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covid-19 restless creative response

Restless Dance Theatre has suspended all it’s regular workshops and is closing its centre as of Monday 23rd March.

Along with our colleagues in the Arts Sector around Australia and the world, Restless is taking urgent action to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We recognise the need for everyone to contribute to the efforts to flatten the curve of the spread of this novel coronavirus by practicing social distancing and self-isolation.

We have therefore closed our centre at 195 Gilles Street in Adelaide until further notice and the Restless staff will as far as possible be working from home. There will be no regular workshops and no external hirers using the building.

However, we also recognise that our dancers love coming to Restless and their dancing with us can be a vital and joyful part of their existence. It is important that as a company we respond creatively to the challenges of isolation that the virus has forced upon us. In this adversity more joy can be found.

We are trialing using video conferencing so that we can conduct classes with dancers in their own homes. We have started working this way with The Company, our core group of dancers who meet twice a week for full day training. This is working exceptionally well! Our regular training staff have been able to lead training sessions for the six dancers with great hilarity and wonderful results. It is fabulous that the dancers can engage like thisĀ  and that they will be able to continue to extend their skills and maintain their levels of fitness.

We have a wonderful team of committed tutors who run our workshops and we will continue to pay them.

Once we have worked with our core dancers and ironed out all the bugs, we will start to extend this service to our other four regular weekly workshops. In this way we hope to bring creative joy to all our regular dancers and to do our bit to counter the ill effects of social isolation and generate lots of smiles in these gloomy times.

Charlie Wilkins. Member of The Company

 

 

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