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 18 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

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
Nascent
Vocabulary
Nothing
Birdbrain

What’s On

January 2018

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

2 - 19 Jan The Odeon Humanhood residency

February 2018

Date

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

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

1 Mar Theater Heidelberg construct by Tanja Liedtke Tanzbiennale Heidelberg

21 Mar Dubbo Regional Theatre Convention Centre The Beginning of Nature Book now

April 2018

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

9 - 13 Apr The Odeon Secondment Week Apply now.

June 2018

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Venue

Program

Bookings

14 - 15 Jun Canberra Theatre Centre The Beginning of Nature Book now

July 2018

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

11 - 14 Jul Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre The Beginning of Nature BASS
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18 Jul The Art House Wyong The Beginning of Nature Book now

21 Jul Chaffey Theatre The Beginning of Nature Country Arts South Australia

27 - 28 Jul Theatre Royal The Beginning of Nature Tasmanian Arts Guide

August 2018

Date

Venue

Program

Bookings

18 Aug Mandurah Performing Arts Centre The Beginning of Nature Book now

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.