The Company

Celebrating 50 Years in 2015.

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 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 15 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

'L' by Mirramu Dance Company featuring ADT

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In 1965 Elizabeth Cameron Dalman founded Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide. Last month she brought her current company, Mirramu Dance Company, to Adelaide for one performance only of L –  a vibrant dance theatre work, nodding to the past, revelling in the present and looking forward with anticipation to the future of the child that was contemporary dance and its power to transform.

L is a piece that celebrates life from the wildness of youth to the process of ageing. L asks the fundamental question – how to live a vibrant life to the end. L tells everyone’s story through the story of one remarkable life spent dancing.

Australian Dance Theatre was delighted to join Mirramu Dance Company, presenting excerpts from Garry Stewart’s Be Your Self, having just returned from an Australian national tour. Be Your Self challenges our understanding of who we are by unpicking the conventions we use to convince ourselves of a singular ‘I’. In this extraordinary creation Garry Stewart situates the body at the centre of his inquiry and reveals that despite our civilising cultural inscriptions the body is still a force to be reckoned with.

To be yourself was indeed a mantra for the fledgling company of the 1960s and 70s, and one which Dalman has continued to espouse in her own more than 50 year professional career. At 81 she still dances, teaches, mentors and choreographs around Australia and travels regularly overseas as a guest dance elder.

It was a fantastic evening. Together for the first time, the founding and current directors of Australian Dance Theatre captured a unique moment in dance history, bringing together the 50 years of contemporary dance practice since the revolution of the barefoot dancers in the sixties and seventies.

 

“With successors Leigh Warren and Stewart by her side, Dalman bade a dozen or so founding members of ADT stand in their places. The rest of the audience leapt to their feet and cheered them to the roof, a fitting end to a memorable night” – Peter Burdon (The Advertiser)

To read the full article by Peter Burdon click here.