by Peter Beaglehole, 2nd March 2015
The Adelaide Festival delivers real vitality with Olwen Fouéré’s riverrun. The 2015 program draws audiences to the experiential, with Blincinstallations lighting up the Torrens Riverbank, and Bill Viola’s exhibitions and the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet headlining the festival.
In selecting riverrun, Artistic Director David Sefton taps into this energy. The performance is phenomenal, in both senses of the word. Successfully adapting material from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, and the immediacy of riverrun in performance, are quite remarkable. Fouéré and her team have unlocked a theatrically from Joyce’s work, and if the audience is prepared to join them, they will find a surprising energy in riverrun.