Electronic Big Top
based multi-media performance company skadada will officially open Celebrate
Australia 2002 with its exhilarating show, Electronic Big Top.
skadada’s Electronic Big Top is a circus of the future.
The show explores the idea of genetically manipulated and cybernetic
performers who are part human and part bird, insect, snake, spider
Electronic Big Top combines virtuoso dance, stunning computer
animations, songs, aerials, sampled sound, aerial dance, puppetry,
electronic soundscapes, live music, and interactives.
cross-disciplinary productions have toured throughout Australia and
Asia to wide critical and public acclaim.
skadada's performance of Electronic Big Top
is proudly sponsored by Telstra.
Sydney Dance Company
Sydney Dance Company will present two performances of Graeme
Murphy's acclaimed Salome at the prestigious Shanghai Grand
Theatre on November 11 and 12.
Murphy’s captivating choreography combines with Michael Askill’s
original, live percussion score and costumes by world-renowned fashion
designer Akira Isogowa, to produce a visual and sensual masterpiece,
inspired by the haunting biblical figure of Salome.
Sydney Dance Company, founded in 1969, is today regarded as
Australia's leading contemporary dance company. Led by Artistic
Director and choreographer, Graeme Murphy and Associate Director, Janet
Vernon, the company has developed a large repertory of original dance
works and has toured extensively.
For further information about Sydney Dance Company visit: www.sydneydance.com.au
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Recognised as a world-class orchestra with an international
reputation, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, will perform two concerts
Shanghai Grand Theatre on November 16 and 17, as part of their extensive
2002 tour of China.
Led by Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Markus Stenz,
the Orchestra will feature the world premiere performance of a contemporary
Australian composition by Melbourne based composer Julian Yu titled Willow
BEETHOVEN Egmont: Overture
MOZART Piano Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 5
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto (transcribed for piano)
YU Willow and Wattle
DVORÁK Symphony No. 9
STRAUSS Don Juan
For further information about Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
All of Me
Legs on the Wall
Ground-breaking physical theatre company Legs on the Wall,
brings its much celebrated production of All of Me to Celebrate
Australia 2002 in Shanghai, for three sensational performances.
The Award winning All of Me reveals the passion, intensity
and simultaneous love and hatred inherent in family life.
All of Me won the 1995 Victorian
Green Room Award for Best Innovative/New Form Production and the 1996
Edinburgh Herald Angel Award for the most outstanding theatre show across
art forms, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
All of Me has toured all over
Australia and internationally putting Legs on the Wall on the map as
a leading physical theatre company.
For further information about Legs On the Wall visit: www.legsonthewall.com.au
Two puppet companies, Melbourne’s Snuff Puppets and Adelaide’s
kneeHIGH Puppets, will brighten up the streets of Shanghai for 9 days
with open-air performances commencing on November 2nd when they appear
at the Festival's spectacular Opening Carnival on Nanjing Road.
Boomtown Family and The Cows
Snuff Puppets, the Melbourne based giant puppet company, will
literally stop the traffic in Shanghai when they let loose some of their
massive comical characters during the 4th China Shanghai International
Arts Festival, as part of Celebrate Australia 2002.
Snuff Puppets combine puppetry, live music, visual and physical
theatre to create a unique and idiosyncratic performance language.
The company, which has been together since 1992, has delighted,
challenged and entertained audiences in Australia, Japan, the United
Kingdom and Singapore will present two of their favourite programs in
Shanghai in the lead up to the main Celebrate Australia 2002 program.
For further information Snuff Puppets visit: www.snuffpuppets.com
The Android Sisters
kneeHIGH Puppeteers are an Adelaide based, international touring
company of multi-skilled artists and performers.
kneeHIGH are set to thrill Shanghai audiences with their giant
3 metre high puppets, the Android Sisters. Made of metal and
all things shiny, the Androids will delight crowds as they wander through
the busy Shanghai streets.
kneeHIGH brings together digital electronics, mechanics, environmental
sculpture, pyrotechnics, circus skills and puppetry, for visually
spectacular performances. They have performed in over 13 countries
and in front of over 500,000 people.
