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Bringing the very best international performance to Australian audiences is a core tenet of the Adelaide Festival and we believe that unity of time and two-way-contact between performer and audience is irreplaceable. So, how do we reconcile these two ideas in a year when international travel is almost impossible?

We broke down the experience of attending an international performance into its essential parts: you have to travel to a theatre to see a specific show, at a specific time and date, with lots of strangers around you, united in a compact space to see the same event, performed live, as a group. There is a potent exchange between artists and audience throughout the show that reaches its peak at the end of the night, when the performers look into the audience to take their curtain call and you acknowledge the shared experience with applause.

In 2021, we are delighted to say that we’ll meet all those criteria. The only difference is that the performance is happening, in real time, on the other side of the world.

Four unique, specially commissioned performances on four European mornings, by some of the most lauded artists of our time in theatre, music and dance, coming to you in state-of-the-art vision and sound within milliseconds, on four unforgettable Adelaide nights. Each will be introduced by the director or principal artist, and your responses to the work will be streamed back to the performers.

This is fundamentally different from subscribing to existing filmed performances at home; the risk, fragility and excitement of a live experience (in the brand new Her Maj or in Regional South Australian venues), is preserved.

And remember they can see as well as hear you, so maybe rethink those tracky-dacks.

Book for one if you like, but all four are must-sees.




8:30pm Medea - Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (NL)


7:00pm Eugene Onegin - Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia (RUS)


8:30pm BLKDOG by Botis Seva - Far From the Norm & Sadler's Wells (UK)

sun 07 MAR

8:30pm Igor Levit (GER)



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