G by Garry Stewart
Australian Dance Theatre in association with Adelaide Festival Centre
For his final brilliant season at the helm of Australian Dance Theatre, outgoing Artistic Director Garry Stewart is bringing one of his most iconic, beloved works back to the Adelaide stage for the first time in almost a decade – G, his frenetic, no-holds-barred dismantling of the quintessential, romantic classical ballet, Giselle.
In 2000, Garry premiered his first major work for ADT: Birdbrain, an ironic, post-modern deconstruction of the classical Swan Lake. In 2008, he continued his project of referencing iconic ballets with the acclaimed debut of G, a reworking of Giselle. Referencing Steven Wainwright’s seminal essay entitled ‘Giselle, Madness and Death’, which links the ballet narrative of Giselle to the pathologisation of women as hysterics in early 19th century Europe, Garry’s work “strip[s] away the sentimental pathos of the traditional Giselle in order to focus directly on the raw emotions of jealousy, anger and lust” (Dance Australia).
The driving musical score for G was created by Luke Smiles (Motion Laboratories), one of the luminaries of music composition for the new wave of Australian contemporary dance. Performed by eleven phenomenally talented ADT dancers in a “jaw-droppingly physical” display of choreographic virtuosity (The Guardian London), G turns classical ballet on its head, exploring feminism, mental illness and the #MeToo movement against an electronic backdrop.
With the closing night performance of G taking place exactly 22 years to the day since Garry first took over the reins at ADT, Adelaide audiences will once again be treated to “the most thrilling Australian dance work you could hope to see” (The Advertiser). Don’t miss the final chance to see the iconic G by Garry Stewart – five shows only at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide from 25-29 November 2021.
Main image © Chris Herzfeld – Camlight Productions