Australian Dance Theatre brings you G, a 60-minute high-octane deconstruction of the classic ballet Giselle, featuring Artistic Director Garry Stewart’s characteristic witty, provocative and physically demanding choreography.
Fusing the technical prowess of the haunting classical ballet about a lovelorn young girl who joins the spirit world to dance out her grief, with the explosive athleticism of Stewart’s 11-strong company.
A haunting electronic score by Luke Smiles drives the work forward at an extraordinary pace, while a hovering panorama of LED screens serves to reconfigure the original ballet and its themes of sex, death, hysteria and gender.
At its Adelaide premiere in 2009, The Advertiser considered it ‘…the most thrilling Australian dance work you could hope to see.’
The UK’s Guardian described the show as “jaw droppingly physical” noting that the cast are required “to do terrifying things: crash-land out of flying jetés on to their knees, wrench their limbs into grotesque distortions”.
France’s Le Monde declared that “the work explodes with greater and greater intensity, as if launched from the wings by a cannon”.
Under Garry Stewart, Australian Dance Theatre has built an international reputation for its distinctive style. The dancers train in a number of physical disciplines from ballet and contemporary dance techniques through to gymnastics, ashtanga yoga, breakdance and martial arts. The result is a fusion of forms which constitutes a truly unique choreographic palette.
An extensive national tour of this work, which has already delighted audiences throughout Europe, premieres in Sydney on Thursday 16 May, finishing in Perth on Sunday7 July 2013.
Sydney Theatre – Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay
Season: 16 – 18 May 2013
Bookings: (02) 9250 1999 or online at: www.sydneytheatre.org.au
For more information, visit: www.adt.org.au/g for details.
Image: Chris Herzfeld