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held, 2004

Held, ADT Held, ADT
photo Lois Greenfield
HELD is a dance performance about photography, time and perceptions of reality. Embodying the dynamic tension between the action of Garry Stewart's ballistic choreography and its 'fixed' capture by American photographer Lois Greenfield, HELD juxtaposes solidity with liquidity, heaviness with lightness, stillness with flow, clarity with illusion into an extraordinary live performance.

Using electronic strobes to photograph the dramatic explosions and propulsion of Garry Stewart's signature kamikaze style, Lois Greenfield created the illusion of weightlessness by freezing these dynamic moments at 1/2000 of a second, projected instantaneously, revealing to the audience a moment that exists beneath the threshold of perception. (Text courtesy Australian Dance Theatre.)

Held Held
photo Lois Greenfield
credits: concept and choreography Garry Stewart, photography Lois Greenfield

performances: premiere Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, August 2004; Sydney Opera House, Sydney, August 2004; Monaco, December 2004; Discovery Theatre, Anchorage, Alaska, US, April 2005; The Joyce Theater, New York, US, April-May 2005; Paris, France, November 2005; Wonderland Ballroom, Adelaide, September 2006; Saitama, Japan, September-October 2006; Noisey-le-Grand, France, October 2006; Bourges, France, October 2006; Turnhout, Belgium, October 2006; Tarbes, France, October 2006; Martigues, France, October 2006; Annemasse, France, October 2006; Seville, Spain, October 2006; Champagne, France, October 2006; St Polten, Austria, October 2006; Echirolles, France, October 2006; Tilburg, the Netherlands, October 2006; Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, November 2006; Groningen, the Netherlands, November 2006; Sadler’s Wells, London, UK, February 2007; City Hall, Sheffield, UK, February 2007; Theatre Royal, Glasgow, UK, March 2007; Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff, UK, March 2007; Derngate Theatre, Northampton, UK, March 2007; Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, March 2007; Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, UK, March 2007; Hall for Cornwall, Truro, UK, March 2007; New Victoria Theatre, Woking, UK, March 2007; The Lowry, Salford, UK, March 2007; Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, UK, March 2007

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photo Lois Greenfield
reviews/articles - realtime

fast moves, still lives
erin brannigan, realtime 59, february-march 2004

adelaide festival, 2004: adt, held
keith gallasch, realtime 60, april-may 2004

Held, ADT Held, ADT
photo Lois Greenfield

preview on ADT site

held: interview, part 1
dance consortium

held: interview, part 2
dance consortium

Held, ADT Held, ADT
photo Lois Greenfield

held, australian dance theatre
jill sykes, sydney morning herald, august 13, 2004

lens life
deborah jowitt, village voice, april 26, 2005

australian dance theatre, joyce theatre, new york
hilary ostlere, financial times, april 29, 2005

australian dance theatre: sader’s wells, london
judith mackrell, the guardian, february 22, 2007

snapshots of astonishing atheleticism
mark monahan, daily telegraph (london), february 22, 2007

donald hutera, the times, february 22, 2007

held, sadler’s wells, london
clement crisp, financial times, february 22, 2007

this flight may encounter turbulence
jenny gilbert, independent on sunday, february 25, 2007

Held Held
photo Lois Greenfield
gone in a flash
david dougill, the sunday times, february 25, 2007

beauty and the beef
louise levene, sunday telegraph (london), march 4, 2007

australian dance theatre, held
david mead, ballet-dance magazine, march 10, 2007

held breathless by dance show
carolyn thomas, the west briton, march 29, 2007

observing lois greenfield
laura ross

pathos, pathology and the still-mobile image: a warburgian reading of held by garry stewart and lois Greenfield
jonathan marshall, about performance 8, 2008, pp. 180-208


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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