martial Arts Trilogy on 22 and 23 September. Tan Dun conducts the orchestra, sharing with Adelaide audiences a magnificent repertoire of his music for critically acclaimed feature films Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero and The Banquet. The stunning orchestrations portraying tales of love, desire and sacrifice are married beautifully with visual projections of scenes from the film trilogy.
Following the success of the 2011 OzAsia Festival show The Arrival and a recent nomination for a Helpmann Award, the exceptionally gifted composer and percussionist Ben Walsh returns with the Orkestra of the Underground at this year’s Festival. Ben and his musical ensemble are set to thrill audiences in the world premiere of Fearless Nadia, which celebrates 1930s Bombay starlet and blond haired blue-eyed stunt heroine who hailed from Perth. The performance features footage from some of her classic movie appearances, including footage from one of her most celebrated films the restored Diamond Queen set to a new score by Ben Walsh. Special guest Indian musicians and dancers will add to the not-to-be-missed spectacle at the Dunstan Playhouse from 14 to 15 September.
Direct from Mumbai, exclusive to Adelaide Indian music mega star Kailash Kher along with his eight-piece band Kailasa will mesmerise Festival-goers in their first Australian performance on 29 September as they take to the Festival Theatre stage. Showcasing their unique blend of spiritual Sufi chants, Bollywood and Rajasthani Gyspy rhythms and Punjabi dance fused with electric guitar and modern beats with a myriad of traditional instruments, experience why Kailash and his band regularly play to sold out 30,000-seat arenas in India.
Embark on a poetic and beautiful dance double bill direct from India and fresh from an Edinburgh 2012 Festival, Uncharted Seas and Timeless by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company at the Dunstan Playhouse on 28 and 29 September. Both traditional Kathak and contemporary forms of dance are explored, where the art of storytelling is presented via hypnotically intricate footwork, high-energy pirouettes and complex rhythmic patterns of beats.
Australia’s leading Indian musicians will cross cultures and join forces with singer and sitar player Sarangan Sriranganathan and Sydney jazz duo Sandy Evans on saxophone and Brett Hirst on bass in Sandy Evans’ Indian Project at the Space Theatre for one night only on 22 September.
A pivotal night on the State’s cultural calendar, the Moon Lantern Festival will close the Festival on September 30 and will set Elder Park alight with an abundance of magical wonder under a full moon. Festivities will commence from 3pm and run until 8.30pm, featuring a plethora of participating community groups and schools plus special guests this year, the performers from Sunrise Children’s Village. Marvel at the workshops, food and market stalls, diverse performances showcased on the main stage, the vibrant and unforgettable Moon Lantern Parade at dusk followed by the spectacular fireworks finale.
Music lovers will be delighted by Fire & Water a recital by performers featured in the Martial Arts Trilogy at the Space Theatre on 21 September. With renowned cellist Li-Wei, recipient of the Young Australian of the Year in 2002 and Xiaoxia Zhao from China, it is a unique opportunity to hear Tan Dun’s music solo cello and the exotic sound of the guqin.
For those wanting to channel their inner Bollywood Dance moves, classes have been tailored to suit various age groups with three workshops throughout the day on 16 September in the Banquet Room.
Three delectable O’Leary Walker Cooking Demonstrations at Lyrics, add an authentic flavour to this year’s Festival. Celebrated chef, restaurateur, author and TV presenter Peter Kuruvita shares his Sri Lankan heritage on 15 September, while Christine Manfield will impart her knowledge and divulge her passion for Indian cuisine, culture and its people on 18 and 19 September, and Adelaide’s beloved Mrs Singh of award-winning Jasmin restaurant will wow audiences with 30 year’s worth of culinary secrets on 20 and 21 September.
Visual arts enthusiasts will not be disappointed as once again this year’s Festival partners with Adelaide’s leading galleries.
Anne & Gordan Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia present Beyond the Self: Contemporary Portraiture from Asia on 3 August and running until 30 September. Bringing together painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, installation and media works the exhibition looks at the transformative possibility of portraiture though art from the early 20000s to the present, created by artists from Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Also part of the 2012 OzAsia Festival’s visual arts program The Needle on the Gauge curated by Ranjit Hoskote involves seven Indian artists intricately working with avatars, the extension of photographic images, documentary projects, performance-
For the first time the Festival is delighted to be partnering with the Jam Factory in a special artist talk with one of Japan’s most prominent artists. Masamichi Yoshikawa will give an in-depth talk on working with porcelain and applying modern re-interpretations of ancient Chinese ceramic forms as part of the 2012 Australian Triennale: Subversive Clay on 26 September at the JamFactory in GalleryOne.
The Festival continues to create debate, this year in association with The Confucius Institute; Chair of the Department of Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, Professor Shaoguang Wang will give a Public Lecture on Democracy, Chinese Style: Participation Versus The Mass Line 18 September, Space Theatre.
And don’t miss the panel discussion chaired by Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier featuring prestigious panelists: The Hon. Senator Penny Wong, Carrillo Gantner AO, Hieu Van Le AO, Sid Myer AM and Martyn Eames who will focus on creating an ‘Asia Capable’ Australia across business, the arts and the community on 26 September, Lyrics. Titled Preparing Australians for the Asian Century the stimulating panel discussion will be free to all members of the public.
OzAsia On Screen, in association with the Media Resource Centre, returns with a wide variety of feature films and documentaries encompassing films from Japan, China, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, France/Cambodia, Laos, Korea and Indonesia. The Festival’s screen component also includes a dedicated India on Screen program. To complement the film program, Adelaide Festival Centre’s GreenRoom program presents the Guru Short Film Competition, supporting young, emerging talent in a fun night of screening at the Mercury Cinema, 16 September.