Annual wrap up: 2019

Friday 22 November, 2019

 As we reflect on what has been an epic 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 generation of dancers and dance makers. 2019 was a particularly special as we celebrated 20 years under the artistic direction of Garry Stewart.

  • We kicked off the year with the announcement of our retrospective season, Anthology, in celebration of 20 years under the artistic direction of Garry Stewart
  • We hosted school holiday workshops with company dancers
  • After holding auditions, we welcomed the 2019 Youth Ensemble 
  • Our video installation, Proximity Interactive was featured for another year in ACMI’s Screen Worlds
  • We created our ‘Stretch Before You Fly’ video series in collaboration with supporting partner, Adelaide Airport
  • We took The Beginning of Nature to the high seas, with bespoke performances as well as workshops and discussion panels on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth from Melbourne to Hobart
  • We returned to New York to perform The Beginning of Nature at the prestigious Joyce Theater, as part of a two-week festival celebrating Australian dance
  • Garry Stewart with dancers commenced the first development of his next masterpiece, Supernature at Jacob’s Pillow, as part of the Pillow Lab program
  • We hosted our annual Secondment Week for 33 tertiary dance students from across the country
  • We hosted our annual Rough Draft with works by Sue Hawksley, Yasmine Amber, Chris Dyke, Tiarna Linke, Motus Collective, Zoë Dunwoodie & Françoise Piron and Tobiah Booth-Remmers 
  • We held our inaugural Dancefit, where 20 participants learnt an 80s themed routine choreographed by Zoë Dunwoodie
  • Supported by the ICC, we welcomed renowned performer, Andrew Morrish to The Odeon, who conducted coaching sessions, workshops and presented his solo performance, ‘Road to Nowhere’
  • We presented the world premiere of North/South by internationally-lauded Norwegian choreographer, Ina Christel Johannessen and Garry Stewart. 
  • We conducted the panel discussion, North/South: art and science in the polar regions at the South Australian Museum. The panel included North/South creators Ina Christel Johannessen and Garry Stewart together with Mark Pharaoh, Senior Collection Manager (Australian Polar Collections) and Mark Stevens and Senior Research Scientist (Terrestrial Invertebrates) from the South Australian Museum, to hear how the extremes of Antarctica and the Arctic influence their practice.
  • We completed Garry Stewart’s short film, The Circadian Cycle, and presented it on the external screens of the Adelaide Festival Centre 
  • Together with the Tanja Liedtke Foundation, we announced the winner of the Tanja Liedkte Fellowship, Geoffrey Watson
  • We welcomed a new Chair, David Stobbe, as well as board member Belinda Jefferies. 
  • Oscar Buthelezi was announced the winner of the Hannover Choreographic Competition, where Garry Stewart was a guest judge
  • Thanks to the generous support of the Australia Council, Arts and Disability Mentorship grant, we announced Matt Shilcock as our inaugural ICC Associate Artist. In 2019/20 Garry and the dancers toward the further development of his choreographic scoring system, Osteogenuine
  • Through the ICC we supported artists through free space and residences including Erin Fowler, Lewis Major Projects, Cayleigh Davies, PoeOne, Tobiah Booth-Remmers, Motus Collective, Ben Hur Winter, Carlie Angel, Daniel Jaber, Thomas Fonua, Narelle Benjamin & Marlo Benjamin, Jessie McKinlay and Petra Szabo 
  • We announced our involvement in Adelaide Festival’s centrepiece opera event, a staging of Mozart’s Requiem by Romeo Castellucci, which will feature the dancers of ADT
  • We took home the Helpmann Award for Best Dance Production for The Beginning of Nature. The company was also nominated for Best Regional Touring (The Beginning of Nature), Best Choreography (Garry Stewart) and Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production (Kimball Wong, The Beginning of Nature).
  • The Beginning of Nature was named a Finalist for Tour of the Year in the 2019 Drover Awards  
  • Adelaide College of the Arts, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) Students and Technical Production Students present one of Garry Stewart’s most renowned works, G
  • Over the year we delivered workshops and open rehearsals to over 325 students as part of our Learning Program
  • Our Youth Ensemble performed an original work by Lewis Major at Teen Takeover at the Art Gallery South Australia, Rough Draft, Rich Mix by Lewis Major Projects and the Youth Ensemble Finale