Phillip Adams BalletLab


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.

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. Adams works have been presented by Museum of Old New Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, MPavilion and the National Gallery of Victoria.

In late 2016, Phillip Adams BalletLab assumed position as company in residence at South Melbourne’s historic Temperance Hall.  Phillip was awarded the Australia Council Award for Dance in 2018, and the company celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2019.