A look back on 2016Friday, December 23, 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 of dancers and dance makers.
With a focus on performing in our hometown this year, we would particularly like to thank our loyal and new audiences in Adelaide, South Australia.
A look back on the year.
Following the world premiere of Habitus at the Adelaide Festival in March to sold out audiences, we premiered Part 1 of The Beginning of Nature to rave reviews at WOMADelaide.
We premiered our VR app The Beginning of Nature in Virtual Reality, created in collaboration with Sandpit and Jumpgate and were thrilled by the response of WOMAD festival patrons to this unique experience. Click here to download for free.
Proximity Interactive made a return to Adelaide as part of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art – Magic Object, where over 20,000 visitors to Samstag Gallery were able to interact with this exhibit.
We were guest perfomers at the Art Gallery of South Australia’s First Fridays in May and re-launched our choreographic season, Ignition, in July.
In August, we performed as part of the South Australian Government’s trade mission to India.
In a first for the company, Artistic Director Garry Stewart was in-residence with German dance company, tanzmainz, from April to June, during which time he created a new work, Objekt. Following its German premiere by tanzmainz, ADT presented the Australian premiere season in October, and the reviews were overwhelmingly positive … ” A riveting and exciting artistic achievement reflecting quality collaboration on all levels” – InDaily
As part of the launch of ADT’s International Centre for Choreography, we hosted three artists in residence and presented our annual Rough Draft choreographic evening.
We were delighted to be involved in the Thinking Brains and Bodies discussion forum at the highly anticipated return of The Adelaide Festival of Ideas in October.
In our final performance for the year, we were a guest performer at the Ruby Awards, honouring South Australian arts and cultural excellence.
As always, it is our dancers who make our company what it is. It was wonderful to see their extraordinary talents recognised by their peers in 2016, with ADT’s longest-serving dancer, Kimball Wong, taking home the Helpmann Award for Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work and Thomas Fonua receiving a nomination for an Adelaide Critics Circle Award for Best Emerging Artist in choreography.
Thank you again for joining us in 2016 and we look forward to seeing you all in 2017.