The Evolution of Supernature

Tuesday 9 March, 2021

From Executive Director, Nick Hays.


The evolutionary process of getting Supernature from the mind of Garry Stewart to the stage has been long and interesting, spanning years and continents as well as a pandemic.

Creative development began in early 2019 in rural Massachusetts, USA. Following ADT’s sold-out season of the award-winning The Beginning of Nature at New York’s Joyce Theater, Garry and our dancers were invited to undertake a Pillow Lab residency at the renowned Jacob’s Pillow, which TIME Magazine dubbed the “mecca of dancing” in America. Read more about ADT’s time at Jacob’s Pillow here.

With the support of the Major Festivals Initiative and Adelaide Festival, further creative development took place back in Adelaide in mid-2019. At the same time, ADT was commissioned by the Art Gallery of South Australia to create a new immersive installation as part of the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australia Art. But just as the finishing touches were being put on the resultant work, Colony, the world was faced with the COVID-19 Pandemic. AGSA was forced to cancel the debut season of Colony and the work was performed only once, for a tiny audience at The Odeon.

The cancellation of ADT’s 2020 touring schedule provided Garry with space and time for reflection on his next major work. Emerging from South Australian lockdown, he threaded together the twin strands of Supernature and Colony, commencing the final exciting phase in the evolution of Supernature – bringing this remarkable new work to the stage for its world premiere at the Adelaide Festival in 2021.

Read more about the thought process behind Garry Stewart’s newest work and support the ongoing evolution of Supernature here.


Still from an early development run of Supernature, July 2019 (c) Sam Roberts Photography.

Still from the lone performance of Colony at The Odeon, 2020 (c) Sam Roberts Photography.