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 19 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.


The Beginning of Nature
construct by Tanja Liedtke
Be Your Self
Choreography (NIDA)
Mood Machine
Collision Course
Nought by Daniel Jaber
The Age of Unbeauty

What’s On

January 2019





31 Jan The Odeon Youth Ensemble audition Click here to receive an application form
08 8373 7733
22 - 24 Jan The Odeon School Holiday Workshops Click here to book
08 8373 7733

March 2019





12 - 18 Mar Queen Elizabeth II (Cunard) The Beginning of Nature Cunard

May 2019





3 - 6 May Joyce Theater, New York (USA) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book

June 2019





3 - 7 Jun The Odeon Secondment Week Click here for further info and to apply.
08 8373 7733

September 2019





11 - 14 Sep Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre North/South BASS

ADT International Centre for Choreography


In 2018, ADT launched its International Centre for Choreography (ICC), based at ADT’s new home at The Odeon in Norwood, that will facilitate support for local, interstate and international dance artists in the creation of dance through workshops, exchanges and residencies, and professional development initiatives. ADT has had a long history of encouraging and nurturing the creativity of its dancers and independent artists, as well as providing the means to create. The ADT ICC is a new initiative by ADT with the aim to act as a nexus for the exchange of ideas on choreography and to facilitate support for local, interstate and international dance artists in the development of new dance and the thinking that underpins it.

A number of pre-existing initiatives will formulate the cornerstone of the ICC in the early stages. These are:

Rough Draft / Rough Draft provides an opportunity for Adelaide’s independent dance and physical theatre makers to present their work to an audience in the early stages of its creative development. This event will occur annually and showcases up to 10 new works. Click here for more info.

Artists Residencies / As part of its Residency program, ADT provides space for creative and professional development for local independent artists at no cost. The residency includes access to the Tanja Liedtke Studio, Main Theatre (depending on the company’s touring schedule), meeting room, break-out space, green room, toilets/showers, a ‘hot-desk’, as well as free access to wifi. Artists are encouraged to present a studio showing of their work at The Odeon at the conclusion of their residency for invited guests, friends and potential presenters. Click here for more info.

Open Classes / ADT will continue to open its doors to independent professional dancers to attend company class weekday mornings, free of charge. This allows independent artists access to the highest level of training, without the cost.

These programs will be accompanied by new and exciting initiatives in ADT’s regular programming, underpinned by its vision to connect to a network of outstanding choreographic centres around the globe and within Australia, including:

Collaborations and Exchanges / Collaborations are at the heart of the ICC. Exchange with a network of other international and national choreographic centres such as Dance Base in Edinburgh, Centre Choregraphique National de Marseille, ICK Amsterdam, Strut (WA) and Critical Path (NSW) will provide South Australian and international artists with a range of opportunities in developing new projects and evolving methodologies of making.

Workshops /  In 2018, the ICC will introduce a workshop program for professional dancers and choreographers with ADT artists as well as visiting artists and collaborators. In 2018, workshops will be conducted by Norwegian choreographer, Ina Christel Johannessen. Johannessen’s work is well known internationally through her company Zero Visibility Corp, her time as resident choreographer of Carte Blanche, and commissions by Scottish Dance Theatre, CCDC Hong Kong, Cullberg Ballet and Gothenburg Dance Company. Click here for more info.

Garry Stewart Churchill Fellowship / Our Artistic Director, Garry Stewart, has recently been named as a recipient of a 2017 Churchill Fellowship. These prestigious fellowships are awarded each year to provide Fellows with the opportunity to travel around the world to gain new knowledge and understandings in their field of interest that can be applied back in Australia to positively impact our society. In 2018, Garry will use his Fellowship to travel to various choreographic centres such as Gati Dance Forum (India), Ballet Marseille Centre National Choregraphique (France), ICK International Centre for Choreography (The Netherlands), Movement Research (USA) and Dance Base (Scotland), where he will study the structure and function to implement on ADT’s new ICC. Click here for more info.


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

Tanja Liedtke Fellowship closes 14 Dec 2018 - 13 December, 2018

Tomorrow is the last day to apply for the 2019 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship. The 2019 Fellowship is offered by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation in partnership with Berlin’s ada Studio and Australian Dance Theatre’s International Centre for Choreography (ADT ICC). In 2019, the ADT ICC will be managing the Fellowship application process in partnership with the… View Article

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 2018 - 14 December, 2018

As we reflect on what has been a huge and exciting year for the company, we sincerely thank all our valued audiences, 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… View Article

News Archive

23 December, 2016
A look back on 2016

23 December, 2016
Erin Fowler residency

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