Ahead of this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Australia targets Brazil for the major cultural festival,Australia now, aimed at promoting links and collaborations between the two nations. Sydney Dance Company will presentInterplay and Circus Oz will close the festival withTWENTYSIXTEEN.
A new play from one of Australia’s most popular playwrights Andrew Bovell,Things I know to be true, co-commissioned and produced by State Theatre Company of South Australia and the UK’s Frantic Assembly in association with Adelaide Festival opens in Adelaide. AndThe Event, also a State Theatre Company of South Australia co-production, this time with Malthouse and Belvoir in association with Sydney Festival, opens in Sydney.
The Lamb and Pickles families of Cloudstreet! will feature in the new opera by State Opera of South Australia, premiering in Adelaide andLuisa Miller opens in Melbourne – a co-production with Opera Australia and Opéra de Lausanne.
Talking opera, Opera Queensland presents an international production ofMadama Butterfly, and Queensland Ballet pays tribute to George Gershwin and the big band era of the 30s withStrictly Gershwin.
And making its first appearance in Musica Viva’s International Concert Season, the North American award-winning Ensō String Quartet presents the world premiere of a specially commissioned work by Australian Brenton Broadstock.
Australian Major Performing Arts Group
Image Credits: Circus Oz TWENTYSIXTEEN