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issue no. 86

from the artistic director

Hello

What a whirlwind we seem to be living through! This virus has forced so many uncertainties on us all. When will we be able to work together in the Restless Studio again? When can we perform again? How many people can be in the audience? When can we tour our work overseas again? So many questions and so few answers.
 
The different answers all mean different outcomes and we have developed many, many alternative scenarios to cope with all the possible outcomes. Sometimes it feels like we have taken up juggling! But we are determined to find the best possible solutions that will see Restless performing and touring again as soon as possible.
 
In the meantime we are continuing with our virtual training and workshops via Zoom. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the BankSA Foundation who have assisted us with the purchase of new technology so that this work can run smoothly.
 
We have continued to develop and refine our online training workshops with The Company dancers becoming adept at virtual training and all our regular workshops being currently delivered online. I am really proud of the creative flair that our amazing tutors have brought to this task. And, while it is understandable that there are a few workshop participants who find the online environment challenging, the majority have embraced the opportunity with gusto.
 
We are champing at the bit to return to rehearsing Seeing Through Darkness, my next major work which will be performed at the Art Gallery of South Australia. We are working towards a premiere in early September with a reduced audience capacity because of physical distancing rules.
 
We have also started working on two new projects which are opportunities that have been made possible through an Arts SA response to the COVID-19 crisis. Funding was made available for local companies to collaborate with local major organisations to develop new work.

For the first project, Australian Dance Theatre was funded for The World’s Smallest Stage. As part of this I have been rehearsing with Michael Hodyl to create a distinctive short solo work that stays within a 2m x 2m space. The project is a direct response to the limitations that arts companies and artists are facing during the current public health crisis.

For the second project Restless and the Adelaide Festival were funded for Restless to do a Creative Development of Guttered, another new work by me. You can read about both of these projects below.
 
Sadly, we have had to farewell our excellent Administration Coordinator, Mikki Reichstein who has been managing the workshop programs and the hiring of the venue over the last year. Mikki will be missed by many. The looming Australia Council cuts in funding have forced us to contract our staffing structure.
 
Restless received some brilliant coverage regarding the funding cuts on national TV on Channel 10’s The Project. You can view the footage here.

Thank you.
Michelle Ryan Artistic Director
 

The World’s Smallest Stage

World’s Smallest Stage Image
Photographer: Josephine Were

Live Dance in your Living Room
Michelle has been rehearsing with Michael Hodyl to create a distinctive short solo work that stays within a 2m x 2m space. This exciting new concept was conceived by Garry Stewart, Australian Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, as a direct response to the limitations that arts companies and artists are facing during the current public health crisis.
Generously supported by Arts SA, The World’s Smallest Stage will see ten choreographers matched with twelve dancers and ten composers to create a series of new dance works, between 5-10 minutes each.
Each new dance piece is confined to a living room size area of 2m x 2m, the ideal size for it to be watched by audiences via their home computer screen and referencing social distancing regulations that have become a major part of our lives.
 
ADT is working in collaboration with Michelle and Michael at Restless as well as indigenous dancers and choreographers from Kurruru, local independent choreographers and an eclectic range of local musicians, identified in partnership with Music SA, to bring The World’s Smallest Stage together.
Michelle and Michael are teaming up with local composer/musician Mario Spate. Mario has had a long association with Restless including as a performer in several productions culminating in Safe From Harm in 2008.
 
Made in isolation on a four square metre ‘stage’ across the now inescapable online communication platforms, these ten new films will be screened online on Friday 19 June and performed in a special live season in late September, when ADT are able to welcome audiences back safely to The Odeon.

The Company rehearse via Zoom

Larissa McGowan, Alexis Luke, Michael Hodyl, Michael Noble, Kathryn Adams, Jianna Georgiou, Charlie Wilkins

BankSA Foundation
Quick Response Grant

When the virus struck Restless pivoted quickly to online training and workshops. But we found that the trainers and workshop tutors didn’t have access to enough computing power to allow the Zoom sessions to run smoothly. We were very fortunate that when the kind people at the BankSA Foundation heard about this, they reacted straightaway with a Quick Response grant to enable Restless to buy two new MacBook Airs. This has smoothed out the bumps and helped everyone to enjoy the sessions. Thank you to BankSA Foundation!

Restless Dancers rehearsing for Seeing Through Darkness – the next Restless production directed by Michelle Ryan. To be performed at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
L to R:  Chris Dyke, Alexis Luke,  Jianna Georgiou, Michael Noble and Michael Hodyl    

Photography:  Shane Reid

Seeing Through Darkness
Light Show Extraordinaire

BankSA Foundation are also supporting Seeing Through Darkness, along with the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation.

Michelle Ryan’s new work will premiere at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) in early September and it will be a production unlike anything that Restless has done before.

The work is a response to the work of French Expressionist painter Georges Rouault. The audience will be treated to an exhibition of Rouault’s works which will contain the Restless performance. The experience will be enhanced by some dazzling specialised lighting effects courtesy of the consistently brilliant Geoff Cobham.

Guttered

 Charlie Wilkins and Jianna Georgiou   
Photography:  Shane Reid

Love and Life in a Bowling Alley
One of the Restless responses to the coronavirus has been to bring forward future projects that are locally based. Guttered is a new work by Michelle Ryan that was originally planned for 2023 or 2024 but we will now be doing a Creative Development of the work in late 2020.
 
