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Australian Premiere

Marina Abramović Institute: Takeover

2024 Adelaide Festival
Exhibitions Physical Theatre
Space Theatre
MAI Takeover 2560 x 1280
4 shows


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The Space Theatre and its surrounds will become a home to explore the impact and pleasure of durational performance this Festival.

Curated by conceptual artist Marina Abramović and the Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), the following artists from Australia, neighbouring countries and beyond will be invited to create new site-specific, long-durational work:

  • Marina Abramović (appearing digitally)
  • Collective Absentia
  • Li Binyuan (appearing Saturday 2 March only)
  • Yingmei Duan
  • SJ Norman
  • Mike Parr (appearing Friday 1 March only)
  • Indigo Perry
  • Melati Suryodarmo
  • Christian Thompson

These artists will engage with endurance, presence and participation, creating an infinite possibility of encounters between visitors and artists. Marina Abramović will intervene digitally during the takeover, as well as curating with MAI. Visitors are encouraged to explore the various spaces, not just observe, and to return over the course of the project to track the changes and surprises in the evolving, long-durational pieces. This will be the latest global communal participatory project created by MAI, following São Paulo (2015), Athens (2016), Kyiv (2017), Bangkok (2018), Istanbul (2020), Amsterdam (2022) and London (2023)

Event Notice

This is a durational event with entry subject to capacity. Queues may be experienced. Content warnings will apply for this work. Please visit closer to the date. 

Listed as one of Time Magazine’s most influential people, Abramović is a pioneer of performance art.

— The Conversation

[Marina Abramović] is known across the globe for conceptual art practices that push human endurance and boundaries to the limit.

— DailyArt Magazine

Space Theatre and Surrounds

  • Fri 1 Mar 12pm – midnight (Mike Parr appears only on this evening from 12pm - 12am)
  • Sat 2 Mar 12pm – 8pm (Li Binyuan appears only on this evening from 4pm-12am)
  • Sun 3 Mar 11am – 4pm
  • Mon 4 Mar 12pm – 8pm


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Performance Location: Space Theatre

Space Theatre

You can enter the Space Theatre by foot from North Ter­race, Ade­laide Rail­way Sta­tion, Ade­laide Oval, or King William Road. 

From North Ter­race, walk down the laneway along­side SkyC­i­ty Casi­no. From King William Road, you can walk over Fes­ti­val Plaza (there’s a lift and esca­la­tor down to the Dunstan Play­house lev­el) or along the Walk of Fame from Elder Park.


There is an acces­si­ble drop off area locat­ed off Fes­ti­val Dri­ve under the River­bank Footbridge.

A des­ig­nat­ed dis­abil­i­ty drop off is also avail­able 45 min­utes before per­for­mances. To access this drop off area, turn onto Fes­ti­val Dri­ve from King William Road, pass the Fes­ti­val Plaza car park entrance and stay left, dri­ving through the EOS Hotel vis­i­tor drop off loop to arrive at the Dun­stan Play­house & Space Theatre access drop off. 

Taxi services

The best place to be dropped off by taxi is on King William Road at the Fes­ti­val The­atre or on North Terrace. There is also a drop off area locat­ed off low­er Fes­ti­val Dri­ve under­neath the River­bank Footbridge. 

Car parking

The nearest car park is located behind Adelaide Convention Centre on Festival Drive - next to the Riverbank Footbridge. The eastern lift will take you to the promenade level where it's a short walk to the theatre entrance. Visit the Adelaide Convention Centre website for more information. 

Public transport

Accessible by many forms of public transport. Including trains, buses, the tram (stop at Railway Station) and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

We want to make your vis­it as enjoy­able as pos­si­ble and offer many ways to assist if sup­port is required.

Accessible seating

Patrons using a wheel­chair and those unable to man­age stairs can be seat­ed in the bal­cony or on floor lev­el depend­ing on the venue configuration. 


Stair-free seat­ing is avail­able at the upper bal­cony lev­el only. 


Accessible toilets are available at all Adelaide Festival Centre venues.

Assistance animals

Every theatre and event/function area of Adelaide Festival Centre is assistance animal friendly. 

Audio assistance

Space Theatre has hearing loop facilities, limited to particular seats in the venues.

Audience members who require hearing assistance are now able to enjoy the show via the Beyerdynamic Hearing System. Please advise the oper­a­tor at the time of booking. 

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