The Company

Under the directorship of Garry Stewart, Australian Dance Theatre creates dance that is an intelligent progression of the art form engaging audiences the world over.

Australian Dance Theatre is Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary dance company and the longest running in the country. For over 50 years Australian Dance Theatre has pioneered new work that has contributed to defining dance in this region.

Some of the most laudable names in Australian dance have been part of the company’s evolution. For the past 17 years, under the artistic direction of Garry Stewart, Australian Dance Theatre has engaged in unique collaborations with artists from a wide variety of fields. With the dancers of the company, Garry Stewart has developed a distinctive movement vocabulary that underpins the company’s unique identity.

Works

construct by Tanja Liedtke

"construct could apply to many things, from personal careers and relationships, to larger matters. We build cities and destroy them. Great civilisations fall apart. Things increase and decrease. It’s a universal subject, something that is inherent in the world"
- Tanja Liedtke

Synopsis

To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the passing of prodigious talent, Tanja Liedtke, Australian Dance Theatre presents the return season of construct, an extraordinarily complex and detailed piece, performed with great wit, clarity and emotion.

Performed by the dancers of ADT, construct takes a look at the sharp, rigorous and sometimes curious concept of ‘building’.  It inhabits an empty theatre full of possibility – a space in which to construct an existence – a future, a life, a relationship and a dream.

From the first dwellings ever built to contemporary towers, to the shelter assembled from the need to simply survive, the physical act of building a structure, a connection or a dream is rich in metaphor and emotional bonds. Building – collapsing – re-buliding – assembling – disintergrating – always building – slow decay. construct uses inventive movement and simple design to evoke the familiar, the domestic and the unexpected.

construct was conceived and directed by Tanja, and choreographed in collaboration with former ADT dancers Kristina Chan and Paul White. Kristina Chan and former ADT dancer Craig Bary (who was previously a Rehearsal Director on construct) return as re-mount directors for this latest iteration of the celebrated work.

 

construct – Adelaide return season

29 November – 5 December 2017 – The Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

Click here to book or call BASS on 131 246.

Presented by Australian Dance Theatre and the Adelaide Festival Centre. 

Supporters

This return season of construct has been made possible by the generous support of the Tanja Liedtke Foundation.

Credits

Conceived & Directed

Tanja Liedtke

Choreography

Tanja Liedtke, Kristina Chan & Paul White

Remount Directors

Kristina Chan & Craig Bary

Composer

DJ TR!P

Set & Lighting Design

Ben Cobham & Geoff Cobham (Bluebottle)

Technical Director

Paul Cowley

Dancers

Marlo Benjamin, Jana Castillo & Kimball Wong

What’s On

January 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

30 - 30 Jan ADT Studios - 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn Youth Ensemble audition more info

1 - 31 Jan Second Stage Development The Beginning of Nature

February 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

18 - 18 Feb ACMI Proximity Interactive - White Night Melbourne Free event

March 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

2 - 31 Mar Art Gallery of South Australia Doppelganger As part of the Versus Rodin exhibition

31 - 31 Mar Art Gallery of South Australia ADT Youth Ensemble - Teen Takeover Free event. Register via AGSA

April 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

1 - 31 Mar Art Gallery of South Australia Doppelganger As part of the Versus Rodin exhibition

26 - 26 Apr ADT Studios 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn Rough Draft Entry by donation. Register your seats here.

June 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

1 - 17 Mar Art Gallery of South Australia Doppelganger As part of the Versus Rodin exhibition

18 Jun ADT Studios - 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn Body Image: the basis of who we are and how we act - workshop Click here to book

August 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

18 - 19 Aug NORPA Be Your Self Click here to book

2 - 5 Aug The Sumner, Southbank Theatre Melbourne Be Your Self Southbank Theatre
03 8688 0800
24 - 24 Aug Empire Theatre Be Your Self Click here to book

30 - 30 Aug The Art House Be Your Self Click here to book

September 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

18 - 22 Sep ADT Studios, Adelaide Secondment Week Applications are now open
(08) 8373 7733
2 - 2 Sep Riverside Theatres Be Your Self Click here to book

8 - 8 Sep Frankston Arts Centre Be Your Self Click here to book

12 - 12 Sep Mildura Arts Centre Be Your Self Click here to book

October 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

20 - 21 Oct The Odeon Theatre The Odeon Garage Sale Click here for more detail

November 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

29 - 2 Dec Adelaide Festival Centre construct by Tanja Liedtke BASS
131 246
1 - 2 Nov Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Bogota Colombia The Beginning of Nature Click here to book

News & Media

Body Image: the basis of who we are and how we act – workshop - 25 April, 2017

Body Image: the basis of who we are and how we act. Workshop – Sunday 18 June 10.00am-4:30pm, held at ADT Studios 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn. Join Associate Professor Susan Hillier of the University of South Australia for a special workshop for anyone interested in body image – clinicians, dancers, actors, yoga teachers, students, or… View Article

A look back on 2016 - 23 December, 2016

As we reflect on what has been a huge and exciting year for the company, we sincerely thank all our valued sponsors and supporters for ensuring that we are able to continue to create and perform new work, play a leading role as a cultural ambassador for Australia, and provide opportunities for the future generation… View Article

Erin Fowler residency - 23 December, 2016

The company were pleased to invite local independent artist and Artistic Director of The Mill Adelaide, Erin Fowler to the studios for a week-long residency to further develop her work Epoch, on the dancers of ADT. Epoch first premiered in 2016 as part of ADT’s Ignition season. This week our dancers have been training in Erin’s distinctive… View Article

Gabrielle Nankivell ‘Split Second Heroes’ Studio Showing - 27 October, 2016

The company were thrilled to welcome former ADT dancer and celebrated independent choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell into the ADT studios for a week-long residency. Together with the ADT dancers and other independents in the sector she is further developing her piece Split Second Heroes in a research lab setting. Split Second Heroes is a technicolour action-adventure starring everyone’s favourite… View Article

Botis Seva residency - 24 October, 2016

In June 2016 Garry Stewart featured as a guest judge for the Hanover Ballet Society’s annual International Competition for Choreographers, supported by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation. Tanja Liedtke was a former dancer with ADT in the late 90s and early 2000s, performing in various works for the company. Botis Seva, a London based choreographer, was awarded first… View Article


News Archive

16 October, 2015
MALAGA – by Thomas Fonua

26 February, 2014
Thinking Brains & Bodies

16 December, 2013
Looking back on 2013