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issue no. 89





 

from the artistic director

Greetings!

As we come to the end of a very eventful year, I’d like to look forward to our exciting program for next year as well as review our recent projects.

Firstly, congratulations to the lovely and talented Jianna Georgiou for winning the 2020 Frank Ford Memorial Young Achiever Award at this year’s Ruby Awards. Jianna has made an outstanding contribution to dance over many years and richly deserves this recognition. Yay!

Guttered, my next show for Restless, will premiere in February as part of the Adelaide Festival! Set in the Kingpin Norwood bowling alley, Guttered explores the notion of being a winner or a loser within the context of ten pin bowling. We are super excited to be presenting in the Adelaide Festival again.

We were delighted to be among the successful SA Companies to receive Federal Government support in the first round of the RISE grants scheme. We also hosted a meeting at Restless with Federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher following his announcement of the funding.

Seeing Through Darkness was a terrific success at the Art Gallery of SA (AGSA), where it played throughout September. I was really impressed by the abilities of our dancers who gave their all for all 52 performances! It was wonderful to be able to present work in public again. The performance and lighting installation of Seeing Through Darkness attracted over 20,000 visitors. Awesome!

It is really important that we find innovative ways to keep working through the lockdowns and the distancing forced on us by the virus. Zoom has been a godsend! We have had two virtual creative developments:
Firstly, there is Rewards for the Tribe, our collaboration with Chunky Move in Melbourne which had a three week creative development in late October, early November. Director Antony Hamilton (Artistic Director of Chunky Move) arranged for matching sets to be constructed at Chunky and in our Studio so that the dancers in Melbourne and Adelaide could work in similar environments.
And secondly, we adopted a similar approach for Correlation – a new collaboration between South Korean and Restless dancers. This creative development took place over November/December.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in this momentous year and I hope that you are all able to enjoy a fabulous festive season.

Thank you.
Michelle Ryan Artistic Director

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Guttered

Photography: Shane Reid

World Premiere at the Adelaide Festival

When did you last go bowling? Are you a little rusty? Perhaps a beginner? How would you feel if gutter guards and ramps were installed in advance to prevent any possibility of your failing to hit the pins? Well intentioned “help” that smothers potential growth is something people with disability encounter all too often. Denial of the dignity of risk is one of many themes playfully explored in this witty and intelligent new work.

You enter, take in the unmistakable vibe, grab your shoes, maybe some chips then go and find your team. Sitting right amongst the action, eavesdropping on intimate exchanges, barracking and getting involved in the game makes for massive, paradigm-shifting fun. Witness fights, love duets, get showered with popcorn, maybe have a shot yourself and face glory or shame. It’s a surprisingly emotional experience with a message to take home.

“Michelle Ryan has slowly and steadily developed both the artistic and the
physical capacity of the company…to this nationally and internationally
important ensemble.” The Advertiser

“The accomplishments of the company under Ryan’s direction are
astonishing.” Dance Australia

TICKETS SELLING FAST!

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Seeing Through Darkness

Michael Noble.   Photography:  Shane Reid

Hugely Successful Season at the Art Galley of SA
Michelle Ryan’s extraordinary new work at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) had a sell-out season and received rave reviews. We presented this 17 minute work in the gallery 52 times throughout September! In between the performances visitors to the gallery could watch a film of the dance and play in the groovy moving lights and see their multicoloured shadows flex and arch across the walls. The exhibition of Seeing Through Darkness was in place until 1st November. There were over 20,000 visitors who enjoyed the Seeing Through Darkness exhibition like this.
 
The reviews were ecstatic:
 
[This] significant piece makes the strongest possible claim for the restoration of full funding to this nationally and internationally important ensemble.

The Advertiser

 
It has to be said that never have the Restless dancers looked so good: on this occasion performers Kathryn Adams, Alexis Luke, Jianna Georgiou, Michael Noble, Michael Hoddle and Charlie Wilkins performed with a level of technical accomplishment and sense of ensemble that is truly impressive.

Dance Australia

 
It was breathtaking in its beauty and simplicity… The dancers themselves, … are consummate professionals, and this highly emotional and utterly superb performance left me delighted, but drained, and with a tear in my eye. It was marvellous.

