10 shows with French links at Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 starts in a month and we’re excited about the program which has plenty of French links. The Artistic Director for 2022 is Australian Francophile, Tina Arena who has curated an enticing program. Read on to discover the 10 shows with French links.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022

 

Louise Blackwell – Love on the Left Bank

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 - Louise Blackwell
Image: Claudio Raschella

ONE SHOW ONLY 17 JUNE

FRENCH LINK: A celebration of a French singer Juliette Gréco by Adelaide’s favourite singer of French chanson, Louise Blackwell. This is the Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 show with the strongest French link.

Celebrated actress and singer, Louise Blackwell, brings to life the story of French singer, Juliette Gréco. Set in post-war Paris, Blackwell performs songs which evoke the joy and revelry of liberation from German occupation as it occurred in the legendary underground clubs of Saint Germain des Prés, in this remarkable reimagining of Gréco’s extraordinary life.

 

At the age of 16, after weeks of brutality and Imprisonment by the Nazi regime, Gréco found refuge in this bohemian quarter and was adopted by a spectacular community of artists, writers and philosophers who encouraged her to become a singer. Gréco embodied the spirit of rebellion and freedom and is still known today as the muse of Saint Germain des Prés.

 

Songs my mother taught me

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 Artistic Director Tina Arena
Image: Jai Vasicek

YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO SEE TINA ARENA PERFORM THIS ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL

TWO SHOWS ONLY 24 & 25 JUNE

FRENCH LINKS:
Tina Arena who has spent much of the last decade living in France, has released several French language albums and has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite

Wendy Matthews, is Australian-Canadian born in French speaking in Quebec – listen to her French version of On the Day you went away – it will transport you

Tina Arena stars alongside musical luminaries Wendy Matthews, Lior, Thando, Jess Hitchcock and Sophie Koh in an intimate evening of song and storytelling shaped by families and linked generations. This is a unique night of vibrant performance, heartfelt story, musical tradition and shared experience. Don’t miss this exclusive, world premiere performance celebrating culture and legacy.

 

With arrangements inspired by family, and culminating in a moving performance by Arena herself – join us in celebrating the good, the funny, and the real.

 

Victoria Falconer – And there you go – The Vali Myers Project

Image: Liz Ham

TWO SHOWS ONLY 24 & 25 JUNE

A Frank Ford Commission

FRENCH LINK: Vali Myers travelled to post-war Paris in 1949 to purse a dance career but found herself homeless living in Saint Germain des Pres instead. She features heavily in a photographical book called Love on the Left Bank (note the show of the same name also in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival program that we mentioned above) by Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken.

Vali Myers. The flame-haired bohemian. The wild dancer. The visionary artist. The hermit witch, tattooing her own face. Driven by a relentless creative spirit, Myers defied all social constructs to live on her own terms.

 

Cabaret, circus, dance, and theatre combine as an ensemble of incredible multi-disciplinary performers and musicians retell the story of one of history’s most infamous cult figures,

 

And Then You Go takes us from the jazz clubs of 50s Paris to the hallways of the Chelsea Hotel in the 70s, and the studio-squats of 90s Melbourne. Created by award-winning artist Victoria Falconer, this is a flamboyant, visceral show full of bold original songs, with Myers’ remarkable life as inspiration.

 

Meow Meow’s Pandemonium with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 - Meow Meow
Image: Prudence Upton

ONE SHOW ONLY: 18 June

FRENCH LINK: Meow Meow specialises in French chanson among others

International siren and comedienne extraordinaire Meow Meow is accompanied by the full force of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Buc, for a glorious performance of subversive and sublime entertainment and joyful orchestrated chaos.

 

Join the queen of song for an unforgettable evening of music and mayhem. Meow Meow’s Pandemonium is bursting with Piazzolla tangos, Weill, Brecht, and even Radiohead – alongside original chansons by Meow Meow, Iain Grandage, and Thomas M Lauderdale of Pink Martini.

