Explore what makes you ‘you’ in this electrifying production by Australian Dance Theatre.
In Garry Stewart’s Be Your Self Redux the Australian Dance Theatre dancers are transformed into erupting, powerful entities. Fusing Stewart’s audacious choreography with spoken word, Be Your Self Redux is a visually exciting dance work leaving audiences questioning the underpinnings of who they are.
Australian Dance Theatre has thrilled sellout audiences around the world with performances of cutting edge dance. Now the internationally acclaimed company brings Be Your Self Redux to Riverside Theatres for the first time. Audiences are engaged in a complex dialogue in which they are compelled to explore what makes you ‘you’. The athletic dancers of ADT are transformed into erupting, powerful, and emotional entities, projecting startling physical images.
A distilled version of the original Be Your Self, Be Your Self Redux is an extraordinary creation revealing that despite our civilising cultural inscriptions, the body is still a force to be reckoned with.
“Unquestionably Stewart’s greatest work to date, Be Your Self offers a staggering, breathtakingly powerful series of panoramic embodiments of how the body receives and processes the myriad of experiences it’s subjected to” – David O’Brien, dB Magazine
“Garry Stewart’s premier season of Be Your Self is an astounding piece of acrobatic artistry made to look simple by the Australian Dance Theatre ensemble. Memorable and impressive. Bravo!” – Rod Lewis, Glam Adelaide
Dates & Times:
Saturday 2 September at 8pm
This performance contains strobe lighting and theatrical haze effects.
To accompany the performance of Be Your Self we are screening a short film session of dance films including Collision Course.
Collision Course is a project conceived, choreographed and co-directed by Garry Stewart (choreographer of Be Your Self) and produced and co-directed by Carmelo Musca. It involves a series of bodies colliding in mid-air captured in extreme slow motion at 1500 frames per second. Collision Course includes a cast of over 100 sportspeople and dancers trained in various different physical disciplines: martial artists, rugby players, gymnasts, athletes, wrestlers, capoeira dancers, breakers (breakdance), boxers, jive dances, contemporary dancers and many others. For more info and to book click here.
Also available and presented by FORM Dance projects – 2 hour Masterclass with Australian Dance Theatre on Friday 1st September, 10am – 12pm in Studio 404. For Advanced students, pre-professional and professional dancers $20 booking online. Book here
Conceived & Directed – Garry Stewart
Associate Artistic Director Australian Dance Theatre – Elizabeth Old
Choreographed – Garry Stewart & the ADT dancers
Assistant Choreographer – Larissa McGowan
Sound Designer – Brendan Woithe (colony nofi)
Lighting Designer – Damien Cooper
Costume Designer – Gaelle Mellis
Technical Director – Paul Cowley
Dramaturge – Professor Julie Holledge
Consulting physical therapist/physiologist – Michael Heynen
Neurobiology consultant – Professor Ian Gibbons
Australian Dance Theatre
Artistic Director – Garry Stewart
Executive Director – Shaun Comerford
Associate Artistic Director – Elizabeth Old
Operations Manager – Paul Cowley
Marketing Coordinator – Madison Thomas
Producer & Program Coordinator – Eira Swaine
Finance Administrator – Bev Majda
Physical Therapist – Michael Heynen
Production Administrators – Lucie Balsamo & Francoise Piron
Australian Dance Theatre Board
Kim Boehm (Chairman), Anne Carman, Anita Ewing, Christine Locher, Jeff Meiners, Christopher Tooher, Danielle Tsogas, Peter Seltsikas, David Stobbe, Tricia Walton
Note: This presentation of Be Your Self is a reduced version and is toured without the original set by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro.
Be Your Self has been co-produced by Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, La Rose des Vents – scène nationale Lille Métropole – Villeneuve d’Ascq, Le Rive Gauche Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Centro Cultural Vila Flor Guimarães, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, and Arts SA’s Major Commission Fund.
This tour is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory board.
Images by Chris Herzfeld