, Outside Within - Australian Dance Theatre
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Presented by Australian Dance Theatre

Outside Within
Australian Dance Theatre

Immerse by Adrianne Semmens
mulunma - Inside Within and The Third by Daniel Riley

Thursday, 2 June, 2022

Brenton Langbein Theatre

A World Premiere triptych of ideas, stories and legacies by Australian Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Daniel Riley (Wiradjuri) and Adrianne Semmens (Barkindji). Daniel’s The Third takes as its starting point mulunmaInside Within his 2021 RISING: Melbourne commission which explores the relationship between the Western archive and a First Nations archive, each built on differing ideologies. The Third extends these concepts by looking at the body as an archive and how we hold memories personally and collectively. Immerse dives into the lineage of our waterways and our ancestral connection to fresh and salt water, speaking to the duality that springs from Adrianne’s connection to freshwater as a Barkindji woman, but now calling Adelaide home – saltwater country.

Biographies: Daniel Riley and Adrianne Semmens & Credits ...
Daniel Riley
Daniel is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and creative from the Wiradjuri nation of Western NSW, and is currently Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre.

He began his dance training at Quantum Leap, ACT and since graduating from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2006 has danced for Leigh Warren & Dancers (2005-2006), New Movement Collective UK (2014), Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre UK (2014), Chunky Move (2019) and was a senior artist with Bangarra Dance Theatre (2007-2018).

In 2019 Daniel joined ILBIJERRI Theatre Company as an Associate Producer (2019-2020), and became the company's Creative Associate (2020-2021). His time with ILBIJERRI allowed him to partake in an Executive Leadership Program where he gained executive level skills to lead and run an arts organisation in the future.

In 2020 he was appointed as a Lecturer in Contemporary Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, where he launched and led Kummarge, a self-determined mentoring program for First Nations dance students. In 2021 he worked for Moogahlin Performing Arts as Birrabang Miil (outside eye) for the Yellamundie@HOME- Naarm Festival and joined the cast of Stephanie Lake Company’s Manifesto for the first major creative development.

He has worked as an independent dancer, director, teacher, advocate, choreographer and sat on the Board of Chunky Move (2019-2022).

Daniel’s choreographic credits include Victorian College of the Arts: WAX (2021), RISE (2020), Louisville Ballet, USA: Tonal (2020), Sacred Shifts (2015), Melbourne International Arts Festival: Tanderrum (2019), Dancenorth: Communal Table (2019), Bangarra Dance Theatre: Dark Emu (2018), Miyagan (2016), BLAK (2013), Riley (2010), Sydney Dance Company: Reign (2015), QL2 Dance: Hit the Floor Together (2013, 2018), QUT: Twelve Ascensions (2013), Thirteen Ascensions (Twelve Ascension Rework) (2018), Third Row Dance Company UK (2014).

His film credits as Director and Choreographer include: mulunma – Inside Within (2021) for RISING Melbourne & Yirramboi, and ACT V (2021), for The Australian Ballet’s Bodytorque Digital 2021. As performer: Dan Sultan: Under Your Skin, Stephen Page (Bangarra Dance Theatre): Spear in which he worked as Director’s Attachment.

He has been nominated at the Australian Dance Awards (2010, 2013) and for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deadly Awards (2010, 2012 & 2013). Daniel is highly experienced in conducting masterclasses, facilitating workshops and teaching professional company class for a range of organisations, educational institutions and dance companies across Australia and around the world.

Adrianne Semmens
Adrianne Semmens is a dance practitioner with experience working across the arts, education and community sectors. Adrianne is a descendant of the Barkindji People of NSW and a graduate of NAISDA Dance College and Adelaide College of the Arts.

This year sees Adrianne performing with the South Australian First Nations Dance Collective, led by Artistic Director Gina Rings, and working as an Associate Artist with Australian Dance Theatre, enjoying a focus on her own choreographic practice, which explores themes of identity and place.

Adrianne’s professional experience also includes her role as a Dance Presenter for The Australian Ballet’s Dance Education Ensemble, as a performer for Jo Clancy, Jade Erlandsen and Cathy Adamek, and performances for Dance Rites, choreographed by Kaine Sultan-Babij.

Passionate about dance education and the role of dance in maintaining wellbeing, Adrianne has worked on many youth focused initiatives, including projects for Kurruru Arts and Culture Hub, Carclew, Ausdance SA and the Department for Education.

In August 2020, Adrianne was commissioned by Garry Stewart to work with the ADT dancers for two weeks on the developing material for a new work that explores water in all its manifestations, as part of an Artistic Residency with the company. Whilst in residence with ADT, Adrianne undertook a choreographic exploration centred on water and our relationship to freshwater and saltwater. The exploration recognised water as a basic necessity and source of healing and comfort, but also as capable of exposing our vulnerability. As an Associate Artist with ADT in 2021, Adrianne has expanded on this previous choreographic work and developed the short piece Immerse for the Convergence season in early May 2021.


Immerse (2021)
CHOREOGRAPHER - Adrianne Semmens with Australian Dance Theatre’s Company Artists
PERFORMED BY - Australian Dance Theatre’s Company Artists
COMPOSER - Sascha Budimski

Mulumna – Inside Within (2021)
CONCEIVED & DIRECTED BY - Daniel Riley and Cass Mortimer Eipper
PERFORMED BY - Daniel Riley and Archie Riley
COMPOSER - James Howard

Commissioned by RISING:Melbourne Originally presented by RISING:Melbourne, Museums Victoria and YIRRAMBOI 6 May – 6 June 2021.

The Third (2022)
CHOREOGRAPHY - Daniel Riley with Australian Dance Theatre’s Company Artists
PERFORMED BY ADT Company Artists
COMPOSER- James Howard
DESIGNER - Daniel Riley & Enoki
COSTUMES - Denni Francisoco – Ngali

Partner Credits/Acknowledgement
Outside Within is generously supported by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet through Arts SA, Country Arts SA, Enoki and UKARIA Cultural Centre.

Australian Dance Theatre acknowledges the generosity of the company’s Regional Engagement fund supporters including lead supporters Donna & John Karytinos and Diané Ranck.

Australian Dance Theatre is supported by the Government of South Australia through the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
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