Guttered will explore the notion of being a winner or a loser within the context of ten pin bowling and reunites the award-winning creative team from Intimate Space. The performance will take place within a Bowling Alley. The audience will be up close to the action as the performers put themselves on the line for success or failure. The performance will pitch, plus and pocket you into a winning strike or hopefully even a turkey.
 
We pitched the work to the Adelaide Festival who were interested in Guttered. And the 2 organisations made a joint application for the recent COVID-19 funding round offered by Arts South Australia. We are delighted to announce the application was successful.

GiveNow
Help Restless survive the Australia Council Funding Cuts

It is with bold ambition we will strive to raise $1.5 million dollars over the next four years to continue the brilliant work of our dancers.  Every donation makes a significant impact on our touring ambitions and the future of our company. 

The legacy of the community raised funding will be seen as Australians backing professional career pathways for dancers with disability. These dancers become mentors and an inspiration to younger people with disability to take part in our programs, and together, we become ambassadors for Australia and its commitment to the art of ability. 

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Photography:  Shane Reid

Dancer Profile
Michael Noble

Michael started performing at Waikerie High School in school musicals and drama productions. He joined the Restless Central workshops in Term 2, 2015 and was invited to join the Youth Ensemble in Term 1, 2016.

Michael  performed in the Restless Dance Theatre season of In the Balance for the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. He also performed in Swell directed by James Bull and Free and Fearless directed by Chris Dyke as part of Debut 5: the dancers direct. He also started his first stint as a Restless Tutor working on the 2016 SCOSA workshops.

In 2017 Michael performed in Intimate Space directed by Michelle Ryan at the Hilton Adelaide hotel as part of the Adelaide Festival and was a tutor for Come Dance With Me Again, Restless workshops for the DreamBIG Festival.

In 2018 Michael toured with Restless Dance Theatre and performed Intimate Space at the Hilton Surfers Paradise as part of Bleach* at Festival 2018 within the Arts and Culture Program of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Michael also performed in the opening segment of the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. Later in 2018 he performed in Creating the Spectacle, a collaboration with leading UK artist Sue Austin, for the Adelaide Film Festival.

In 2019 Michael performed in Zizanie, directed by Meryl Tankard, for the 2019 Adelaide Festival. Michael is a highly original and expressive dancer and has grown to be a leading performer at Restless. He was one of the founder members of The Company – the core performing group of professional dancers and continues regular training 2 days a week. He also toured with Restless to present Intimate Space at the 2019 Seoul Street Arts Festival.

RESTLESS WORKSHOPS

Restless runs two Open Access workshops which are open to anyone to attend – when the current virus situation permits us to be back into the building.  At this point in time, we are unable to accept new virtual participants.  Restless run high quality workshops, once we have all the creases ironed out and space permits, we may be able to accept new virtual participants in the future.  

Isi Drummond Sweeney and Bella Kobyashi  Photography: Shane Reid
 

Central Workshops
Open to anyone aged 15-26
Restless Dance Theatre presents a series of dance workshops, for people aged 15-26 years with and without disability
 
The workshops involve creating movement in a safe and fun environment where the participants’ ideas become dance.
No experience is necessary, just the desire to take part. Workshops are open to people with and without disability and are led by highly experienced tutors in an accessible space.
When: Tuesday nights 5.30 – 7.00pm
2020:  Term 2,  28th April – 30th June
Where: Happening virtually by Zoom until we can meet again in: The Restless Studio, 195 Gilles St. Adelaide SA 5000
Cost:  $36.00 per session ($24 per hour)
NDIS Info: Restless Dance Theatre is not a registered Service Provider under the NDIS. However, self managed and plan managed NDIS participants are still able to use their NDIS funding to access our workshops. If you do not have NDIS funding please contact us for more information.
Please contact us if you would like information about the therapeutic benefits of engaging in creative activities.
For bookings and further information:
phone: Roz Hervey on 8212 8495 or email: roz@restlessdance.org
Bookings are essential. NB We are not accepting new bookings until we can meet in person again.
However, your enquiries are welcome for your future planning.
 
Links Workshops
Open to people with a disability aged 8 – 14 years
Restless Dance Theatre presents Links, a dance theatre workshop for 8-14 year olds.
The workshops involve creating movement in a safe and fun environment where the participants’ ideas become dance.
No experience is necessary, just the desire to take part. Workshops are open to people with and without disability and are led by highly experienced tutors in an accessible space.
When: 12.30-1.30pm Saturdays (during school terms)
2020: Term 2, 2nd May – 4th July
Where: Happening virtually by Zoom until we can meet again in: The Restless Studio, 195 Gilles Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: $30.00 per session
NDIS Info: Restless Dance Theatre is not a registered Service Provider under the NDIS. However, self managed and plan managed NDIS participants are still able to use their NDIS funding to access our workshops. If you do not have NDIS funding please contact us for more information.
Please contact us if you would like information about the therapeutic benefits of engaging in creative activities.
For bookings and further information:
phone: Roz Hervey on 8212 8495 or email: roz@restlessdance.org
Bookings are essential. NB We are not accepting new bookings until we can meet in person again.
However, your enquiries are welcome for your future planning.
 

Many Thanks to the following Supporters and Sponsors of Restless

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