Australian Dance Theatre returns to the UK in Spring 2007 as part of a Dance Consortium Tour opening at Sadler’s Wells on Tuesday 20 February 2007.
Under the Artistic Directorship of Garry Stewart, the company has collaborated with renowned photographer
Lois Greenfield to create Held, a new stage experience where Stewart’s quick-fire ballistic choreography is captured via photographs, which are taken live on stage and instantaneously flashed onto giant screens.
With Greenfield’s images projected behind the rocketing dancers, Held provides a unique opportunity to intimately view Stewart’s choreography which is technically demanding and fraught with risk. Loud, fast and different at every performance, Held allows the audience to experience movement in a startling and unexpected way.
Held created a sensation when it premiered in Adelaide in 2004, winning 6 national awards and making Australian Dance Theatre the most awarded Dance Company in the nation that year.
Lois Greenfield began photographing dancers over 30 years ago, and her career since has seen her capture the work of many leading dance companies including English National Ballet, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet. Her association with Australian Dance Theatre and marks a full circle within her career which began with an early interest in dance companies and choreography, before moving towards working with individual dancers and improvised dances. Held marks her return to photographing performance.
Australian Dance Theatre perform Held at Sadler’s Wells on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 February, the production will then tour for a further ten UK dates.