The Australian Dance Awards are bound for Adelaide for the very first time in 2015. The Awards celebrate the achievements of Australian dance companies and dancers in a night-of-nights event combining performances and Award presentations, and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Australian Dance Theatre.
It will feature past winners and notable guests and will be hosted by well-known Adelaide identity Jane Doyle.
One of the most keenly anticipated Awards is the 2015 Lifetime Achievement. In 2014 this was awarded to long-time Adelaide choreographer Leigh Warren, who will make a personal appearance at the 2015 event.
Other Awards include Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer, Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer, Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, and Outstanding Performance by a Company, which in 2014 was awarded to The Australian Ballet for Cinderella.
The Awards will showcase the achievements of dance in South Australia, which has a notable history including the realisation of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) in 1965 by Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, who will remount an early ADT work for the Awards.
Performances will include more recent work by ADT, delicious entertainment by Restless Dance Theatre, a new Leigh Warren work performed by students of Adelaide College of the Arts, and an excerpt from Dance North’s new work Syncing Feeling. Fringe events include a showing/conversation about new independent dance works in Adelaide.
The list of nominees can be seen at http://www.australiandanceawards.net.au.
This will be the 18th staging of the Australian Dance Awards, which began as a dancers picnic in Sydney before growing into a spectacular touring stage event.
The Australian Dance Awards are at 7.30pm on 12 September 2015 at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Tickets will be available soon from BASS.