Australian Dance Theatre
In Devolution Garry Stewart collaborated with Canadian roboticist Louis-Philippe Demers, UK video artist Gina Czarnecki and London based costume designer Georg Meyer-Wiel to create a startling and unique world. Situating humans in communion with 30 robotic machines and prosthetics, Devolution explores the relationship between robotic and human performers within an artificial ecosystem. Imbued with ritualised process Devolution explores mutualism, territoriality, parasitism, predation, symbiosis and senescence to suggest that in the midst of technology we remain subject to the instincts of the flesh.
Devolution won the Helpmann Awards Best New Australian Work and Best Lighting in 2006.