12 - 14 March 2021
Presented as a part of the Adelaide Festival, and following on from The Beginning of Nature, North/South and The Circadian Cycle, Supernature is the next work in Garry Stewart’s award-winning ‘Nature Series’, his choreographic investigation into the rhythms, cycles and movement of the natural world.
Eschewing dystopian depictions of nature, the overarching tone of Supernature is one of awe and wonder. It reflects on the unceasing and audacious creativity of nature. Conjuring up an otherworldly space, the stage becomes host to the interplay between the evolution of the human body and the natural world.
Supernature references ideas on ‘transhumanism’ as a springboard into contemporary mythologies around the potential future of our species. Stewart decentres the stability of the Vitruvian man and our perception of what it means to be ‘human’ by collapsing the divide between the anthropomorphic and zoomorphic. In the age of the Anthropocene, Supernature manifests as a surreal, important and ultimately awe-inspiring depiction of the relationship between humans and our natural surrounds.
Supernature was co-commissioned with the generous assistance of the Art Gallery of South Australia for the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, and is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1, Jane McMahon, Nunn Dimos Foundation, Sarah Rohrsheim, and ADT’s Super Circle and Super Supporters. ADT acknowledges the support of the Jacob’s Pillow residency programme, Pillow Lab, in the development of Supernature.