 

Oliver Twist – Jali

Image: Tom Gilligan

THREE SHOWS: 23, 24 & 25 JUNE

FRENCH LINK: Oliver Twist comes from Rwanda, where French is spoken, among other languages

Refusing to be defined by a turbulent past, comedian and performer Oliver Twist reflects on his time as a refugee while carefully unpacking his present-day experiences. Delicately told and impossible to forget, his one-person show proves that exceptional storytelling and belly-aching laughter are powerful antidotes to trauma. 

 

Moving from Rwanda to Brisbane in 2014, Twist is one of Australia’s most exciting young comedians. A RAW national finalist, he has opened for Wil Anderson and Becky Lucas, and performed alongside the likes of Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. A sharp-witted storyteller, Twist is an electrifying, one-of-a-kind young talent. Jali is a vibrant journey that patiently demonstrates there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

 

A Slightly Isolated Dog – Don Juan

Image: Andi Crown

THREE SHOWS: 10, 11 and 12 JUNE

FRENCH LINK: The performers are all pretending to be French in this version of Don Juan

Also, Don Juan was co-created by Philippe who studied at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Étampes, France

Don Juan is the boldest and greatest of men, seducing, fighting, and charming his way through life. He does whatever he likes, and to hell with the consequences – when was the last time we approached the art of seduction so boldly?

 

Revel in the ludicrously sexy tale of the original master of seduction, as a gaggle of “French” performers bring together brilliant physical comedy, twisted pop songs, and explosive wit to create a hilarious and irreverent show, directed by the award-winning Leo Gene Peters.

 

Imogen Kelly – La Grande Folie

Image: Leslie Liu

ONE SHOW ONLY: 17 June

FRENCH LINIK: A Marie Antoinette inspired act called “Let them Eat Cake!”.

Imogen Kelly, Australia’s Queen of Burlesque performs her show stopping, jaw dropping, award winning acts from the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Whether swinging from a chandelier, dancing in feathers in the jungle, or taking you to the moon and back, Kelly is mesmerising. Journey through Kelly’s most fabulous acts, performed together for the first time, including her sumptuous, world-famous “Let them Eat Cake!”.

 

Hayden Tee – Bad Guy

Image: Kurt Sneddon

ONE SHOW ONLY: 19 June

FRENCH LINK: Singing French villain Javert (Les Misérables)

Spend a wicked night with one of Broadway and the West End’s brightest stars, Hayden Tee (Ngāti Kahungunu), in this showstopping musical flirtation with the devil.

 

With exquisite live accompaniment, Hayden twists and turns, peeling back the layers from some of musical theatre’s most loathsome, from universally renowned villains Miss Trunchbull (Matilda) to Javert (Les Misérables).

 

Experience an unforgettable musical deep dive into the bad guys of fiction, as Hayden shares his own journey of lifting the colonial cloak of shame and proudly embracing his own Takatāpui identity.

 

Cirque Bon Bon

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 - Cirque Bon Bon
Image: Disclose Media

NIGHTLY FROM 15-18 JUNE

FRENCH LINK: The show’s host Mario speaks French fluently and the producer of the show lived in France for 2 years and has a lot of time in Montreal

Cirque Bon Bon fuses mind-bending contortion, aerial artistry, incredible dancers, and death-defying acrobatic feats jam packed into one night of playful wonder. From Broadway to the West End, Las Vegas to Cirque Du Soleil, Cirque Bon Bon is the best of the best – hosted by world renowned comedy emcee: Mario, Queen of the Circus!

 

Amelia Ryan, Michaela Burger and Michael Griffiths – Simply Brill – The Women who defined rock n roll

Simply Brill - Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022
Image: Claudio Raschella

THREE SHOWS ONLY 10 & 11 June – ONE ALREADY SOLD OUT

FRENCH LINK: Michaela Burger speaks fluent French and wrote and performed in a successful show about Edith Piaf, Exposing Piaf

Join a stellar cast of Adelaide’s acclaimed cabaret artists, as they celebrate the golden age of rock’n’roll, sexual revolution, and the leaps and bounds of women’s liberation. In a time when men were the producers, promoters, and piano players – women weren’t given a place, so they made one for themselves.

