Australian Dance Theatre to make its return to Port Lincoln

DANCE: Australian Dance Theatre will bring its acclaimed show 'South' to the Nautilus Arts Centre on June 12. Photo: Daniel Boud
DANCE: Australian Dance Theatre will bring its acclaimed show 'South' to the Nautilus Arts Centre on June 12. Photo: Daniel Boud

Port Lincoln will welcome back the Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) for the first time in more than 15 years with a show and workshops planned for later this month.

Celebrating its 56th year in 2021, ADT is recommitting to an annual program of touring South Australia, with its latest tour to take place across June with visits to communities including Whyalla and Renmark.

The tour will begin in Port Lincoln on June 10, marking ADT's first visit to Port Lincoln since 2005.

ADT executive director Nick Hays said while the company was proud of its longstanding global and national reputation over many decades it was, first and foremost, South Australia's dance company.

"That's why in 2021, we are re-focusing all of our efforts on taking world class contemporary dance to local audiences rather than asking them to come to us," Mr Hays said.

"It's incredibly exciting, it's completely reinvigorated the company and it feels like the beginning of a new chapter for ADT."

On June 10 Port Lincoln will host free workshops for aspiring dancers at 4pm and 6.30pm followed by a performance of 'South' on June 12 at the Nautilus Arts Centre at 7.30pm.

'South' reflects on the treacherous journey across Antarctica done by Sir Douglas Mawson and his ill-fated team in the summer of 1912-1913, depicting the voyage as an allegory for the issues humanity faces in the era of rapid global warming.

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