Sally Smart, The Violet Ballet

Exhibition and Shows

2 Mar 2019 to 27 Apr 2019

As part of the Adelaide Festival, encounter the work of one Australia’s most significant contemporary artists, Sally Smart, as she makes a welcome return to Adelaide with her immersive new installation, ‘The Violet Ballet’.

Widely known for her large-scale, richly-coloured assemblage installations, Smart has carved out a world-renowned career that spans more than three decades. ‘The Violet Ballet’ extends on Smart’s distinctive practice, examining the extraordinary legacy of the Ballet Russes – in particular its macabre dance piece Chout (Tale of the Buffoon) – alongside traditional the Indonesian Wayang character Punokawan.

Through textiles, costumes, dance, film and shadow puppetry, ‘The Violet Ballet’ presents a dynamic mise en scene that brings avant-garde performance into close conversation with the entwined legacies of colonialism and orientalism.


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Event Times

2 Mar 2019 to 27 Apr 2019

Daily Event


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Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace (West End), Adelaide, 5000

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