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Birdbrain ADT profile

Australian Dance Theatre is one of the most influential dance companies in Australia and has been producing consistently good repertoire in dance and dance theatre since it was formed in Adelaide in 1965.

Under current Artistic Director, Garry Stewart (who joined in 2000), the company is once again taking a radically distinctive trajectory. ADT dancers train in a number of specific physical disciplines. As well as contemporary dance techniques and classical ballet, they are also coached intensively in breakdance, martial arts, gymnastics, capoeira and yoga. The result is a fusion of forms, which constitutes a unique choreographic palette, for which there is no equivalent in the world. Garry’s work is characterised by his ‘no-compromise’ attitude. It’s fast, aggressive, technically demanding, fraught with risk and charged with an urgency that is riveting to watch. He ties the movement together with soundscapes, lush video effects and lighting to create extraordinary visual staged effects.

ADT has developed new works by Garry, including the much acclaimed Housedance performed on the sails of the Sydney Opera House for International Millennium Broadcast, which was telecast across the globe to an estimated audience of two billion people; its ‘cygneture’ work Birdbrain; the multi award winning work The Age of Unbeauty. It recently created a new production HELD – a collaboration with New York photographer Lois Greenfield that has completed a sell out run at the Sydney Opera House and won three Helpmann awards and three Australian Dance Awards.

The company also tours extensively. ADT has performed local seasons at the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne International Festival, Brisbane, Canberra and internationally at the Galway Arts Festival (Ireland), the Seoul Arts Festival (Korea), the Singapore Arts Festival, the National Centre for the Arts (Ottawa), Harbourfront Theatre (Toronto), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), the Joyce Theater (New York) and the Holland Dance Festival. In May 2003, ADT’s tour of Birdbrain to Snape Maltings and London was heralded by the world's best dance critics as ' of the most hazardous explosions of movement seen in London in years' and '...a slick and stylish masterpiece'.

In 2004/05 the company will tour extensively throughout Europe, the UK and the US, taking in 45 venues with 68 performances.

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