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The Kites of Tianjin

26 July, 2018 - 29 July, 2018

The Usefulness of Art

The Kites of Tianjin

26 – 29 July 2018

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★★★★ ‘It was arresting both musically and visually, reflecting the sense of empathy and shared experience that gives this work such a strong emotional resonance.’  The Age review of The Calling

★★★★★ ‘Another masterpiece…’ Arts Hub review of The Calling


26 – 29 July 2018

duration: 60 minutes
Thursday to Saturday 7.30pm
Sunday 3pm
ticket price: $30 – $35
bookings: 03 9662 9966

Adam Simmons appears for the fifth season (over 2 years) of his exciting project The Usefulness of Art which has been a brilliant journey through contemporary composition, influenced by music around the world.  A joyful, totally immersive experience by one of Australia’s most versatile multi instrumentalists. CutCommon Article here.

The Kites of Tianjin is a 60min work by Adam Simmons, inspired by the Chinese city’s renowned “Wei Kites”, created by Wei Yuantai (1872-1961). It will be the fifth and final project as part of a two-year series of large ensemble works presented under the banner of “The Usefulness of Art” (TUoA)

The work will feature Wang Zheng-Ting on sheng (Chinese mouth organ) as featured soloist with the Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble, and set design by award winning quilter, Rachaeldaisy. The work will explore the ideas of breath, flight, colour and movement.

‘The performance, heightened by strong visual and theatrical elements, again evidenced Simmons’s far-reaching ambition for The Usefulness of Art program.’ Des Cowley, Australian Book Review of The Calling

This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.

Adam Simmons – composer, woodwinds

Wang Zheng-Ting – sheng

Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble

Rachaeldaisy – set design

Sally Blackwood – dramaturgy

Christine Crawshaw – costumier

Bridget McWilliams – lighting operator

Ticket Prices:

Full: $35
Concession: $30
Children (under 12): Free when accompanied by an adult


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members




26 July, 2018
29 July, 2018
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fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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