Garry Stewart to leave ADT

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Garry Stewart, the artistic director of Australian Dance Theatre, has decided that he will step down at the end of 2021.

His decision comes after a remarkable 22 years at the helm of ADT, which has seen him cement the company’s global reputation in contemporary dance through an extensive catalogue of work acclaimed around the world.

To celebrate his extraordinary impact on Australian dance, the company will be presenting its biggest program in Adelaide in 25 years, bookended by two world premieres.

The first premiere is Supernature, which will be performed at the 2021 Adelaide Festival. The work is the next in Garry Stewart’s award-winning "Nature Series’"- his ongoing choreographic investigation into humanity’s relationship with nature. 12 - 14 March, Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide.

Next is Convergence, present a season of new short works from local and international artists, including ADT’s 2021 Associate Artist, Adrianne Semmens, and the three most recent winners of the Hannover Choreographic Competition. 29 April - 2 May, The Odeon

Later in the year the company will finally perform Objekt, created in 2016 and scheduled for a return performance  last year. Created with the acclaimed tanzmainz from Germany, Objekt plays with our perception and makes us see the human body in compelling ways that are unique, arresting and, at times, confronting. 2 - 5 September, Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide

 And finally comes The Maelstrom, Stewart’s second world premiere for 2021, The Maelstrom will be an allegory for our times as humans confront extreme forces of nature.

The work will be a reflection on the first piece he performed with the company as a dancer: A Descent Into The Maelstrom, which was originally commissioned for the Adelaide Festival in 1986, with music by Phillip Glass and choreography by Molissa Fenley. 25 - 27 November, Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide

 Tickets for the first two works are already on sale here.

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