Posted by: Richard | June 28, 2015

L at the Adelaide Festival Theatre Centre, Saturday 18 July 2015

When Australian Dance Theatre founder Elizabeth Cameron Dalman brings her current company Mirramu Dance Company to the Dunstan Playhouse in the Adelaide Festival Theatre Centre on 18 July with her production of L, it is particularly fitting that the current company under Garry Stewart will perform as her guests an excerpt from Be Your Self to open the evening.

To be yourself was indeed a mantra for the fledgling company of the 1960s and 70s, and one which Dalman has continued to espouse in her own more than 50 year professional career. At 81 she still dances, teaches, mentors and choreographs around Australia and travels regularly overseas as a guest dance elder.

L is a once in a lifetime opportunity for an Adelaide audience to see where being herself has led Dalman and to experience a unique moment in Australian dance history with this coming together of past and present on stage in one performance only. It will also be a significant professional return for Dr Dalman, who founded Australian Dance Theatre on 10 June 1965 in Adelaide and was its Artistic Director for 10 years.

The development of L from the seminal work Sapling to Silver (2011, Canberra) and its NSW season has been supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW, but with funding not forthcoming from the Australia Council for the Arts for the Adelaide leg of the project, Elizabeth decided to fund it herself – it was too important a landmark in Australian dance history to let it pass unnoticed – and she immediately invited the current Australian Dance Theatre to join her.

Praise for Elizabeth Cameron Dalman and Sapling to Silver

  • Robyn Archer Artistic Director of the Canberra Centenary said of Sapling to Silver: ‘This was without doubt the finest dance performance I have seen in Canberra in the last two years and it rates with the best in the nation.’
  • Michelle Potter, a leader in the field of dance writing and criticism and the inaugural curator of dance at the National Library of Australia, reviewing for The Canberra Times described Sapling to Silver as ‘a brave and beautiful work’.
  • Bill Stephens reviewing for the Canberra edition of City News wrote, ‘it was both astonishing and moving to witness her remarkable performance in this extraordinarily important program’.

Information is at

Online bookings for L at The Dunstan Playhouse search for Mirramu Dance Company at: or phone 131 246.
Still from L



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