Mood Machine

If we compacted the human emotional range into a few minutes, what might it look like?
From the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, Garry Stewart, Mood Machine is a surreal fusion of body parts and animation, exploring the choreographic possibilities of the habituated gestures and facial expressions of human emotions.

  • Garry Stewart
    Director
    Collision Course
  • Australian Dance Theatre
    Producer
  • Dancers of Australian Dance Theatre
    Key Cast
  • Brenton Kempster
    Cinematographer, Post-Production, Editor
    Be Your Self,
  • Brendan Woithe
    Composer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Dance
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 14, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Adelaide Film Festival
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Australia
    October 19, 2015
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Garry Stewart

Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) since 1999, Garry Stewart is one of the best known contemporary choreographers in the world today.

Over the past two decades he has developed a totally unique and uncompromising choreographic voice which has made his work in demand in many of the world's leading theatres including Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, The Joyce Theater in New York and Sadlers Wells in London.

Stewart's exploration of the body, through the extremes of power and presence, has defined his choreography and his fascination with new media and technology has resulted in unique artistic outcomes.

Stewart's broad interest in various intellectual domains, from neuroscience to philosophy to physics, has influenced many of his works for the company.

Stewart has created over 15 original works for ADT and his movement has become renowned for its power, speed, virtuosity, complexity and originality.

He has also created works for other companies, including Rambert Dance Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet Du Rhin and Royal Ballet of Flanders, The Australian Ballet and tanzmainz (Staatstheater Mainz).

Stewart was Thinker-in-Residence at Deakin University, Melbourne from 2012–2013 where he worked with the Deakin Motion.Lab, a centre for innovation at the nexus of dance and technology.

In 2014 Stewart was the Artist-in- Residence at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and is currently involved in an Australia Research Council study into neurocognition and dance at ADT.

Stewart is currently studying for a Masters in Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales focusing on video installation for gallery environments.

Stewart is featured in the Routledge publication 'Fifty Contemporary Choreographers', a guide to 50 of the world's most influential choreographers.

In 2015, Stewart was named the inaugural recipient of the Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.

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