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Hear the lion roar In her novel Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharta, Karthika Nair retells the Mahabharata through multiple voices. The passionate writer’s take on the classic story piqued the interest of one of the world’s most important choreographers, Akram Khan. Drawing together a Pan-Asian cast from Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines as well as four live musicians, Until the Lions retells a passage from the famous Indian text: princess Amba is abducted by the powerful warrior Bheeshma, rendered unmarriageable and in turn invokes the power of the Gods to seek revenge. Read our Q&A here with writer Karthika Nair. From Asia to Adelaide Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival has released its latest program featuring an exciting mix of theatre, dance, film, music, visual arts and literature. The festival will kick off from 21 September and wrap-up on 8 October and it will feature more than 300 professional artists from across Asia and Australia along with 400 local community artists. This year will see artists coming from all across Asia including the best contemporary artists from Japan, Singapore, China, India, Malaysia, Korea, The Philippines, Hong Kong and Indonesia. The 2017 festival program includes six world premieres, and 19 Australian premieres. Highlights will include: The Dark Inn: A puppeteer and his dwarf father arrive at a mysterious bath house in the secluded mountains of northwest Japan after receiving a request to perform their travelling show. However, on arrival, it appears no one made the booking. As the quirky characters staying at the inn emerge from their rooms to learn more about the new visitors, the setting becomes a metaphorical site for the inner recesses of the mind. A place that exposes our misunderstanding – and secret desires. 3 & 4 October, Her Majesty’s Theatre In Between Two: Takes a male perspective of courtship, long distance love and cultural barriers. Written and performed by Chinese-Australian rapper/writer/spoken word artist Joelistics (Joel Ma) and Filipino- Australian songwriter/musician/producer James Mangohig, whose parents were pen pals – between Adelaide and the Philippines – and were married in Adelaide. They both bring their families’ stories to life via use of humour, photos and live music. 5 & 6 October, Space Theatre   The Ongals: Self-confessed grown-up babies hailing from Korea, these performers juggle mime, magic, clowning and music with…actual juggling, as they take everyday objects and transform them into a topsy-turvy beat-box of babbling hilarity! 7 & 8 October, Space Theatre Bookings: BASS 131 246 Listen to the music with ASO Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter is set to lead the orchestra in another rich and varied program that promises to let the music in and deliver something of appeal to everyone. Highlights of the season will include: George Michael: Listen to your Heart, 15-16 February, Festival Theatre in association with  the Adelaide Festival Centre. Beatles fans will rejoice when ASO and Let It Be Australia present All You Need Is Love, 23-24 March, Festival Theatre. Don’t miss the Master Series which features 13 of the great composers covering everything from Baroque through Classic, Romantic and the modern music of today’s eras. Bookings: BASS 131 246
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