For further information about kneeHIGH visit: www.kneehigh.va.com.au
Australian Documentary Screenings
A season of seven Australian documentary films focusing on
life in Australia will screen in the Shanghai Library cinema from November
16 to December 1.
The program, curated by the Australian Film Commission, features
some of the most significant documentary works completed in Australia
in recent years, by such outstanding filmmakers as Bob Connolly and
the late Robin Anderson and Trevor Graham. The films explore diverse
aspects of contemporary Australian life, from the outback rodeo to the
streets of inner city Sydney and behind the scenes of the Australian
The films chosen to screen at Celebrate Australia 2002, the
4th China Shanghai International Arts Festival are:
Buried Country - duration 75 minutes
Cane Toads - duration 47 minutes
Emily’s Eyes - duration 52 minutes
Facing the Music - duration 85 minutes
Rats in the Rank - duration 97 minutes
Rough Riders - duration 55 minutes
Tosca - duration 85 minutes
For more information
about the documentaries click the film title.
For further information about the Australian Film Commission
please visit: www.afc.gov.au
Spirit Country, a superb collection
of modern Indigenous art from the Melbourne Museum, will be exhibited
for two weeks in the gallery at the prestigious Shanghai Library from
November 16 to December 1.
This collection of modern Indigenous art is of great cultural
and artistic significance. It reflects the bold and resilient cultures
of Aboriginal communities in the Central Desert at Papunya, Yuendumu,
Haasts Bluff, Utopia. It also features paintings and barks from The Kimberley,
Arnhem Land, Gulf Country, Tiwi Islands and Torres Strait Islands.
The collection includes works by Ginger Riley Munduwalawala,
Queenie McKenzie, David Malangi, Uta Uta Tjangala, Johnny Warangkula
Tjupurrula, Jarinyanu David Downs and Rover Thomas.
For further information about Melbourne Museum visit: www.melbourne.museum.vic.gov.au
Title: Art, technology and
the new performer: the use of digital technology in live performance
As a part of Celebrate Australia 2002 at the 4th China Shanghai
International Arts Festival, The Drama Centre of Flinders University
of South Australia and the Shanghai Theatre Academy will convene a week
long symposium entitled Art, technology and the new performer: the use
of digital technology in live performance at the Shanghai Theatre Academy
from November 11-16.
The symposium will introduce Chinese performing arts practitioners;
academics, critics and students to Australian artists who are integrating
live performance and digital technology. The symposium will demonstrate
the technical innovation and cultural diversity of the Australian performing
arts industry and will build on-going research collaborations between
Chinese and Australian leading and emerging artists.
Live at the Glamour
The Glamour Room at the stylish M on the Bund restaurant will
be the venue for late night entertaining from 10:00pm until midnight
as part of the Celebrate Australia 2002 program at 4th China Shanghai
International Arts Festival. Live at the Glamour Bar will showcase
the talents of some of Australia’s hottest young musicians and also feature
a great range of Australian food and wine.
Audiences will be treated to
the likes of jazz pianist Deanna Djuric, the revolutionary Clocked Out Duo,
jazz guitarist Cameron Deyell, and members of the Electronic Big Top ensemble.
Live at the Glamour Bar
is proudly sponsored by Xavier,
M on the Bund and Hunt & Hunt.
Australia will present an official
gift of over 1,000 titles to establish the Australian Friendship Collection
at the Shanghai Library as a permanent legacy of Celebrate Australia
A writer's program including readings and panel sessions led
by award winning novelists Alex Miller and Tim Flannery will also take
place at the Library which receives over 7,000 visitors a day.
During Celebrate Australia 2002, the Australian Trade Commission
will bring together a group of Australia’s best multimedia and digital
effects companies displaying their latest techniques and technology.
To satisfy a growing taste for all things Australian, visitors can make
their way to the acclaimed M on the Bund restaurant where Australia's
world-renowned food and wine will be presented. Those with a sense
of adventure can also visit the Austrade stand at the China International
Travel Mart (CITM) to discuss Australian tourism products and services.
For more information about other
exciting Australian initiatives taking place in Shanghai during the
4th China Shanghai International Festival. Visit the Celebrate Australia 2002 Billboard