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

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Venue

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Bookings

2 - 19 Jan The Odeon Humanhood residency

February 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

'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.