age of unbeauty, 2002

Age of Unbeauty, ADT

Age of Unbeauty, ADT

Age of Unbeauty, ADT

Pulling no punches, The Age of Unbeauty twists through an avalanche of potent images and unanticipated moments of quiet, sad tenderness and shattering vulnerability.

The dancers draw upon their disciplined and extreme training in gymnastics, breakdance and the martial art of Hapkido to bring Garry Stewart’s stark and heart rendering vision of a haemorrhaging world reeling under a barrage of violence to the stage.

Incredible movement, sound, lighting and lush film effects earned this work the highest accolades. The Age of Unbeauty is risky, technically demanding dance that is at once wrenching and riveting to watch. (Text courtesy of Australian Dance Theatre.)

The Age of Unbeauty, ADT

The Age of Unbeauty, ADT

The Age of Unbeauty, ADT

credits: devised and directed by Garry Stewart, choreographed with the company, dramaturgy David Bonney, set design Garry Stewart, Gaelle Mellis, Geoff Cobham, costume Gaelle Mellis, sound design Luke Smiles, lighting design Damien Cooper, video artist David Evans

performances: premiere Scott Theatre, Adelaide, February-March 2002; Sydney Opera House, Sydney, June-July 2002; Scott Theatre, Adelaide, October 2003; Playhouse, Melbourne, October 2003; Magdalenazaal, Brugge, Belgium, January 2005; Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, UK, February 2005; Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK, March 2005; Notthingham Playhouse, Nottingham, UK, March 2005; Schouwburgring Tilburg, Tilburg, the Netherlands, April 2006; Schouwburg Alphen aan de Rijn, Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, April 2006; Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands, April 2006; Stadsschouwburg Eindhoven, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, April 2006; CC Hasselt / De Doos, Haaselt, Belgium, April 2006; Stadsschouwburg Sint-Niklaas, Vlaanderen, Belgium, April 2006; CC De Werf, Aalst, Belgium, May 2006; CC De Spil, Roeselare, Belgium, May 2006; Schouwburg Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, May 2006; Chasse Theater Breda, the Netherlands, May 2006; De Flint, Amersfoort, the Netherlands, May 2006; Schouwburg den Bosch, Den Bosch, the Netherlands, May 2006; Theater de Vest, Alkmaar, the Netherlands, May 2006; Schouwburg Kunstmin, Dordrecht, the Netherlands; Theatre de Sete Scene Nationale, Sete, France, May 2006; L’Esplande, Saint Etienne, France, May 2006; Theater de Veste, Delft, the Netherlands, June 2006; Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda, the Netherlands, June 2006

The Age of Unbeauty, ADT

The Age of Unbeauty, ADT

The Age of Unbeauty, ADT

reviews/articles – realtime

smart’s the word, quick’s the action
virginia baxter, realtime 49, june-july, 2002

pretty ugly
keith gallasch, realtime 50, august-september, 2002


a thrilling fusion of movement forms
miranda starke, city messenger (adelaide), february 27, 2002

nasty spectacle fails to engage
alan brissenden, the australian, march 1, 2002

reviews: fringe: the age of unbeauty
katherine goode, adelaide advertiser, march 1, 2002

the age of unbeauty
justine shih pearson, dance australia, april 2002

the age of unbeauty
jill sykes, sydney morning herald, june 28, 2002

metro: dance: the age of unbeauty
julie huffer, sun herald, june 30, 2002

the age of unbeauty
priscilla engall, the drum, july 2, 2002

finding freedom
tim lloyd, adelaide advertiser, october 4, 2003

Age of Unbeauty, ADT

Age of Unbeauty, ADT

Age of Unbeauty, ADT

the age of unbeauty
hilary crampton, october 17, 2003

australian dance theatre
judith mackrell, the guardian, march 7, 2005

soaring through the pain barrier
debra craine, the times, march 8, 2005


ADT does not sell DVD recordings of any of its works due to copyright laws. The company does have a system for lending DVD kits to educational institutions. The DVDs currently available for loan to educators are: Birdbrain, The Age Of Unbeauty, HELD and Devolution.

DVDs are loaned out with a $15 postage and handling fee plus an $85 deposit. The deposit is fully refunded upon the return of the DVD. For further information and to organise a loan contact ADT.


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1 January 1999