past shows

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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photography: Shane Reid. L to R: Eleni Andriotsis (projected), Matt Shilcock

Howling Like A Wolf 2012

I was at Restless and I was told to show love, and I was posing as a wolf, twisting my arms, howling at the moon. – cast member Eleni Androutsis.

Howling Like A Wolf was created over two and a half years involving a series of collaborations involving Restless and Melbourne based Rawcus Theatre. Kate Sulan (Artistic Director of Rawcus) came to Adelaide for a residency and worked with the Restless Youth Ensemble. Musician Zoë Barry was involved in the process at an early stage and then agreed to direct the work.

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