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 18 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, Paul White and Craig Bary (who was previously a Rehearsal Director on construct) return as re-mount directors for this latest iteration of the celebrated work.

 

construct – Heidelberg Premiere Season

1 March 2018 – Tanzbienalle Heidelberg

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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 2018

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

2 - 19 Jan The Odeon Humanhood residency

February 2018

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

1 Feb The Odeon Theatre
57a Queen St Norwood SA 5098
Youth Ensemble audition Applications now open

21 - 22 Feb DeLaMar Theater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands The Beginning of Nature https://www.delamar.nl/voorstellingen/the-beginning-of-nature/

March 2018

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

1 Mar Theater Heidelberg construct by Tanja Liedtke Tanzbiennale Heidelberg

April 2018

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

9 - 13 Apr ADT studios, Adelaide South Australia Secondment Week

July 2018

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

11 - 14 Jul Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre The Beginning of Nature BASS
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News & Media

Humanhood residency - 22 January, 2018

In January 2018 the company were pleased to have Rudi Cole and Julia Robert, founding co-artistic directors of Humanhood, with us in the studios. Humanhood were amongst the winners at the Ballet Gesellschaft International Choreographic Competition in Hanover, which included a three-week scholarship with the company thanks to the generous support of the Tanja Liedtke Foundation. For… View Article

A look back on 2017 - 22 December, 2017

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

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


News Archive

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Botis Seva residency

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26 February, 2014
Thinking Brains & Bodies

16 December, 2013
Looking back on 2013