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Australian Dance Theatre presents immersive environment for audiences in ‘Of All Things’

Design by Enoki, photography by Sam Roberts.
Design by Enoki, photography by Sam Roberts.

Audiences will enter an immersive environment and a performance that has already begun in the latest production from Australian Dance Theatre (ADT). Of All Things is the brainchild of one of Australia’s rising stars in contemporary dance, Alison Currie, and promises to take audiences on a thrilling and unique journey as dancers explore the way humans morph, meld and fuse with their physical surroundings. 

Performed in the round, Of All Things makes full use of the Odeon Theatre space, creating a real sense of awe and wonder. 

“For a while now, I have been looking at the ways in which all of us interact with the buildings and structures that are around us but which we never really give a second thought,” said Currie. “In Of All Things, I want to challenge that notion so that the audience, from the very moment they step into the theatre, will be immersed in a performance that is already going on around them. It’s fluid and constantly changing, so there will be a feeling of having suddenly entered a strange and wonderful environment.” 

Alison Currie's 'Of All Things'. Photo by Sam Roberts.
Alison Currie’s ‘Of All Things’.
Photo by Sam Roberts.

Fresh from the success of being a finalist in the national Keir Choreographic Awards in March, Kangaroo Island-born Currie has chosen to collaborate with multi-disciplinary local design firm Enoki to create various spaces for six of ADT’s dancers to move between mobile and fixed objects. 

Deaf and hard of hearing audiences will be able to access the aural environment through rhythms being linked to lighting and the Odeon Theatre’s hearing loop with one performance to be accompanied by a pre-show touch tour. 

“I have watched Alison’s development as an artist over the past few years, and I’m thrilled that she is working with our company,” said ADT Artistic Director Garry Stewart. “She possesses a very specific and unique artistic voice through the ingenious interplay of human performers with objects and innovative built forms and is certainly a young choreographer to watch. I’m looking forward to witnessing this next step in the progression of her artistic exploration.” 

With rehearsals now underway, Of All Things will run 19 – 22 November at ADT’s The Odeon Theatre. For tickets and more information, visit adt.org.au/event/of-all-things.

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