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 PREMIERES MULTIVERSE IN ADELAIDE

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Australian Dance Theatre will again push new boundaries this July with the world premiere of Garry Stewart’s Multiverse where visually stunning 3D graphics share the stage with three phenomenal dancers to create one of the first 3D works by a national Australian dance company.

Conceived, directed and choreographed by Garry Stewart, the one-hour production has been created following his role as “Thinker in Residence” at Deakin University’s Motion.Lab, working with computer animators and Australian Dance Theatre dancers to blend choreography with 3D effects.

As the first ever artist to undertake a “Thinker in Residence” program at Deakin University, he said that the development has been rewarding, challenging and incredibly stimulating.

“The work is based on ideas from theoretical physics and because this is an invisible world to us it is a perfect vehicle to explore a visualisation of notions such as parallel dimensions, multiple universes, string theory and black holes: ideas that are at the centre of current thinking into how we understand the universe,” Stewart said.

 To understand these difficult and complex concepts Garry Stewart consulted with Andrew Melatos, the Associate Professor from the Physics Department at Melbourne University.

“Andrew’s advice was critical in the creation of the breathtaking 3D effects, which will be joined by a video tracking feature by Matt Gingold allowing an additional layer of projection to be seen on the dancers bodies whilst they are moving – stunning technology,” Stewart said.

 This work will be supported by a score created by Brendan Woithe (KLANG), Sound Composer for past works such as Be Your Self and Collision Course and the audience will be taken on a new journey not only by the work itself, but by viewing the work with 3D glasses.

Lighting will be created by renowned lighting designer Damien Cooper who has worked with companies such as Australian Ballet, Bangarra, Opera Australia as well as creating stunning designs for Australian Dance Theatre productions Birbrain and Be Your Self.

“Our dancers will be dressed in costumes designed by the very talented Adelaide fashion designer Catherine Ziersch who produced the beautiful costumes last year for Nought.  She is working with an experimental light-emitting fabric to further enhance and support the graphics on stage,” said Stewart.

An education component including forums and open rehearsals will also run in the lead up to and during the season.

To celebrate the world premiere of Multiverse, an exhibition of screen based works by Garry Stewart and Australian Dance Theatre will be staged at the Artspace Gallery, Adelaide Festival Centre from 2nd July – 24th August. The exhibition offers audiences the opportunity to experience the innovation of Australian Dance Theatre across dance, visual arts and screen.

Australian Dance Theatre in association with Adelaide Festival Centre will premiere Mutliverse 9-12 July, 2014 at the Space Theatre.  Tickets are on sale now.