The Circadian Cycle
Director: Garry Stewart
Australia, 2019, 17 min
WINNER: Best Experimental
Cast:Dancers of Australian Dance Theatre
Crew:Writer: Garry Stewart. Producers: Garry Stewart, Eira Swaine.
The Circadian Cycle is a short film conceived and directed by Garry Stewart, with cinematography from renowned director and film maker Cordelia Beresford.
Filmed within the stunning South Australian landscape, The Circadian Cycle draws upon choreography from Australian Dance Theatre's award winning mainstage work The Beginning of Nature.
Using the dancing body as a metaphor, The Circadian Cycle examines morphology, biological rhythm and animal behaviour. The film charts a day from sunrise to evening, moving through cycles of nature, from nascence and awakening to predation and death.
The film was shot in stunning locations across South Australia including: Flinders Chase National Park, Lake Bumbunga, Lake Gairdner, Maslin Beach, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and Mount Remarkable National Park.
About the director
Garry Stewart was appointed the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) in 1999.
He has created a significant repertoire of works for ADT which have become renowned for their ambitious artistic collaborations, rigorous research and a compelling movement vocabulary. His works have toured to some of the most prestigious theatres in the world including Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), The Joyce Theater (New York) and Sadlers Wells (London). He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the inaugural Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Stewart has been commissioned by a number of other companies including Ballet Du Rhin, Rambert Dance Company (UK), Birmingham Royal Ballet (UK), Royal Flanders Ballet (Belgium), tanz mainz (Germany), Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet and West Australian Ballet.
As well as The Circadian Cycle, Stewart has created films Mood Machine, which premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in 2015 and Collision Course, in which
a series of bodies collide in mid-air, captured in extreme slow motion at 1500 frames per second. Collision Course has been screened at various film festivals and public spaces including Federation Square in Melbourne.