The Company

Celebrating 50 Years in 2015.

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 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 15 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

Doppelganger

Synopsis

Doppelganger is a new work by Garry Stewart and Australian Dance Theatre, originally created for inclusion in the Versus Rodin: bodies across space and time exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2017.

In Doppelganger, Garry Stewart sets out to parody and reframe the notion of the doppelganger, by annulling the suggestions of horror and foreboding and instead playfully representing this mythical character as delightfully camp, impish and ironically uncanny.

“Doppelganger” is a German word that is most generally associated with 19th century Gothic and Romantic literature, where a protagonist is haunted by a mysterious character who eerily appears as their identical twin. This doppelganger twin is traditionally the harbinger of ill fate or doom, and signals a sense of foreboding, danger, misfortune and the possibility of impending death. There exists a quasi-horror at the idea of the doppelganger, as the protagonist contemplates with great anxiety the appearance of another ‘self’ lurking in the shadows.

The doppelganger fragments identity and dismantles the unified sense of self – one of the central themes of the Versus Rodin exhibition – and gives rise to the connotations of multiple personalities and fluid gender. Traditionally, the doppelganger character was usually male and, at times, hinted of an underlying homoeroticism and latent sexuality.

In ADT’s Doppelganger, 5 dancers wear custom-made masks that are printed with the face of ADT dancer Matte Roffe, whom they shadow and interact with in an evocation of this historical mythical figure.

DOPPELGANGER 

Versus Rodin: bodies in space and time
2 March – 17 June 2017 

Art Gallery of South Australia – Gallery 23B 
Free with your Versus Rodin ticket

Click here for more info and to book.

 

Credits

Conceived and Directed

Garry Stewart

Choreography

Garry Stewart

Music

Boards of Canada and Autechre

With additional music by

Brendan Woithe

Costume Design

Garry Stewart

Masks

That’sMyFace

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

15 - 12 Sep National Tour - QLD, NSW, VIC Be Your Self Click here for full details

2 - 5 Aug The Sumner, Southbank Theatre Melbourne Be Your Self Southbank Theatre
03 8688 0800

September 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

18 - 22 Sep ADT Studios, Adelaide Secondment Week Applications are now open
(08) 8373 7733

Support

Creating art is an intensive process requiring the resources, expertise and support of a network of individuals and organisations.

Australian Dance Theatre relies on the valuable support of its sponsors, stakeholders, members, friends and donors who share the company’s passionate commitment to furthering Australian culture and artists.

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