In 2000 Garry Stewart premiered Birdbrain– an ironic, post modern deconstruction of Swan Lake. In 2008 Garry Stewart continued his project of referencing iconic ballet with the debut of G, a reworking of Giselle. Dramaturgically, G refers to an essay titled ‘Giselle, Madness and Death’ by Steven Wainwright of Kings College London which links the narrative of Giselle to the pathologisation of women as hysterics in early 19th century France.
The musical score to G was created by Luke Smiles (Motion Laboratories), one of the luminaries of music composition for the new wave of Australian contemporary dance.
G was co-commissioned by The Joyce Theater’s Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work (New York), Southbank Centre (London) and Merrigong Theatre Co. at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (Wollongong). G was co-produced by Theatre de la Ville (Paris).
The 2013 Australian tour of G was supported by the Australian Government’s national performing arts touring program, Playing Australia.
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