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It was 40 years ago today… in 1978 Canberra Dance Theatre was born, and we celebrate the diversity of our dance community with a sumptuous evening of dance, served with a generous dash of happiness!
Join CDT as we look back at our vibrant history and imagine the future, with highlights from past artistic directors and brand new works including the Happiness Is… project, an hilarious and visceral new work developed with Emma Saunders, which takes the theme of joy and happiness to the extreme.
With special guests, Stephanie Burridge, CDT’s founding artistic director, with the gothic romance-inspired choreography of Mist; and special friends Patrick Harding-Irmer and Anca Frankenhaeuser.
- New contemporary ballet by Fusako Skelton
- The quirky and delightful Annette from Great Sport (winner Australian Dance Award 2017) by Liz Lea (Artistic Director 2010-2016)
- The Green Fuse by international choreographer Carol Brown with the GOLD group
- The Pamoja solo by Amalia Hordern (Artistic Director 2002-2006)
- A solo by Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman for CDT dancer Amanda Tutalo
- New work from the CDT Performance Group
- New work by Jazida (Miss Burlesque ACT 2016) and the Fans & Veils
- New Hilal Dance
- And more!
About Canberra Dance Theatre
CDT is a community member-driven not-for-profit dance organisation and is unique in the ACT region. From 1978, CDT has existed for the love of dance and performance for adult dancers. CDT operates a world-class studio, conducts a wide range of dance classes as well as hiring the studio for other classes and artistic developments. CDT operates with a volunteer board, a tiny staff, and uses volunteers for class administration.
This integration of professional and community practice is a defining and unique aspect of the company’s history. It is also one that has enabled it to survive a long, and often challenging, arts funding environment.
Over 40 years CDT has welcomed anyone with a love of dance. It has worked with the local dance community and with many significant Australian dancers, choreographers, musicians and designers, including Dr Stephanie Burridge, Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, Kai Tai Chan, Liz Lea, Julia Cotton, Patrick Harding-Irmer, Anca Frankenhauser, Beth Shelton, Anna Smith, Dr Cheryl Stock OAM, Andris Toppe, Wendy Wallace, Bernadette Walong, Graeme Watson, Meg Millband and Amalia Horden.
CDT’s patron is one of the its founders, Dr Graham Farquhar, AO, FAA, FRS, NAS, winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in 2015, the Kyoto Prize in 2017, and Senior Australian of the Year for 2018.
The CDT studio is available for hire. Visit CDT’s website for current activities, performances, classes and more history: www.canberradancetheatre.org
CANBERRA DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF DANCE
FRIDAY 12TH OCTOBER, 7PM
SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER, 7PM
SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER, 5PM
CHILD UNDER 16 $18
STREET ONE | RESERVED SEATING | 120 MINUTES INCLUDING INTERVAL