ADT and the Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts) have embarked on a ground-breaking partnership that will provide unique benefits to both organisations and ensure a dynamic future for dance in Adelaide.
The partnership will give dance students at AC Arts the opportunity to benefit from the experience of Artistic Director Garry Stewart and ADT dancers.
For the first time, Garry will join the panel that will audition dancers for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) degree delivered by TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of the Arts and Flinders University, starting with the 2016 intake.
The partnership will also provide opportunities for ADT to present performances at the Adelaide College of the Arts’ Light Square venue, promoting its work in its home town.
Adelaide College of the Arts is the only tertiary institution in Australia housing the study of visual and performing arts training in one building. It has an international reputation for producing graduates ready for professional roles.
Garry said he and ADT had a close involvement with the College that extended back to the College’s 1999 co-production of Amnesia and included the 2011 presentation of Worldhood.
“I’ve witnessed and benefited from the skills and expertise of Adelaide College of the Arts students in dance, technical production and other areas,” he said. “Many technical production students who have worked with us in an internship capacity go on to support us in professional roles.
“We’ve entered this agreement to help nurture dance and choreography students in Adelaide. We will immerse AC Arts students in our preparations for major productions and offer opportunities to learn from and be mentored by our professional dancers.”
Adelaide College of the Arts Head of Dance, Peter Sheedy said the relationship with ADT would provide students with unparalleled experience to help them become elite contemporary dance practitioners.
“The opportunity to work with professional artists is something we’ve built our reputation around,” Mr Sheehy said. “A closer relationship with this world-renowned company can only enhance our training.
“The ADT is the most internationally toured dance company in Australia. Many of our students have grown up watching and admiring Garry’s work – to enable them to work with him and ADT provides a unique and valuable offering for our students across dance, choreography, technical and production.”
Auditions will be staged on 20 November and 4 December, and successful applicants will be offered first and second round places in December 2015 and January 2016. Applications should be submitted through SATAC.
Find out more about the Bachelor of Dance at Adelaide College of the Arts.