Of All Things (c) Sam Roberts photography.


Thursday 17 December, 2020

Like all arts companies, 2020 was set to be a jam-packed year for ADT.

Starting with performances of Colony in AGSA’s Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, this was to be followed by a European tour, seasons of Objekt in both Adelaide and Perth and then we were to finish the year with Alison Currie’s, Of All Things.

So here’s how the year ended up playing out:

Bushfire Fundraiser Finale (c) Sam Roberts Photography

At the end of January we joined forces with members of the local dance community for a one-off performance to raise funds for Adelaide Koala Rescue and the KI Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund.

Thanks to all the wonderful artists who contributed to the event: Tobiah Booth-Remmers, Areti Boyaci, Alison Currie, Chris Dyke, Lina Limosani, Poe One and his breaking crew, Petra Szabo, Restless Dance Theatre Temple of Fine Art and ADT’s Youth Ensemble .

In late February ADT performed as part of the centrepiece of the 2020 Adelaide Festival, Romeo Castellucci’s extraordinary interpretation of Mozart’s Requiem.

Right after the festival we were preparing to premiere Colony as part of the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. We managed to sneak in one very special performance for a very small audience before The Odeon went dark for four months during lockdown in South Australia.

Bridbrain (c) Tobin Lush

Our first digital season

Rather than joining the thousands of dance classes that proliferated in the weeks that arts companies went into lockdown, we decided to create a program that was special to ADT, only something that we could do.

And so we launched ADAPT, a free online season of seven of Garry Stewart’s most celebrated works, and Tanja Liedtke’s construct. ADAPT also included special behind-the-scenes vlogs from a broad range of dancers, composers, designers and creative who had worked on the shows, stretching back to Birdbrain which premiered in 2000. You can still find these on our Facebook and Instagram pages.  

Across the season the works were streamed more than 10,000 times, with an incredible amount of support from dance fans nationally and internationally.

My eyes have been opened to one of the most exciting, creative and talented dance companies in the world. I live in Melbourne, so I have very much appreciated being able to experience ADT online.”

– Sean, ADAPT subscriber


Sophie Stuut in ‘On My Own’, her Microfilm

Working from home as a dancer

With The Odeon off limits from the end of March, ADT’s dancers moved to having morning class and rehearsals from home. Alongside this they were given a number of creative projects to work on, including each producing a short dance film using only the technology on hand within the physical restrictions of the time.

Working with Flinders University Film Studies, over five weeks eight short videos were shot in and around their homes, which together became Microfilms. Due to the success of the project ADT then partnered with AC Arts to create mentor dance students to create a further 16 more Microfilms.

[ADT’s Microfilms are still available to watch over on our YouTube Channel]

Michael Hodyl, from Restless Dance Theatre in The World’s Smallest Stage (c) Sam Roberts Photography

A collaboration and live performance

In May we partnered with Arts SA, through their COVID-19 Arts Organisations’ Collaboration Grants, and Music SA to create The World’s Smallest Stage.

The project supported ten local choreographers to each work with a local composer to create a series of new short dance works. Originally intended to presented online we then had the opportunity to show the works live at The Odeon in October, one of the first seasons of dance in South Australia as theatres opened up again.

[You can read all about The World’s Smallest stage, and its incredible collaborators here.]


Supernature (c) Sam Roberts Photography

Back in the studio for Objekt and Supernature

When we started to rebuild our 2020 calendar, we carved out two blocks of time for Garry and the dancers to develop Objekt and Supernature. Across August and September ADT worked with a number of well-known local dancers, including ADT alumni Lina Limosani and Tom Fonua, on these two works. At the conclusion of each month we were able to welcome a small group of ADT’s supporters, family and friends in The Odeon (all socially distanced!) to see the progress to date.

[Supernature will be premiering in March 2021. You can buy tickets at this link.]

Of All Things (c) Sam Roberts photography.

Of All Things (c) Sam Roberts photography

A brand-new work from Alison Currie

We were over the moon to finally be able to present this stellar work by South Australian choreographer Alison Currie in the first week of December. After a brief postponement due to a surprise COVID-lockdown we were so determined to present this stunning season.

Created in collaboration with multi-disciplinary South Australian design firm, Enoki, Of All Things was a unique, cross-sensory experience situated somewhere between art installation and dance performance. Presented in the round, audiences at the five sell-out performances felt like they were a part of this world created by Alison Currie.

[More about Of All Things]


ADT took home three awards

 Presented by AusDance National, The Australian Dance Awards covered both 2018 and 2019. Congratulations to our Artistic Director, Garry Stewart who won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography in 2019 for South.

Kimball Wong won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer in 2018 for his exceptional performance in The Beginning of Nature.

And the company also won the Award for Outstanding Performance by a Company 2018, also for The Beginning of Nature.

 ‘I am so immensely proud of our company. I am incredibly fortunate to work with the most creative, passionate, talented and wonderful group of people. I’m also thankful to Julie Dyson, Ausdance, their support team and selection panel who made this awards ceremony possible under very challenging circumstances.’

– Garry Stewart, Artistic Director

And also, congratulations to Harrison Elliott who was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer in 2019 for his performance in South.

Beyond this ADT also:

  • Through our ICC held a virtual dramaturgy workshop for over 100 choreographers
  • Premiered two short films – The Circadian Cycle internationally and The Choreography of Emotions had its world wide premiere at The Adelaide Film Festival
  • Through the ICC we welcomed in Adrianne Semmens and Tanya Voges for residencies


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