Broadway World

And audience members were moved to tears and effusive in their praise:

  • moving, complex and most of all, joyful.
  • Such a stunning work! The amazing lighting, simple and powerful movements.
  • It is rare in any world, rare in the critical incision of art, that what is achieved has the poise, the cutting to the quick, the fluidity and beyond-darkness sparkle of perfection. I don’t say this lightly. There was depth of knowledge about marrying concept so thoroughly to performance that was uncanny, as if effortless, the height of the dancers, their shapes, their movements, faultless, so close, touching, not a foot wrong, every gesture, movements that came together then separated, forming tableaux at specific times like giants shadowed on the wall behind.

Two Innovative Virtual Collaborations

1. Rewards for the Tribe

Larissa McGowan and Michael Hodyl   Photography: Maxx Corkindale
Virtual Collaboration with Chunky Move (Melbourne)
It was brilliant to be able to continue working with Director Antony Hamilton on this collaboration which is slated to premiere in Coventry (UK) next year (or later if the virus is unrelenting) as part of the Coventry UK City of Culture Celebrations.

At the start of the creative development Melbourne was just emerging from the strictest part of its lockdown and the Chunky Move dancers had to participate from their own homes. Later on, they were able to come into the Chunky rehearsal room. The set was duplicated in Adelaide and Melbourne and the Zoom images were projected on the wall in each location so the dancers and the director could see what everyone else was doing.

It was amazing to see how adaptable all the artists were in turning this difficult situation into a creative and enjoyable development.

We are hoping that the virus will allow us to do two more creative developments for Rewards for the Tribe in 2021 – one in Adelaide and one in Melbourne before the reunited cast heads over to the UK for the premiere.

2. Correlation

Light Sound Friends Dancers rehearsing in Seoul    Photography: Light Sound Friends

Virtual Collaboration with Light Sound Friends (Seoul – South Korea)
Correlation is a new work by Michelle Ryan which is being made in collaboration with the Seoul based organisation Light Sound Friends (LSF). This Korean organisation also works with artists with disability and we have been discussing this collaboration with them over the last six months. Correlation will eventually premiere in Seoul with a combined cast of Restless and LSF dancers

We extend our thanks to Dr Boram Lee of the University of SA who not only acted as matchmaker, bringing Restless and LSF together but also wrote a successful application to the Australia Korea Foundation to fund this first stage creative development  of Correlation. She also worked as translator on Zoom over the entire three weeks of the project. An essential role that she did with brilliance and great patience.

Matching chairs were bought from IKEA in Seoul and Adelaide so that all the dancers could work in the same environment.

We are planning the next stage development to happen in Seoul next year with Restless and LSF dancers. This will be partly funded by another successful application to the Australia Korea Foundation, this time by Restless.

RISE Funding for Restless!

L to R: Michael Hodyl, Charlie Wilkins, Jianna Georgiou, Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Michelle Ryan.    Photography: Nick Hughes
Project Funding over the next 18 Months
Restless will receive $459,000 from the Federal Office for the Arts for a range of projects over the next 18 months:
  • Exposed – a new work by Michelle Ryan with the Restless dancers to premiere at the Adelaide Festival Centre in 2022
  • A Regional SA Tour in 2022 of two works: Seeing Through Darkness and another new work TBA
  • The making of cinematic quality films of our productions to make them available online.
We are delighted to receive this additional support and we were honoured to be visited by both the SA Premier, Steven Marshall and by the Federal Minister for the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP when the Minister visited Adelaide to announce the successful SA RISE grants.

It is wonderful that Restless has been recognised in this way. However, the RISE funding is for additional works and does not replace the core Organisational Funding from the Australia Council which will cease at the end of 2021. We will be running a still-needed Donation Drive called: Keep Restless Dancing in early 2021.

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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RESTLESS WORKSHOPS

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

Angela Soltis  Photography: Emma Stokes

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
2021:  Term 1, 2nd February – 6th April
Where: The Restless Meeting room or Studio, 195 Gilles St. Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: 
$41.25 per session ($27.50 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. E
nquiries are always 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)
2021: Term 1, 30th January – 10th April
Where: The Restless Meeting Room or Studio, 195 Gilles Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: $35.00 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. E
nquiries are always welcome for your future planning.

Many Thanks to the following Supporters and Sponsors of Restless



Guttered has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by, the Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival and Sydney Festival





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