The Odeon becomes a real "world's smallest stage" for ADT

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Image Credits: top left, Fiona Cullen; bottom left, Alexandra Pratt
Image Credits: top left, Fiona Cullen; bottom left, Alexandra Pratt

Ingenuity and choreography continue to come together to defeat Covid’s attempts to stop professional dance performances. Australian Dance Theatre (ADT), in collaboration with Kurruru Arts and Culture Hub and Restless Dance Theatre and alongside some of South Australia’s leading independent choreographers and musicians, presented The World’s Smallest Stage online in July.

The World’s Smallest Stage will become a live performance at The Odeon in October.

The collaborative project involves ten choreographers matched with twelve dancers and ten composers, who have created a series of new dance works, each between five and minutes minutes. The project was developed in insolation. Each new dance piece is confined to a 2m x 2m square - perfect for rehearsing in a lounge room and also referencing social distancing regulations that are dominating all of our lives. 

The idea was conceived by Garry Stewart, ADT’s artistic director, as a direct response to the limitations that arts companies and artists are facing during the current pandemic. 

The World’s Smallest Stage’s choreographers are Tobiah Booth-Remers; Felicity Boyd; Thomas Fonua; Lina Limosani; Gina Rings, artistic director, Kurruru Arts and Culture Hub; Michelle Ryan, artistic director, Restless Dance Theatre; Kaine Saltan-Babij; Adrienne Semmens; Matt Shilcock and Jo Stone. Its musicians are Collarbones, Dave Gibson (Space Bong), Kiah Gossner, Dan Rankine (P.K.A. Trials, A.B.Original), Michael Ross from Electric Fields, Gabriella Smart, Mario Späte (aka Badcop), Neon Tetra, Bree Tranter and Anth Wendt/Oisima.

The live performances will be held in the Odeon Theatre in Norwood, South Australia, October 1-2. Tickets are available here

Every protocol has been put in place to make sure The Odeon is COVID-Safe for patrons, staff and those performing. Those safety measures are detailed here.

The World’s Smallest Stage is being made possible due to funding by Arts SA through its COVID-19 Arts Organisations’ Collaboration Grants. It is supported by the Government of South Australia through the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, The Tanja Liedtke Foundation and Music SA, and is presented by Henschke and Harlequin Floors.

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