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International acts headline Ten Days on the Island in 2013

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INTERNATIONAL ACTS HEADLINE TEN DAYS ON THE ISLAND IN 2013

An exclusive Australian premiere season from New York City’s award-winning theatre company
Elevator Repair Service (ERS) and concert performances from legendary soprano Dame Kiri Te
Kanawa, who will perform in Launceston, Burnie and Hobart, form the backbone of the international
component of Ten Days on the Island in 2013.

The festival will open with ERS’s THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway
in Hobart, while Dame Kiri will commence her Tasmanian tour in Launceston two days later.

THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) follows a group of decadent, hedonistic and disillusioned young expatriates
as they drift from post-war Paris to Spain. ERS has thrilled audiences around the world with this glamorous and
exciting production, which typifies the modern interpretations of American 20th Century literary classics the
company is known for.

Dame Kiri will perform a rich programme of classic and contemporary highlights from her famed repertoire and
will be accompanied by esteemed New Zealand pianist Terence Dennis.

Ten Days on the Island Artistic Director Jo Duffy said she was excited and delighted to bring artists of this
calibre to Tasmania for her first festival.

“ERS is one of New York’s most celebrated contemporary theatre companies, with a signature style that
combines elements of comedy, high energy, wild choreography and precise theatrical dramatisation, with the
sometimes terse words of Ernest Hemingway,” she said.

“I am sure Tasmanian audiences will love it just as much as audiences in New York, Dublin and Edinburgh.
“Of course, Dame Kiri needs no introduction to Tasmanian audiences.

“She has told us she has long wanted to visit Tasmania and perform to audiences across the State, and I know
that she will experience a very warm welcome.”

The festival is offering early release tickets to these headline acts, with tickets available for sale to the general
public from 9am on 30 August.

Executive Director and Producer of Ten Days Marcus Barker said the two events will be strong elements of the
Ten Days 2013 programme and will provide stimulus for inter and intrastate visitation, which will fuel local
economies.

“They will also provide additional jobs for our skilled Tasmanian arts workers, as part of the whole programme
of events,” he said.

The full festival programme will be announced later in 2012, with all artists now secured and plans moving into
full swing for opening night of the festival on 15 March 2013.

THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) will be performed in Hobart from 15 – 20 March 2013 at the Theatre Royal,
with tickets available from 30 August online at tendaysontheisland.com and from the Theatre Royal box office.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will perform at the Princess Theatre Launceston on 17 March 2013, the Burnie Arts &
Function Centre on 19 March 2013 and the Theatre Royal in Hobart on 21 March 2013. Tickets will be available
from 30 August online at tendaysontheisland.com and from the venues.
Ten Days on the Island Artistic Director Jo Duffy

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