Australian Dance Theatre participates in research and collaborations with a broad range of academic and artistic partners.
These projects have spanned topics including neuroscience, psychology, health and technology. The value of this research is to identify the relationship and connectivity that dance has with other disciplines, other communities and alternate arenas of thought.
This process affords dance a wider context beyond its attachment to performativity.
Dance and Discourse
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS 2021 – PAST CONVERSATIONS
The Critical Conversations series provides four opportunities across the second half of 2021 for a discussion on critical artistic themes amongst peers – local, national, international members of the dance community and the public. All sessions are free to attend and are taking place...Details
WHAT MATTERS MOST: DANCE & DRAMATURGY IN RECENT TIMES
In December 2020, ADT – through its International Centre for Choreography – presented a series of dramaturgy seminars designed for independent choreographers, to answer the pressing questions: What kinds of perspective can dramaturgy offer choreographers and dance makers? How can dramaturgy enhance the creative...Details
The Art and Science of Movement A forum held at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas 2013. Listen here (courtesy of Radio Adelaide) More than sport, dance is the most complex and detailed movement system that humans have devised. Rather than the brain simply existing as...Details
THE ART OF NATURE PANEL – ADELAIDE FESTIVAL OF IDEAS 2018
The Art of Nature was a panel for the Adelaide Festival of Ideas in 2018 hosted by ADT. As we career headlong through the Anthropocene period where human activity leaves it’s indelible, destructive trace on the planet we ask how artists might respond to...Details
Dance on Screen
This project was a partnership between Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) and the College of Humanities, Art and Social Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. In Microfilms, nine professional dancers of the ADT are guided through the process of making a dance film using their...Details
Research, Creative Development and Performance
THE WORLD’S SMALLEST STAGE
ADT in collaboration with indigenous dancers and choreographers from Kurruru, the team at Restless Dance Theatre, local independent choreographers and an eclectic range of local musicians, identified in partnership with Music SA, brought The World’s Smallest Stage together. The World’s Smallest Stage saw ten...Details
The Cubic Museum was a performance installation set inside a 3 cubic metre Perspex cube situated at the centre of the astonishing Pacific Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum. The clear Perpex cube provided an opportunity to reference and recontextualise the classic 19th...Details
Thinker in Residence Garry Stewart undertook a project as Thinker in Residence at Deakin University’s Motion.Lab (Melbourne), at the invitation of Dr Kim Vincs, in 2012 & 2013. The project was completed in association with the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research. This project was...Details
A clinical application of Proximity Interactive to help with the rehabilitation of people with neurological damage, developed with Susan Hillier – a neuroscience and rehabilitation researcher from University of South Australia was tested in June/July 2014 at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. In 2017, Susan Hillier and UniSA are...Details
THINKING BRAINS & BODIES
Neurocognition and Dance Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant Supported by the Australian Research Council Linkage Project scheme, ADT is collaborating with an international team of researchers on a new research project “Thinking Brains and Bodies: Distributed Cognition and Dynamic Memory in Australian Dance Theatre”. Researchers...Details
Australian Dance Theatre has worked with Poe One on several occasions to produce the Australian heat of the Freestyle Session which the world’s biggest international breaking (breakdance) competition. Freestyle Session was founded by California-based b-boy Cros1. Australian Dance Theatre through our International Centre for...Details
ADT supports the Adelaide streetdance community through hosting regular practice nights – The Ice Box (Keepin’ Things Fresh) – organised by the legendary Poe One. These practice sessions which include krumping, breaking, popping and locking, are held in the Tanja Liedtke studio at ADT...Details