Australian Dance Theatre

The Beginning of Nature – SYNOPSIS

Originally influenced by Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking environmental text “The End of Nature”,The Beginning of Nature is a riveting depiction of ecosystem processes that are underpinned by the complex symphony of rhythms within nature, such as flocking and herding, day and night, the changing seasons, growth and decay, tidal patterns.

Combining live music and the dancers of the Australian Dance Theatre (ADT), The Beginning of Nature explores the integral forces that nature asserts over humankind, despite our continued efforts to see ourselves as separate from nature, and the notion that our bodies are inscribed with the same rhythms that underpin nature itself.

Acclaimed composer Brendan Woithe has collaborated with celebrated Australian string ensemble, the Zephyr Quartet, and vocalists Shauntai Batzke and Vonda Last, to develop the original score featuring the Kaurna language. Kaurna is the first language of the Adelaide Plains, where ADT is based. Kaurna language consultant Jack Buckskin has worked closely with both the director and the composer in developing the libretto for this work.

The Beginning of Nature is the second work in Stewart’s The Nature Series, which will include a number of connected stage and installation projects that are conceptually linked to ideas that relate to nature in various ways. These works o er the opportunity for us to engage in urgent discourse on humanity’s evolving relationship with nature.


Australian Dance Theatre – Celebrating 50 Years in 2015.

Under the directorship of Garry Stewart, Australian Dance Theatre creates dance that is an intelligent progression of the art form engaging audiences the world over.

Australian Dance Theatre is Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary dance company and the longest running in the country. For 50 years Australian Dance Theatre has pioneered new work that has contributed to defining dance in this region.

Some of the most laudable names in Australian dance have been part of the company’s evolution. For the past 15 years, under the artistic direction of Garry Stewart, Australian Dance Theatre has engaged in unique collaborations with artists from a wide variety of fields. With the dancers of the company, Garry Stewart has developed a distinctive movement vocabulary that underpins the company’s unique identity.

Garry Stewart – Choreographer

After leaving university studies in social work Garry Stewart commenced dance studies at the age of twenty. Following training at the Australian Ballet School he danced with various Australian companies until he began creating his own choreographic works in 1990.

Based in Sydney, Stewart continued making his own work until 1999 when he was appointed the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT). Since then he has created many of the mainstage works for the company. These works have toured extensively around the world including Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, The Joyce Theater in New York, Sadlers Wells in London, the Barbican Theatre in London, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and the Sydney Opera House. Most of Stewart’s works have been co-funded and co-produced by a number of leading international theatres.

His works have been seen by audiences totaling tens of thousands the world over. His deconstruction of Swan Lake, Birdbrain – became the most numerously performed Australian contemporary dance work. His first work for ADT was Housedance with 6 dancers abseiling down the outside of the main sail of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Housedance was created for the International Millennium Broadcast and was seen by a television audience of 1 billion and was voted the best work of the broadcast by the BBC-TV.