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issue no. 81






from the artistic director
Hello
 
We have some wonderful news! We are taking my production of Intimate Space to the Seoul Street Arts Festival in South Korea in October. We have been discussing this possibility with the Festival since April but it was only confirmed relatively recently. So, we are busy beavering away with preparations and rehearsals.
 
We are very excited that Restless is able to take up this brilliant opportunity. This will be the first time Restless has toured overseas since the company visited Port Moresby in 2012. We expect that this tour marks the start of ongoing international touring for Restless – we have big plans! And the more touring that we do, the more paid work we generate for our dancers and the more it raises our profile. Win, win, win!
 
I would like to extend thank yous to the Australia Council who are supporting the tour and to Roz Hervey who did a flying visit to Seoul in the week of 26 – 30 September where she checked out the hotel we are performing in and met with the Festival organisers.

Thank you.
Michelle Ryan Artistic Director

 

Intimate Space in Korea

Photography: Shane Reid

Seoul Street Arts Festival
 Intimate Space is a series of experiential site-specific solo and duet works of dance theatre presented within a hotel. It was first presented at the 2017 Adelaide Festival in the Hilton Adelaide hotel to rapturous acclaim:

  • Brilliant theatrical ideas don’t always translate into successful performance. Intimate Space does. – The Australian
  • Intimate Space is exquisite, daring, compelling, profound, thrilling, funny, cheeky and sweet. – The Advertiser

The production was remounted in 2018 on the Gold Coast, Qld in the Hilton Surfers Paradise as part of Bleach* – a component of Festival 2018, the Commonwealth Games arts and cultural program. Both the 2017 and 2018 productions received Helpmann Nominations as Best Dance Production. The premiere also won a Ruby Award for Arts Innovation and Enterprise as well as being nominated as Best Work and receiving the Adelaide Critics Circle Award for Professional Theatre.
 
A slightly shorter version of Intimate Space was also “Showcased” in the Sofitel Hotel in Brisbane as part of the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in February 2018. This was where the Korean delegates saw the show and they subsequently contacted Restless.
 
Both the APAM Showcase and the Hilton Surfers Paradise versions were made using the “Collaborative” model. For this, we combined some of the Restless cast with some local dancers with disability to make the work. We are repeating this model in Seoul: we are taking 8 Restless dancers and one performer and will be working with 4 local Korean dancers with disability.
 
Michelle has been rehearsing in Adelaide with the Restless dancers. Roz Hervey and Carol Wellman Kelly will fly to Seoul ahead of the dancers and start rehearsing with the Korean dancers. The Restless dancers will arrive in Seoul to start rehearsals on 30th September and Intimate Space will be performed 20 times throughout the Seoul Street Arts Festival: 3rd – 6th October. The venue is the Best Western New Seoul Hotel.
 
With dancers, creatives, technical and support staff, Restless is taking a touring party of 16 to Seoul. They will all have a great time!
 
Because this opportunity arose directly out of an arts market (APAM) that the Australia Council identifies as a “strategic initiative”, Restless was eligible to apply for support from the Council’s International Arts Strategy Outcomes Fund. We have been granted $30,000 from this Fund to help defray costs. Many thanks to the Australia Council for this assistance. This tour has been made possible by a combination of:

  • this Australia Council grant,
  • the fees and support from the Festival itself, and
  • donations raised last year through our Restless Goes Global match funding campaign. Many thanks to all those of you who donated to that campaign: your support makes it possible for Restless to say YES! to opportunities like this. 
     

This tour to Korea is the first fruit of the strategy of touring professional work nationally and internationally that Restless has been pursuing under Michelle’s leadership. There will be more to come in future years. In this way the company is creating work for its dancers and helping to establish careers for those dancers who are motivated to follow a professional path. The Restless dancers and crew are being paid full award rates and conditions for their rehearsals, travel and performance in Seoul.

Restless Donor Circle

Photography: Mikki Reichstein
Join the Restless Family!
We can make a difference to peoples’ lives, together

Our dancers are on the precipice of world-wide touring opportunities collaborating with leading dance companies and festivals. These opportunities will establish the Restless dancers as professional artists on an international stage. To make this dream possible, we need your help!
We are looking for passionate people to form our Donor Circle, to raise funds to support our dancers as they embark on their professional dance career.

