Adelaide Premiere

The Beginning of Nature by Australian Dance Theatre

The Beginning of Nature is a riveting depiction of the rhythms within nature – flocking and herding, day and night, changing seasons, metamorphosis and decay.

Combining live music and the extraordinary dancers of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT), the work explores the forces that nature asserts over humankind despite our continued efforts to see ourselves as separate from nature, and the notion that our bodies are inscribed with the same rhythms that underpin nature itself.

Acclaimed composer, Brendan Woithe, has collaborated with Kaurna consultant, Jack Buckskin, to develop the original score fusing electronica with strings and vocals. Performed with live accompaniment by the acclaimed Zephyr Quartet and two singers on stage, the libretto features the Kaurna language, the language of the traditional people of the Adelaide Plains, where ADT is based.

Grace and strength combine in this work to create an evocative depiction of the complex symphony of rhythms in nature, that will leave audiences entranced.

This is a powerful work, in which music, movement and design make a coherent whole, and it drew a rapturous reception from the spellbound crowd.

Dance Australia

  • Conceived & Directed by Garry Stewart
  • Choreography: Garry Stewart and the ADT dancers
  • Composer: Brendan Woithe (KLANG)
  • Lighting Designer: Damien Cooper
  • Costume Design: Davis Browne
  • Indigenous Language & Culture Consultant: Jack Buckskin
  • Musicians: The Zephyr Quartet
  • Singers: Karen Cummings, Heru Pinksova

When

July

  • Wed 11
    8:30pm
  • Thu 12
    8:30pm
  • Fri 13
    8:30pm
  • Sat 14
    8:30pm

Where

The Dunstan Playhouse

Adelaide Festival Centre


Price

$25 — $59


Ages

12+


Duration

80 Mins (No Interval)


Warnings

Partial nudity, haze & strobe effects


Accessibility

  • Accessible for people with limited mobility and wheelchair users
  • Provides hearing aids to transmit sound
  • Listening Device
  • Pet Friendly
  • Visual Eye Symbol 50
  • Companion Card

Photograph by Chris Herzfeld Camlight Productions

Acknowledgments
The Beginning of Nature is presented in association with the Adelaide Festival Centre. Australian Dance Theatre is supported by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Proudly supported by
Australia Council for the Arts, Arts South Australia, Adelaide Airport, SA Power Networks, Channel 9, Novatech Creative Event Technology, National Storage and Country Arts SA (Renmark).

Regional

The Beginning of Nature

When

July

  • Sat 21
    7:00pm

Where

Chaffey Theatre

Renmark


Price

$15 — $50


Ages

12+


Duration

80 Mins (No Interval)


Warnings

Partial nudity, haze & strobe effects


Accessibility

  • Accessible for people with limited mobility and wheelchair users
  • Provides hearing aids to transmit sound
  • Listening Device
  • Pet Friendly
  • Visual Eye Symbol 50
  • Companion Card