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14 festival shows you'll only see here in 2016

26 November 2015

… in no particular order

1. Nelken (Carnations) | Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Because Pina Bausch returns to our shores for the first time in 16 years. Inspired by Bausch’s childhood in post-war Germany, the stage is carpeted with a field of carnations. Beauty in blooms.

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2. Sunn O))) & Magma

Because Sir Paul McCartney is a fan. Drone metal pioneers, Sunn O))) and legendary avant garde institution Magma ‘come together’ to create an epic production of extreme volume and striking theatrics. This is metal’s answer to #squadgoals

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3. Monumental | The Holy Body Tattoo

Drop the beat with Holy Body Tattoo as they perform monumental with live musical accompaniment from post-rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Packed with unrelenting raw energy superior to any green juice.

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4. The James Plays Trilogy | National Theatre of Scotland

Great Scott, what a dinner table this would be. Three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled in the tumultuous 15th century Scotland, The James Plays is a new historical trilogy by the National Theatre of Scotland. Summer is coming Adelaide.

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5. Tectonics | Curated and conducted by Ilan Volkov

Tectonics returns to Adelaide headed by acclaimed conductor and curator Ilan Volkov together with a stunning array of collaborators. Experimental electronic and extreme sound levels, this will be pitch perfect.

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6. Adelaide Writers’ Week

For the love of books. Adelaide Writers’ Week returns with a stellar line-up of writers and thinkers. While away the time in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden with the aim to fill your house with stacks of new books. Perfect.

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7. WOMADelaide

Located in the beautiful Botanic Park, amid the drums, flowing skirts and barefoot wanderers, Womadelaide celebrates its 20th festival proving that music is indeed a universal language. Be ready to shake, shake, shake it off.

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8. Go Down, Moses | Romeo Castellucci

Inspired by events from the Book of Exodus, Go Down, Moses is dark, deep and divisive theatre by Italian theatre director, playright, artist and designer, Romeo Castellucci. This is a show that will have everybody talking.

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9. Exquisite Corpse | Zephyr Quartet

Play along to Exquisite Corpse, a live musical version of the surrealist game. Did you know musical fragments were passed between composers across the world to create one seamless core? Pretty nifty. Composed over the last eight months, this will also be complemented by the talents of animators and illustrators Luku and Jo Kerlogue.

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10. À Fleur de Peau | Groupe F

Because you’ll only see this once. A sizzling production from the world famous French maestros of light and fire, Groupe F will explode onto Adelaide Oval to kick-start the festival season. This is nothing short of spectacular.

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11. The Young King | Slingsby

Venture into the world of Oscar Wilde where a naïve young boy is discovered to be heir of the kingdom. Interactive and fable like, take a ride down memory lane and spiral into (the former) Dazzeland in the Myer Centre and be prepared to razzle dazzle ‘em.

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12. Unsound Adelaide

Unsound returns for its fourth festival to answer one simple question: is it a banger? You bet. The most wide-ranging program thus far over two chock-a-block nights starring Nine Inch Nails keyboardist Alessandro Cortini and Golden Globe Award winning composer Johann Johannson. This is just the tip of the iceberg of a star studded line-up of musicians, composers and the like playing experimental music.

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13. Magic Object | 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

For the curious and curiouser comes Magic Object, as part of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia, explore work by Australian Artists illustrating contemporary concerns, where magic abounds and every artist is a conjurer.

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14. The Country | Stone / Castro

A doctor and his wife move to the country to start a new life. Sound idyllic? Perhaps not. Dynamic duo and theatre/dance creative team, Jo Stone and Paulo Castro present The Country. This is a psychological thriller of secrets and lies unveiling a greater delusion that will please any theatre goer.

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