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g, 2008

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In 2000 Garry Stewart premiered his seminal dance work Birdbrain—a wry, action packed deconstruction of Swan Lake. Birdbrain has gone on to be the most performed Australian contemporary dance work in history. In 2008 Stewart continued his use of iconic ballet works with the debut of G, a powerful reworking of Giselle. G fuses the technical prowess of classical ballet with explosive and enthralling choreography.

Sex, death, hysteria and gender, the central themes of the work, are expressed through an eclectic choreographic approach that seamlessly interplays the body in dark collapse, teamed with full tilt athleticism and rapid fire deconstructed classicism. Dislocating and transcending the ballet's romantic narrative, G converts the dancers from characters into visceral explorations of the emotional motifs found in Giselle.

The score was created by Luke Smiles, one of the luminaries of music composition for the new wave of Australian contemporary dance.

G was co-commissioned by The Joyce Theater's Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work (New York), Southbank Centre (London) and Merrigong Theatre Co. at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (Wollongong). G was co-produced by Theatre de la Ville (Paris).” (Text courtesy of the Australian Dance Theatre.)

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credits: G, conception, direction, choreography and set design Garry Stewart, performers Chris Aubrey, Emee Dillon, Amber Haines, Troy Honeysett, Daniel Jaber, Lauren Langlois, Lina Limosani, Larissa McGowan, Kialea-Nadine Williams, Kimball Wong, lighting design Geoff Cobham, composer Luke Smiles/motion laboratories, costumes Daniel Jaber, Gaelle Mellis,

performances: premiere ADT Studios, Hawthorn, March 2008; Wonderland Ballroom, Hawthorn, September 2008; Stadsschouwburg Utrecht , Utrecht, the Netherlands, October 2008; Parktheater Eindhoven, Einhoven, the Netherlands, October 2008; Het Zaantheater Zaandam, the Netherlands, October 2008; Theater de Vest, Alkmaar, the Netherlands, October 2008; Schouwburg Arnhem, Arnhem, the Netherlands, October 2008; Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda, the Netherlands, October 2008; Schouwburgring Tilburg, Tilburg, the Netherlands, October 2008; Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, October 2008; Theater de Veste, Delft, the Netherlands, October 2008; Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, Spain, October 2008; La Rampe, Echirolles, France, October 2008; Le Toboggan, Decines, France, October 2008; Schouwburg Kunstmin, Dordrecht, the Netherlands, October 2008; CC Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Brugge, Belgium, October 2008; Teatro Central de Sevilla, Seville, Spain, November 2008; Bonlieu Scene Nationale , Annecy, France, November 2008; Le Rive Gauche, St Etienne, France, November 2008; Teatro Sociale di Trento, Trento, Italy, November 2008; CC Hasselt / De Doos, Hasselt, Belgium, November 2008; CC De Werf , Aalst, Belgium, November 2008; Stadsschouwburg Groningen Theatre, Groningen, the Netherlands, November 2008; Southbank Centre, London, UK, November 2008; Theatre de la Ville, Paris, France, December 2008; Relais Culturel Chateau Rouge , Annemasse, France, December 2008; Espace des Arts, Chalon, France, November 2008; Grand Theatre de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, December 2008; Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide, August 2009; Cergy-Pontoise, France, November 2009; Poitiers, France, December 2009; Nimes, France, December 2009; Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, December 2009; Nantes, France, December 2009

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reviews/articles - realtime

romance: excavated & mutated
jonathan bollen, realtime 93, october-november, 2009

keith gallasch, realtime 115, june-july 2013



reviews: dance-led recovery
peter burdon, the advertiser (adelaide), march 7, 2008

dance: australian dance theatre
judith mackrell, the guardian, december 1, 2008

g at the queen elizabeth hall
debra craine, the times, december 1, 2008

the g-spot is missed by a mile: the terrible and wonderful things done in the name of dance
louise levene, sunday telegraph, december 7, 2008

life on the ocean wave: dance
david dougill, the sunday times, december 7, 2008

photo Chris Herzfeld
geed-up giselle stretches pointe
alan brissenden, the australian, august 17, 2009

reaching new heights
peter burdon, the advertiser (adelaide), august 28, 2009

g-force pushes the boundaries of dance
matt byrne, sunday mail, august 30, 2009

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ADT does not sell DVD recordings of any of its works due to copyright laws. The company does have a system for lending DVD kits to educational institutions. The DVDs currently available for loan to educators are: Birdbrain, The Age Of Unbeauty, HELD and Devolution.

DVDs are loaned out with a $15 postage and handling fee plus an $85 deposit. The deposit is fully refunded upon the return of the DVD. For further information and to organise a loan contact Ros Heard


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