Full circle: Tasdance’s new Artistic Director on coming home to Launceston

Almost two decades after leaving Tasmania, Adam Wheeler returns with an enriched skill set. He talks about telling stories, rejecting failure, and working with the next generation of dance makers.

Adam Wheeler with members of Yellow Wheel, the pre-professional dance company he founded and led for many years. Photo credit: Pip Samaya.

Dancer turned dance educator, producer and choreographer Adam Wheeler was in the middle of a workshop with members of the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland and his own youth company, Yellow Wheel, earlier this year when he received the text message that changed his life.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts