'L' by Mirramu Dance Company featuring ADTTuesday, 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.