The Circadian Cycle

Garry Stewart (Director)

Research output: Non-textual formFilm, Digital Media or Visual Output


The Circadian Cycle is a 16-minute short film of a dance performance by Australian Dance Theatre.

The project’s aim was to explore the ways in which rhythmic processes in nature can be embodied and expressed through dance. How can choreography be used to create corporeal representations of ecosystem processes such as predation, territoriality, symbiosis, parasitism, senescence and death?

The Circadian Cycle is also informed by Donna Haraway’s concept of the Chthulucene, which she uses to supplant the more familiar Anthropocene. Chthulucene has its etymological roots in the Greek word chthonic, which suggests the underworld – the dark, dank layer of earth’s surface of rotting wood and mud.

Finally, another leading question for the project was how dance choreography created for the stage might be translated to outdoor locations, as well as into the temporality and syntax of film.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrooklyn Film Festival
Media of outputFilm
Size16 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Dance
  • Film

NTRO Type of Output

  • Minor


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