 

Number 1619 Broadway – the ‘Brill Building’- was the heart of New York’s music scene in the 1960s. It housed some of history’s most prolific female songwriters, including the magnificent Carole King, Cynthia Weil, and Ellie Greenwich. With hits such as ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow?’, ‘You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling’, and ‘Leader of the Pack’, their songs gave voice to an entire generation.

  

KEY INFO FOR ADELAIDE CABARET FESTVAL 2022

WHAT: Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022

WHEN: 10 – 25 June 2022

WHERE: Adelaide Festival Centre venues

HOW: Purchase your tickets via the event links above

HOW MUCH: Prices vary depending on the event.

 

Which shows are you looking forward to seeing at Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022?

 

For other events with French links, take a look at our article What’s on in May

 

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REVIEW: Alternative Symphony: Daft Punk at Adelaide Festival saw crowds lose themselves to dance

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Adelaide Festival was treated to an orchestral performance of the songs of Daft Punk in Alternative Symphony: Daft Punk in The Summerhouse at the weekend. With Daft Punk disbanded, this is truly the closest we are likely to get to seeing them in Adelaide.

Alternative Symphony: Daft Punk

This is not a typical tribute to Daft Punk, rather its known as an orchestral rendition of Daft Punk. There are no signature helmets here though, but a frequent reminder of them through video imagery synched to the songs. An 18 piece stand-up orchestra (not something you see every day!) provides the instrumental sounds of Daft Punk’s tunes. All dressed in black various performers came and went, and we did wonder at times whether the stage at the pop-up Adelaide Festival venue, The Summerhouse, would be able to fit them all!

 

Two other performers, Carl and Jasper, entertained the crowd in their sparkly vest and jacket respectively. Both sung and only Jasper danced but I feel like the singing should have been left to Carl who shone in that area and the dancing left to Jasper (Carl said at the beginning he wouldn’t be dancing saying that he’s “too old for that shit”). Unfortunately, in some instances Jasper’s singing was out of pitch and breathless and detracted from otherwise flawless performances. As a dancer though, Jasper shone with some well-delivered moonwalk moves.

 

We mentioned the video imagery before, it’s worth noting that Alternative Symphony: Daft Punk put on an impressive visual performance as well – with a large LED screen at the back of the stage showing a range of graphics throughout the performances. Colour-changing lighting darted around the stage and towards the audience.

While it’s true that a lot of Daft Punk songs are familiar, few would know that they recorded more than 90 from 1994 to 2021! Alternative Symphony: Daft Punk may have benefited from opening with one of the better-known tracks to get the crowd hyped from the beginning. Whenever the crowd knew a song, they’d get up and dance. They could have had the crowd dancing the whole time had they opened up with better-known tracks such as Around the World, Get Lucky, which were performed but much later in the show. Sometimes you forget that Daft Punk collaborated with a lot of artists including The Weekend (Starboy), Panda Bear (Doin’ it Right), Rising Dust Ft Asi Shiran (Sounds Of The Future (Daft Punk Mashup)), which featured in the Adelaide Festival show.

 

Alternative Symphony: Daft Punk performed 13 Daft Punk tracks plus the very fitting encore of “One More Time”. The 9pm performance was their second performance for the night having done a Dr. Dre songs show earlier in the evening. The musicians all looked to be enjoying brining Daft Punk’s songs to life through their instruments, but the drummer in particular seemed to have true rockstar attitude and be loving his performance.

 

The audience was up on their feet for at least the last 25 minutes of the show and craving more. Audiences truly seemed to be loving the music and the opportunity to lose themselves to dance after 2 years of not being allowed to.

 

You can read our interview with Alternative Symphony founder, Alex, here.

3.5 CROISSANTS

Matilda Marseillaise was a guest of Adelaide Festival.

 

Adelaide Festival has now concluded. To keep up to date on when and where Alternative Symphony: Daft Punk may be playing near you, follow them on Facebook

 

You can read our other Adelaide Festival reviews below

REVIEW: Juliet and Romeo at Adelaide Festival

REVIEW: The Rite of Spring and common ground[s] at Adelaide Festival

REVIEW: The Golden Cockerel at Adelaide Festival

 

For other events with French links happening around Australia, check out our What’s on in March

 

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