COMPETITION: Upcoming show captures our natural rhythms

The rhythms of nature will be brought to the stage with a new piece from Australian Dance Theatre.

The Beginning of Nature will be on show at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre on Thursday, June 21.

Created by Garry Stewart, the show has been described by Australian Dance Theatre as an accessible and highly-relatable piece of work.

Our dancers are astonishing and beautiful and they never fail to amaze me. I find myself in awe of them in this work.

Garry Stewart

The Beginning of Nature is a visual and auditory feast which draws on the rhythms in nature - day and night, the seasons, tidal patterns, migration, hibernation, sleep and waking, weather patterns, the binary of growth and decay and the various systems of the body.

The performance also includes live, operatic-style singing in the Kaurna language, an indigenous language of the Adelaide plains.

The language was almost extinct 20 years ago but was revived by the Kaurna people through a ‘dictionary’ written by local missionaries in the mid-1800s. The Kaurna language is now taught in schools and at university.

Australian Dance Theatre artistic director Garry Stewart said the spoken word was always going to be a part of the show.

“When I first decided to make this work, I always wanted to include the human voice in the score, but in a work about rhythms in nature it made very little sense to use English, which has only been spoken on this continent for the past 230 years – barely a blip compared to the tens of thousands of years that indigenous languages have been spoken here. So it made much more sense to work with the Kaurna language,” Mr Stewart said.

“Our dancers are astonishing and beautiful and they never fail to amaze me. I find myself in awe of them in this work. They manifest something that is far beyond just the choreography itself. They embody ideas, feelings, processes and transformations in such profound ways. They really are incredible.”

Tickets for The Beginning of Nature are available from the DRTCC website or box office.

The Daily Liberal has two double passes to the Australian Dance Theatre’s Dubbo performance of The Beginning of Nature for our lucky readers. The Terms and Conditions are outlined below.

Terms and conditions: 

Competition opens on June 12, 2018, and will close on June 17, 2018 at 3pm. 

The winner will be contacted by phone.

Each winner will receive a double pass to The Beginning of Nature at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre on Thursday, June 21.

Correspondence will not be entered into.

Entries must include correct answers to the questions to go into the competition draw.

Only one entry per person will be permitted.

A winner will randomly be selected from the correct answers.

Fairfax Media employees are not permitted to enter the competition. 

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