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

The Beginning of Nature
construct by Tanja Liedtke
Doppelganger
Be Your Self
Choreography (NIDA)
Objekt
Habitus
Multiverse
Proximity
Mood Machine
Collision Course
Nought by Daniel Jaber
Worldhood
Ignition
Devolution
HELD
The Age of Unbeauty
Nascent
Vocabulary
Nothing
Birdbrain

What’s On

January 2018

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2 - 19 Jan The Odeon Humanhood residency

February 2018

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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

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1 Mar Theater Heidelberg construct by Tanja Liedtke Tanzbiennale Heidelberg

April 2018

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9 - 13 Apr ADT studios, Adelaide South Australia Secondment Week

July 2018

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11 - 14 Jul Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre The Beginning of Nature BASS
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Latest News

Adelaide Festival and Performing Arts Collection present ADT/50

Monday, September 21, 2015

Honouring 50 wonderful years of Australian Dance Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre and the Performing Arts Collection present ADT/50 – saluting the incredible ADT Artistic Directors – Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, Jonathan Taylor, Leigh Warren, Meryl Tankard and Garry Stewart and their unique legacies to the company. It also gives a nod to the impact these artistic directors have had on Australia’s outstanding contemporary dance reputation worldwide.

With evocative costumes spanning ADT’s 50 years of dance, along with visual and audio recordings, ADT/50 will celebrate these visionary artistic directors and their works.

ADT owes its existence to the vision of Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM and Leslie White, who founded the company in 1965 to present Australian ballet and modern dance. When White left in 1967, ADT became a purely modern dance company with new movement vocabularies and dance forms to express contemporary Australian life – the likes of which had never been seen in Australia. On display from Dalman’s years is a costume from Release of an Oath (1972), designed by Barbara Chatteris. Release of an Oath was Dalman’s response to civil war in Ireland – a touchy topic in 1972, and the costume depicts Ireland’s catholic heritage.

During Jonathan Taylor’s artistic directorship, ADT would present adventurous, progressive and sometimes provocative dance theatre. This can be seen in Ann Sinclair’s costume design for Taylor’s work, Flibbertigibbet (1977) – a trio of hand-painted, patch-worked and graffitied overalls capture the lighthearted-ness of this performance.

Leigh Warren’s goals for ADT were clear: to foster Australian choreography, music and design, and to develop the company into a cohesive contemporary ensemble. Warren also took a choreographic risk with his Tu Tu Wha (1991), based on the life of Marie Antoinette, which included male dancers dressed in fantastic black tutus, harnesses and unitards.

An alumna of Pina Bausch’s Wuppertal Danz Theater, Meryl Tankard brought with her an already established choreographic aesthetic and repertoire created in collaboration with her husband, French-born photographer and visual artist Régis Lansac. The enormous success of Furioso (1993) launched Tankard’s ADT internationally and the costuming by Tankard herself, coupled with an inspired use of ropes, expressed her new direction for the company.

Garry Stewart is ADT’s longest serving Artistic Director. The critical and commercial success of his work has resulted in ADT becoming one of Australia’s biggest cultural exports. Birdbrain (2000), a postmodernist deconstruction of Swan Lake, was an international success.

These are just some of the highlights of this decade-spanning retrospective. The Performing Arts Collection would like to thank Maggie Tonkin for the wonderful research she provided for this exhibition.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier said, “We’re proud to be able to pay homage to ADT, a true Adelaide success story, with this carefully curated exhibition from the Performing Arts Collection. To remain at the forefront of contemporary dance in Australia, and indeed the world, is no small feat and we congratulate ADT on reaching their 50th year.”

When: 5 September – 4 October 2015 | Weekdays, 9am -5pm and during performance times

Where: Adelaide Festival Theatre – main foyer

Cost: Free

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