Tanja Liedtke Studio at the Odeon Theatre


Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) has transformed Norwood’s iconic Odeon Theatre into a stunning new home for dance in South Australia.

Australia’s oldest contemporary dance company has spent almost half a million dollars updating the venue to create a state-of-the-art theatre and stage space with retractable seating, rehearsal space for creative development and a glamorous new foyer and bar.

The company has dedicated the Odeon’s upstairs rehearsal space to former ADT dancer and prodigious talent, Tanja Liedtke, who tragically passed away in 2007. The Tanja Liedtke Studio will be a home for creative development and workshops for local dance practitioners, and the extension of ADT’s Learning Program, which involves seminars and open rehearsals for schools, public forums, as well as public dance classes. The space will also host residencies by overseas artists through the company’s new International Centre for Choreography.  The Tanja Liedtke Foundation are partnering with ADT’s International Centre for Choreography to support the development of emerging choreographers and dance artists.

On Friday 18th May, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, officially opened The Odeon in a gala event welcoming Adelaide arts industry guests and supporters.  On Saturday 19th May, the company held a public open day, with tours of the Odeon, free dance classes, and performances from the Australian Dance Theatre and the ADT Youth Ensemble


Photo (c) Samantha Hines


Rough Draft 2018 – works by twelve artists and choreographers

Last week we were thrilled to see a full house for our annual Rough Draft event.

A part of ADT’s International Centre for Choreography, Rough Draft is part of our commitment to nurturing emerging and established choreographers, providing a platform for independent dance makers and our own company dancers to create and show works-in-development.

It was an evening of truly moving, funny, interesting and powerful new works and ideas.

Congratulations to the dancers and to the choreographers featured in this years program:

Gabrielle Nankivell, Cayleigh Davies, Zoë Dunwoodie, Christopher Mills, Petra Szabo, Harrison Elliott & Mirka Vlachou, Matte Roffe, Matt Shilcock & Tess De Quincey, Thomas Fonua and Paulo Castro.

An initiative of Australian Dance Theatre’s International Centre for Choreography.