Canberra connection for new Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre

Living Arts Canberra congratulates Daniel Riley on his appointment as Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre. He succeeds the long serving (22 years) Garry Stewart (pictured) at the end of 2021.

A Wiradjuri man, Daniel began contemporary dance as a 12 year-old at the invitation of ADT’s founder and first Artistic Director, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, in Canberra. Elizabeth and her colleague Vivienne Rogis suggested that Daniel apply to Canberra based QL2 (then Quantum Leap).

Barbie talks to Ruth Osborne, Artistic Director of QL2 Dance Canberra, about Daniel Riley

Daniel was one of QL2’s inaugural dancers, joining from its inception in 1999 with the projects Rough Cuts and On the Shoulders of Giants. He continued with Quantum Leap until 2003. In 2004 he was accepted at QUT in Dance.

While completing his degree, he worked at QL2 as a commissioned choreographer for Chaos in the Courtyard and with On Course (young choreographers project). After completing university studies, he took part in Ql2’s Soft Landing program for recent graduates.

Daniel joined Bangarra in 2007 and was part of that company for 12 years, creating many significant works and receiving several nominations and major awards. He’s also worked with Sydney Dance Company and Third Row Dance Company in the UK. In 2019, he moved to Melbourne to work with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company.

Daniel has had a long 22 year long association with QL2, has been a fervent advocate of QL2 Dance and youth dance practice and an outstanding role model to many young dancers including those at QL2.  

Picture: Outgoing Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, Garry Stewart, with ADT’s founding artistic director, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman (Barbie Robinson, Writing With Light)