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 Post subject: Australian Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2001 11:21 am 
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With all the fuss over Sylvie Guillem's changes to Giselle, one wonders why this production of Swan Lake hasn't been the subject of more controversy:

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Galway's window undressing

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It was Australian Dance Theatre's first European performance of Birdbrain, an electrifying reworking of Swan Lake. Set on a starkly lit stage with virtually no props, the show was as crisply executed as a classic black-and-white film.

Technically excellent, whether using ballet, break-dance, acrobatics or contemporary dance, the performers also doubled as the set, wearing T-shirts with words such as "forest" and "lake". It reinterpreted the classic ballet in as clever, imaginative and fast-paced a way as the film director Baz Luhrmann retold Romeo and Juliet's story.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2001 11:24 am 
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Follow this link to the thread on the:<P><a href=../../../ubb/Forum11/HTML/000666.html target=_blank>Galway Arts Festival</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2001 11:23 pm 
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Punchy, but it's Swan Lake to a T-shirt

'BIRDBRAIN' Reviewed by Jill Sykes in The Sydney Morning Herald

[QUOTE]Like Shakespeare's plays, the ballet Swan Lake can lend itself to endless versions without losing its original power - and these fresh takes on the classic can be invigorating and entertaining.

Garry Stewart's Birdbrain qualifies for both these descriptions for most of its short, punchy duration. It has come a very long way from two versions I saw on a creative journey that began in 1997.

What audiences see now is a refined, precisely focused fusion of themes that Stewart, as choreographer and artistic director of the Adelaide-based Australian Dance Theatre, has developed with dramaturg David Bonney and various groups of dancers over those four years

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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2001 10:39 pm 
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ADT's Birdbrain is definately worth a look. It's not exactly a deconstruction of Swan Luck, rather it's somewhat of a parody with a twist. <P>The dancers are incredible athletes and the concept is interesting. The music can be somewhat monotonous and Craig Proctor, the guest Yogi, shows us that Yogis, like contortionists, are a special breed - one wonders where they put their bones.<P>The troupe was considering cancelling its trip to New York in October, but it seems none of the dancers could resist the temptation of performing in the Big Apple, despite the recent tragedy. Alas, they'll be there with bells on!<P>------------------<BR>[This message has been edited by Jennifer]<BR>

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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2001 6:15 am 
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Paula Citron - Classical 96.3 FM,10.03.01:
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The work is an interesting deconstruction of the ballet warhorse "Swan Lake". The juxtaposition between Stewart's relentless contemporary choreographic style with the mother of all classical ballets makes for an attention-grabbing union.
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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2001 5:46 pm 
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Wish I could be there:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Birds and Kangaroos<P>Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice<P>Sketches of dancers from Carlo Blasis's 1829 Code of Terpsichore gaze down on the Joyce stage and Garry Stewart's Birdbrain. As members of Australian Dance Theatre hurtle, dive, roll, and spin through this rude pomo take on Swan Lake, do I only imagine the expressions of puzzled distaste from the population of Gaelle Mellis's backdrop?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0143/jowitt.php target=_blank>More</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2001 7:25 am 
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Impressions from Tobi Tobias:<P><a href=http://www.newyorkmag.com/page.cfm?page_id=5334 target=_blank>Wizards of Oz</a><BR>Chunky Move and Australian Dance Theatre bring the standard postmodern flash up from Down Under; a different Drumming in Brooklyn.<BR>TOBI TOBIAS, New York Magazine


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2002 5:30 am 
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Image <BR><I><small>Birdbrain</small></I><P>Australian Dance Theatre's <I>Birdbrain</I> is in Singapore at the University Cultural Centre Theatre (June 1-3) for this year's <A HREF="http://www.singaporeartsfest.com" TARGET=_blank><B>Singapore Arts Festival</B></A>. So they say it's a deconstruction of <I>Swan Lake</I> and recontextualises some of the original ballet's central themes. But I really didn't get it. <P>Not that the dancers weren't something to behold; what they do is extremely difficult, up there in the don't-try-this-at-home genre. Classical positions and balletic turns only occasionally surface in relentless, stylish passages of rolling, popping, slithering, writhing, jerking, falling, spinning, hurtling. Painful stuff. And of course, it's well-known by now that the barefoot dancers are only in t-shirts and slacks; the tees, which are constantly changed, are labelled accordingly, from "corps" and "prince" to "legend" and "f***ed up". (If you're sitting right at the corner, as I was, you get to see them changing in the wings.) Even Siegfried can be played by two men - say hello to "sieg" and "fried". <P><I>Birdbrain</I> can actually stand on its own, but there are references to <I>Swan Lake</I> that the regular dance-goer will be able to recognise. There are the four cygnets, their hands all locked, weaving in and out of each other. As a man in a white t-shirt and a woman in a black t-shirt dance together, a woman in a white t-shirt behind the background screen madly flaps her arms - a scene from the Black Swan pas de deux. Don't forget the 32 fouettés, now distributed among a line of dancers, counted on the background screen. However, it's quite unlikely that the everyday handphone-crazy Singaporean will click into all of this in an instant.<P>So there's no point in a review on my part, since others have done a much better job of describing the work, notably <A HREF="http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0143/jowitt.php" TARGET=_blank><B>Deborah Jowitt</B></A> in The Village Voice and <A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/06/arts/dance/06ANDE.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Jack Anderson</B></A> in The New York Times. One sentence in Jowitt's review accurately sums up how I feel about <I>Birdbrain</I>:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>In this deconstructed world, the choreographer relies on labels to signify plot and character, but of course they can't make us feel much beyond the choreographer's cleverness and the dancers' stamina and virtuosity.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Or maybe I'm just a little thick tonight.<BR><p>[This message has been edited by Malcolm Tay (edited June 02, 2002).]


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2002 1:14 pm 
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Thee are no hard and fast rules on where things should go, as life isn't like that. But I have to say that the word 'ballet' doesn't spring to mind when I read these descriptions. Better off in 'Modern' perchance?


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2002 6:53 pm 
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Obviously The Straits Times liked it:

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A version of Swan Lake on Ecstasy
By CLARA CHOW

WITH frenetic energy, languid sexuality and humour, Birdbrain by the Australian Dance Theatre turned the classical ballet Swan Lake on its head, and the result: an oh-so-pleasurable blood-rush.

To a thumping soundtrack of break-beats and industrial Goth, nine dancers writhed, leaped, tumbled and stretched in a club-like atmosphere. Traditional ballet moves began to be executed, but were pulled up short in antipodean subversion of the dance form.

Instead of graceful, synchronised white swans, one got ugly ducklings on speed and Ecstasy.
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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2002 12:48 pm 
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<img src="http://livelyarts.stanford.edu/images/aust.jpg" alt="" />
<font size=-2>Australian Dance Theatre in Birdbrain</font size>

They'll be performing at Stanford Lively Arts in the SF Bay Area tonight!


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2002 12:51 am 
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Wow.


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
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Care to elaborate?


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2002 10:56 am 
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I will but let's just say for now those who went to LINES or Oakland Ballet instead missed something special. Last night's performance of "Birdbrain" was the only engagement by ADT in the SF Bay Area.


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Dance Theatre
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Mmm. I didn't think so :p


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