Adelaide Festival Centre – Space Theatre, Sat 27 Feb
The Australian Dance Theatre returns to the Adelaide Festival for the first time since 2012 with their World Premiere, Habitus. Conceived, directed and choreographed by Garry Stewart, as well as assistance by Elizabeth Old and Larissa McGowan, Habitus maintains the unique and incredible physicality and power we have been used to from ADT. We are extremely blessed to have a contemporary dance company of such quality and acclaim around the world based here in Adelaide.
Habitus explores consumerism, the complex modern ecosystem and asks the question, Will the artefacts of the modern world eventually be reclaimed by nature?
The dancers work with household items such as sofas, tables, ironing boards, clothes and an abundance of books in such an ingenious manner, sometimes using them differently than we always do, but also in ways we may wish to use them and we would never do. The ironing board choreography was particularly memorable as the boards are twirled around by the dancers and then in contrast are opened, closed and moved in their rigid, harsh form, which was beautifully mimicked by dancer Lonii Garnons-Williams.
Lighting design by long-term ADT collaborator Damien Cooper and sound composition from Brendan Woithe complemented the action effectively with the Baroque period music piece adding a quirky aspect to the show.
The dancers, Thomas Bradley, Zoe Dunwoodie, Thomas Fonua, Lonii Garnons-Williams, Thomas Gundry Greenfield, Samantha Hines, Michael Ramsay, Matte Roffe and Kimball Wong all deserve mention due to their immense skills and strength applying Garry Stewart and Larissa McGowan’s intense choreography so admirably.
Due to the addition of spoken word, Habitus is a contemporary dance piece accessible to a wide audience, and one that will hopefully tour.
Habitus continues at Adelaide Festival Centre – Space Theatre from 8pm until Sat 5 Mar.
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Image courtesy of Chris Herzfeld