Phillip Adams' career in dance and performance spans over 25 years as a vital contributor to the richness of Australian performing arts. Adams' works provide a crucial point of differentiation: an alternative modality, fearless choreographic practice and risk-taking approach to creation and presentation.
Adams’ process draws on collaboration through hybrid mediums of music, design, fashion, architecture, cinema, visual arts and photography engaging with the unorthodox, queer and popular culture. Phillip's process defines a model and a psychologically generative, collaborative environment that continually extends the parameters of dance and visual art-based practise to produce bold artistic choreography and artworks.
Adams graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1988 and thereafter spent a decade performing and working in New York with many companies and independent choreographers. Adams returned to Australia in 1997 and established his company Phillip Adams BalletLab. Adams has created 18 major works for BalletLab, presented internationally and at leading festivals and venues in the USA, Europe and Asia. Commissions include: The Australian Ballet, Chunky Move, Back to Back Theatre, Lux Boreal (Mexico) Guongdong Modern Dance Company (China), Dance Works Rotterdam (Nederland’s), City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong), Niteroi City Ballet (Brazil). Adams works have been presented by Museum of Old New Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Victoria and awarded a design for the Melbourne Art Tram series. Recently Phillip won the 2018 Australia Council Award for Dance.
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