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 17 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

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

What’s On

January 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

30 - 30 Jan ADT Studios - 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn Youth Ensemble audition more info

1 - 31 Jan Second Stage Development The Beginning of Nature

February 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

18 - 18 Feb ACMI Proximity Interactive - White Night Melbourne Free event

March 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

2 - 31 Mar Art Gallery of South Australia Doppelganger As part of the Versus Rodin exhibition

31 - 31 Mar Art Gallery of South Australia ADT Youth Ensemble - Teen Takeover Free event. Register via AGSA

April 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

1 - 31 Mar Art Gallery of South Australia Doppelganger As part of the Versus Rodin exhibition

26 - 26 Apr ADT Studios 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn Rough Draft Entry by donation. Register your seats here.

June 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

1 - 17 Mar Art Gallery of South Australia Doppelganger As part of the Versus Rodin exhibition

18 Jun ADT Studios - 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn Body Image: the basis of who we are and how we act - workshop Click here to book

August 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

15 - 12 Sep National Tour - QLD, NSW, VIC Be Your Self Click here for full details

2 - 5 Aug The Sumner, Southbank Theatre Melbourne Be Your Self Southbank Theatre
03 8688 0800
15 Aug Townsville Civic Theatre Be Your Self Click here to book
(07) 4727 9797

September 2017

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

18 - 22 Sep ADT Studios, Adelaide Secondment Week Applications are now open
(08) 8373 7733

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.