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21 July 2020

We are excited to announce we will reopen our venue Waterside from 1 August, with a rebooted program of Vitalstatistix activities (in the Port and in the city) for the rest of 2020.


On July 10 we announced a big pivot for our national artist hothouse this year, with 28 projects, three times more than usual, selected for support.

Vitalstatistix will publish seven beautiful bite-sized offerings, made from micro-residencies held around Australia, each Friday during the month of September; and we will hold a series of mini-Adhocracy events at Vitals each Friday evening throughout September for our South Australian audiences – 4, 11, 18 and 25 of September.

More details about the projects and the publishing/public event program will be released mid-August when we launch our new Adhocracy website.

Cher by Larissa McGowan

We are thrilled to announce we will restage Larissa McGowan’s solo tour de force about the rage and reinvention of the universal aging female artist. This season has been supported by the Australia Council’s Resilience Fund.

Cher premiered last year for two-nights-only at the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and blew audiences away with its genre-busting intelligence, heart and weirdness. As Ben Brooker wrote for Witness at the time, Cher is “a sparkling reminder of the old maxim that one of the purposes of art is to make the familiar strange, and the strange familiar.”

We are very excited that more audiences will have an opportunity to see this show in socially-distanced seating at the Space Theatre in October. A massive thank you to the Adelaide Festival Centre who have been working very hard with us to realise this project.

Bodies of Work

Precarity, the contemporary experience of labour, labour rights and just economic transition are all critical concerns in the face of the triple global existential threats of environmental, neoliberal economic and health crises.

Vitalstatistix is launching a new, multi-year project (in the style of our Climate Century initiative of 2014-2018) that will explore the very broad territory of labour, labour organising, art and working life, and the future of work.

Bodies of Work will include research and development platforms, new commissions and collaborations, symposiums and a series of presentations across four years. This year the project kicks off with an artist lab and a public event focused on dialogue about the key ideas, the possibilities and the context of the Bodies of Work initiative.


Our residencies have been substantially impacted on by the necessary public health measures responding to COVID-19, which have limited gatherings and travel; yet all the artists have found new ways to work together. We are pleased to be able to reschedule and host three residencies for the rest of the year, each with public work-in-progress showings.

In August, Kate Power and Sarah Rodigari return to continue work on Bedroom, both a new work-in-development and a mentorship project. We are hopeful (but at this stage not optimistic) that Sarah will be able to join us physically in South Australia; yet either way the process that Kate and Sarah have undertaken this year is fascinating and very COVID-19 responsive, and this will be a focus of their artist talk/showings.

In November, this year’s two Incubator artists – Amrita Hepi developing The Read and Gabrielle Nankivell developing Sightings – will each undertake their residency with us side-by-side across the same dates. While unusual (like everything else this year!) it means these two acclaimed Australian dance makers will share this time together and our audiences will have a chance to see a very exciting double bill of residency outcomes and work-in-progress dance.

Calendar of public events

Reopening gathering: Friday 7 August, 5:30pm at Waterside. With Mickey Kumatpi Marrutya O’Brien, City of Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Claire Boan, artist Larissa McGowan and Vitalstatistix Chair Angela Flynn. Free, bookings essential here.

Bedroom, Kate Power with Sarah Rodigari: artist talk/showings on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August, 7pm at Waterside. Free, bookings essential here.

Adhocracy, local and live: every Friday, 4-25th September, from 6pm at Waterside. Free, bookings will be essential, opening mid-August.

Cher, Larissa McGowan: 21-25 October, 7:30pm at Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre. Tickets on sale September.

Bodies of Work: Wednesday 4 November, 6pm at Waterside. Free, bookings will be essential, opening October.

Dance double bill: artist talks/showings for Sightings by Gabrielle Nankivell and The Read by Amrita Hepi, on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November, 7pm at Waterside. Free, bookings will be essential, opening October.

Beyond 2020

Some projects and shows that we had not yet announced, but had planned for 2020 before the pandemic, are not able to go ahead this year. However, we look forward to bringing you these experiences in 2021.

As a little taster, this includes pvi collective’s tiny revolutions – we are hoping pvi will be released from the hard border restrictions in WA in order to bring us this brilliant cultural intervention in collaboration with a team of South Australian artists and activists next year.

tiny revolutions is a participatory project aiming to develop a climate of creative resistance in response to the most immense global challenges society currently faces. From climate crisis to rapid tech advancement, human rights to the patriarchy, tiny revolutions takes the overwhelming scale and anxieties of these issues and transforms them into bite-sized actions that pack a societal punch.

Meanwhile this year we have been working on some extremely exciting projects and commissions for next year – stay tuned!

COVID-19 safety is our top priority

While Vitals is reopening our venue, Waterside Workers Hall, from 1 August for COVID-19 safe events – our own and a selection of other venue hires where possible – some activities at the hall need to take a little longer before returning, including the wonderful Born on Monday Choir. Stay tuned for further announcements in the coming months.

All our activities, of course, remain subject to necessary public health measures which can change rapidly as we have recently seen in other states.

Please be assured Vitalstatistix has a COVID-19 Safe Plan in place for Waterside and our events, which includes a range of health, hygiene, social distancing, contact tracing and other measures.

We look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks and months!

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