COVID-19 Restless Creative Response

When the COVID lockdown hit in South Australia, Restless Dance Theatre suspended all its regular workshops and closed its centre from Monday 23rd March.

Along with our colleagues in the Arts Sector around Australia and the world, Restless took urgent action to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We recognise the need for everyone to contribute to the efforts to flatten the curve of the spread of this novel coronavirus by practicing social distancing and self-isolation.

We therefore closed our centre at 195 Gilles Street in Adelaide and the Restless staff for a time, as far as possible, worked from home and there were no regular workshops and no external hirers using the building.

Restless has now been able to resume its regular workshop sessions in the Meeting Room at the rear of our centre. We are reserving the use of the Studio for The Company dancers, our core group of dancers who meet twice a week for full day training. We ran a separate secure bubble for them in the Studio as they rehearsed Seeing Through Darkness and continued with their regular training.

During the lockdown, we recognised that our dancers love coming to Restless and their dancing with us can be a vital and joyful part of their existence. It was important that as a company we responded creatively to the challenges of isolation that the virus forced upon us. In this adversity more joy could be found.

We used video conferencing to conduct classes with dancers in their own homes. We started working this way with The Company dancers and this worked exceptionally well! Our regular training staff were able to lead training sessions for the six dancers with great hilarity and wonderful results. It is fabulous that the dancers were able to engage like this and that they were able to continue to extend their skills and maintain their levels of fitness.

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Seeing Through Darkness

Seeing Through Darkness is an exciting new work directed by Michelle Ryan. The work was an immersive experience in the Art Gallery of South Australia inspired by the works of French expressionist Georges Rouault for an exclusive season from Friday 4 September until Friday 2 October.

The creative team included: Geoff Cobham, one of Australia’s most celebrated lighting designers, Meg Wilson who also designed Restless’ award winning production Intimate Space and musicians Hilary Kleinig and  Emily Tulloch, both previously part of the Zephyr Quartet.

Seeing Through Darkness is a physical response to the works of the painter.  The Company’s six dancers performed in the Gallery alongside the works of George Rouault, with the artist’s influential monochromatic portrayals of humanity brought to life through lighting, shadow and movement.

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Restless Loses Funding

Restless Dance Theatre is devastated to learn that the company’s application for multi-year funding (2021-24) was unsuccessful. This is bitter news indeed that will clip the wings of Restless as Australia’s leading company working with dancers with and without disability.

ABC News Story 9th April

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Michelle wins Dance Award

Michelle Ryan has won the prestigious Australia Council Dance Award for 2020.

On Monday 9th March Michelle attended a glittering award ceremony at the Eternity Playhouse in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

Watch the video presentation from the award ceremony.

Watch Michelle’s Speech and the Restless performance at the award ceremony


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Ruby Award Win

Ruby Award For Restless

At the Ruby Awards celebration on Friday 29th November Restless won the award for Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation

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Connect2Abilities – Restless heads back to Seoul, South Korea

Restless is thrilled to be delivering a presentation and 3 days of workshops as part of Connect2Abilities, the Inclusive Performing Arts Collaborative Symposium, in Seoul in April 2020. The company will also reconnect with a recent guest dancer from Intimate Space at the Seoul Street Arts Festival. Michelle will choreograph a duet Correlation with Jianna and the guest dancer to be presented on the final day of the Symposium.


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Restless at Seoul Street Arts Festival

Restless has returned from a sold-out season of Intimate Space at the internationally acclaimed Seoul Street Arts Festival. 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.

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Restless travels to the UK

The Company has recently completed a very exciting Creative Development of Rewards for the Tribe directed by Chunky Move Artistic Director Antony Hamilton. The work is a three way collaboration with Candoco Dance Company in the UK and Chunky Move in Melbourne.

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Audit 2018

Click here to download the 2018 Audited Figures for Restless Dance Theatre

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Zizanie a hit at the Adelaide Festival!

Zizanie a hit at the Adelaide Festival!

Restless premieried Zizanie directed by Meryl Tankard in the Space Theatre to critical acclaim:

  •  A show of beauty and perfection. The Advertiser
  • Zizanie is a whole lot of vivid zaniness, full of good spirit, lively imagination, warm heart, and sweet hope. Barefoot Review
  • Zizanie is a beautiful work for adults alone as much as families. And a timely reminder of the power of opening doors rather than building walls. Fest Mag
  • Imaginative, exhilarating, life-affirming and a little zany InDaily
  • full to bursting with wit and whimsy  Limelight
  • Zizanie is delightful; a clever series of images, vignettes and scenes that are woven together to celebrate difference, to ask the audience to embrace others… This is a moving piece of theatre which is very worth sharing with our younger humans  Stage Wispers
  • an emotionally moving presentation that brings tears to the eyes  Sydney Morning Herald



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