2017 Art Talks

Building on our collaboration with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra we continue our Art Talks Series to give you the chance to hear directly from the artists:

Paul Rissmann, Composer and Music Educationalist

Thursday 25 May 2017

Register here    Allan Scott Auditorium, 6.00pm 

A unique Art talk that will feature Paul Rissmann with other specialists exploring creativity in arts education. This Art Talk coincides with UNESCO Arts Education Week (22 – 27 May), DreamBIG Children's Festival (18 – 27 May) and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Festival of Learning & Participation (2-10 June). 

Paul Rissmann is a composer, presenter and music educationalist. He currently holds the position of Animateur with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and is Children’s Composer in Residence for Music in the Round.

Paul is passionate about music education. His work in this field has received awards from both the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Royal Television Society. Paul has produced a series of highly interactive works that enable thousands of people to perform as equals with professional musicians. 

As a concert presenter, Paul has performed with many leading orchestras in America, Australia, Europe, India, Malaysia and the Middle East. Full biography

Paul Rissmann, Music in the Round's Children's Composer in Residence
Paul Rissmann talks about Incredible Adventures: A Family Concert for Young Children
Addicts' Symphony: Rhapsody for the Tamed

Panel members include:

Erik Kaiel 
Arch8, the Netherlands
Choreographer Erik Kaiel has been making dances for many years. In subway stations, sculpture gardens, empty swimming pools, city streets, and occasionally on stage.  After a decade in New York City, he moved to the Netherlands. He performs, choreographs, and teaches throughout the Netherlands, Europe, and the world. His award winning performance Tetris is touring the world at the moment, including DreamBIG. Full biography

Erik Kaiel Interview for DreamBig Children's Festival
Choreography: O Snap
Choreography: Blade Runner 

Naomi Edwards
Artistic Director, Patch Theatre Company 
Naomi Edwards is the Artist Director of South Australia’s premiere children’s theatre company, Patch Theatre Company. A highly experienced and accomplished stage director and arts educator, Naomi joined Patch in 2013, providing four to eight year old children with the same high quality theatre experiences that adults expect. Previously, she has worked extensively with Australia’s major theatre and opera companies, making work for both adult and young audiences. As an arts educator, Naomi has led programs and taught in many contexts including education, community, youth, deaf and metal health contexts. She has held several leadership positions, including Head of Drama at Islington Arts & Media School in London and Education Manager at Sydney Theatre Company.

Facebook: Patch Theatre Company

Professor Stephen Dobson
Dean and Head of School: School of Education, UniSA
Born in Zambia, Professor Dobson grew up in England and has previously lived for many years in Norway. Prior to entering higher education he worked for thirteen years with refugees as a community worker. His research and teaching interests include assessment, professional development, refugee studies, bildung, inclusion and classroom studies. He has published a collection of poetry, including a collection in Norwegian, entitled Flukt (flight) which looks at the experience of refugee migration. He is a guest professor at the Centre for Life Long Learning, Lillehammer University College, Norway.  Dobson is fluent in Scandinavian languages and a member of the Teacher Education Expert Standing Committee for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Prof Stephen Dobson: What is truly innovative learning? 

Moderator – Associate Professor Susan Hillier
Dean: Research (Operations), Health Sciences Divisional Office, UniSA
Associate Professor Susan Hillier is an academic and clinician with teaching and research interests in the broad field of neuroscience and rehabilitation. Susan also has an interest in movement education and intervention approaches for other populations such as children with developmental coordination disorder or people who are ageing.

ABC 7.30 Report: Contemporary dance helps stroke victims in world-first

Geordie Brookman, Artistic Director State Theatre Company

Monday 4 September 2017

 Register here    Bradley Forum, 6.00pm 

In conversation with Nicholas Carter, ASO Principal Conductor

As a prelude to the ASO’s collaboration with State Theatre Company of SA on Romeo and Juliet, ASO Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter and State Theatre Company Artistic Director Geordie Brookman will speak about how to marry the two art forms. 

Geordie Brookman is the Artistic Director and co-CEO of State Theatre Company. Since graduating from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2001 Geordie has directed work around Australia, the UK and Asia. 

His State Theatre Company directing credits include Things I Know To Be True (Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company), Machu Picchu (Sydney Theatre Company and State Theatre Company), Betrayal, and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

His productions have won or been nominated for Helpmann, Greenroom, Sydney Critics Circle, Adelaide Critics Circle and Curtain Call awards. 

ABC Midday Interview with Geordie Brookman


Genevieve Lacey, Artist in Association

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Register here    Allan Scott Auditorium, 6.00pm 

A unique in-conversation with Genevieve Lacey, recorder virtuoso and artistic director in which she’ll talk about the art of programming and the collision of musical worlds.

Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international soloist. She has created a substantial body of large-scale collaborative works across radio, film, theatre, public art and performance, and has also premiered scores of new works, written especially for her. 

Genevieve has won two ARIAs (Australian Recording Industry Awards), a Helpmann Award, and the Outstanding Musician, Melbourne Prize for Music. More 

Genevieve Lacey and James Crabb: Mary Scott, the Flower of Yarrow
Genevieve Lacey - Pleasure Garden 


Recent Events

Neil Armfield AO, 
Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival 
in-conversation with Vincent Ciccarello,
ASO Managing Director

Thursday 9 February 2017

Podcast available HERE

Hear ASO Managing Director Vincent Ciccarello speak with Adelaide Festival Artistic Directors Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield AO about the ecology of the arts: how orchestras and festivals underpin each other's creative work.

Neil Armfield AO is widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s greatest theatre, opera and film makers. He was Artistic Director of Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney from 1994 to 2010. He has directed for all of Australia’s state theatre companies, Opera Australia, The Welsh National Opera, The Bregenz Festival in Austria, Zurich Opera, Canadian Opera, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera, The Lyric Opera in Chicago and the Royal Opera House, London. He was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to the arts, nationally and internationally.

Adelaide Festival  

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Art Talks presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

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