The Circadian Cycle is an award-winning short film conceived and directed by Garry Stewart with cinematography from renowned filmmaker Cordelia Beresford.
Charting the cycle of a day in nature – sunrise, midday, late afternoon into night – The Circadian Cycle uses the dancing body as a metaphor for the morphologies and behaviour of creatures in nature, moving through phases of nascence, awakening and brutal predation. The film draws upon choreography from Australian Dance Theatre’s mainstage work, The Beginning of Nature, shot in stunning, iconic locations across South Australia, including Flinders Chase National Park, Lake Bumbunga, Lake Gairdner, Maslin Beach, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and Mount Remarkable National Park.
ADT and the producers of The Circadian Cycle acknowledge that filming took place on the Traditional Lands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We respect and recognise their Elders past, present and future and the ongoing custodianship of the land and water by all members of these communities.
The Circadian Cycle was produced by Australian Dance Theatre and made possible with the generous support of Adelaide Airport, Adelaide Festival Centre and the South Australian Film Commission.