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.

Works

North/South
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
Nothing
Nascent
Vocabulary
Birdbrain

What’s On

January 2018

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Venue

Program

Bookings

2 - 19 Jan The Odeon Humanhood residency

February 2018

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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 Book now

March 2018

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Venue

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Bookings

1 Mar Theater Heidelberg construct by Tanja Liedtke Tanzbiennale Heidelberg

April 2018

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Venue

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Bookings

9 - 13 Apr The Odeon Secondment Week Apply now.

May 2018

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Venue

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19 May The Odeon The Odeon Open Day Free!
8373 7733

June 2018

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Venue

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3 Jun The Odeon Making South Workshop Click here to register
(08) 8373 7733
28 - 30 Jun Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong The Beginning of Nature Book now
02 4224 5999
14 - 15 Jun Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra The Beginning of Nature Book now
02 6275 2700
21 Jun Dubbo Regional Theatre Convention Centre, Dubbo The Beginning of Nature Book now
(02) 6801 4378
18 Jun The Art House Wyong The Beginning of Nature Book now
(02) 4335 1485

July 2018

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Venue

Program

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27 - 28 Jul Theatre Royal, Hobart The Beginning of Nature Book now
(03) 6233 2299
21 Jul Chaffey Theatre, Renmark The Beginning of Nature Book now
(08) 8586 1800
11 - 14 Jul Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre The Beginning of Nature Book now
131 246

August 2018

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Venue

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Bookings

9 - 10 Aug Darwin Entertainment Centre The Beginning of Nature Book here
08 8943 4222
3 Aug Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs The Beginning of Nature Book now
08 8951 1122
18 Aug Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah The Beginning of Nature Book now
(08) 9550 3900

September 2018

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Venue

Program

Bookings

13 - 14 Sep The Odeon, Norwood Making North Workshop Click here to register
08 8373 7733

October 2018

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Venue

Program

Bookings

12 Oct The Odeon Rough Draft Click here to book
08 8373 7733
16 - 14 Dec Tanja Liedtke Fellowship 2019 Applications now open
08 8373 7733

November 2018

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Venue

Program

Bookings

6 - 10 Nov Stadttheater Fürth, Fürth (DEU) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
(0911) 974 24 10
13 Nov Scharoun-Theater Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (DEU) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
05361 2673-38
15 Nov Theater de Maaspoort, Venlo (NL) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
+31(0)77 320 72 22
17 Nov Musis & Stadstheater Arnhem, Arnhem (NL) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
026 – 443 73 43
21 Nov Parktheater Eindhoven, Eindhoven (NL) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
040 - 2 11 11 22
23 Nov Theater & Congrescentrum de Flint, Amersfoort (NL) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
033 4229 229
29 Nov Theater De Nieuwe Kolk, Assen (NL) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
088 012 88 88

December 2018

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

1 Dec ATLAS Theater, Emmen (NL) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
0591 - 850 856
6 Dec Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht (NL) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
+31 43 350 55 55
7 - 8 Dec Theaters Tilburg, Tilburg (NL) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
013 543 22 20
12 Dec Concertgebouw Brugge, Brugge (BEL) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
0031 20 671 83 45
14 Dec Theater Bonn, Bonn (DEU) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
+49 [0]228 – 77 80 08
18 Dec De Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda (NL) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
0182 - 513 750

January 2019

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

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

June 2019

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

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

Support

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.

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

For further information visit adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au or connect with them via social media on Twitter @AdelaideFesCent or Facebook facebook.com/FestivalCentre