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.

ARC researchers


Professor Kate Stevens

Cognitive psychologist Catherine (Kate) Stevens investigates the psychological processes in creating, perceiving, and performing music and dance, and applies experimental methods to evaluate complex systems and human-computer interaction. She holds BA (Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Sydney. Kate is Professor in Psychology and leads the Music Cognition and Action research program in the MARCS Institute at the University of Western Sydney (


Professor Kim Vincs

Professor Kim Vincs is the Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University’s motion capture studio and performance technology research centre, which she established in 2006.  Kim is a choreographer and interactive dance artist who develops new ways of investigating and creating dance using digital technology. Her research brings together scientific, technological and artistic methodologies to develop new ways of creating dance performance.

She leads two Australian Research Council Discovery Projects in dance technology, and has previously worked with Professor Kate Stevens on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project in dance and cognition.

Kim has worked with several Australian artists and companies to create technologically enabled design for performance, including the Melbourne Ballet Company, Sidney Myer Fellows Gorkem Acaroglu and Danielle Wilde, and Opera Victoria. She is currently working with Australian Dance Theatre to create 3D stereographic imagery for Garry Stewart’s new work, Multiverse, to premiere at the Adelaide Festival Centre in July 2014. Her own work, The Crack Up, premieres at the Merlyn Theatre, Coopers Malthouse, in October 2014.

She has worked with many industry partners to develop projects in motion capture, movement analysis and digital art. She has commercial motion capture credits in computer games, television commercials and film, including Altv.fx’s Cannes Silver Lion winning Nocturnal Migration.

Professor James Leach

James LEACH is Directeur de Recherche, CREDO (CNRS-Aix/Marseille University-EHESS) and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia. He is a social anthropologist who has worked for 20 years in Papua New Guinea, publishing books and articles on creativity, ownership, kinship and place, and ecological knowledge. He has also worked with free software developers, art-science collaborators, and contemporary dance companies on similar themes of creativity, knowledge production and exchange, and on the role of technology in social form.

Professor Michael Nicholls

While Mike’s first degree is in Architecture from the University of Adelaide, he went on to do a honours degree in Psychology and eventually a PhD in Experimental Psychology at Cambridge. He worked at the University of Melbourne for 17 years and moved to Adelaide in 2010 to take up a professorship in Psychology at Flinders University. He is director of the Brain and Cognition Laboratory which has a broad interest in cognitive processes, how they operate and how they are represented in the brain. 

Dr Scott deLahunta

Scott deLahunta has worked as a writer, researcher and organiser on a range of international projects bringing performing arts with a focus on choreography into conjunction with other disciplines and practices. The work has focused in the last decade on diverse forms of artistic research in dance supported by new approaches to documentation, analysis and augmentation of choreographic creativity. Scott is currently Senior Research Fellow Coventry University & R-Research Director, Wayne McGregor|Random Dance and Project Leader Motion Bank/ The Forsythe Company.

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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