The Art House presents

Australian Dance Theatre: The Beginning of Nature

18 Jun 2018 Showing at The Art House

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Weaving together music and astonishingly powerful contemporary dance, The Beginning of Nature is a compelling and ritualistic work from world-renowned Australian Dance Theatre.

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.

Portrayed by the nine stellar dancers of ADT, this extraordinary work explores life cycles and themes of metamorphosis and transformation within nature.

Performed with two vocalists live on stage, the spell-binding score combines electronica, strings and a libretto sung in Kaurna language, the first language of the Adelaide Plains, home to ADT.

At times fierce and explosive, at other times graceful and meditative, this stunning work will leave you completely enthralled.

The Beginning of Nature is a tour-de-force from one of the world's most formidable companies, and is sure to become another seminal work for Australian Dance Theatre.

If you're 12+ and an experienced dancer, buy your Show+ workshop ticket for a youth masterclass run by performers from Australian Dance Theatre before their show, 'The Beginning of Nature' at The Art House.

The 2 hour workshop takes place on Sunday 17 June at 2PM and is suitable for those who regularly take part in eisteddfods and concerts. It gives young dancers the chance to be taught ADT choreography by some of Australia’s premier performers in The Art House’s studio space.


"Brendan Woithe's composition, performed by Adelaide's own Zephyr String Quartet and vocalists Shauntai Batzke and Vonda Last, was breathtaking in its elegance. Recorded sound was layered with the heavily effected strings of the quartet to create an eerie, primordial soundscape that spoke of misty swamps and ancient forests as the white clad dancers transformed themselves into trees and strangely evolving creatures before a capacity audience. It was a tale of birth, life, and death and the subtle rhythms that mark the time of that journey. The overlapping patterns of life. It was a superb performance." Broadway World

"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


The Art House
19-21 Margaret Street
Wyong NSW 2259


Mon 18 Jun 2018 - 8PM

Important Information

Suitable for ages 12+
Includes partial female nudity, haze and strobe-like effects.
Duration: 75 minutes



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