Kimball Wong announced winner of the 2016 Helpmann Award for Best Male DancerTuesday, July 26, 2016
The annual Helpmann Awards recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in the many disciplines of Australia’s vibrant live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre.
Australian Dance Theatre were proud to be nominated for four Helpmann Awards in 2016: Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work – Lonii Garnons Williams – Habitus, Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work – Kimball Wong – Habitus, Best Ballet or Dance Work – Australian Dance Theatre – Habitus & Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work – Garry Stewart & Larissa McGowan – Habitus
The company is thrilled to announce that ADT dancer Kimball Wong has been awarded the Helpmann for Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work.
Kimball has worked at Australian Dance Theatre for eight years – the longest serving dancer in the company. He has performed in the world premieres & subsequent seasons of G (2008-09), Be Your Self (2010-12), Worldhood (2011), Proximity (2012, 2013 & 2014), and in Garry Stewart’s dance film installation Collision Course. He has toured extensively through Europe performing in G (European tour – 2008; French tour – 2009), Be Your Self (2011) & Proximity (2013 & 2014).
Kimball performed in the Australian tour of G (May-July 2013), Proximity at the Arts Centre Melbourne (August 2013), and the premiere of Daniel Jaber’s Nought (September 2013).
In 2013 Kimball won the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer for his role in Proximity.
In 2014 Kimball performed in the world premiere season of Multiverse (July 2014) and in the 2014 return Adelaide season of Proximity.
In 2015 he travelled with the company to France and Spain, performing in the European Premiere Tour of Multiverse. He joined the company on subsequent Mulitverse tours to Europe later in 2015 to France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Austria. He also performed in the Australian National tour of Be Your Self.
In 2016 he performed in the world premiere season of Habitus at the Adelaide Festival of Arts. He also performed in the world premiere season of The Beginning of Nature as part of the WOMADelaide Festival.
“I have been fortunate to have worked with many extraordinary dancers but Kimball remains unique and unparalleled. He is quite simply one of the best dancers this country has seen. ‘Jaw dropping’ is a term that is often used by audience members and fellow dancers and choreographers who have witnessed Kimball’s work on stage.
He not only possesses great power, technique, muscularity and dynamism but also a fantastically riveting rawness and an innate sense of connection and fluidity that is spellbinding to watch. He is also supremely focussed and hard working whilst remaining humble and unassuming. In short, he’s the total package and its a privilege to work with him!
Its wonderful that Kimball has received this well deserved accolade and all of us at the company are so proud of him” – Garry Stewart
Congratulations Kimball and to all those who were nominated.