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

Mood Machine

"Mood Machine is a glorious trip – a rhythmic, kaleidoscopic ride through abstract patterns created from hair, skin, teeth and assorted body parts. It got my vote for best short of the night (Adelaide Film Festival)"
- Jo Vabolis, In Daily

Synopsis

Mood Machine is 10 – 12 minute animated film directed by Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre Garry Stewart.

If we took the total emotional range over a human lifespan and compacted it into a few minutes what might this look like? In Mood Machine this is represented as a dazzlingly baroque explosion of imagery.

The film explores the choreographic possibilities of the habituated gestures and facial expressions that constitute human emotions. The physicality of human emotions are universal and can be read from one cultural group to another. The way in which emotions are expressed by the body is a type of dance if we think of ‘dance’ as being underpinned by kinetics and rhythmic patterns of the body.

Mood Machine was created in collaboration with cinematographer and post-production editor Brenton Kempster (Zulumu) who has also worked with Australian Dance Theatre on past productions Be Your Self and Held.

The soundscore, which will be realized by a long term Sydney based collaborator Brendan Woithe (KLANG) is an atmospheric electronic score which will also employs digitally altered samples of the sounds associated with human emotions such as sobbing, laughter, sighing, breathing, the heartbeat etc.

Mood Machine premiered at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival as part of the Made in SA Program.

Visit the Zulumu website here | Visit the KLANG website here

 

Credits

Director

Garry Stewart

Cinematography, post production, editing

Brenton Kempster (Zumulu)

Composer

Brendan Woithe (KLANG)

Featuring

the dancers of Australian Dance Theatre

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

24 October, 2016
Botis Seva residency

16 October, 2015
MALAGA – by Thomas Fonua

26 February, 2014
Thinking Brains & Bodies

16 December, 2013
Looking back on 2013