Garry Stewart

(b. 1962)

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(b Gunnedah, Australia, 19 May 1962)

Australian dancer, choreographer, and director. He trained at the Sydney City Ballet Academy (1983) and at the Australian Ballet School (1984–5) dancing with several companies including Australian Dance Theatre and Queensland Ballet. He choreographed his first work in 1985 for the Australian Ballet School and during the 1990s worked as a freelance choreographer, creating works for Sydney Dance Company among others. In 1997 Stewart founded the dance company Thwack for which he created Plastic Space and in 1999 was appointed artistic director of Australian Dance Theatre. His works for the company reflect his driving physical style, his preference for collaboration with artists from other disciplines and occasionally confrontational choice of subject matter. They include Birdbrain (2001), a deconstruction of Swan Lake, The Age of Unbeauty (2002), HELD (2004), a collaboration with celebrated dance photographer Lois Greenfield, and G (2008), a deconstruction of Giselle. In 2006 he collaborated with director Nigel Jamieson on Honour Bound (2006), a mixed-media work about prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay. He has also created works for other companies including Infinity (Rambert Dance Company, 2007) and The Centre and its Opposite (Birmingham Royal Ballet, 2009).

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