Australian Dance Theatre has thrilled sellout audiences around the world with performances of cutting edge dance. Now the internationally acclaimed company brings Be Your Self Redux to NORPA for the first time.
In Garry Stewart’s Be Your Self Redux, audiences are engaged in a complex dialogue in which they are compelled to explore what makes you ‘you’. The athletic dancers of ADT are transformed into erupting, powerful, and emotional entities, projecting startling physical images.
Arising from conversations with a Buddhist monk, neurologist, physiologist and literary academic, Stewart situates the body at the centre of his inquiry and reveals that despite our civilising cultural influences, the body is still a force to be reckoned with.
A distilled version of the original Be Your Self, Be Your Self Redux fuses Stewart’s audacious choreography with spoken word to create an exciting dance work that leaves audiences questioning the underpinnings of who they are.
Conceived & Directed / Garry Stewart
Choreographed / Garry Stewart & the ADT dancers
Assistant to Garry Stewart / Elizabeth Old
Assistant Choreographer / Larissa McGowan
Sound Designer / Brendan Woithe (colony nofi)
Lighting Designer / Damien Cooper
Video Designer / Brenton Kempster (ZuluMu Design + Post)
Costume Designer / Gaelle Mellis
Technical Director / Paul Cowley
Dramaturge / Professor Julie Holledge
Consulting physical therapist/physiologist / Michael Heynen
Neurobiology consultant / Professor Ian Gibbins
Costume Construction / Davis Browne
Costume Assistants / Meredith Goyne & Olivia Iacobelli
“…an exhilarating dance work that is entertaining to watch and interesting to think about… nine outstanding dancers in a constantly moving jigsaw of limbs and torso.”
Sydney Morning Herald
“Be Your Self is a slick production performed by a confident company of strong dancers that literally fling themselves into the physicality of the choreography.”
“Whenever I see contemporary dance as good as the Australian Dance Theatre’s Be Your Self, I’m made to wonder anew what a wonderful thing the body is.”
“Unquestionably Stewart’s greatest work to date, Be Your Self offers a staggering, breathtakingly powerful series of panoramic embodiments of how the body receives and processes the myriad of experiences it’s subjected to.”