Restless Dance Theatre creates viable career pathways for dancers with disability as professional artists through performing and touring.

There are multiple positive outcomes for the dancers of Restless Dance Theatre:
Professional
Restless pays the dancers to perform and assists them to establish their careers.

Physical
Improved fitness, coordination, range of movement, sensory integration and body awareness.
Social
A sense of belonging. Development of interpersonal and relationships skills within an inclusive yet supportive environment.
Emotional
Restless is a safe place where dancers can express and process complex emotions and learn to manage thoughts and feelings.
Intellectual
Restless dancers develop their working memory, imagination, generation of ideas, concepts and sequencing of events.
Artistic
Through the artistic process, dancers develop powers of creativity and their imaginations are stimulated.

At Restless, we are taking a long-term approach to raise the much-needed touring funds. Joining our Donor Circle puts you at the centre of our giving campaign.

Funds raised through the Donor Circle, support our artists to experience performing on national and international stages.

Donor Circle Annual Commitment*
$500    $750    $1,000
Under 40? You can join too**
$150    $250    $500

To Join our Donor Circle
Please contact: Julie Moralee
julie@restlessdance.org
08 8212 8495

Thank you for considering Restless Dance Theatre as your commitment to South Australian artists.
*Restless Dance Theatre is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations under
subdivision 30-BA of the ITAA 1997.
Donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible.
**Monthly payment options available.

If you would prefer to make a Donation to the company, you can do that here.

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Four Year Funding

 

Australia Council Funding
Restless has taken an initial step towards the renewal of our Four Funding for Organistions (FYFO) from the Australian Council with the acceptance of our Expression of Interest (EOI) for this funding (2012-2024). This is not a guarantee that we will eventually be successful when we make a funding application in November. Far from it, it is an intensely competitive field. This is merely the first hurdle in a long process.
We are deeply saddened and sympathetic to the fate of the companies whose EOIs were not successful. This is a difficult outcome for them. Unsuccessful companies are forced to compete in the thrice yearly Project Funding rounds for Australia Council support for their programs. Failures in these application rounds can delay or destroy projects.
Restless has  been supported in the long term development of projects through the stability and security that on-going FYFO funding brings. National and international collaborations need to be developed over a number of years and companies need on-going support to able to sustain these collaborations.

 

Specialist Workshops at Restless

Restless has a very positive relationship with the Dream BIG Festival who have been able to offer a number of visiting artists associated with the festival the opportunity to come and conduct workshops at Restless while they are in Adelaide.

Bangara Dance Theatre

Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander company based in Sydney and is one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, widely acclaimed nationally and around the world for their powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design.
Some of the Restless dancers will have a brilliant opportunity to work with dancers
from the Bangara ensemble. This workshopwill be in the Restless Studio on Friday 20th September.

RESTLESS WORKSHOPS
Restless runs two Open Access workshops which are open to anyone to attend.

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
2019
Term 3  23rdJuly – 24thSept
Term 4  15thOct – 10thDec
where: 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.
Please contact us if you would like information about the therapeutic benefits of engaging in creative activities.
*If you do not have NDIS funding please contact us for more information.
For bookings and further information:
phone: Mikki Reichstein on 8212 8495 or email: mikki@restlessdance.org
Bookings are essential.
 

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)
Where: 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.
Please contact us if you would like information about the therapeutic benefits of engaging in creative activities.
*If you do not have NDIS funding  please contact us for more information.
For bookings and further information:
phone: Mikki Reichstein on 8212 8495 or email: mikki@restlessdance.org
Bookings are essential.

 

Rest With Restless

Dana Nance. Photography: Shane Reid

Why not leave Restless a Bequest?

Making a bequest in your Will is a thoughtful way to ensure that the vital work of Restless Dance Theatre continues into the future. To request information or discuss the steps involved in making a bequest, please contact Nick Hughes, Company Manager, via email nick@restlessdance.org or phone him on 08 8212 8495.
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