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Contemporary dance lovers are spoilt for choice with the Adelaide Festival Centre’s (AFC) 2015 program but dance isn’t the only art form that shines at the AFC in 2015.
Contemporary dance lovers are spoilt for choice with the Adelaide Festival Centre’s (AFC) 2015 program but dance isn’t the only art form that shines at the AFC in 2015. More than 211 performances will be stage at the AFC next year. The 2015 season takes off with the Michael Jackson tribute Thriller Live! (December 30 to January 11), direct from London’s West End, before the magician extravaganza ensemble Illusionists return with their new show Illusionists 1903 (January 15-25) to continue the New Year big arena shows. But it is dance where the AFC’s program shines, as we preview the Festival Centre’s 2015 program. Dance Next year, the Australian Ballet, the Australian Dance Theatre (ADT), the New Zealand Dance Company and the Sydney Dance Company will all present work. The ADT celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015 with a Gala (July 16-18) that will chronicle its 50-year milestone with works, film and documentation. The New Zealand Dance Company presents Rotunda (May 1-2), an ANZAC tribute, which utilises a 20-piece marching band and a fusion of Maori tradition with contemporary dance. Sydney Dance Company returns with De Novo, three works from choreographers Rafael Bonachela, Alexander Ekman and Adelaide’s Larissa McGowan, which is scored by Sarah Blasko and Nick Wales. Then there is Chance (May 7-9), part of the AFC’s inSpace program, which is a science fiction study of human behavior from collaborators Lisa Griffiths and Adam Synnott. Away from contemporary dance, the Australian Ballet will present two works, Giselle (July 2-6) and The Dream (July 8-9). To top off the AFC’s dance program, the annual Australian Dance Awards will be held on September 12 at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Theatre The National Play Festival will be held in Adelaide for the first time (July 22-25), while Windmill Theatre will present two works, Alirio Zavarce’s The Book of Loco (August 14-22) and Bear With Me (July 7-19). Brink Productions returns with The Aspirations of Daise Morrow, an adaptation of Patrick White’s Down at the Dump (October 13-24), featuring the Zephyr Quartet, while Queensland Theatre Company’s Black Diggers will be staged as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts and Miriam Margolyes will present the world premiere of The Importance of Being Miriam for State Theatre. Music So Frenchy, So Chic Live! returns with the indie ethereal combination of Emilie Simon and The Do (January 15) while jazz royalty the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra (May 16) will be in town as part of their 80th anniversary tour. For classical lovers, the Morgan’s International Piano Series will present two artists and violinist Maxim Vengerov will perform on December 2 as part of Musica Viva’s 70th anniversary gala recital. Acclaimed Adelaide violinist Niki Vasilakis will again present her special Cocktail Concerts with three performances (April 23, August 20 and October 22) while in January prepare for evening music with Sessions on the River Deck. Germany’s Max Raabe & Palast Orchester will perform compositions from the American songbook and the Weimar era. Adelaide Cabaret Festival (June 5-20) The first acts from Barry Humphries inaugural Cabaret Festival as Artistic Director have been announced, these include four-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson, the world premiere of Peter & Jack (featuring Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Greta Bradman and Barry Humphries), Anna Goldsworthy’s Piano Lessons, the Paris Combo and Rolling Stones back-up singer Lisa Fischer. Other events and shows Horrible Histories will be live on stage from January 15-17 Monty Python’s Michael Palin will stop past the Festival Centre on February 19 The children’s festival Come Out will be held from (May 22-30). Children’s productions include, Argus (May 23-24), Masquerade (May 20-31), Look (May 22-26) and Carnival of the Animals (May 29-30). OzAsia Festival, September 23 to October 4 For the full program, head to adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au