past shows

photography: Shane Reid

Intimate Space 2017

Intimate Space is a series of experiential site-specific solo and duet works of dance theatre presented within a hotel.

2017 Ruby Award
Arts Innovation and Enterprise

2017 Adelaide Critics Circle Award
Group Award (Professional Theatre)

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“Brilliant theatrical ideas don’t always translate into successful 
performance. Intimate Space does.”
– The Australian

“By turns tender and provocative, Intimate Space invites us to contemplate questions of public and private activity in a work that is insightful, touching and compelling.”
– Arts Hub

“Each vignette is a moving experience, some poignant, some comical but with a deeper meaning underneath…a remarkable work”
– Broadway Now

“Intimate Space is exquisite, daring, compelling, profound, thrilling, funny, cheeky and sweet.”
– The Advertiser

On this traveling adventure, a Hotel’s sophisticated bar and lush rooms with views are contrasted by the stark undertones of the nooks and crannies of its back-of-house operations. Guided by an evocative soundscape by Jason Sweeney, the physical conversation takes a similarly diverse journey. Guests witness a tender and cheeky duet in a private room then an urgent physical explosion in the laundry. All looks neat and tidy but what is going on behind the scenes of these emotional dance vignettes?

Presented in the transient spaces of a working hotel, unsuspecting guests unknowingly form the backdrop to the performance by going about their everyday business.

Challenging themes of visibility, authority, self-worth and relationships, the dancers ask you to uncover meaning in the delicately crafted movement. Both elegant and humorous, be surprised and enchanted by this exquisite performance experience.

The Restless dancers are charming, engaging and unique. The individuality of the artists is a major strength of the company. They may not fit the stereotypical dancer image but it is in their difference that you see their beauty and creativity. Audience members are surprised, perplexed and enchanted by the exquisite performance experience.


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Debut 5 - the dancers direct 2016

Restless Dance Theatre presented debut 5: the dancers direct, a season of five stunning and diverse short works of dance theatre directed by dancers from the restless Youth and Senior ensembles.

Integrating dancers with and without disability, debut 5: the dancers direct showcased the new wave of “makers” within the  Youth and Senior ensembles. Working under the guidance of professional mentors, the emerging directors unleashed their individual choreographic voices.

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photography: Shane Reid. L to R: Jesse Rochow & Jianna Georgiou

June 2016 - In The Balance

In The Balance was presented as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival at the Dunstan Playhouse with The Audreys playing live.

In the Balance explored the intricacies of how people behave and interact at a party.

We stumble, bounce and back flip on the awkward jorneys we make to become who we are. We are in the balance and realise our dreams when we party on the dance floor with a no fear attitude.

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photography: Andy Rasheed. L to R: Chris Dyke and Lorcan Hopper

Touched 2015

Touched was developed by the dancers of the Youth Ensemble working with Artistic Director Michelle Ryan. Touched was presented in November 2015 at the Odeon Theatre in Norwood as part of a double bill called Naturally.

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photography: Andy Rasheed. L to R: Kym Mackenzie and Dana Nance

What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this? 2015

What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? was the first major work by the new Restless Senior Ensemble. The Senior Ensemble was founded in 2012 and it’s members have all been in past Youth Ensemble productions.

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photography: Shane Reid. L to R: Andrew Pandos and Jesse Rochow

Naturally 2015

Naturally – was a double bill of:


directed by Michelle Ryan with the Youth Ensemble

What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?

directed by Emma Stokes with the Senior Ensemble both works grow out of the interests and concerns of the participants and spring from the work that they have been exploring around relationships.

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photography: Shane Reid. L to R: Caitlin Moloney

photography: Shane Reid. L to R: Lorcan Hopper & Josh Campton

In The Balance 2014

In The Balance was the first Youth Ensemble work directed by Michelle Ryan.

In The Balance is a celebration of youth and who these young dancers are. In the Balance highlights the joys and struggles of navigating relationships within a peer group. We all search for acceptance and interaction with others but the road can be bumpy and challenging. It can also lead to strong and respectful friendships and relationships. Through a series of vignettes…

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photography: Sam Oster. L to R: Lorcan Hopper

photography: Sam Oster L to R: Jianna Georgiou

Salt - 2014

Salt is a  work developed for  touring by Spanish based Director Rob Tannion.

Salt is an exploration of worth, value and commodity. Not just in terms of material goods, but also in self esteem and societal values. The production premiered at The Odeon Theatre in Adelaide January 2014…

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photography: Shane Reid. L to R: Andrew Pandos, Caitie Moloney & Nigel Major-Henderson

Debut 4 – the dancers direct 2013

Five young, disabled dancers directed short new dance works for Restless Dance Theatre.

In its fourth incarnation, Debut 4 saw five outstanding members of the company work as Directors to develop their own individual choreographic styles.

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photography: Sophia Calado. L to R: Chris Mifsud

high voltage 2012

Port Moresby Tour

Restless completed a short tour to Port Moresby PNG during the second week in March 2012. The Company visited as a major attraction during Australia Week organised by the Australian High Commission. The Company presented two performances of High Voltage a short work directed by Lorcan Hopper. High Voltage was developed as part of the program: Debut 3 – the dancers direct and was first performed in November last year at the Restless Studio…

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