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issue no. 82






from the artistic director

Hello

We have recently returned from performing at the Seoul Street Arts Festival in South Korea.  What an amazing achievement for the company. We successfully and beautifully presented 20 sold out performances in the New Seoul Hotel for the Seoul Street Arts Festival. With a touring party of 17 (!), it was evident that our experience from the Gold Coast paid off as the tour was almost seamless.
 
We had an amazing touring party who were all committed to the work and people of Restless. The dancers and crew embraced the four guest Korean dancers with disability who were incredibly grateful for their inclusion. I think we will be sorely missed by these dancers and their families.
 
A sincere thank you to Roz Hervey for her amazing organisation and care. Please enjoy the short article that she has written below. And thanks too to Carol Wellman Kelly who stepped in and provided extra support.

Thank you.
Michelle Ryan Artistic Director

 

Intimate Space in Korea

Ashton Malcolm helps an audience member with her luggage tag

Seoul Street Arts Festival
Our season of Intimate Space at the internationally acclaimed Seoul Street Arts Festival was sold out the week before we opened! The production brought together 4 Korean artists with disability and two key Korean coordinators along with a touring party of 17 from Restless to celebrate diversity and cultural collaboration on the world stage. Festival audiences attending Intimate Space were resolutely engaged with the honest, emotionally surprising vignettes presented in unexpected places throughout the New Seoul Hotel.
 
(The audience comments in italics are translated from Korean)
 
“At 15th floor, as soon as I was there, I was shocked and my eyes were filling with tears. The show at the bedroom really touched and new to me. Thank you for the show.” Audience Member
 
“It was a beautiful topic. I hope many people can watch this performance. There was a moment when the intimate space became a furtive space. I feel like crying.” Audience Member
 
“I got goosebumps. It’ll be a performance I’ll never forget. Their acting is the best.” Audience Member
 
“Thanks for the performance. It was beautiful. In fact, I cried a little at the end. This performance made me see and feel the things that were close to me but I didn’t notice before.” Audience Member

Dress ups at the Palace. Photography: Roz Hervey

Experiences of Seoul
Seoul was a fabulous and exciting destination, it is a high-energy, intense city with cultural experiences on every corner. Office hours stretch well past 10 pm and the city streets have wonderful markets that create a chaotic and old-world vibe.

During our stay there was everything from a music and K-pop festival to a rice festival which took over the main square. Seoul’s 24 hour lifestyle sees young and old sharing their lives in public spaces. There’s a tangible creative energy in Seoul that makes it very exciting to be part of.

The company was struck by the kind hearted, hardworking South Korean people, they’re friendly, open and willing to help.

Michael Noble instructs the audience. Photography: XXXXXX

Seoul Street Arts Festival
It was amazing to be part of a rich and eclectic international festival. The directors of the festival celebrated diversity with an aim to reduce the gap between people and also to provide a gap in space to celebrate the unfamiliar in the vibrant city.
 
Presenting in an operating hotel and providing a unique opportunity for audiences was a huge success with all 20 shows selling out a week before opening. The New Seoul Hotel had never before experienced an immersive site specific work and were won over by the generosity of the performers as well as the integration of people with disability in a public space.

Rehearsal – Emma Stokes and SeungHyun Moon. Photography: Michelle Ryan

Working with Korean artists
Working with the 4 Korean artists was a highlight of the tour. We found ways of communicating that surpassed language barriers. Within just one day the dancers felt comfortable in the physical space working alongside each other. There was a genuine sense of understanding and camaraderie between the Australians and South Koreans.

The Koreans immediately took to the style and sensibility of the Restless work and stamped their own unique personalities and physical styles on the work.
Families of the South Korean dancers thanked the Restless team for shining a light on their creativity and highlighting their ability to perform in a mainstream festival.
 
“I think the Korean dancers were so gentle and kind, they worked so hard” Jianna Georgiou, Restless dancer.
 
“It was very special working with the Korean dancers, they were nice people and great dancers. I feel warm from the experience” Michael Hodyl, Restless dancer

Roz Hervey with Korean cast and coordinators. Photography: Carol Wellman Kelly

Korean staff
The Seoul Street Arts Festival provided Restless with 2 incredible co-ordinators who were dedicated, kind and worked 24/7 to help us deliver the collaborative work in such a short time frame. From translating and negotiating with the hotel to helping with social outings for the Restless team, Hesseon and Sehee were always a delight to work with.

Cast and Crew. Photography: XXXXXX

Meeting Korean audiences
The Korean audiences engaged with the work in a different way from Australian audiences, they were playful and more overtly curious.
 
“It was a really amazing performance. I’ve been touched hard. The way you used a place like a hotel… it’s really incredible… I especially like the moment when the performance and reality got overlapped” Audience Member
 
“It was a super, super funny beautiful and meaningful performance. Thank you so much for making me a good memory.” Audience Member
 
“Not only authentic but delicately touch people’s heart. Thank you.” Audience Member
 
“If the most beautiful thing that trees can do is blossom flowers, the most beautiful thing that humans can do is dancing. The best performers, dancer, artists, directors. Thanks a lot.” Audience Member

Extract from the Intimate Space comments Book in Seoul

This tour to Korea is the first fruit of the Restless strategy of touring professional work nationally and internationally that we have 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. 

Many thanks to the Australia Council who supported our tour through their International Arts Strategy Outcomes Fund.

Dr Boram Lee – 2nd from right

The Next Steps for Restless in Korea
We would like to thank Dr Boram Lee, Senior Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management, University of South Australia who is coordinating Connect2Abilities: a Symposium and Workshop Series on Disability Arts in Seoul in April 2020. Restless and No Strings Attached will be attending. Restless will be sending Michelle and Roz and dancer Jianna Georgiou to participate and conduct workshops.
A New Restless Production in Korea
Restless is in discussions to return to Korea in 2023 and 2024 to develop and make a new work of dance theatre with Korean and Restless dancers.

National Pharmacies Optical Sponsorship

Photography: Julie Moralee

National Pharmacies Optical are supporting the fabulous work that Restless does with a $1,000 Sponsorship. The picture shows Artistic Director Michelle Ryan being presented with a cheque by Emma McLeish at the National Pharmacies Optical store, 52 Gawler Place – where Michelle is a regular customer.

Many thanks to National Pharmacies Optical.



Restless Donor Circle

Photography: Shane Reid
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.

donate

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 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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