Garry Stewart announced Winner of the Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in DanceTuesday, March 10, 2015
Artistic Director of the Australia Dance Theatre, Garry Stewart has been named as the inaugural recipient of the Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.
“Im stunned and honoured to be the recipient of this inaugural award from the Australia Council. Of course no one in the Arts does any of this for awards but this recognition is certainly affirming. I’ve been very privileged in my career to have worked with so many remarkable, talented, intelligent individuals from diverse areas of the arts, not just dance. At this juncture I feel more energetic than ever and I look forward to developing many more creative acts! I’m also very proud of the achievements of my colleagues in dance in Australia – the sector has changed so much since I began choreographing many years ago. There are so many incredible artists making extraordinary, fascinating work in this country and I’m honoured to be a component in this unfolding evolution” he said.
Garry Stewart has been the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre since 1999.
Exploration of the body through extremes of power and presence have defined his choreography. He has initiated collaboration with artists working in other media such as robotics, photography, architecture and video. His repertoire of main stage works for Australian Dance Theatre has rapidly grown the company’s significant international reputation.
A prolific choreographer here and overseas – particularly acclaimed for his reworking of ballet language into contemporary forms. His award-winning work includes Birdbrain, The Age of Unbeauty, Nothing, HELD, Devolution, G, Be Your Self, Worldhood, Proximity and Honour Bound about the incarceration of David Hicks.
The award will be presented at a Sydney event on Thursday, 19th of March which will pay tribute to Garry and nine other distinguished recipients who have demonstrated consistent Artistic excellence, diversity and exceptional leadership across their careers.
Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said the awards were the highest accolade the Council could bestow, and that the 2015 recipients had a depth and richness to the contributions made in their respective art forms, which embodied the kind of artistic and cultural ambition the Council is committed to supporting.
The 2015 Australia Council Award recipients are:
- Garry Stewart (SA) – Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance
- Thomas Keneally (NSW) – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature
- Archie Roach (Vic) – Australia Council Don Banks Music Award
- Judy Watson (Qld) – Australia Council Visual Arts Award (Artist)
- Will Stubbs (NT) – Australia Council Visual Arts Award (Advocate)
- Stelarc (WA) – Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Emerging & Experimental Arts
- Bruce Gladwin (Vic) – Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre
- Tony Doyle (SA) – Ros Bower Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development)
- Alyson Evans (NSW) – Kirk Robson Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development)
- Alysha Herrmann (SA) – Kirk Robson Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development)
Garry Stewarts work Devolution will also feature in the Australian Council for the Arts Exhibition held in the Rover Thomas Auditorium in Sydney. It will be on display from 9 March – 15 May 2015, Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.
This exhibition displays the work of many of the Australia Council Awards recipients. It includes original works by Judy Watson and Stelarc as well as works produced by our recipients, including projects facilitated by Tony Doyle, costumes and documentation from Australian Dance Theatre, Back to Back Theatre as well as sculptural work by Yirrkala artist Wukun Wanambi.
We are incredibly proud of our Artistic Director on such an incredible, prestigious achievement. Congratulations Garry, very well deserved!