Australian Dance Theatre celebrates it's 50th anniversary todayWednesday, June 10, 2015
Today we celebrate a history of wonderful stories and achievements as Australia’s longest running contemporary dance company.
Under the direction of the company’s longest serving Artistic Director, Garry Stewart, Australian Dance Theatre has become the nation’s most travelled dance troupe.
“Elizabeth Cameron Dalman started the company with an ambitious vision and it’s her legacy that has made such a formidable impact on Australia and the world – it is fitting that she is our 50th anniversary patron. She is remembered jointly with other past Artistic Directors, who with their ensembles have all played a pivotal part in reaching 50,” – Garry Stewart.
Today we gathered in Adelaide Arcade together with the Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM and the other founding members. Adelaide Arcade was the original home where Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM started a legacy. Australian Dance Theatre was founded by Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM in 1965 after she was inspired by her experience in New York and by the Australian environment. It was the first time modern and contemporary dance was taught in Australia.
Since then, the Australian Dance Theatre has grown to be one of the most influential dance companies in the country and has been producing consistently great repertoire since it was formed. Australian Dance Theatre has distinguished itself as daring, exhilarating, athletic and exciting, producing some of Australia’s most highly skilled, innovative dancers and choreographers.
Australian Dance Theatre has a rich history full of wonderful stories and achievements that have lead it to its current world-class status, a dancing phenomenon that continues to push new boundaries across the globe. This has enabled it to tour nationally and internationally, making it Australia’s number one dance ambassador.
Over the 50 years there has been five artistic directors and three interim directors (1965 – 1975 – Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, 1977 – 1985 – Jonathan Taylor, 1986 – Anthony Steel and Lenny Westerdijk (artistic caretakers), 1987 – 1993 – Leigh Warren, 1993 – 1999 – Meryl Tankard, 1999 – Bill Pengelly (interim Artistic Director), 1999 – current – Garry Stewart).
We are incredibly proud of reaching this milestone. We kindly thank our valued sponsors and supporters for ensuring we are able to create ground-breaking work that represents Australia across the globe, as well as nurture and support young dancers and choreographers as future praciticing professionals.
A magnificent legacy remains from the ADT dancers, directors, choreographers and teachers who have gone on to influence Australian contemporary dance both here and overseas.
As we celebrate this important milestone in the company’s history, we hope you will follow our journey as we continue to redefine dance into the 21st century.