An Australian Dance Theatre Production

The Beginning of Nature

By Garry Stewart

At the very heart of all life is the rhythm of nature itself.

28 Jun – 30 Jun

From the pioneering Australian Dance Theatre comes a dance and sound work exploring the rhythms in nature.

Humans, and all living forms, exist within a phenomenally complex symphony of overlapping rhythms that constitute life itself. These rhythms are manifested in day and night, the seasons, tidal patterns, migration, weather patterns and the binary of growth and decay.

World-renowned Artistic Director Garry Stewart (G, Be Your Self) has woven together music and astonishingly powerful contemporary dance to create a compelling work, harnessing the grace and strength of nine extraordinary dancers to explore nature’s complex forces.

Acclaimed composer Brendan Woithe has collaborated with consultant Jack Buckskin to develop a spellbinding score that combines electronica, strings and a libretto performed live in the reclaimed and revived Kaurna language, the first language of the Adelaide Plains, home to ADT.

The Beginning of Nature is at times fierce and explosive, at other times graceful and meditative. It’s a stunning work that will delight and inspire.

Recommended for ages 12+. Contains partial nudity, haze and strobe effects.


"Breathtaking in its elegance" - 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

Free Talking Point
The Beginning of Nature - Merrigong Talking Point
Saturday 30 June, 15 mins after the matinee ends.

Photo by Chris Herzfeld Camlight Productions

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Venue Information

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IMB Theatre


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Cast & Creative Team

Garry Stewart

Garry Stewart and the ADT dancers

Lighting Designer
Damien Cooper

Brendan Woithe (KLANG)

Costume Designer
Davis Browne Design

Indigenous Language & Culture Consultant
Jack Buckskin


Premium: $79
Adult: $67
Pens/Group 8+: $62
Under 30s: $49
Family of 4: $196 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

A per transaction fee of $6.95 applies for phone and online bookings.

Performance Times
General Public:
Thu 28 Jun, 6.30pm
Fri 29 Jun, 7.30pm
Sat 30 Jun, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Post Show Q&A:
Thu 28 June, 6.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 1 hr 20 mins (no interval)

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