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 20 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

Anthology
North/South
The Beginning of Nature
construct by Tanja Liedtke
Doppelganger
Be Your Self
Choreography (NIDA)
Objekt
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 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

March 2019

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

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

April 2019

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

4 - 5 Apr The Odeon, Norwood Anthology Click here to book
08 8373 7733

May 2019

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

3 - 6 May Joyce Theater, New York (USA) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book
212-242-0800

June 2019

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

3 - 7 Jun The Odeon Secondment Week Click here for further info and to apply.
08 8373 7733
28 - 2 Aug The Odeon DanceFit/80's Click here to book.
08 8373 7733

September 2019

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

11 - 14 Sep Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre North/South BASS
131246

Education

Australian Dance Theatre offers a range of education opportunities for secondary & tertiary students, graduates & the general public.

To download a soft copy of our Learning Program for Schools in 2019 – click here. *you may have to refresh the page.

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

Australian Dance Theatre celebrates it's 50th anniversary today

Wednesday, 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.

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