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 20 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.


The Beginning of Nature
construct by Tanja Liedtke
Be Your Self
Choreography (NIDA)
Mood Machine
Collision Course
Nought by Daniel Jaber
The Age of Unbeauty

What’s On

January 2019





31 Jan The Odeon Youth Ensemble audition Click here to receive an application form
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22 - 24 Jan The Odeon School Holiday Workshops Click here to book
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March 2019





12 - 18 Mar Queen Elizabeth II (Cunard) The Beginning of Nature Cunard

April 2019





4 - 5 Apr The Odeon, Norwood Anthology Click here to book
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May 2019





3 - 6 May Joyce Theater, New York (USA) The Beginning of Nature Click here to book

June 2019





3 - 7 Jun The Odeon Secondment Week Click here for further info and to apply.
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28 - 2 Aug The Odeon DanceFit/80's Click here to book.
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September 2019





11 - 14 Sep Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre North/South BASS


Australian Dance Theatre offers a range of education opportunities for secondary & tertiary students, graduates & the general public.

To download a soft copy of our Learning Program for Schools in 2019 – click here. *you may have to refresh the page.


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.

Thinking Brains & Bodies


Neurocognition and Dance
Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant 

Supported by the Australian Research Council Linkage Project scheme, ADT is collaborating with an international  team of researchers on a new research project “Thinking Brains and Bodies: Distributed Cognition and Dynamic Memory in Australian Dance Theatre”.

Researchers come from a range of academic disciplines – Psychology, Dance, Anthropology, Cognitive Science and Cognitive Neuroscience – in an interdisciplinary effort to investigate and understand thinking in dance.

The three-year research project is motivated by dance offering a multifocal lens on human cognition and thinking. Processes such as creative thinking and innovation, social and group influences on improvisation and memory, the coupling of perception and action, embodied cognition, motor control and sequence learning will be explored. Interdisciplinary research, in turn, offers dance artists, choreographers and audiences new expressions and methods for thinking about dance, communication and cognition. The project uses a range of investigative techniques – longitudinal, neuroscientific, and ethnographic – inspired by “Dance Engaging Science” and MOTION BANK supported by The Forsythe Company and Volkswagen Stiftung.

The “Thinking Brains and Bodies” research project commenced with a workshop at ADT in Adelaide, February 27-28, 2014. Facilitated by Scott deLahunta from MOTION BANK, the ADT company, artistic directors and research team met and discussed studio and research processes.  Cognitive interviews and focus groups were conducted and future experiments sketched. A hallmark of the project will be close collaboration between researchers and ADT members in the design and planning of the research studies.

Broadly speaking, the aim of five empirical studies is to investigate the nature of distributed and dynamic thinking in dance by investigating creative processes, memory, and expertise.

A research forum is planned for late 2014/early 2015 and results of studies, as they are written up, will be made available.

 The research team:

  • Professor Kate Stevens, The MARCS Institute & School of Social Sciences & Psychology, University of Western Sydney
  • Professor Kim Vincs, Deakin motion.lab, Deakin University
  • Professor James Leach, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia
  • Professor Mike Nicholls, School of Psychology, Flinders University
  • Elizabeth Old, Associate Artistic Director, ADT
  • Dr Scott deLahunta, MotionBank and Coventry University
  • Professor David Kirsh, Interactive Cognition Lab, University of California at San Diego 

More information about the research project may be obtained from Project leader Prof Kate Stevens: +612 9772 6324 or

Adelaide Festival of Ideas

In 2016 as part of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas a discussion forum “Thinking Brains & Bodies” featured in the program. The researchers and ADT dancers presented the outcomes from the final stage of this fascinating research topic.

Listen to the session here.

News & Media

Tanja Liedtke Fellowship closes 14 Dec 2018 - 13 December, 2018

Tomorrow is the last day to apply for the 2019 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship. The 2019 Fellowship is offered by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation in partnership with Berlin’s ada Studio and Australian Dance Theatre’s International Centre for Choreography (ADT ICC). In 2019, the ADT ICC will be managing the Fellowship application process in partnership with the… View Article

Humanhood residency - 22 January, 2018

In January 2018 the company were pleased to have Rudi Cole and Julia Robert, founding co-artistic directors of Humanhood, with us in the studios. Humanhood were amongst the winners at the Ballet Gesellschaft International Choreographic Competition in Hanover, which included a three-week scholarship with the company thanks to the generous support of the Tanja Liedtke Foundation. For… View Article

A look back on 2017 - 22 December, 2017

As we reflect on what has been a huge and exciting year for the company, we sincerely thank all our valued sponsors and supporters for ensuring that we are able to continue to create and perform new work, play a leading role as a cultural ambassador for Australia, and provide opportunities for the future generation… View Article

Body Image: the basis of who we are and how we act – workshop - 25 April, 2017

Body Image: the basis of who we are and how we act. Workshop – Sunday 18 June 10.00am-4:30pm, held at ADT Studios 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn. Join Associate Professor Susan Hillier of the University of South Australia for a special workshop for anyone interested in body image – clinicians, dancers, actors, yoga teachers, students, or… View Article

A look back on 2018 - 14 December, 2018

As we reflect on what has been a huge and exciting year for the company, we sincerely thank all our valued audiences, sponsors and supporters for ensuring that we are able to continue to create and perform new work, play a leading role as a cultural ambassador for Australia, and provide opportunities for the future… View Article

News Archive

23 December, 2016
A look back on 2016

23 December, 2016
Erin Fowler residency

24 October, 2016
Botis Seva residency

16 October, 2015
MALAGA – by Thomas Fonua

26 February, 2014
Thinking Brains & Bodies

16 December, 2013
Looking back on 2013